I think Xander covered it pretty well. The pot of gold that used to exist in Florida over the winter was too tempting, so you got a bunch of new (and existing) series trying to take a slice of that pie. That was burning up many racing budgets before the grass even turned green in the upper half of the country. That problem seems to be rectifying itself, as the overabundance of winter series caused them all to struggle this year, and obviously they won’t all be back next year. I would expect the dynamic in FL during the winter to be fluid and continue to evolve as we see who all can afford a winter series in 2018.
Meanwhile, USPKS numbers were not up, but they were also not really down. It was about the same as last year. Many clubs are outdrawing the traveling series by a large margin and I would expect that trend to continue for now. 2017 is going to be a year of change in US karting, no doubt about it. You will see weaker series contracting or going away, and stronger series taking steps to solidify their position. Hopefully those that emerge will come out strong and continue to put on great racing programs so we can all get our fix.
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