Adkins Raceway Park Comes Back to Life
Historic karting facility in Ohio has rebirth thanks to racers, set for May 31 reopening
Written by Randy Kugler and David Cole
May 31 will mark the rebirth of one of the most historic karting venues in the country, Adkins Raceway Park. Located in Port Washington, Ohio, a facelift around the facility and new concrete on most of the course, it is an exciting time for the Adkins family and karters in the Great Lakes area.
Built in 1962 by the late World Karting Association founder and former president George Kugler, the race track has hosted many large events during its years. In 1969, it was the home of the IKF Spring Nationals. Four years later in 1973, the WKA Sprint Nationals came to the Port Washington track for the first of many national events for the organization. Unique to Adkins Raceway is the high-banked 30 degree banked Monza turn.
The Adkins family took ownership of the race track in 1982. The last few races were held there in the late 1990s before the track itself became dormant. The Port Washington, Ohio venue has since been the home of one of the most famous and successful kart shops in the sport, Adkins Speed Center. WKA Hall of Fame driver and established engine builder Kyle Adkins and his wife Sheryl call the land home, running the business and raising their family there at the facility.
Never underestimate the desire, passion, and ingenuity of diehard karters when they get together. Early last year, a few karters stopped by the Adkins homestead to visit with Kyle. The conversation turned to the racetrack and what it would take to bring it back to operation. A few turned into a lot of karters, and the mission of giving the facility a facelift was welcomed and has been very successful. Critical to the updates and rejuvenation was the involvement of Gary Teremana. Gary raced at ARP back in the 1960s when it was Kugler Raceway. Teremana saw to it that new concrete graced nearly all of the course. Ideas turned into action and the rest is history.
Along with the facility, the Indian Valley Kart Club is getting a rebirth. The host club before the Adkins Raceway Park closed previously, IVKC will host racing at the facility once again, with the current board members include Scott Levi, Bob Stockdale, Bob “Ziggy” Hertzig, Mike Sikora, Rick Chapman, Mark Hicks and Kyle Adkins. The ground breaking event on May 31 will kick off a 7 race schedule highlighted by the Adkins “Vintage Kart Klassic” on August 8-9. Interest has been pouring in from all over the country to attend this historic event and relive the magic of Adkins Raceway Park.
“We are excited to be a part of this rebirth. From day one, Kyle has been committed to the transformation of this track from a deteriorating closed kart track to a smooth, modern facility,” says Indian Valley Kart Club President, Rick Chapman. “Everyone has been working unselfishly with only one goal in mind, and that goal will be realized May 31 with the drop of the green flag.”
“We want a track where people will come and have fun and yet find good competition,” added Kyle Adkins. “We want sensible classes so we don’t have just 2-3 karts in a class. Adkins Raceway Park is truly focused on growing karting in Ohio and being a strong member of the karting community.”
Race Days are on Sunday. Practice day is the Saturday before Race Day, from 9am till 5 pm (subject to change). Saturday practice fee is $20, which includes your Sunday Race Day Pit Pass. Race day Pit Pass is $10. Children that are NOT drivers up to seven years old are FREE. Race entry fee is $35 with IVKC members race entry fee $25.
Race 1: Sunday, May 31
Race 2: Sunday June, 28
Race 3: Sunday, July 12
August 8-9: First Annual Ohio Vintage Kart Klassic (Vintage Karts Only – Click here for more info )
Race 4: Sunday, September 13
Race 5: Sunday, September 27
Race 6: Sunday, October 18
Race 7: Sunday, November 1