United States Pro Kart Series Confirms 2017 Plans
The United States Pro Kart Series is excited to announce our program for the 2017 season. As part of our continuous improvement process, and beginning with the closing events of 2016, Series staffers solicited opinions, ideas, and suggestions from numerous competitors, supporting race shops, and sponsors. That information was discussed extensively and the result is the following changes to our program, beginning with the 2017 campaign. We hope you are as excited about these changes as we are!
One of the most commons themes we heard was that the practice days were too long, and that shorter sessions were preferred, with an earlier wrap up. Additionally, to cut back on the number of travel days, to start the Friday practice later. And at the conclusion of the race weekend, everyone wanted to get back on the road home earlier. To that end, the new weekend schedule was developed.
The next change, is with regard to the entry fees and purses paid in some classes. Most folks surveyed felt the money classes were not necessary and were not a motivating factor. So we listened and eliminated the purse, which allowed us to lower the entry fees. Entry Fees Lowered: 1st Class is now $300 and the 2nd Class $250 (pre entry). At track entry, $350 all classes.
Another popular request was the addition of drop race into the championship. Again, we listened, and for 2017 you get one race day as a drop. Four Great Events; 8 race days, with 7 of the 8 race days counting toward the championship.
The 2017 USPKS Schedule is:
April 7-9, 2017 – Go-Pro Motorplex – Mooresville, North Carolina
June 2-4, 2017 – Pittsburg International, Wampum, Pennsylvania
July 28-30, 2017 – New Castle Motorsports Park, New Castle, Indiana (NEW TRACK LAYOUT)
September 22-24, 2017 – The Autobahn Country Club, Joliet, Illinois (Temporary Circuit)
The 2017 Class Lineup will be released soon. But in the meantime, mark you calendars!
More information on the USPKS can be found by visiting the series website at www.uspks.com or by contacting Series Director Mark Coats at (217)652-6275 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 USPKS Race Weekend Format
Thursday – 12:00 Noon parking for Sponsors, Race Teams and Big Rigs
1:00p Starts Individual parking
1:00p – 7:00p Registration & Pre Tech
Friday – 8:00a Pit pass sales and Track opens
8:30a – 6:00p Registration
9:00a – 6:00p Pre Tech & Tire Scanning
12:00 Noon – 6:00p Practice Sessions
6:00p Cook out and Bags Tourney (Bags Champion for the year)
Saturday – 7:00a Pit pass sales & track opens
7:30a Registration & Tech opens
8:00a One round of warmup
Two Heats (progressive start)
Podiums and interviews after each final
Sunday – 7:30a Pit pass & Track opens
8:00a Registration & Tech opens
8:30a One round of warmup
Podiums and interviews done after each final