Exciting Changes to US Open Format and Event One Information
Return of hot grid, grid girls and kick-off BBQ set for Dallas
With the Rotax Challenge of the Americas and Cold Stone Florida Winter Tour now complete, MAXSpeed Entertainment is working hard putting the finishing touches on the inaugural US Open program. With an already announced prize package for Rotax and shifterkart competitors in excess of $225,000, series officials are bringing back the infamous ‘hot grid’ for qualifying, the always-stunning grid girls as well as a huge welcome party for the kick-off of the national campaign.
“We have entries coming in every day,” explained MAXSpeed Entertainment’s Garett Potter. “We had big commitments from North America’s top karting teams and they are delivering with several entrants from the European karting scene along with their top US drivers. To date, the entry numbers are outpacing the successful Florida Winter Tour and the competition looks to be fierce.”
Registration can be completed online at www.MAXSpeedEntertainment.com. Pre-registration closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 11:59pm. Trackside registration will be an additional $200.00. Also, please note that classes will be capped at 40, due to the unique structure of the US Open. MAXSpeed Entertainment urges competitors who have not registered to do so, as classes are filling up.
As mentioned, the excitement of hot grid during qualifying will return to the national level of karting. Looking to make a last minute change? Needing that extra speed to move up the grid order? Each and every class will have an open hot grid during qualifying to fine-tune their chassis and engines in the elusive search for some extra speed.
Potter continued, “The US Open is not only going to be hot with competition but the grids will be HOT as well! We have all missed the excitement of a hot grid during qualifying. I want to see Mike Speed change an axle with three laps to go and put his driver on pole again. I miss that excitement at the track. The US Open will bring this exciting spectacle back, and will incorporate it into their event structure for all three event weekends.”
Kevin Adds and Mike Jones, the brain trust at the Dallas Karting Complex (DKC) are one of the major supporters of the US Open program and are putting the final pieces of the puzzle in place for the first ever event set for May 14-17. The return of grid girls, a welcome party with a few surprises and more are in the works. Not only will the first event be one that everyone is fighting to win, it will also be one for the ages and you won’t want to miss it.
Listening to the MAXSpeed Entertainment customer base, the US Open will incorporate the same event structure as the final round of the Florida Winter Tour that had such rave reviews. With unofficial practice on Wednesday and Thursday; official practice, qualifying as well as the first heat race will take place on Friday. Saturday will be reserved for three additional heat races for all classes while Sunday will showcase the final. With loads of race laps, a chance to score championship points every time you hit the track and everyone on the road at 3:30pm Sunday, this new format will be a game changer.
There will be no drop races in the US Open. Point structure will be posted next week at www.MAXSpeedEntertainment.com.
Additionally, anyone needing a reserved pit spot must complete a Pit Request Form located HERE. Please do not wait until the day of for pit assignment. MAXSpeed Entertainment expects pits to be completely sold out so get your forms in NOW.
MAXSpeed Entertainment will also offer free RV parking in the RV area for the Dallas round. This area will be dry, with no hook-ups. RVs will not be allowed in the pit area due to space. It is also expected for this area to fill up fast, so please get your requests in NOW. Please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re looking for a site with full hook-ups, MSE has secured a deal with Dallas Northeast KOA. Click HERE or call contact number 903-527-3615 to reserve a space; let them know you are with the US Open at Dallas Karting Complex.