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2014 CHAMPIONS BANQUET

Crowne Plaza
Springfield, IL
Oct 10

UNITED STATES PRO KART SERIES AND ROUTE 66 SPRINT SERIES RELEASE 2015 SCHEDULES

posted by Mark Coats on 10 Oct 2014

The last two seasons has seen the United States Pro Kart Series become the top summer series in the eastern half of the country. Welcoming drivers from all over the country, continuing its focus on more track time and more fun, the 2014 season was a huge success for the series. Planning continues for 2015, as the schedule for the third season is confirmed, setting up another four-event championship at some of the top circuits in the country.

“This past season was a big success, with the numbers growing compared to our inaugural season in 2013,” commented USPKS series owner Mark Coats. “We welcomed a number of new racers to the series, and crowned eight class champions for 2014 at the New Castle event. Next year is going to be another big step, as we want to make attending a United States Pro Kart Series an experience that the entire family can enjoy. Helping to make that a success is selecting four outstanding race tracks for 2015.”

The third season will begin as the previous two did, hosting the opening rounds of 2015 at the GoPro Motorplex. The North Carolina facility hosted its first national event in 2013, welcoming the inaugural USPKS event. A duplicate of the Kartdromo Parma in Italy, the 7/10-mile course provides a challenge at every turn. The new circuit to the USPKS program is another demanding course, the US AIR Motorsports Park. Formerly known as the ‘USA International Raceway’, the northern Wisconsin facility opened in 2004 and hosted a number of major karting events over the past decade. The 1.1-mile course is a roller coaster for karts, with multiple elevation changes.

The final two events of the season will keep the series in the state of Indiana. Stop three is a return to the Michiana Raceway Park. Located just outside the South Bend area, it is the second straight year the tough 7/10-mile course is part of the USPKS program. The New Castle Motorsports Park is scheduled to host the series finale for a second straight year. At 1-mile long, the course puts the drivers to the test, and allows the engines to stretch their legs with the two long straights.

2015 United States Pro Kart Series Schedule
April 24-26: GoPro Motorplex - Mooresville, North Carolina
June 19-21: US AIR Motorsports Park - Shawano, Wisconsin
July 31-August 2: Michiana Raceway Park - North Liberty, Indiana
August 21-23: New Castle Motorsports Park - New Castle, Indiana

The Route 66 Sprint Series, the leading Midwest regional program, is also promoted by Mark Coats and welcomed a historic 2014 season. Record numbers throughout the year was seen in all categories, as the program will host a similar schedule for 2015. A five event, 10-round series is scheduled for the upcoming year, visiting five of the top facilities in the area.

2015 Route 66 Sprint Series
April 10-12: Mid-State Raceway - Springfield, Illinois
June 12-14: US AIR Motorsports Park - Shawano, Wisconsin
July 17-19: Michiana Raceway Park - North Liberty, Indiana
August 14-16: New Castle Motorsports Park - New Castle, Indiana
September 25-27: Briggs & Stratton Raceway Park - Dousman, Wisconsin

Before the 2015 season planning can begin, the Route 66 Sprint Series will honor the champions and top performers of 2014. The season-end awards ceremony will take place October 11 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, Illinois. There will be thousands of dollars in awards and prizes will be given away during the evening. Two Merlin chassis, one Tony Kart chassis, IAME Leopard, two Komet, three Yamaha and a Briggs LO206 engine will be part of the raffles. L&T Clutches, Sniper alignment gauges, Prisma tire gauges, six Leopard and KPV rebuild kits, AMB transponders, five $100 Comet Kart Sales gift certificates, over 60 boxes of chain, three KartLift stands and a KartWinch, eight Douglas Wheel & Tires rims, Beta Tools, over $10,000 in MG Tires and much more. A limited number of walkup tickets are available at the door for those that have not registered to attend, just email info@route66kartracing.com.

Oct 08

LAST CALL FOR THE 2014 CHAMPIONS BANQUET

posted by Mark Coats on 08 Oct 2014

You still can register for the 2014 Champions Banquet. Just fill out the form online and email it to info@route66kartracing.com and I will process it for you. We can also take a limited number of walkups at the door.
Just a reminder - you can check in the upstairs lobby at 4:00.
We are going to have a little longer social hour this year so everyone can enjoy the "PHOTO BOOTH". The banquet room opens at 5:00 and social hour will go until 6:45... Dinner will be served at 7:00.
The Awards Presentation will follow Dinner.
There will be THOU$AND$ of Dollars given away in awards and raffles.
Including Merlin Go-Karts, Leopard Engine Package, 2 Komet Engine Packages, 3 Yamaha Engines, A LO206 Briggs & Stratton Engine, L&T Clutches, Snipes Alignment Gauges, Prisma Tire Gauges, 6 Leopard & KPV Rebuild Kits, Transponders, 5 $100 Comet Gift Certificates, Over 60 Boxes of Chain, 3 KartLift Kart Stands & A KartWinch, 8 Sets of Douglas Rims, Beta Tools, 6 Complete Gear Sets on Hoops w/Chain & Lube & over $10K in MG Tires and don't forget the family prize board!!

