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Sep 09

UNITED STATES PRO KART SERIES AND ROUTE 66 PROGRAMS TO REMAIN WITH MG TIRES

posted by Mark Coats on 09 Sep 2016

On the eve of the 2016 Fikse Wheels United States Pro Kart Series presented by MG Tires finale weekend, series officials are pleased to announce its commitment regarding the tire selection for the future of the program. MG Tires has been the only brand utilized for the USPKS and the regional Route 66 Sprint Series since 2013, and promoter Mark Coats is confirming the continuation for both series with the Brazilian manufacturer.

“We have and continue to be pleased with the performance of the tire and what MG Tires has done for us,” stated USPKS and Route 66 Sprint Series promoter Mark Coats. “I want to thank WR International - Wagner Rossi and Luis Ruibal - for everything they have done for our two programs over the last four years. Mr. Rossi and Mr. Ruibal have been great partners for both series and I can not thank them enough for their support and friendship.”

Recently, MG Tires announced a change in the distribution network for North America with a new direction, new philosophy and new key personnel. Coats met with MG Owners Marcello Ventre and Gianfranco Ventre during the month of July and conducted many discussions with new North American distributors Justin Marks and Eric Jones of the GoPro Motorplex facility. Similar goals exist between the two parties toward the current and future racers in the eastern half of the United States.

“It has been a great working relationship with Mark and the series he promotes,” stated Eric Jones of KartSport North America. “We began working with his program as a track owner at our GoPro Motorplex facility, and have enjoyed hosting an event in each of the first four years of the USPKS. We have extended our IAME dealer network and customer service program thanks to his two series that reach multiple states and tracks throughout the eastern half of the United States. The addition of MG Tires to our structure further strengthens our relationship with the United States Pro Kart Series and Route 66 Sprint Series.”

The United States Pro Kart Series and the Route 66 Sprint Series is set to continue utilizing the MG Tires FZ (Yellow) and HZ (Red) compounds for the 2017 season in IAME, Yamaha and Kid Kart competition.

This weekend is the 2016 season finale for the Fikse Wheels United States Pro Kart Series presented by MG Tries, set for the Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, PA and sponsored by Checkered Motorsports. The Route 66 Sprint Series program closes out the season on October 7-9 at the Mid-State Kart Club facility in Springfield, Illinois sponsored by B&B Electric.

Aug 16

RECORD EVENT & GREAT RACING AT BKC

posted by Mark Coats on 16 Aug 2016

Event number four numbers remain strong for the Route 66 Sprint Series.
With just a few entries shy of the 300 mark, we had 47 more entries than last year. Thank you to all of our racers & supporting shops for making the Route 66 Sprint Series such a great series.
Rain set in Friday morning cutting into practice. Once the track dried out, practice proceeded until 6:15 when the rains started up again.
The rains returned Saturday morning. Very few practiced in the rain on Friday or Saturday, knowing that the remainder of the event was going to be dry. The track was dry before qualifying started and remained dry for the weekend. There was great racing in all 9 classes on both Saturday & Sunday.
We would like to thank the Badger Kart Club officers & especially Mr. George Sieracki for their hospitality & for the Saturday evening cookout.
The points battles tightened up and will be decided at our last event sponsored by B&B Electric on October 7-9 at Mid-State Kart Club.
Registration is open for our last event.
I would also like to thank the entire Route 66 Sprint Series "TEAM" for another great event.

Aug 01

THANK YOU FOR A GREAT WEEKEND

posted by Mark Coats on 01 Aug 2016

I would like to thank all of the racers & their families for attending the Route 66 Sprint Series at MRP this past weekend. The weather cooperated & the rains stayed away on Saturday & Sunday.
It was great to see Wagner & Luis from WR International & current MG tire supplier.
Thank you to Garry & Diane Lobaugh for providing Saturday evenings cookout for all of our Route 66 Sprint Series Racing Family. It was appreciated by all. The MRP track staff & paramedics always do a great job, thank you again.
Last but not least, thank you to the entire Route 66 Sprint Series Staff, you are the best in all of karting!!

Jun 14

2017 OFFICIAL SCHEDULE

posted by Mark Coats on 14 Jun 2016

April 21-23, 2017 - NCMP
June 2-4, 2017 - MRP
July 6-8, 2017 Fri & Sat Night Event under the Lights - MSKC
August 18-21, 2017 - BKC
**Badger Kart Club is expanding and repaving their track at the end of the 2016 season.
September 22-24, 2017 - TBA

May 22

AT TRACK CHECK IN & PROCEDURES

posted by Mark Coats on 22 May 2016

This is just a friendly reminder to our racers to make your racing experience with our series a good one.
1) Purchase Pit Passes
2) Check in with the person doing pit parking & get your trailer parked
3) Pick up your drivers packet. In the drivers packet, you will find a Pre-Tech Form. You need to get this done sometime Thursday or Friday. You will also need to get your tires scanned. All of this needs done before race day. If you wait until Saturday morning, you might miss a practice session. Currently only 50% of the racers do this on setup day or practice day.
4) Make sure you have a charged working transponder Or rent one at registration.
5) FUEL TESTING - The series has stepped up our fuel testing program. Old fuel tanks and fuel jugs that have had everything under the sun put in them will not pass the new fuel tester. If you have any questions, check with our Tech Director Rick Jump or Tim Anderson.
6) OFFICIAL FUEL SUPPLIER - Sunoco 110 Fuel purchased from Express Karts & Parts is the Official Fuel for the Route 66 Sprint Series.
It must be mixed with either 6 ounces, 7 ounces or 8 ounces of REDLINE OIL. Your Redline Oil may be purchased from your favorite Kart Shop.
If you have any questions at the events, please check in with one of our friendly staff members at the Route 66 Sprint Series Trailer.
Thank you & see you at the races.

Apr 26

NEW STATE OF THE ART FUEL TESTER - ROUTE 66 & USPKS

posted by Mark Coats on 26 Apr 2016

The Route 66 Sprint Series debuted the new State of the Art Fuel Tester this past weekend at NCMP. We used this weekend as a learning/testing weekend. The racers have asked for a fare & level playing field and we have stepped up our game. The old testing methods are now obsolete.
By the end of the weekend, we knew who bought fuel from the Series Fuel Supplier, who ran other brands of fuel, who bought fuel at their local gas station, who ran the FWT and who runs at the Badger Kart Club.
FYI - If you have run other series that uses other brands of fuel & oil, you might have contaminated the fuel tank on your kart, same with your fuel jug. When we ran SKUSA and our series, we had a separate fuel jug and fuel tank to be 100% positive that we we're legal.
This is your responsibility as a competitor to make sure that you are legal.

At the first USPKS Event in May, we will also be debuting a new State of the Art tire tester.

We are doing everything possible to level the playing field. If you have any question, please email the Series Tech Director.