2015 RoboPong 200 at New Castle Motorsports Park Set for September 19-20
The 12th annual Robopong 200 will take the green flag on Sunday, September 20 at the New Castle Motorsports Park. The RoboPong 200 is karting’s best known TaG endurance race with 50+ teams dueling for the right to put their name on the prestigious Dan Wheldon Cup and earn a payday of $10,000.
The RoboPong 200 is a very unique race for karting and can be comparable to the Daytona 24, 24 Hours of LeMans, and other famous endurance events. Two hundred miles of racing features multiple pit stops, driver changes, refueling and tire changes. The race is a true test of drivers, teams and machines. Preparation is key to record a good finish.
The RoboPong 200 also has support races that will all compete for cash and prizes. Yamaha classes include Yamaha Sportsman (8-12 years old), Yamaha Junior (12-15 years old) and Yamaha Senior (15 and up). This year will also see the addition of the IAME Mini Swift class for the 8-12 year olds. Each class will qualify and run a Pre-Final on Saturday, September 19 and run their Final Sunday morning before the start of the RoboPong 200. Optional practice is available for all RoboPong classes on Friday, September 18. This year, the qualifying procedure for the RoboPong 200 teams will be adjusted to a 20-minute open session. Teams will be allowed to enter the track at anytime during the time allotted, with no hot-pit. Once a kart pulls off, their session is done.
The prize package is nearly the same as last year, with the total cash purse increasing to almost $45,000 with the addition of the IAME Mini Swift class. RoboPong 200 competitors are racing to add their name to the prestigious Dan Wheldon Cup, along with a $10,000 winning check. The remaining top-six teams split up the rest of the $20,000 class purse. Teams that finish sixth through 10th earn a set of Bridgestone tires. The support categories will each race for a $6,100 cash purse handed out to the top-five drivers, with $2,500 going to the four class winners. Sixth through 10th will also receive a set of Bridgestone tires.
The RoboPong 200 weekend will also holds a very special event, the Dan Wheldon Memorial Pro-Am Karting Challenge on Saturday, September 19. This will be the third year for the race, which is a charity event using the NCMP corporate karts with amateur drivers sharing the karts with IndyCar stars. Proceeds from the event benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of America, a charity which Wheldon was a huge supporter. Dan won the RoboPong 200 in 2005 and raced in the event six times.
Recently-crowned IndyCar champion Scott Dixon, Sarah Fisher, Ed Carpenter, and Sebastian Saavedra are among the drivers who have committed to participating in the event, with more big names to be announced in the coming days.
Entries must be in for all classes by September 5 to avoid the $50.00 late fee. You can register for the RoboPong 200 at the following LINK, with support classes HERE. See rules for all classes at newcastleraceway.com. Complete coverage of the 2014 edition can be found at the EKN Event Page.