Route 66 Sprint Series Set to Begin 15th Season
Opening rounds of 2015 set for Mid-State Kart Club facility on April 10-12
The 2015 Route 66 Sprint Series is set for another exciting season with five events to welcome top racers from the Midwest (Photo: Route66kartracing.com)
A memorable season is set to begin for the Route 66 Sprint Series as the program is ready to host its 15th year. The opening rounds of the five-event weekend program, sponsored by B&B Electric and serves as the Loren Niehaus Memorial event, is set for the Mid-State Kart Club facility in Springfield, Illinois for April 10-12. Once again, the Route 66 Sprint Series is offering everything from Kid Kart to TaG, utilizing powerplants from Yamaha, IAME, and Vortex. Putting together one of the top staffs in the country, the Route 66 program is about great tracks, great racing, and great people.
The first two rounds of the 10-race championship chase (counting the best eight toward the point standings) begins outside Springfield at the Mid-State Kart Club facility. What is considered the home circuit of the series, the Midwest racers get the chance to shake off the rust after a long and cold winter. All entrants at the first race of the season receives a FREE 15th anniversary Route 66 Sprint Series t-shirt. After taking the month of May off, the series heads north to the challenging US Air Motorsports Raceway in Shawano, Wisconsin on June 12-14 presented by Praga North America. A month later is a return to the Michiana Raceway Park outside South Bend, Indiana on July 17-19 with event support from EMJ Metals. The fourth stop takes racers south outside Indianapolis at New Castle Motorsports Park on August 14-16, sponsored by Verde Speed Resources. The final two rounds, presented by QPS Employment, take place September 11-13 at the historic Briggs & Stratton Raceway Park – home of the Badger Kart Club – in Dousman, Wisconsin.
The series is offering 10 categories on the season, beginning with the popular Kid Kart division. Yamaha Rookie offers the transition from Kid Kart to a larger size frame. Yamaha Cadet, Micro Rok, and Komet Cadet fill out the remainder of the classes for drivers under the age of 12. Junior drivers can take part in the Yamaha and Leopard divisions, along with the Komet class that welcomes drivers 13-years and older. Rounding out the Senior divisions is the Yamaha and Leopard classes.
Class sponsors include Hollywood Crane Service, Tony Kart, KartLift, Comet Kart Sales, Switch Racing Engines, Express Karts & Parts, Woltjer Racing Engines, CKT Racing Engines, FranklinKart.com, and RLV. Innovative Performance will be supplying the awards for fast time in 2015. Look Trailers is the official trailer of Route 66 Sprint Series and PRO-TEC System One as the official trailer. Other companies showing their support of the 2015 program include L&T Clutches, MG Tires, Vortex Engines, Schwanbeck Racing, PKTAxles.com, IAME USA East, KartSport North America, Haddock LTD, MTEC, Target Distributing and Wings Etc Restaurant.
Series CEO Mark Coats has put together a strong roster of series officials for the season. Series Director Rick Fulks will oversee the at-track duties with Jason Ludwig as the Race Director and Rick Jump as Tech Director. Tony Jump and Tim Anderson will assist Ludwig and Jump respectively. Denny Long has been tabbed as the Head Flagman, with Alli Long serving as head of Registration and Scoring. At-track assistants include Becky French and Tony Wyse. The Dial family hosts the series fuel and apparel. Tim Koyen is the official voice of the Route 66 Sprint Series with Kathy Churchill the photographer. Also assisting the series is Dan and Julie Green (Series Registration and Scoring), Matt Long (Webmaster) and George Sieracki (Senior Advisor).
Already 125 competitors have signed up for the first Route66 Sprint Series event of 2015. Pre-registration for the opening rounds at Mid-State Kart Club on April 10-12 ends Sunday, April 5 at midnight. At-track registration begins Thursday, April 9 along with entry check-in and packet pickup. For more information on the Route 66 Sprint Series, head to route66kartracing.com.
2015 Route 66 Sprint Series
April 10-12: Mid-State Raceway – Springfield, Illinois
June 12-14: US AIR Motorsports Park – Shawano, Wisconsin
July 17-19: Michiana Raceway Park – North Liberty, Indiana
August 14-16: New Castle Motorsports Park – New Castle, Indiana
September 25-27: Briggs & Stratton Raceway Park – Dousman, Wisconsin
November 7: Champions Banquet (Crown Plaza) – Springfield, Illinois