2023 Padholder Super Cup Series Schedule Unveiled
Sprint and Road Racing programs confirmed for upcoming season
The Padholder Super Cup Series presented by No.1 Collison Group has released its plans for the 2023 Sprint series calendar, with five stops set. Drivers who ran last season will recognize three returning venues, with two new tracks added for 2023. The series will spend most of it time in the evergreen state of Washington, as four of the five weekends are set to take place there, with one stop in Oregon planned.
The series that saw well over 1,000 entries in 2022 will be looking to improve upon its success, and further grow the series in the Northwest region. With the addition of two new tracks for 2023, the series will be presented to even more people in the region, further gaining its popularity.
The sprint series will see karters head to three of the same venues that the series visited last year, with the addition of two new tracks in the middle of the season. The opening round goes unchanged in its venue from last season, kicking off the 2023 calendar at Tri City Kart Club in Richland, WA. In 2022, the opening round saw the largest amount of entries for the season, reaching 351 entries combined between the two days of racing. Drivers and organizers will be hoping for the same success they saw last year at a track that gives off an old-school European circuit feel.
As with the first weekend, the destination for the second event of the 2023 season goes unchanged as the series will make its way to Portland Karting Association facility in McMinnville, Oregon. PKA had the second most entries across two days last year, just behind TCKC at 315. The high curb, narrow circuit should produce some tight racing this season, with no shortage of daring overtakes throughout the weekend.
A familiar track to the Pacific Northwest that was not on the 2022 Padholder Super Cup Series schedule is set for 2023. The Puget Sound Go Kart Association is set to host the third weekend of season. PSGKA has been around since January of 1959 and has been going strong since then. Unlike the first two tracks on the line up, PSGKA is a tight, technical circuit and will be one of the shorter tracks on the season. With only nine corners, the Washington-based track is surely going to see some close-quarters combat come race day.
Spokane Kart Racing Association is the final new track for 2023 on the calendar. The Airway Heights, Washington facility is situated in a unique location, in the same area as the Spokane Festival of Speed Site, with paved and dirt variants of ovals and circuits. Spokane Kart Racing Association has a very flowing, technical layout, that should suit the Briggs 206 and Briggs World Formula engine packages quite well in the penultimate weekend of the season.
Situated a short walk away from the Canadian border, and not far away from Vancouver, is the final destination the 2023 schedule – Sumas International Motorsport Academy. SIMA is set to return as the series finale for 2023. The 17-turn track is one of the most well-balanced on the calendar, with everything from fast straights and long sweeping corners to hairpins and a tight and tricky bottom half of the circuit.
The class structure for the 2023 sprint season remains the same as the year prior, with options from Briggs 206 to shifter karts. Three classes utilize the Briggs 206 powerplant, with a Junior I and II class, along with Senior. Sharing a handful of the same parts as the 206, the World Formula returns for another year of racing in the World Formula Pro class.
In the world of 2-cycle racing, six classes are available for 2022, with Junior 1 60cc being the first rung of the ladder. Junior drivers moving up have the option of racing aircooled 100cc Junior, which uses the ROK VLR, IAME KA100 and X100AC engines, or running TaG Junior, where drivers have a choice of nine different engines. Aircooled 100cc Senior and TaG Senior follow that same format. For those 35 years of age and older, TaG Masters returns in 2023.
Finally, two shifter classes are on offer for 2023, where both a Light and Heavy class are available, with 11 different motors being eligible.
For the 2023 Padholder Super Cup Series Road Racing calendar, five stops in Washington and Oregon make up the schedule, starting things off in Kent, Washington at Pacific Raceway. The series stays in Washington for the second weekend, heading over to The Ridge in Sheldon. ORP is the first of two races in Oregon, taking place in Grass Valley, and its back to Washington for the penultimate round at PIR in Portland. Racers then head back to Kent, where the season started, ending the year at Pacific Raceway.
For more information on the Padholder Super Cup and its 2023 season, visit padholdersupercup.com for all the details on the upcoming year.
2023 Padholder Super Cup Series Sprint Schedule:
April 14-16: Tri City Kart Club – Richland, WA
May 5-7: Portland Karting Association – McMinnville, OR
June 9-11: Puget Sound Go Kart Association – Tacoma, WA
July 7-9: Spokane Kart Racing Association – Spokane, WA
August 4-6: Sumas International Motorsport Academy – Sumas, WA
2023 Padholder Super Cup Series Road Race Schedule:
March 31-April 1: Pacific Raceway – Kent WA
June 3-4: The Ridge – Sheldon, WA
June 23-24: Oregon Raceway Park – Grass Valley, OR
July 28-29: Portland International Raceway – Portland, OR
Sept 29-30: Pacific Raceway – Kent, WA