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2018 Year End Party October 27 1pm-6pm  at Circuit of the Americas

 

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* COTA Tower Tours * Rental Karts * Champion Podium * Audi R8 V10 Display * Zip Line * Food * Formula 4 Display * Cash Bar * Sponsor Recognition

Special Guest ~ Patricio O'Ward ~ Harding Steinbrenner Racing ~ 2019 Indy Car

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ATTENDANCE IS FREE!
Show up any time you like but please RSVP to  let us know your coming at all activities are optional.

rsvpEvent Details:
1:00 - 4:00 Activities (optional)
Tower Tours, Rental Karts, Zip Line - Fees Apply

4:00 - 6:00 Celebration of Champions in the Velocity Lounge
Appetizer buffet and beverages
Cash bar
Autograph session with Pato O'ward
2018 TPKC Series Photo Slide Show
2018 Sponsor Recognition
2019 Series Loyalty Drawing
Special Guest: Pato O'Ward
Podium Presentation
SKUSA SuperNat's Ticket Drawing and Presentation
Special Awards Presented

Texas ProKart Challenge series is pleased to announce it's 2019 race schedule

  • March 29-31
  • June 14-16
  • July 19-21
  • September 13-15

Check back soon for more details!

TPKC 2018 DKC(Photo: Ken Johnson - studio52.us)

Jaramillo, Hewitt and Jeffers star in exciting season finale

Heading into the final round of the Texas ProKart Challenge at the Dallas Karting Complex, the forecast was ominous with rain tagged from Thursday to Monday. The expected precipitation hit hard on Friday and Saturday, dumping on the facility on Friday night and then hitting hard again on Saturday afternoon. Thankfully, even with flooding around the track and in the surrounding region, Sunday morning dawned dry and clear, which led to a solid day of competition. The SKUSA regional champions would be crowned, and for those in the X30 and Mini Swift categories which will likely be the class open to 80+ entries, the free pass to the main events at the SuperNationals – known as the Guaranteed SuperSunday Starting Spots – would be locked in.

TPKC 2018 DKC Jack Jeffers 768x512Jack Jeffers won the battle in Mini Swift
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The Mindshift Financial Mini Swift category led the rotation throughout the weekend, and they were the first to hit the track on Sunday morning for qualifying. For the most part, the track was dry from the Saturday rains but there were still areas where water wicked up from under the asphalt. The short shute between turns 14 and 15 was wet all day, making it a spotlight corner during each and every session. With everyone on Evinco slicks, this would be the key point on the track all day, separating the field into those who could handle the wet section and the run through turn 15 and those who could not. Alex Stanfield (Energy) picked up the tricky turn 15 racing line quickly and qualified on the pole, and he went on to win the Prefinal, as well. In the 15-lap main event, a tremendous four-kart battle ensued as Jack Jeffers (Benik), Chase Gardner (VemmeKart) and Aden Rudolph (Birel ART) were embroiled in the scrap. Stanfield led the entire race until final lap as Jeffers closed to make a bid for the win. With new pressure from behind, Stanfield ran a defensive line into the double-apex left-hand turn 10 and Jeffers ran a wide entry to get inside the leader heading into second apex, taking over the point for good in turn 12. Stanfield remained under pressure as Gardner was right there as well, making a quick move to the inside on the entry into T15 after running through the water stream. Stanfield had pushed wide slightly and opened the door, and Gardner filled it quickly with minimal contact. Stanfield kept the forward bite to hold off Rudolph for the final step on the podium. With Jeffers and Gardner finishing 1-2, Stanfield’s third place result was more than enough to cap off the best season of his young career with the Texas PKC Mini Swift championship.

TPKC 2018 DKC Ethan Thomason 768x512Sweeping the Micro Swift action was Ethan Thomason
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Ethan Thomason (Parolin) dominated the action in the Alan Rudolph Racing Academy Micro Swift class, sweeping all three sessions handily. In the Final, Ethan romped to the top step of the podium over Jack Iliffe (Benik) and James Moss (Benik). Iliffe and Moss both had issues with the absence of grip in turn 15, finding themselves facing the wrong direction at least once. Sarah Bradley ran a flawless race and took full advantage of her competitors’ mistakes to make two overtake attempts on the Moss for third in turn 10 in the late going, but on each occasion, Moss was able to criss-cross and get back by on the exit. At the checker, Moss nipped Bradley by just over a half-second at the line as Iliffe finished second to Thomason.

