By: SUPERKARTS USA!
Over the past three years, Superkarts! USA has been working diligently to develop its program of regional and national level racing, with much success. Thanks to a focused class structure and a dedication to customer service – and with the annual SuperNationals as its anchor event – SKUSA has opened up new regions around the country. It’s a business model that they can duplicate in any program and in any region.
One of the keys to this growth has been a tight focus on the Stock Moto and TaG programs, which have been growing steadily around the country. The top tiers of both categories have now come of age, and the time is right to make a move to reward SKUSA customers for their dedication and support. This reward will come in the form of a vastly increased purse for the S1 and TaG Senior categories at the SuperNationals XVII this November, where the winner of each main event could walk away with a check for $10,000. The cash purse alone for the 2013 SKUSA SuperNationals will be a whopping $45,000.
“There’s no doubt that I love the KZ2 class and the raw competition that it brings to the SuperNationals, but I am the biggest fan of our core headline classes, the men and women who bring us excitement at every Pro Tour and ProKart Challenge event of the season,” admits Tom Kutscher, Superkarts! USA President. “It’s time to give them their due at the SuperNationals, and we’re going to do that by putting up the same winner’s check in 2013 for S1 and TaG as we do for the KZ2 guys. It’s time….we’re putting up $10,000 to win in S1 and TaG Senior for drivers who run the entire Pro Tour with us this year! I want this to bring out all the big guns.”
The three headline classes at this year’s SuperNationals – KZ2, S1 and TaG Senior – will all run for respective $15,000 purses. In the S1 and TaG Senior classes, the winner must have run both the SpringNationals and the SummerNationals to be eligible for the $10,000 first place check at the SuperNationals. The purse distribution for the 3 classes will feature $10,000-to-win (or $3000-to-win in S1 or TaG Senior if the winner did not compete in the full Pro Tour), $2500 for second, $1250 for third, $750 for fourth and $500 for fifth.
Kutscher pointed out that supporting those racers who support Superkarts! USA the entire season is the focus for this increased cash purse and distribution for the S1 and TaG Senior categories: “Our TaG fields to start the year in the California ProKart Challenge have been incredible, and we hope to see similar fields in our regionals series across the country. The Guaranteed SuperSunday Starting Positions for the PKC champions might play a role in the TaG Senior results, which would be wild. And I’m really thrilled with the growth of our S1 Pro Stock Moto class, as the talent that we’ve been developing in S5 and S2 is now coming to the forefront. I expect that we’ll have 30+ drivers at the Pro Tour events and a full field of 40 at the SuperNationals. This is the payoff for launching the S1-S2-S3-S4-S5 program in 2010. We’re developing drivers, moving them up the ladder with a true licensing system, and we’re now getting to see our best step into the spotlight. It’s really fulfilling.”
Running the SpringNationals and SummerNationals will not only make drivers eligible for the $10,000 first place prize in S1 and TaG Senior, but it will also place them in the SuperNats Priority Pre-Entry program that will give them first-shot at securing a position in the sport’s biggest race. At this time, a two-week window is being established for drivers who qualify for the program by running either the first two Pro Tour races or all of their ProKart Challenge regional events ahead of opening online registration for the Supernats. A full detailed overview of this program will be released in the coming weeks.
The addition of this increased purse for the headline classes will very likely push the total prize package for this year’s SuperNationals over the $100,000 mark, making it the richest karting event in the history of the sport in the United States.
About Superkarts! USA:
Established in 1995, Superkarts! USA is dedicated to shifterkart and TaG racing, and is the leader in the field, promoting six regional racing series. Racing programs are currently running in Arizona, California, Canada, Colorado, Hawaii, Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin, in cooperation and support from official tire supplier MG Tires. In 2013, the organization will be promoting the fourth edition of the SKUSA Pro Tour, which features a pair of major events in Arizona and Colorado, all leading up to the annual SKUSA SuperNationals – the biggest kart race in the world – held every November in Las Vegas, NV. For more information on SKUSA, please visit www.superkartsusa.com.