With the announcement this morning from MAXSpeed in regards to the state of availability of the New EVO Engine Upgrade Package (see below), the Texas Barge Rotax Max Challenge will award equal points for the finishing position of either the EVO or Non EVO engine packages at its first weekend of competition at Gulf Coast Kartway, April 10th through April 12th. After that, as the EVO Package becomes fully available for all our customers before our second race weekend, the points will become merged into a single championship. Although we will be awarding two sets of points, we will only recognize one podium per class.
We see this as the best solution to keep an equal playing field for all.
March 23 - Since the launch of the Rotax 125 MAX evo engine program in November in Spain, MAXSpeed Group has been committed to the US market by investing heavily in the inventory of over 575 engines, but also in over 1,500 of the 125 MAX evo engine upgrade kits.
Back in Austria, they have been dealing with a very large demand that has been overwhelming to say the least. At this time, MAXSpeed Group is not able to meet the demand from the US market. We are very close to fulfilling the market's demand in the next couple of weeks and we have been in contact with Rotax-BRP on a daily basis to ensure that these parts will come in as soon as possible.
We have some Rotax MAX Challenge series beginning in April that will be affected by this back order situation, which will ultimately affect the way the point structure should normally run. I have personally spoken to the race promoters to suggest a point system that would make sense for them and their customers. Please be on the lookout for a press release from these race series for updated point structures.
On behalf of Rotax and the MAXSpeed Group, we sincerely apologize for this situation, however, we are confident that we will be able to resolve this situation in the next couple of weeks.
President, MAXSpeed Group
Friday Evening, April 10th, 2015 we will be having our TPKC Awards Banquet, just minutes from the track at Main Event, 24401 Katy Freeway, Katy TX 77494. Social Hour (Cash Bar) starts at 6:30pm with a Tex-Mex Fiesta dinner will be served from 7:30pm to 8:30pm consisting of:
Awards will be presented to 1st through 3rd place for all classes except low entry count classes (TaG Masters 1st & 2nd Only, TaG Junior - 1st Only, Rotax Masters-No Award). Cash awards will be presented to high entry count class winners and many other prizes will be given away including MG & Mojo tires, RibTect rib vests, IAME top end kits and other merchandise.
Tickets are $35 a person and can be purchased online at www.texasprokartchallenge.com Ticket purchase deadline is April 9th, so we can give the caterer a head count to ensure enough food for everyone.
Online registration is now open for the opening rounds of the 2015 Texas ProKart Challenge Series to be held at Gulf Coast Karters in Katy, TX on April 10th-12th, 2015.
The TPKC series is using a new online form this year through which you can also purchase extra tires, fuel and oil in addition to the ones included in your entry fee. Also included is the driver insurance band and a mechanic insurance band. After registering for an event if you need to purchase even more items use the online store on the TPKC website.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the opening rounds at Gulf Coast Karters this April!
The IAME Mini Swift is now the spec engine for the TaG Cadet category in the SKUSA Texas ProKart Challenge competition - FREE TRADE IN PROGRAM/ $995 ENGINES AVAILABLE!
With the successful introduction of the New IAME Mini Swift TaG Cadet engine with over 40 entries at the recent California ProKart Challenge event, the Texas ProKart Challenge is pleased to announce an incredible trade-in program to make sure that the new focus does not have a negative financial effect on our core group of customers. The Mini Swift, which is a 60cc air-cooled engine that utilizes a centrifugal dry clutch with an electric starter and a Tillotson carburetor, is now the future of SKUSA TaG Cadet racing.
To make this transition seamless and to remove any financial outlay, Superkarts! USA and the Texas ProKart Challenge will be offering two levels of product acquisition to its core racing families. First off, TPKC is offering a special direct trade-in program for the TPKC competitors who competed in either all three SKUSA Pro Tour or all of the Texas ProKart Challenge events in 2014. These preferred customers will have the option of turning-in their fully-operational Mini Rok engines for a free IAME Mini Swift. Should they have two Mini Rok engines, they are eligible to receive two free IAME power plants. If these core racers wish to keep their Mini Rok engines, they will be first in line to take part in the second level of the program, which will have engines to be sold at $995 each. Additionally, any family that commits to running the entire 2015 Texas ProKart Challenge will have the opportunity to purchase a Mini Swift at the $995 price point. These will be available at one per customer. Throughout the remainder of the 2015 season, a complete IAME Mini Swift package will then be available for $1495 to help launch the new program. In addition, for drivers wishing to run only the Pro Tour and/or the SuperNationals with a rental program, a number of IAME dealers will have Mini Swift rental programs available.
If you are interested in participating in this fantastic program, please contact either Dave Pauly at dpauly@texasprokartchallen
The clock is ticking toward the Texas ProKart Challenge season opener, April 10th – 12th, at Gulf Coast Kartway in Katy, TX, so don’t delay! -
The following informational update regarding clutches – affects the TaG Junior, TaG Senior and TaG Master classes only.
A number of questions have arisen regarding the clutch configurations on the X30 engines. Here is updated information.
These changes minimize the chance of chain lubrication contaminating the friction surfaces, which could result in a penalty. We encourage the use of the latest drum and O-ring/bearing combination for this reason.