American E-Kart Championship Brings Competitive Racing To Everyone
CHICAGO (Tuesday, May 15, 2018) – The American E-Kart Championship (AEKC) powered by Monster Energy announced its nationwide, indoor karting series schedule today with races starting Monday, May 21 and culminating with the Championship Weekend on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12 at Accelerate Indoor Speedway & Events, Chicago in Mokena, Ill. with the winner receiving a $10,000 cash prize. The second place winner will receive $2,500, and the third place winner will receive $1,000. Various cash prizes will also be offered in qualifying rounds.
Officially sanctioned by the World Karting Association (WKA), the series offers practically anyone the opportunity to be a champion racer.
“What makes this series special is that everyone who participates has an equal shot at winning. It’s not about sponsors or having the best engine program. Everyone drives the same karts on the same tracks, and anyone who is old enough and tall enough to drive a kart can show up,” says Donald Wagner, Commissioner of the American E-Kart Championship. “This year, an entirely unknown driver could lay claim to being America’s fastest E-kart racer.”
Competitors can choose to race at any of the 18 participating indoor e-karting tracks. Champions from each of the tracks will then earn a berth, along with local expenses paid (participants must secure their own travel) to race in the American E-Karting Championship Finals at Accelerate.
Participating tracks include Autobahn Indoor Speedway & Events, with locations in Hadley, Mass., Palisades, N.Y., Harrisburg, Pa., White Marsh, Md., Jessup, Md., Manassas, Va., Dulles, Va., Memphis, Tenn., Jacksonville, Fla., Birmingham, Ala., and Tucson, Ariz.; ; Xtreme Racing, Wichita, Kan.; Veloce Indoor Speedway Milwaukee, Waukesha, Wis.; Need2Speed in Reno, Nv.; Overdrive Raceway in Colorado Springs, Colo.; MB2 Raceway, Grimes, Iowa; High Voltage Indoor Karting, Cleveland, Ohio; and Accelerate Indoor Speedway & Events Chicago.
“Every day, we see so much talent from ordinary people at the track,” says Wagner, who also serves as Director of Operations for Autobahn and Accelerate. “Some of the world’s top race car drivers, like Jeff Gordon and Lewis Hamilton, got their start racing karts. Our goal is to make racing accessible to everyone. Having the series sanctioned by the top governing body in the world and sponsored by Monster Energy, one of the world’s preeminent brands in racing and extreme sports, brings real legitimacy to the championship. It’s real racing for real people.”
“The World Karting Association has always had a place for everyone in Karting, and that includes E-Karting. With that, the decision for WKA to sanction The American E-Karting Championship powered by Monster Energy was a no-brainer.” states Kevin Williams, President of WKA, “Many of the global motorsports stars started in various forms of Karting, and we are excited to see the stars of this series.”
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The American E-Karting Championship is the first World Karting Association (WKA) sanctioned racing series. In its inaugural season, competitors can qualify at any of 18 tracks nationwide, with the AEKC Final Weekend on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12 in Chicago.
Since 1971, the World Karting Association has provided a venue for racers to enjoy all aspects of Karting in the USA. Providing regulations, instruction and venues for fair and safe karting competition in the USA, WKA has a place for everyone in karting. Based in Concord, NC, WKA is the Foundation of Motorsports. http://www.WorldKarting.com