TPKC 2018 DKC Emiliano Richards 768x512Emiliano Richards scored the victory in X30 Junior
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The Texas Barge X30 Junior battle was a good one all day long. John Burke (Tony Kart) set the pace all day, topping qualifying and winning the Prefinal. The main event turned into a great battle early as Emiliano Richards (Tony Kart) found his way around Burke to take over the lead. A race-long dice was expected, but a heated scrap for second between Burke and Branyon Tiner (Kosmic) allowed Richards to pull away to an eventual 3.650-second victory. Tiner and Burke battled all the way through the 18-lap race with Tiner winning out to finish second. Luke Lange (Tony Kart) and Ryan Shehan (CompKart) rounded out the top-five. Tiner’s second place finish provided him with the points he needed to edge Richards for the X30 Junior title, after Richards was dealt a two-position penalty in the Prefinal for blocking.

TPKC 2018 DKC Alejandro Jaramillo 768x512Alejandro Jaramillo stamped his X30 Senior championship with victory at DKC
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Coming into the TPKC finale, Alejandro Jaramillo (Tony Kart) had the Woltjer Racing X30 Senior championship in his sights, and he knew that he only needed a clean weekend to walk away with the title. Jaramillo qualified second to CRG Nordam’s Brendan Baker to begin the day and then took the win in the Prefinal to plump up his day’s point total. Baker was second in the Prefinal to grab the outside of the front row for the 22-lap main. Baker jumped up to the early lead but Jaramillo’s Tony Kart began to come in around lap five, and he started to cut into Baker’s advantage. Jaramillo made his championship pass in turn 1 on lap 10, having notched a better run out of the slippery turn 15. He would then drive to a 1.261-second triumph while Baker held on for a solid second-place finish. Kaden Gray (CRG) and Travis Wiley (Kosmic) raced hard for third for a majority of the run, that is, until Jacob Loomis (VemmeKart) arrived on the scene having raced his way up from 13th on the grid after issues in the Prefinal. Loomis was able to get by Wiley and, in the process, this allowed Gray to build a little cushion to finish third.

TPKC 2018 DKC Keith Harless 768x512Keith Harless held on for the victory in X30 Master
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The ‘Treacherous Turn 15’ water stream claimed two drivers in the TES Home Solar X30 Master Final. Keith Harless (Birel ART) grabbed the pole at the very end of qualifying as his Evincos finally came up to temperature, dropping two seconds off his fastest lap to top Miguel Mier (Tony Kart). That said, Mier took full control of the Prefinal, and then led from pole for the first half of the 20-lap main event by a huge margin before over-shooting the wet turn 15. Mier got the kart turned just as he made contact with the barriers and they sucked him in, dropping his kart off the edge of the pavement. High-centered, even assistance from the corner worker could not get him rolling. Harless slipped past for the lead, and Rod Lake (Sodikart) got past as well. Mier struggled so badly they he was eventually lapped before he could get back underway. The race looked to be in Harless’ hands, but Lake was storming back having spun himself early on. Over the final six laps, Lake was cutting into Harless’ lead by over one second a lap and just as it appeared that a last lap battle was timing out nicely, Lake fell victim to turn 15 and looped his kart, losing all the ground he had made up. As a result, Harless cruised to the win with Lake and Mier completing the podium. Mier’s strength throughout the season, although interspersed with bad lack, still rewarded him with the TPKC crown.

TPKC 2018 DKC Max Hewitt 768x512 Max Hewitt dominated the day to score the win and championship in S2 Semi-Pro
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The day, and the 2018 Texas ProKart Challenge season, was capped by the combined Shifter class. The S2 Semi-Pro and S4 Master Stock Honda categories were dominated by CRG drivers Max Hewitt and Rod Clinard, respectively. Clinard posted the outright fastest lap in the damp morning qualifying to earn the overall pole for the Prefinal, with Hewitt alongside him on the row one. Hewitt grabbed the lead early and ran to the win in the 14-lap Prefinal with Clinard following suit in S4. In the main, the duo jetted away quickly to lead their classes unchallenged. Clinard was impressive as he took second overall in addition to his S4 win, holding off S2 driver Mark Snyder (CRG) early before pulling away to cross the line almost six seconds ahead of his closest challenger. Snyder finished second in the S2 class, while his brother Liam Snyder (Sodikart) completed the podium in third. Hewitt’s victory made it a sweep of all six main events and confirmed his S2 championship. In S4, Nathan Stewart (Sodikart) finished second to secure the TPKC title, finishing behind Clinard on the day but ahead of him on the season. Amarillo’s Thane Morgan (Sodikart) finished third to stand alongside Clinard and Stewart on the podium.

TPKC 2018 DKC Rod Clinard 768x512Rod Clinard scored the win in S4
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And with the final checkered flag at DKC, the 2018 Texas ProKart Challenge season is in the books. It was a solid season for the Superkarts! USA regional series with events at Speedsportz in Houston, NTK in Denton, the Amarillo Kart Circuit in west Texas and the finale at DKC, and attendance was up overall from 2017. On a highly-positive note, only one red flag was thrown during the entire six-round season, and it was a precautionary call due to a flipped Mini Swift kart in an incident in which the driver was unhurt. From this editor’s viewpoint, the Texas PKC track staff led by Mark French did a tremendous job all season. The series’ banquet will put the cap on the season, and is being held at the Circuit of the Americas on October 27, where the champions will be officially crowned.