Sep 23

2014 Champions Banquet

posted by Mark Coats on 23 Sep 2014

Updated pricing for the 2014 Champions banquet is as follows:
Ages 0-6 FREE
Ages 7-11 $25.00
Ages 12 & up $50.00
All meals will be buffet style, the kids meals have been eliminated.
Note the form as of this morning is not updated. If you sent your forms in already, I will correct them for you.
Reminder you have to attend the Route 66 Sprint Series Banquet to receive your awards. (This does not include the trophies).

Sep 17

UPDATED: Final Championship Standings Have Been Tabulated

posted by Mark Coats on 17 Sep 2014

The previously published championship standings have been updated and corrected.

Please see the class listings below to view your final championship points standings. For any further questions regarding the championship points results, please contact Kris Finke at kris.uspks@gmail.com or 815.575.3779.

Jul 22

2014 Rulebook Update

posted by Mike Maurini on 22 Jul 2014

Recent updates have been made to the 2014 Rulebook. Affected regulations include driver information, engine and chassis declaration, tire usage and changing and chassis dimensions. Please download the updates from the Rulebook section in the sidebar of the homepage.

Jul 16

MG TIRE RULE CLARIFICATION -

posted by Mark Coats on 16 Jul 2014

THIS IS TO CLARIFY THE MG TIRE RULE & COMPOUND. SOME SHOPS OUT OF THE AREA ARE UNLOADING LAST YEARS TIRES. THESE TIRES ARE NOT LEGAL IN THE ROUTE 66 SPRINT SERIES. The ONLY LEGAL TIRES in the ROUTE 66 SPRINT SERIES are the following:
MG REDS need to be CIKF/Z Option
MG YELLOWS 4.60/7.10 need to be CIKF/Z Prime
MG YELLOWS 6.00 need to be FZ
Thank you for your understanding.

May 28

Series Rulebook Update

posted by Mike Maurini on 28 May 2014

The 2014 USPKS/Route 66 Rulebook has been updated and published for customers to review. Highlights of the new revision include diagrams and photographs specific to engine sealing procedures, as well as an update requiring the use of chain guards for all classes. Please download and review the update from the home or classes page of this site.

Apr 23

TIRE RULE CLARIFICATION

posted by Mark Coats on 23 Apr 2014

LO206 - Used tires are acceptable, must run the same set of tires from Qualifying Sat thru the Main Event on Sun. outside of Sun. practice where other tires can be used for that round of practice.
Naturally you do not have to practice your race tires in any of the other classes as well.


jan 21

Route 66 Sprint Series Readies for Its 14th Season in 2014

posted by Mark Coats on January 21, 2014

Come celebrate 14 years of Great Racing, at Great Tracks, with Great People and join in the fun at the MG Tire/L&T Manufacturing Route 66 Sprint Series events. The Route 66 Sprint Series was started by racers and we listen to our racers and reward our racers for supporting the series.

The MG Tire/L & T Manufacturing Route 66 Sprint Series is launching a new race format for 2014 with 10 classes of racing each Saturday and Sunday. Starting this season all classes will run both Saturday and Sunday for one point championship. With a five event schedule there will be ten races per class and the best eight of ten events will count for season point championship. With this format there will be one champion for each of the ten classes. New classes added for this season will be Leopard 125 Junior and Briggs & Stratton LO-206. As previously announced, MG Tires will be the new spec tire brand for all classes for the next two years. Also new to the series this year will be the availability of on-line registration along with discounts for pre-entering and season package entry discounts that include kart number reservations. Visit the Route 66 Sprint Series booth at the Winter Kart Show this Sunday January 26th and see how easy it is to register on line.

Four-cycle racing returns to the series with the introduction of a new Briggs & Stratton LO-206 class. David Klaus, director of Briggs and Stratton Racing stated, “We are excited to be a part of Route 66 in 2014. With the growth of the LO-206 racing program throughout the Midwest racers now have a series the caliber of Route 66 to compete against the best of the best with an engine that brings competitiveness right from the box. The 206 is about out of the box, cost-effective racing. To further highlight that and thank our racers your FIRST Route 66 LO-206 class entry will be discounted $50 when you pre-enter online.” The LO-206 class guidelines are listed below and can be found on the series website.

