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GCKI Fall Series Points Updated

rpm racekarts logo 175Here are the updated points as of GCKI Fall 2 kart race by RPM Racekarts. Thanks to all the kart racers and spectators that attended!  Please look over the points and let Pier Alvarado know if you have any questions.

 

The next kart race will be the GCKI Fall 3 by RPM RaceKarts on September 7th. The public is invited, bring your friends, family and neighbors and join us for some exciting, close, open-wheel kart racing. Spectator passes are only $5 each which allows access to the shaded spectator bleachers and also the pit areas so you can visit with the kart racers and get a close look at their Italian racing go karts!

 

If you have any questions about the points please contact Pier Alvarado at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 View the GCKI 2014 Fall Series by RPM Racekarts points file 17K PDF

GCKI Fall 4 Race by RPM RaceKarts September 28th

gcki go kart racingClick to enlargThe next GCKI event will be the GCKI Fall Race 4 by RPM RaceKarts on September 7th. There will be some exciting, close open wheel racing as racers compete for the GCKI Fall Series championship titles!

The public is welcome to come out to watch. Spectator passes are only $5, we look forward to seeing you at the track!

Spectators are welcome to watch the exciting racing.

RSVP and invite your friends to this event - GCKI Fall 4 Race by RPM RaceKarts facebook event and see who you will be racing with!

Download the Race Registration & Pre-Tech Form

2014 3G Rotax Max Challenge Series

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The 3G Rotax Max Challenge at Gulf Coast Kartway will begin at the next race on April 13th.  This series will be run in conjunction with our regular race schedule and will span our Spring and Fall seasons.  Dave Pauly with 3G Kart Racing is sponsoring both the series and GCKI.  The goal of the 3G Rotax Max Challenge is to promote Rotax racing in Houston while providing a convenient way for Rotax racers to obtain the punches necessary to qualify for Rotax Grand Nationals.  The series will be comprised of nine race days, two of which will coincide with the BK RMAX series held on the TPKC regional weekend in October.


The dates of the 3G Rotax Max Challenge are as follows:  

 

  • April 13th
  • May 4th
  • May 18th       
  • June 1st
 
  • August 10th
  • September 7th
  • October 4-5th (TPKC Weekend)      
  • November 9th
 
3G RMax Challenge logo

 

Club trophies will be given at each race for all Rotax classes and Series trophies will be awarded at the annual GCKI banquet.  All 3G Rotax Max Challenge participants must have a Rotax license, engine passport, and conform to all Rotax Max rules to qualify for the series and to receive punches.  If you have questions concerning the series, please contact Dave Pauly at 3G Kart Racing.

 

The track is closed this weekend April 5th & 6th to karting for the Texas Mini Grand Prix race.


All shifter karts are required to have air boxes per the rules, kart tags should be on all karts running at GCKI, and safety equipment including suit, gloves, neck collar, and helmet are required at all times while on the track, even on non-race days.

Download a printer friendly GCKI 2014 Race Schedule

Online Membership Renewal, New Membership Cards & Kart Tags

Changes are underway at GCKI. We are working hard to streamline the membership registration and renewal process. The www.racekarts.com website has been updated to allow new members to register online. This speeds the process and reduces the time GCKI volunteers spend entering the membership data into the database and time to process payments.

 

So what is different? New members can process their membership online and pay membership using Paypal. Paypal lets you use a credit card or paypal account. Good news, by using Paypal, GCKI does not get involved in handling credit card data. For those who absolutely refuse to use the online system, you can still download and print the paper version of the application form, fill it out, enclose a check and send it to the address on the form. We will not process credit card numbers through the paper forms anymore so you will be limited to checks by mail. Please note, mailed forms will add a minimum of 1 week additional processing time to receiving your membership.