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 French sweeps S1, while Musgrave doubles in X30 Senior in extreme heat

The Texas ProKart Challenge made its second trek to West Texas last weekend and the racing was exciting from start to finish on the challenging 12-turn Amarillo Kart Circuit. Dallas Karting Complex lead pilot Jake French notched both wins in the S1 Pro Stock Honda class, topping the combined shifter field in the program that included the likes of Billy Musgrave, Hunter Pickett and Christian Bird. As EKN’s #1 ranked shifter driver, Musgrave battled French in the gearbox events, but he also competed in the X30 Senior class and came away with a pair of impressive victories over the top single-speed karters in Texas. A total of six race groups took to the track over the weekend, and other drivers earning the sweep included Max Hewitt (S2), Nathan Stewart (S4) and Branyon Tiner (X30 Junior).

The event presented the fourth and fifth rounds of the six-race Texas PKC series, and was only the second organized competition event at the Amarillo Kart Circuit, which was built by local surgeon Thane Morgan. The driver feedback on the track was extremely positive. The track is truly the West Texas’ version of the ‘Field of Dreams’, and the arrival of the TPKC certainly plays to the famous line – ‘if you build it, they will come’.

TPKC 2018 Amarillo Jake French 768x512Jake French dominated the shifterkart race group all weekend (Photo: Ken Johnson – studio52.us)Unfortunately, the TPKC date coinciding with the tail end of a record-setting heat wave in Amarillo, pushing the series staff, the drivers and the teams with 100+ degree temps all weekend. The first half of the days were run in the 90s, but the temp topped out later in the day at 103 or 104 degrees. Thankfully, the winds of West Texas helped to offset the heat, making it bearable, albeit hot. Copious amounts of water, paired with man-made shade in the form of EZUps and umbrellas, kept everyone in shape for racing and spectating.

Read more: EKN Trackside: 2018 Texas ProKart Challenge – Amarillo Report

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Baker and Hewitt star for CRG Nordam under the lights in Denton

June 12, 2018 by Rob Howden

When it comes to the high heat of a Texas summer, running in the cooler evening temperatures under the lights is always a wise approach. The Texas ProKart Challenge targeted their June 7-9 weekend for just such an night outing, and North Texas Kartway in Denton provided the ideal venue. The half-mile, nine-turn track is an iconic facility that simply comes alive when its lights are fired up, and the racing was stellar thanks to the multiple overtaking opportunities offered by the layout. The event featured Thursday night practice that led into Friday and Saturday night races, and while the temps at the start of each afternoon’s schedule were around 95°F, once the sun set, a more comfortable 85°F was the norm. The Texas PKC program has developed a strong foundation of racers and teams, and the paddock was filled with national level stars and young emerging talent. Of all those in the paddock, the CRG Nordam team had a superb outing, winning six races at the hands of Brenden Baker, Max Hewitt, Rod Clinard and new recruit Tyler Gonzalez.

TPKC 2018 NTK Brenden Baker 300x200Brenden Baker scored victory in the X30 Senior category (Photo Ken Johnson - Studio52.us)Baker, the veteran national and regional competitor, took the Friday win in the Woltjer Racing Engines X30 Senior class, battling with fellow CRG driver Kaden Gray and Tony Kart pilot Alejandro Jaramillo. Gray was on top of his game all weekend, qualifying on pole before taking the Prefinal win. Despite Gray’s initial pace, Baker was too much in the main and he rolled to a 3.202-second win over his teammate. Jaramillo pressured Gray for a majority of the 30-lap shootout, but he had to settle for a solid third. John Berry (Tony Kart) finished fourth ahead of Pablo Perez De Lara (Tony Kart).

Read more: EKN Trackside: 2018 Texas ProKart Challenge – North Texas Kartway Report

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The following shall be instituted immediately and will remain permanently as part of the Texas ProKart rules package.

Post-Race Contact

At the conclusion of each on-track session, after crossing the finish line; all competitors must slow their speed while making their way to the scale line. Any competitor who makes contact with another racer shall be penalized.

Penalty Assessed
Practice or Warm-up           - Loss of next scheduled on track session
Qualifying or Competition   - DQ/loss of points for the session

Texas ProKart Challenge Sticker Placement

All karts participating in a TPKC event must have a Texas ProKart sticker mounted on the front fairing. Stickers will be provided to you at registration.

Registration opens on Friday, May 11 for TPKC rounds 2 and 3 at North Texas Karters, Denton Texas. Join us for some awesome night racing, June 7-9

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