The Route 66 Sprint Series has scheduled five events at five of the Mid-West’s favorite kart tracks. The series will open the season at Concept Haulers Motor Speedway (CHMS) in Norway, Illinois in April followed by a return to Michiana Raceway Park (MRP) near South Bend, Indiana in June. The series heads north to the historic Briggs & Stratton Raceway hosted by Badger Kart Club (BKC) in Dousman, Wisconsin in July. August has the series racing at the popular New Castle Motorsports Park (NCMP) near New Castle, Indiana. The final event will be hosted by Mid-State Kart Club (MSKC) in September at Mid-State Raceway near Springfield, Illinois. There will be 22 bonus points awarded for participating in all ten races for a given class.

ROUTE 66 Sprint Series 2014 Schedule

April 26 & 27 – CHMS – Norway, Illinois
June 7 & 8 – MRP - North Liberty, Indiana
July 12 & 13 – BKC – Dousman, Wisconsin
August 2 & 3 – NCMP – New Castle, Indiana
September 6 & 7 – MSKC – Springfield, Illinois

Another new feature this year is that the series will post a time line for each event on the series website. The series will continue to use a two-day/weekend format at all events with three rounds of practice held on Saturday morning. Ten classes of racing will be held on Saturday afternoon and the same ten classes will race again on Sunday. There will also be at least one round of practice held on Sunday morning. All five series events will have practice time available on the Friday before the event. All events will again hold the popular free cookout at the conclusion of racing on Saturday.

Series Promoter Mark Coats says “The reason for the success of the Route 66 Sprint Series is that we listen to our racers and The Route 66 Sprint Series Team. What is neat about the Route 66 Sprint Series is that I am allowed to be a racer, because we have a great team.”

Below is the Route 66 Sprint Series Team:
Series CEO: Mark Coats
Series Race Director: Rick Fulks
Series Assistant Race Director: Jason Ludwig
Series Secretary, Registration & Scoring: Kris Finke
Series Safety Tech: Matt & Colleen Dial
Series Head Tech Man: Rick Jump
Series Assistant Tech Man:
Series Flagman: Tony Jump
Series Announcer: Tim Koyen
Series Apparel Sales: Sabrina Bergeson & Colleen Dial
Series Official Photographer & PR: Joe Brittin
Series Grid Steward: Becky French
Series Assistant: Dylaneigh Reardon

The event flyer and entry form for the first event scheduled at CHMS will soon be available on-line at www.Route66KartRacing.com. Pre-entries for the first event at CHMS must be post marked by April 11th to receive a $20 pre-entry discount. On-line registration will also be available very soon. The series web site has a downloads section with forms available for event informational flyers, registration forms, schedules, class structures and minors release forms. The web site has retained many of the great features such as Mylaps results, point standings, track and motel information, photo galleries and series news. Check the series website for more updates about the new on-line registration process that will be administered through MotorSportsReg.com.

2014 ROUTE 66 SPRINT SERIES CLASS STRUCTURE


KID KART
Drivers Age: 5-7 Years
Engine: C-51 Only
Weight: 150 Lbs
Tires: MG “HZ” Reds 4.60/4.60

YAMAHA 100 ROOKIE
Drivers Age: 7-10 Years
Engine: Yamaha KT100
Carburetor: Walbro WA55
Exhaust: Spec RLV 7500 YBX
Weight: 225 Lbs
Tires: MG “HZ” Reds 4.60/4.60
Must qualify on new tires and race the same set Saturday & Sunday

YAMAHA 100 CADET
Drivers Age: 8-12 Years
Engine: Yamaha KT100
Carburetor: Walbro WA55
Exhaust: Spec RLV 7548 SSX
Weight: 250 Lbs
Tires: MG “HZ” Reds 4.60/4.60
Must qualify on new tires and race the same set Saturday & Sunday

YAMAHA 100 JUNIOR
Driver Age: 12-15 Years
Engine: Yamaha KT100
Carburetor: Walbro WB3A
Exhaust: Spec RLV 7548 SSX
Weight: 310 Lbs
Tires: MG “FZ” Yellows 4.60/6.00
Must qualify on new tires and race the same set Saturday & Sunday

YAMAHA 100 SENIOR
Drivers Age: 15 + Years
Engine: KT100
Carburetor: Walbro WB3A
Exhaust: Spec RLV 7548 SSX
Weight: 360 Lbs
Tires: MG “FZ” Yellows 4.50/7.10
Must qualify on new tires and race the same set Saturday & Sunday

KOMET CADET
Drivers Age: 8-12 Years
Engine: KPP 100
Carburetor: Walbro WA55
Exhaust: Komet Header, K1 Pipe, Flex 12” Min. 12.5” Max.
Weight: 255 Lbs
Tires: MG “HZ” Reds 4.60/4.60
Must qualify on new tires and race the same set Saturday & Sunday

