Many of you may have heard of the Rock Island Grand Prix (RIGP)…for those of you that have not, it is the premier karting street race in the US, held annually for 20 years now on Labor Day weekend on the streets of Rock Island, IL.
It’s an awesome event with great racing and good times throughout the weekend.
The RIGP organizers have always been proactive in promoting the growth of the sport and are always willing to embrace change if they think it will improve the event or help grow the sport. With the introduction of our new Ignite kart & class in 2015, the RIGP organizers recognized our goal of making entry into the sport more affordable, less technically challenging and most importantly, placing an emphasis on driver development. Accordingly, they have added the ‘Ignite Shootout’ to their 2015 class structure.
The Ignite Shootout is an all spec class where the focus is on the driver. Chassis’ are spec, engines are sealed, tires are hard and the field is as level as we can possibly make it. The driver who works hard at refining their skills as well as their set-up will be rewarded. The Ignite Shootout is a great way to sample street racing at its best in a competitive, yet fun environment. There are two ways to compete in the inaugural RIGP Ignite Shootout; You can compete with your own Ignite K3 or you can ‘Arrive & Drive’ a factory prepared Ignite K3. All Ignite racers will be pitting together, under a single tent and we’ll be supporting our drivers with a full staff. Lunch will also be catered on both Saturday and Sunday.
In short, this is a terrific opportunity to compete in a classic event with a team that has a proven history at the event (no other brand of kart has won more RIGP races than Margay…). For those of you already committed please use the link below to register your entry ASAP. As always, if any of you have additional questions about the event or the Ignite Shootout class, please contact me directly at 1.800.5MARGAY or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to join us on September 5-7 and have some fun here are a few details and links to all you need to know:
Friday, September 5
5pm-7pm -Arrive, register, set up pit area
7:30pm-Track walk, led by Jason Birdsell, 11 time RIGP winner
Saturday, September 6
7:15am – Mandatory RIGP drivers meeting
Followed by two practice sessions and one qualifying heat race (throughout the day)