Texas ProKart Challenge 2015 Program Preparing for Opening Weekend
Official SKUSA regional and US Rotax Max Challenge program set to begin new season April 10-12 in Katy
The 2015 karting season is ready to get underway in the Lone Star State with the Burger King® Texas ProKart – Texas Barge Rotax Max Challenge Series set to host the opening event of the year. On April 10-12, the fourth season of the program will kickoff at the Gulf Coast Kartway facility in Katy, Texas, welcoming racers of the Superkarts! USA and United States Rotax Max Challenge.
“I’m really excited to get the new year going,” stated series promoter Dave Pauly. “We have Burger King back on board, and we welcome Texas Barge as our other title sponsor in addition to our presenting sponsors 3G Kart Racing, Dallas Karting Complex and IAME USA West. We have more industry partners and class sponsors for the year that make all of this possible. Now into our fourth season, we want to continue to grow. Last year was a 19% increase from 2013, and thanks to the four facilities and a number of new racers in our area, there is no reason we can’t grow that much again in 2015. We are projecting another large prize package of the racers, including weekend and year-end awards that surpasses that confirms the Texas ProKart Challenge as the top series in the central states.”
The 2015 Texas ProKart Challenge opens up the year at Gulf Coast Kartways on April 10-12. At 7/10-mile long, the Katy, Texas course will set the tone for the new season, welcoming returning champions, newcomers, and rising title contenders. Stop two of the Texas PKC season is set for June 12-14 at the North Texas Kartway in Denton, Texas. Home of the North Texas Karters organization, the track will have racers take on the 1/2-mile challenging circuit. The Texas PKC program then moves to the Dallas Karting Complex on July 10-12. Site of the 2014 SpringNationals, the Caddo Mills, Texas facility has become a popular destination for karters in the southwest. The 2015 season will come to a close on October 2-4 at the famed Oklahoma Motorsports Complex in Norman. The 7/10-mile track is located south of Oklahoma City and has hosted a number of major karting events over the last two decades.
Before the new season begins, the champions from 2014 will be recognized and honored at the 2014 Texas ProKart Challenge Awards Banquet, scheduled for April 10. Following a day of practice at the Katy facility for the opening rounds of the new year, racers are invited to the ceremony at Main Event, just minutes from the Gulf Coast Kartway facility (24401 Katy Freeway). A social hour, including a cash bar, begins at 6:30pm with a Tex-Mex Fiesta dinner served at 7:30pm. Awards will be presented to first place through third place in the majority of the categories, with cash awards an many other prizes handed out including MG and Mojo tires, Ribtect vests, IAME products and other merchandise. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased on the Texas PKC website, with the deadline set at April 9.
The Burger King® Texas ProKart Challenge portion of the series offers all the Superkarts! USA categories. Beginning with the Stock Moto divisions to the four separate TaG divisions which now features all IAME engines. S2 Semi-Pro, S3 Novice, S5 Junior, and S4 Master division will be joined by the new S4 Super Master category, reserved for drivers 45-years or older. TaG Senior and TaG Master now utilize the Parilla Leopard and X30, with the Leopard engine in the TaG Junior division. 2015 marks the transition to the Mini Swift engine for the TaG Cadet division. SKUSA racers in the Texas ProKart Challenge have the chance to take part in the Priority Pre-Entry Program for the SuperNationals XIX, along with a chance at earning a guaranteed SuperSunday starting position by winning the Texas championship in their category.
The United States Rotax Max Challenge program welcomes new presenting sponsor Texas Barge. Once again, the Texas program offers all seven Rotax categories (Micro, Mini, Junior, Senior, Masters, DD2, DD2 Masters) where racers can earn punches toward the annual US Rotax Grand Nationals, this year scheduled for August 5-9 at the Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina.
“Our S4 division is open this year, with the series reigning champion Chris Jennings along with former Pro Tour champion Jordon Musser committing to the S2 class for 2015 here in Texas. Along with the addition of the S4 Super Master for the elder drivers, this should see our numbers grow even further for Stock Moto,” added Pauly. “Many of our Texas Barge Rotax Max Challenge racers are among the best in the country, showing well at the Nationals along with other international programs in 2014 and 2015. With a few Texas ProKart Challenge driver earning a national title, I would not be surprised more come from our racers this year.”
The recent announcement regarding the state of availability of the new Rotax evo engine upgrade package has force the Texas Barge Rotax Max Challenge to award equal points for the finishing position of either evo or non-evo engine packages at the opening event in Katy on April 10-12. All Rotax racers will be racing for one set of trophies, however, two sets of points will be distributed on the weekend, and then merged into a single championship once the Rotax evo Engine Upgrade Package becomes fully available.
Registration for the opening rounds of the Burger King® Texas ProKart – Texas Barge Rotax Max Challenge Series is available online at the series website, with the deadline for pre-entry set for April 5. Additional updates is available texasprokartchallenge.com and be sure to find Texas ProKart Challenge on Facebook.
2015 Texas ProKart Challenge Schedule
April 10-12: Gulf Coast Karters – Katy, Texas
June 12-14: North Texas Karters – Denton, Texas
July 10-12: Dallas Karting Complex – Caddo Mills, Texas
October 2-4: Oklahoma Motorsports Complex – Norman, Oklahoma