 

Renewing members will receive an email notice alerting an expiring member of the need to renew. The email will provide two options for renewal and this will make it very easy for everyone to renew. We are discontinuing all snail mail renewal notices so be sure to keep us current with your latest email address.  You can signup for the GCKI emails and membership renewal notices on the "GCKI Newsletter Signup" module on the GCKI website (in the right hand column), you can also use that signup module to change your email address, or just email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will do it for you.

 

Membership cards: All members will receive new cards in the mail within the next few days, they were mailed out on Thursday February 20th. These new Membership cards will also change for the first time in 40 years! We will no longer be hand laminating the cards. We bought a card printer that allows us to print a professional looking card for all master and associate members 16 years and older. The card will have membership data on both sides and will also include helpful contact information etc. New cards will be coming to all members of record February 1st. Watch for this new card because the gate combination will be changing effective Feb 23rd.

 

Another change in the works....In these membership packets, we will include two kart tags that include the master member information.  These cards will be stamped by the tech inspector on race days when the member submits a signed tech form for the kart.  This tech tag will be valid for the race season. Additional member and non member kart bands will be available on race days but all karts racing on track on race days will be required to have a tech band prior to entering the track.

 

Included in the letter with your new membership cards and kart tags are three GCKI glossy brochures. We are asking members to hand out the brochures to friends, work colleagues and neighbors that you think may be interested in karting and becoming members of GCKI. More members means more fun with more racers and more money to put into improvements at our track. Please let us know if you need more brochures and we will gladly provide them. There will also be some available at the track if you would like to pick up some extras on race day.

 

We look forward to seeing everyone soon at the track and will be on hand on race days to help you with these changes.

2014 GCKI Track Calendar Update

The GCKI 2014 Race Schedule has been updated with the Texas Mini Grand Prix dates. Please note that the track will be closed to karts on the following dates when the Texas Mini Grand Prix will be using the track.

  • March 1st & 2nd
  • April 5th & 6th
  • June 7th & 8th
  • September 13th & 14
  • November 15th & 16th.

Printer friendly GCKI 2014 Race Schedule 82K PDF

2014 GCKI Rules, Regulations and Classes

The 2014 GCKI Rules and Regulations and 2014 GCKI Classes have been posted on the website to be viewed and downloaded.

2014 GCKI Rules and Regulations 151K PDF
2014 GCKI Classes 238K PDF

Congratulations to all the GCKI 2013 Champions - Scenes from the Awards Banquet

 
Keeping with recent trends at GCKI, we had a record crowd attend the 2013 season awards banquet on Saturday January 25th.  As usual Dave & Busters proved to be the perfect host with a fantastic venue, great food, impeccable service and a fun atmosphere to build camaraderie among the competitors.  Everyone had a great time honoring the spring and fall series champions.  In addition, awards were given out for fastest lap times in 2013 by GCKI members as well as awards for high-points champions.  The event gave us great momentum towards an even better 2014 season.
 
Many thanks to Kenny Lau of Awesome Shots for serving as the night's photographer.  All of his photos can be viewed at http://awesomeshots.photoreflect.com/store/thumbpage.aspx?e=9190852 

GCKI Track Upgrades Well Underway

Bryan Joplin ventured out to the GCKI facility this week to review the work being performed by one of the top-ranked racing-surface maintenance professionals in the United States.  Charlie Freeburn of Freeburn Track Repair has been contracted by GCKI to grind uneven areas, fill cracks, and smooth surfaces.  These photos show the dramatic transformation that is taking place.  The facility will be open this weekend for practice (note that due to grinding, the dust levels will be high and adhesion will be less than optimal.)  Work will recommence on Monday and continue until completed. The newly elected leadership team of GCKI is working hard to reinvest the members' dues and race fees to make the 2014 season one of our best ever!


