United States Pro Kart Series Confirms Plans for 2016
Series prepares for a four weekend championship with IAME and Yamaha categories
Now entering its fourth season, the United States Pro Kart Series is gearing up for another year of growth and exciting racing. Series promoter Mark Coats created the program at the end of 2012, focused on providing an elite series that was focused on what the racers wanted, and to bring together the best racers possible. The first three years have seen a steady increase in participation overall for the series, and the 2016 season is expected to be another record year.
The 2016 United States Pro Kart Series will be a four-weekend program once again, with its racing taking part between May and September. The opening event is scheduled for the New Castle Motorsports Park. The Indiana facility has been part of the USPKS since its inception, setting the stage for the championship chase. June marks a return to the US Air Motorsports Raceway. The amazing circuit in northern Wisconsin joined the USPKS last year, with drivers raving about the multiple elevation changes and challenging layout. The GoPro Motorplex has been part of the USPKS, serving as the opening location the past three seasons. The state-of-the-art facility in North Carolina has moved to July, hosting round five and six. After the month of August off, the series host its finale weekend at the Pittsburgh International Raceway. Prior to the snow falling, the Pennsylvania facility laid down new asphalt on the original circuit, including new curbing, that will make the final laps toward deciding the 2016 USPKS champions an exciting time. Those eight drivers and the rest of the top-five in the championship standings will be honored in a year-end banquet that Sunday evening in Pittsburgh.
“We as a series always try to do what is best for the sport of karting,” commented Coats. “Our schedule was established early, however, we had to make date changes to limit conflicts for our racers and kart shops. This year’s list of tracks is possibly the best combination in the country as our racers want to make sure we rotate the tracks we race at. The 2016 line-up are among the best facilities and the circuits ranked as most popular with the drivers.”
In 2013, the United States Pro Kart Series featured two engine packages; the Yamaha KT-100S and IAME 125cc Leopard. In an effort to stabilize the equipment run across the majority of the country, the USPKS and Route 66 Sprint Series have made the decision to move to the IAME Swift engine in the TaG Cadet classes for the 2016 season and beyond. Most of the USPKS competitors were contacted and surveyed, and the majority of the competitors already owned a Swift engine package and support the change. In parallel, the USPKS and Route 66 Sprint Series will also allow the IAME X30 engine to be utilized to run alongside the IAME Leopard engine.
“We realize that change is not always a good thing, but we feel that it is in this case,” Coats added. “Our decision was based upon what we felt was best for the future of our competitors and provides the best opportunity to help grow our sport. I appreciate all those who shared their input and as a series, we have listened.”
“This move will provide a true opportunity to help the sport move forward,” added Eric Jones of IAME USA East. “Racers can now compete with the same equipment coast to coast, including the USPKS, Route 66, and many other events. “We are excited to be on site at all the USPKS events in 2016, along with select Route 66 weekends to continue to help support Mark Coats and our IAME racers.”
The format for the series weekends remains unchanged with Friday serving as practice day, and two rounds of racing on Saturday and Sunday. Each round features warm-up, a qualifying session to determine where you start for two heat races. Those results set your lineup for the main event. Information regarding series staff for 2016, title sponsor and class sponsors in addition to other announcements will be released in the near future. The 2016 official technical and sporting rules and regulations book for the USPKS and Route 66 Sprint Series will be published February 20.
For the next week, USPKS competitors can take advantage of early registration for the full season to save money. Racers can save $300 by registering for the entire USPKS season from now until February 14. Pro category competitors will pay $1,300 with all other classes at $1,100 (includes all Friday practices and reserved number fee). For every 10 people that pre-register for the entire series, USPKS will be giving away a set of MG Tires via a drawing, and all those competitors will receive a free series t-shirt. Competitors who received the USPKS gift certificates are asked to contact Dan Green (dan.uspks.@gmail.com) to assist you.
Please visit them online at www.USPKS.com and follow them on Facebook or contact Mark Coats via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Any companies interested in becoming part of the program as a sponsor or series supporter for the USPKS or Route 66 Sprint Series programs are encouraged to contact Mr. Coats through email or call 217-652-6275.
2016 United States Pro Kart Series Schedule
May 13-15: New Castle Motorsports Park – New Castle, Indiana
June 17-19: US AIR Motorsports Raceway – Shawano, Wisconsin
July 8-10: GoPro Motorplex – Mooresville, North Carolina
September 9-11: Pittsburgh International Race Complex – Wampum, Pennsylvania
2016 United States Pro Kart Series Class Structure
IAME Pro (X30 and Leopard)
IAME Junior (X30 only)
IAME Cadet (Mini Swift)
IAME Rookie (Mini Swift w/16mm header)