NorthWest Karting Association Primed for Strong 2022 Season
Five tracks set to host Pacific Northwest regional program
The NorthWest Karting Association’s Padholder Super Cup Series Sprint is lining up for a successful 2022 season as entries continue to arrive for the opening round of the Pacific Northwest regional series, which is set for the April 28 – May 1 weekend at the Tri-City Kart Track on Horn Rapids, WA. Over 150 entries have already been entered for the first event of the program, which features four-cycle, 100cc air-cooled, 125cc TaG, and gearbox categories.
“We are excited for the 2022 season post-COVID to once again welcome our Canadian racers, and our schedule is strong with five of the region’s best tracks” offered Mike Schorn, NorthWest Karting Association President. “The NWKA is also proud to announce a pair of new title sponsors for this year in Padholder Creative Mounting and N°1 Collision Group for the Padholder Super Cup Series Sprint and Road Race program. We have 10 sprint events scheduled over five weekends and six road race events for the 2022 season. Both Padholder and N°1 are great additions to the NWKA and they’re also avid racers in the region.”
The Padholder Super Cup Series Sprint will travel to five different PNW tracks this season, kicking things off the April 29-May 1 weekend at the Tri-City Kart Club in Horn Rapids, WA. The Portland Karting Association will host Round #2 at McMinnville (OR), and then the series heads south to White City, Oregon to join the South Oregon Karters at the track known by many as Medford. Racing in the Pacific Northwest has also enjoyed a strong Canadian contingent, as Round #4 will be in their backyard at Greg Moore Raceway in Chilliwack, British Columbia, the home of the West Coast Kart Club. The finale is set got early August at the SIMA facility in Sumas, WA.
2022 Padholder Super Cup Series Sprint Schedule
April 29-May 1: Tri-City Kart Club – Horn Rapids, WA
May 20-22: Portland Karting Association – McMinnville, OR
June 17-19: Southern Oregon Karters – White City, OR
July 15-17: West Coast Kart Club – Chilliwack, BC, Canada
August 5-7: Sumas International Motorsport Academy – Sumas, WA
The opening round at the Tri-City Kart Club will shaping up to be a super strong opening to the season, which will fuel momentum through the spring and summer. Series organizers are also shining a spotlight on the June 17-19 weekend at the Medford circuit, which is a short drive for racers in NorCal who may be challenged to attend and take on the PNW’s best talents. The Southern Oregon Karters club is working hard, and they’ve recently purchased new scales and a new scale pad, among other upgrades.
The class structure for the series will focus on four-cycle Briggs 206 and World Formula competition, 100cc air-cooled Junior and Senior classes for the ROK VLR and KA100 engines, multi-engine TaG classes for Cadet, Junior, and Senior, and Heavy categories, and multi-engine 125cc shifter categories that are open to all types of gearbox engines.
The momentum for this year’s series is being fueled by impressive support from the PNW karting community, as well as from companies from outside the sport. The presenting sponsor of the series is Padholder Creative Mounting, an Auburn, WA based manufacturer of holders and mounts for mobile devices like phones and tablets.
Karting companies who have stepped up to support the series include CMC, Huggler Racing, Odenthal Racing Products, Italian Motors, Kart-o-Rama, Midnight Motorsports, Helmet House, Xccel Racing, Mike’s Kart Stands, CFR Motorsports, and LeCont. Additional class and series sponsorship has come from In City Prints, N°1 Collision Group, Burly Products, Lane Landscape & Fencing, Generations Bar & Grill, Cheap Fast Racing, Augie’s Fiberglass, and Chinn Construction, LLC.
“This is a full team effort with not only all the partners and supporters we have, but from the racers themselves,” added Schorn. “Our program is run by the racers, for the racers. Not only myself but NWKA vice president Chris Worley, NWKA’s Ann Harlow, and all the facilities that we are working with in 2022.”
All of the region’s major teams are on-board and will be in the paddock, but one of the core values of the NWKA has always been the privateer racer and family team.
“One of the things that, in this series, I like to say is that the team tents are open to everyone,” Schorn continued. “We have fierce competition on the track but at the end of the day everyone can stop by and bench race in nearly any tent on the paddock. We’ve seen karts on the grid ready to roll out encounter problems and five different teams see the troubles and are on it to ensure that driver makes it out on the track, because they want to win or lose on the track not in the pit.”
Learn more about the NorthWest Karting Association and the Padholder Super Cup Series Sprint Presented by N°1 Collision Group on their website www.padholdersupercup.com
EKN will have a preview of the NWKA Road Race Series in the near future.