The Route 66 Sprint Series, presented by MG Tires and Franklin Motorsports, opened its 2019 campaign this past weekend at the popular New Castle Motorsports Park (NCMP). KartLift Kart Stands was on board as the sponsor for the first weekend of the five-weekend series. NCMP ran practice Friday from Noon to 6pm under mixed weather conditions.
The Route 66 staff took over Saturday morning and held three complete rounds of practice, which really benefited those competitors who were unable to take off work or school to participate in the Friday practice sessions. Following practice was the Drivers Meeting, where racers were introduced to the Series staff and briefed on any important rules and procedures pertaining to the event. The meeting concluded with the distribution of door prizes, which included numerous Pelican coolers, grills, and more, courtesy of the Series and its sponsors.
Saturday morning qualifying took place under dry conditions, but the rain came early in the afternoon and stayed for the rest of the day. Plenty of good rain racing ensued as a large front moved through the area, causing conditions to flip from light rain to heavy and back throughout the afternoon. Sunday featured windy, but sunny conditions, which were welcomed as the grounds and pit areas had been saturated by unseasonably wet conditions. The DeepSeat Victory Lane podium presentations capped off the race weekend, with the top 5 in each class receiving an award.
Full race results can be viewed by visiting www.route66kartracing.com and clicking on the “results” link. Additionally, the PA audio from all competition sessions was broadcast live on Mixlr and the recordings can be accessed by visiting www.mixlr.com/route66kartracing/showreel.
Rule Change Updates
Several rule changes were in effect for Rounds 1&2, and based on popular response, will be continued on from this point forward. Rain tires no longer need to be checked-in prior to competition and chassis no longer need to be presented for banding at Pre-Tech (competitors band their own chassis). Also, the Push Back Bumper penalties were reduced and will remain that way for the next event.
Class Changes – KA100 Masters & Kidkart
Several attempts have been made to re-ignite the Kidkart class, but they have been to no avail. While we would like to thank our lone Kidkart entry in New Castle, Kaleb Johnson, we have made the decision to cancel the Kidkart class for 2019. Perhaps someday there will be enough kidkarters around to warrant the class again. With an opening in the time schedule, the Series is going to pursue a KA100 Masters class for the rest of the season. This will be a full Championship class, with appropriate prizes.
The KA100 Masters class will follow the same age and weight criteria commonly used for the X30 Masters:
IAME KA100 Masters:
Age: 30+ years old or 15+ if driver over 200lbs.
Engine: IAME KA100
Exhaust: IAME OEM KA100 Header & Pipe
Weight: 400 lbs.
Tires: Slicks MG “HZI” Red 4.60 Fronts & 7.10 Rears
Rains MG “WT” 4.20 Fronts & 6.00 Rears
* Qualify on new tires Sat. and run same tires on Sun.
* See Section 505 and USPKS Website for additional Engine Rules.
We look forward to seeing you all at Badger Kart Club in Dousman, WI on June 1. Pre-registration is now open!