The United States Pro Kart Series is excited to announce our program for the 2017 season. As part of our continuous improvement process, and beginning with the closing events of 2016, Series staffers solicited opinions, ideas, and suggestions from numerous competitors, supporting race shops, and sponsors. That information was discussed extensively and the result is the following changes to our program, beginning with the 2017 campaign. We hope you are as excited about these changes as we are!
One of the most commons themes we heard was that the practice days were too long, and that shorter sessions were preferred, with an earlier wrap up. Additionally, to cut back on the number of travel days, to start the Friday practice later. And at the conclusion of the race weekend, everyone wanted to get back on the road home earlier. To that end, the new weekend schedule was developed.
The next change, is with regard to the entry fees and purses paid in some classes. Most folks surveyed felt the money classes were not necessary and were not a motivating factor. So we listened and eliminated the purse, which allowed us to lower the entry fees. Entry Fees Lowered: 1st Class is now $300 and the 2nd Class $250 (pre entry). At track entry, $350 all classes.
Another popular request was the addition of drop race into the championship. Again, we listened, and for 2017 you get one race day as a drop. Four Great Events; 8 race days, with 7 of the 8 race days counting toward the championship.
The 2017 USPKS Schedule is:
April 7–9, 2017 – Go-Pro Motorplex, Mooresville, North Carolina
June 2–4, 2017 – Pittsburgh International, Wampum, Pennsylvania
July 28–30, 2017 – New Castle Motorsports Park, New Castle, Indiana (NEW TRACK LAYOUT)
September 22–24, 2017 – The Autobahn Country Club, Joliet, Illinois (Temporary Circuit)
The 2017 Class Lineup will be released soon. But in the meantime, mark you calendars!
More information on the USPKS can be found by visiting the series website at www.uspks.com or by contacting Series Director Mark Coats at (217)652-6275 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 USPKS RACE WEEKEND FORMAT
12:00p – parking for Sponsors, Race Teams and Big Rigs
1:00p – Starts Individual parking
1:00p–7:00p – Registration & Pre Tech
8:00a – Pit pass sales and Track opens
8:30a–6:00p – Registration
9:00a–6:00p – Pre Tech & Tire Scanning
12:00p–6:00p – Practice Sessions
6:00p – Cookout and Bags Tourney (Bags Champion for the year)
7:00a – Pit pass sales & track opens
7:30a – Registration & Tech opens
8:00a – One round of warmup, Qualifying, Two Heats (progressive start), Final
Podiums and interviews after each final
7:30a – Pit pass & Track opens
8:00a – Registration & Tech opens
8:30a – One round of warmup, Qualifying, Prefinal, Final
Podiums and interviews done after each final