Here are the updated points as of GCKI Fall 7 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 8 by RPM RaceKarts on December 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!
View the GCKI 2014 Fall Series by RPM Racekarts points file
LADIES, Come on out and lets have some fun!
Garrett Boone & Miguel Lopez racing at Gulf Coast Karters
The next GCKI event will be the GCKI Fall Race 8 by RPM RaceKarts on December 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.
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Gulf Coast Kartway to host final two rounds of 2014 season for Superkarts! USA and US Rotax Max Challenge regional program
The Superkarts! USA Texas ProKart Challenge is heading into its final weekend of the 2014 season. The series – presented by 3G Kart Racing/Burger King®/Chase Racing/Dallas Karting Complex/Fernelius Alvarez Attorneys – travels to the Gulf Coast Kartway in Katy, Texas for Round Seven and Eight. Located 40 miles to the west of Houston, Gulf Coast Kartway is a challenging 7/10 of a mile long 11-turn road course. The track features a 780-foot long front stretch, which is sure to provide plenty of exciting shootouts to the checkered flags. There are plenty of championship fights that will go down to the wire, as we have seen in the last three years of the program, with drivers looking to cash in on the $40,000 prize purse.
Added to that prize package is a new partnership with Motorsports Development Group. This new successful driver development program in sports car racing is offering a test session to two lucky Texas ProKart Challenge following the finale weekend in Katy. One driver from the Junior categories and one driver from the Senior categories will be given a test in one of MDG's development cars with their Pirelli World Challenge Team.
Tyler, Texas driver Miguel Lopez is looking to lock up the title in the Pole Position/DR Kart S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto class in Katy. Lopez put up a perfect score in the opening round at Dallas, and again during Round Five at Denton. Luke Shanahan sits second, thanks to four trips to the podium so far this year, still looking for his first victory of the season. Consistently one of the most exciting classes to watch at any given Texas PKC race weekend is the HPD/Honda S4 Master Stock Moto. Racers are sure to put on another great show in Katy. Thus far, defending series champion Chris Jennings has traded wins with SKUSA Pro Tour champion Jordon Musser, as Jennings leads the win column 4-2. Raul Guzman of Mexico sits comfortably atop the standings in the SwedeTech Racing Engines S5 Junior Stock Moto class with three wins this season. Behind Guzman is Jacob Loomis, who has three podium finishes to his credit this year with SKUSA Pro Tour championship leader Trenton Estep in third. In the RPM Race Karts S3 Novice Stock Moto field, Conor Turnage leads AJ Hayes, and Kyle Counts.
Luke Waller is leading the way to Katy, and the championship in the Fernelius Alvarez Attorneys TaG Senior class. Waller has scored two wins this season and visited the podium on two other occasions. Austin Osborne is in second place, 165 points back with Colorado's Jason Dempster 222 markers behind in third. Less than 100 points separate Juan David Gomez and Mat Souza in the Dreams Captured Photography TaG Master class. Gomez is coming off a double win weekend in August at Denton, while Souza has one win to his credit from Round Three in Oklahoma. Jak Crawford leads Cade McKee by 330 points in the Kart Life TaG Cadet category. Crawford has finished second in the last three races and yet to win a feature race, while McKee has a second best fourth place result twice in 2014. Paige Evans has secured the championship in the Turbo Lube/Motul TaG Junior class heading to the season finale.
The entries and the action in the Burger King® Rotax Max Challenge classes offered at the Texas PKC have been stacked with talented fields, preparing drivers to compete at the national and international level. CJ Cramm holds the narrowest point lead coming into the final weekend of 2014. Fifteen is the number of points that separate Cramm from second place Nathan Mauel in the Dallas Karting Complex DD2 class. Consistency has been key for Cramm this season, as the point leader has not won a feature race through the first six rounds. Cramm has finished on the podium in the last three races. Mauel found the top step of the podium at Round Three Oklahoma, and has finished on the podium two of the last three races. Nathan Adds is in third place, scoring the last three feature victories. Lance Lehrman has a sizeable lead over Phillip Stoelman in the Dallas Karting Complex DD2 Masters category thanks to the three wins he has amassed over the six races.
Three drivers enter the finale weekend separated by just 47 points. Jesse Woodyard holds the point lead over Conner Ford and Thomas Beaudoin. Woodyard has just one win, while Ford has two. Beaudoin is winless, however his four podium results has kept him in the hunt after six rounds. Riley Dickinson is carrying the momentum into the series finale, holding the lead in the Chase Racing Mini Max class. Dickinson's has three straight wins, including a sweep of the weekend in Denton. Alejandro Jaramillo trails in the standings, needing a lot of help to knock down Dickinson. The title is still up for grabs in the Enertech Rotax Junior class, as Parker Chase holds a 74-point advantage over Luis Alfonso Perez Pena. Each have two wins, two runner-ups and two third place results. The title could come down to a deep tie-breaker. Jak Crawford has been nearly perfect this year in the Ribtect Micro Max class. Jak has five wins in six rounds, nearly clinching the championship in Denton.
The Texas ProKart Challenge would like to remind Stock Moto competitors that air boxes are mandatory for the Gulf Coast Kartway. For the S1, S2, S3, S4 and S5 categories, the air box must be in stock form with no modifications to the box or the inlet tubes. Air boxes may have up to three (3) inlet tubes, each must not exceed 29mm +/- 1mm inside diameter and 95mm minimum length. Approved air boxes are limited to CIK-approved and RLV 0344.
Pre-registration ends on September 28 at midnight through the Registration Page of the Texas ProKart Challenge website – texasprokartchallenge.com. Be sure to follow them on Facebook for more information on the 2014 Texas ProKart Challenge series finale and banquet information.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
With 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
Congratulations to all of this year's racers!
2013 GCKI Championship Points