KOMET
Drivers Age: 13 + Years
Engine: KPP 100
Carburetor: Walbro WB3A
Exhaust: Komet Header, K2 Pipe, Flex 10” Min. No Max. Length
Weight: 350 Lbs
Tires: MG “FZ” Yellows 4.50/7.10
Must qualify on new tires and race the same set Saturday & Sunday

LEOPARD 125 JUNIOR
Driver Age: 13-15 Years
Engine: IAME Leopard w/Factory 25mm Header
Carburetors: Tillotson HL334a, HL334ab & HL334aa
Exhaust: As supplied by Manufacturer
Weight: 330 Lbs
Tires: MG “FZ” Yellows 4.60/7.10
You must have 1 year prior experience in the YAMAHA JUNIOR CLASS to race this class
Must qualify on new tires and race the same set Saturday & Sunday

LEOPARD 125 SENIOR
Driver Age: 16 + Years
Engine: IAME Leopard
Carburetor: Tillotson HL334a, HL334ab & HL334aa
Exhaust: As supplied by Manufacturer
Weight: 365 Lbs
Tires: MG “FZ” Yellows 4.60/7.10
New Tires are required both days

BRIGGS & STRATTON LO-206
Drivers Age: 14 + Years
Engine: B&S LO-206
Chassis Specs: CIK Body Work
Weight: 365 Lbs
Rules will be posted on the ROUTE 66 WEBSITE SOON
Tires: MG “FZ” Yellows 4.60/6.00
Rim Specs: Front 5 ¾” & Rear 7 3/4” Outside Measurement
New tires not required for this class however they must have been purchased in 2014.

dec 19

USPKS and Route 66 Join Forces with MG Tires

posted by Mark Coats on December 19th, 2013

Looking to provide an equal and level playing field for all of their teams and competitors, the United States Pro Kart Series (USPKS) and Route 66 Sprint Series program will make the switch to the MG Tire brand for all series classes. Proven to be successful and consistent in some of North America’s top karting series, USPKS and Route 66 drivers will enjoy the added benefits with an association with the Brazilian tire manufacturer.

“We are very pleased to put a deal together with MG Tires for both the programs,” expressed series Owner Mark Coats. “With our new relationship, all USPKS and Route 66 classes will utilize the MG tire brand. Not only will MG be on all drivers karts, but they will also award one driver from each series an amazing prize package.”

With the final prize packages for both series still being put together, MG Tires has stepped up to the plate and will award one competitor from both the United States Pro Kart Series and and Route 66 Series an all expense paid trip to the 2014 Granja Viana 500. Taking place at the Kartódromo Beto in the south of Brazil, two lucky and deserving drivers will make the trek to South America during late November to compete against the likes of Tony Kannan, Nelson Piquet Jr., Rubens Barrichello and Felipe Giaffone who all competed in this year’s event. Beto Carrero is the ‘Disneyland’ of Brazil with a wonderful park with an incredible race track and facility.

Coats added, “The Granja Viana 500 is like no other karting event in the world. It is a spectacle of drivers in full-bodied karts battling wheel-to-wheel for 500 miles. I have only seen photos and videos online but I hope to be able to attend next years race.”

With the announcement of MG being the official tire for USPKS and Route 66, two different compounds will be used. The Sportsman divisions will run the harder MG HZ tire, more commonly noted as the MG Red while all other classes will run the MG FZ or yellow branded MG tire. All classes will utilize the MG WT tires for wet weather conditions.

“The opportunity to work with the USPKS program in 2014 is very exciting for us,” explained Wagner Rossi of MG Tires. “Mark has put together an excellent program that promotes fairness and an equal playing field for all of their drivers. The promotion of a fun, family oriented series is something that was needed throughout the Midwest.”

Rossi continued, “We are proud to be part of the series and like Mark, we will work with and listen to the praises and concerns of the series participants to keep our product as good and reliable as possible. We look forward to building a long and healthy relationship with the series, drivers and teams.”

With several more announcements forth coming from the United States Pro Kart Series and Route 66 Sprint Series, please stay tuned for information regarding online registration, class, event and series sponsors, exciting prize package and information regarding the 2014 class structure and complete schedule.

For more information on the United States Pro Kart Series, please visit them online at www.USPKS.com or contact Mark Coats via e-mail mcoats.uspks@gmail.com For information on the Route 66 Sprint Series, please visit them online at www.Route66KartRacing.com or contact via e-mail to Info@Rout66KartRacing.com. For information on MG Tires and their wide variety of karting tires and compounds, please visit them online at www.MGTires.com.

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