Photos by Brian Joplin

January 2014 GCKI Newsletter

gcki banner-150x150GCKI-Map-Image-Gulf smallfWith a successful 2013 season completed (and a celebration of our champions yet to come at the awards banquet on January 25th), it is time to look forward to what is shaping up to be a very exciting 2014 season of kart racing at Gulf Coast Karters in Katy, Tx. We had record participation in the 2013 race season, and the club stands at all-time record membership. These statistics combined with the support of long-time as well as new members of the club will make 2014 the best year yet in the long history of GCKI.

2014 GCKI General Membership Meeting
On Wednesday evening January 8th GCKI held its annual all-members meeting at the Memorial West Community Club. The facility, arranged and hosted by Becky and Bill Choice, continues to serve as an excellent venue for this important event. We had an excellent turnout of members representing all of the classes raced at GCKI. The topics were discussed positively and decisions were reached that will shape the club and form the basis of our operations for the next year.

Finances for 2013 were reviewed in detail. With record racing participation in 2013 as well as the club setting new records for membership, the financial picture of the club is very strong. As a result the club will be reinvesting those funds into strategic facility improvements that will greatly enhance everyone's enjoyment at the track.

Read more: January 2014 GCKI Newsletter

GCKI 2013 Fast Lap Times

The attached file contains the fastest recorded lap times at GCKI in 2013 as achieved by GCKI members-in-good-standing during an official GCKI karting event as recorded by our timing and scoring system. Please note that despite our high-tech timing system, this remains a very manual process whereby each and every session for every class during the year must be manually reviewed. Many thanks to Marcia Bartos for performing this painstaking task. Despite our best efforts - it is still possible that one time could have been overlooked. As racers its expected that you know your best times better than anyone. If a discrepancy is identified, please alert John Bartos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. These times will become official at 5:00pm on Friday January 17th and will be recognized at the GCKI 2013 awards banquet on January 25th. Congratulations to all of these competitors for their achievements in 2013.

GCKI 2013 Fast Times (18K pdf)

GCKI 2013 Fall Series Points Championship

The attached file contains the unofficial results of the 2013 fall series championship. Many thanks to David Pergande for serving as this year's statistician. These results have been carefully reviewed - but as always, due to the nature of our scoring system, it is entirely possible that errors could have been made. If anyone disputes the results contained in this file, please send an email to John Bartos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The results will become official on December 27th, 2013 and will not be changed after that to permit sufficient time to order awards for the banquet in January.

Congratulations to all of this year's racers!

2013 GCKI Championship Points

GCKI Is Featured in Katy Magazine!

katys karters magazine coverClick image to view the Katy Magazine Winter Issue!

Gulf Coast Karters is featured in the Groups section of the winter issue of Katy Magazine!

Check out the Winter issue!   You can find free copies of Katy Magazine at many area locations starting this week! For a complete list of places where you can find the publication, please visit our website at http://www.katymagazine.com/where-to-find-it/

You can also view and share the electronic link to your story by visiting: http://www.katymagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Katys-Karters.pdf

We hope you enjoy the issue!

Photos of GCKI 2013 Fall Race 5

Photos of GCKI 2013 Fall Race 2

Photos of GCKI 2013 Fall Race 3

Photos of GCKI 2013 Fall Race 4

Photos of GCKI Fall Race 1

Thanks to Kenny Lau at Awesome Shots for the GCKI Fall Race 1 podium pics! More photos can be viewed at http://awesomeshots.photoreflect.com/

Photos of GCKI Spring Race 4 by RPM Motorsports

Here are some podium pics from GCKI Srping Race 4 by RPM Motorsports

Upcoming Events

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Sep 28 2014

GCKI Fall 4 by RPM Motorsports

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Oct 03 2014 - Oct 05 2014

TPKC Rounds 7 & 8 @ GCKI

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Oct 12 2014

GCKI Fall 5 by RPM Motorsports

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Oct 26 2014

GCKI Fall 6 by RPM Motorsports

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Nov 09 2014

GCKI Fall 7 by RPM Motorsports - Challenge

GCKI Track Weather

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