The Fikse Wheels United States Pro Kart Series presented by MG Tires is scheduled to begin on May 13-15 at the New Castle Motorsports Park. Series officials are putting together the final pieces for another successful year following a 2015 season that included another increase in participation. The fourth season of the USPKS is set to be better and bigger, including another stellar prize package that is reaching the $100,000 for 2016.
Cold hard cash has always been part of the prize package at the Fikse Wheels United States Pro Kart Series. Once again, the two headline Pro categories of the USPKS will race for a money purse each weekend. The IAME 125 Pro will battle for a $3,000 weekend purse, with the winner each day awarded $1,000 and second earning $500. Third place each day receives a new set of MG Tires. Should one driver win both main events in a single weekend, IAME USA East will award an additional $500. The Yamaha 100 Pro division has $1,500 toward the total points for the entire race weekend. That driver who earns the most points between the two rounds earns $1,000 with second place in points taking home $500. Third place will also receive a set of new MG Tires.
The Fikse Wheels United States Pro Kart Series recognizes the top-five drivers in all eight categories, with each driver receiving a championship position trophy, a new set of MG Tires, and gift certificates that total $18,000. All eight championship drivers receive a customized ring and suit to commemorate their accomplishment for the 2016 season, while the eight vice-champions are awarded a special MG Tires jacket.
The champion in the IAME 125 Pro division also receives an all-expense paid trip to the Granja Viana 500 in Brazil courtesy of WR Motorsports. The annual 500-mile endurance event attracts the biggest names in motorsports from native Brazil and around the world. One air ticket round trip, transportation, four hotel nights, race entry, and part of the WR Motorsports team with everything included for the December event estimated at around $6,000.
Adding to the prizes shelled out during the year-end prize ceremony on September 11 is IAME USA East. Each of the four IAME class champions will receive a FREE IAME engine, with the Pro and Junior gifted a X30 powerplant and the Cadet and Rookie title winners handed a Swift engine, total nearing the $10,000 mark.
Each weekend, DeepSeat is providing $100 to the Hard Charger Award in the IAME 125 Pro division to the driver who advances the most positions in the main event each race day. At the season banquet, KartLift is also raffling off a customized pit box, one of the most sought-after prizes at the ceremony. Over $7,500 worth of gas grills courtesy of Weber, Napoleon, the Big Green Egg and Marx Fireplaces & Lighting. Additional certificates from Precision Karting Technologies, L&T Clutches, gas stations, along with sets of MG Tires and USPKS Event T-Shirts will be raffled and given away throughout the four weekends.
The prize package for the 2016 Fikse Wheels United States Pro Kart Series could not be possible without the many supporters and class sponsors:
IAME 125 Pro – Franklin Motorsports
IAME X30 Junior – Innovative Performance
IAME Swift Cadet – Allison Racing Engines
IAME Swift Rookie – Jay Howard’s Motorsports Driver Development
Yamaha Pro – Comet Kart Sales
Yamaha Junior – Woltjer Racing Engines
Yamaha Cadet – Switch Racing Engines
Yamaha Rookie – QPS Employment Group
Each of the Fikse Wheels United States Pro Kart Series events in 2016 carry an event sponsor along with partners to help provide the Friday evening cookout dinners, free to everyone entered in the paddock.
May 13-15: New Castle Motorsports Park – New Castle, Indiana
Event Sponsor: Top Kart USA
Cookout Supporters: Benik Kart, L&T Clutches
June 17-19: US Air Motorsports Raceway – Shawano, Wisconsin
Event Sponsor: Praga North America
Cookout Supporters: KartLift, Red Line Synthetics
July 8-10: GoPro Motorplex – Mooresville, North Carolina
Event Sponsor: IAME USA East
Cookout Supporter: Alfano
September 9-11: Pittsburgh International Race Complex – Wampum, Pennsylvania
Event Sponsor: Checkered Motorsports
Cookout Supporter: COMPKART
Registration remains open for the first event of 2016 at the New Castle Motorsports Park in Indiana on May 13-15 – sponsored by Top Kart USA – by visiting the Registration section of the USPKS website.