Castle Motorsports Park and Kart Racers of America News
Archive December 2009 thru November 2009
11/10/09 - NCMP is closed for 2009, see you in Spring of 2010!
11/2/09 - NCMP will be open this Thursday through Sunday for the final time of the year from 11am to 5pm. After this Sunday NCMP will be closed for the season. Thanks to everyone for a fun and successful season and we will see everyone in Spring of 2010!
10/30/09 - Here is the PDF form for the 2009 KRA Series Banquet.
10/24/09 - NCMP will unavailable for practice on Sunday from 11am to 4pm.
10/21/09 - The 2009 KRA Banquet will be on Saturday November 14th, we will post more details and times soon.
10/20/09 - Congratulations to Billy Lewis on his win Sunday at the 2009 Ironman 150. Billy and Jimmy Simpson had a great battle all race long for the lead with a tire change late in the race giving Billy the edge he needed to take the victory. It was a great event and the 2010 Ironman will be incorporated into the 2010 Race for Riley event!
10/15/09 - RaceFanRadio.com will be on site Sunday for the Ironman 150 with flag to flag audio coverage. Go to the RaceFanRadio.com website to listen to the event live!
Saturday NCMP will be available for rentals and open practice, rentals will not be available on Sunday.
With the season winding down NCMP has adjusted the hours of operation, NCMP will be open Thursday's to Sunday's 11am to 6pm.
10/14/09 - The raceday schedule for the Ironman 150 is now available.
10/10/09 - The Ironman 150 schedule has been changed some what, instead of practice and qualifying on Saturday we will hold qualifying on Sunday and leave Saturday for optional practice only. There will be a couple hours of practice on Sunday morning.
10/9/09 - The Ironman race will go off as planned next Sunday. We have not reached the planned minimum of 30 entries but NCMP is committed to the Ironman 150 race for this year and into the future. We will take entries from now until raceday for the Ironman 150.
10/7/09 - A reminder, entry deadline for the 2009 Ironman 150 race is this Friday October 9th. If by that time we do not reach 30 entries we will have to cancel the event. With 30 entries the race will pay $3000 to win with a $10,000 purse. For more information and to enter the Ironman 150 online please click here.
10/5/09 - This Sunday is the last KRA Series race of the 2009 season. If you would like to preenter the KRA race online using a credit card, the online entry form is available on the website.
9/29/09 - NCMP will be closed Tuesday (Sept. 29) and Wednesday (Sept. 30) all day.
Entry deadline for the 2009 Ironman 150 race is Friday October 9th. If by that time we do not reach 30 entries we will have to cancel the event. With 30 entries the race will pay $3000 to win with a $10,000 purse. For more information and to enter the Ironman 150 online please click here.
9/24/09 - Wagner Race Products will be hand at NCMP throughout the weekend with their racing simulator for demonstrations as well as awarding the top 20 Robopong finishers with a $1000 gift certificate off the price of their simulators. In addition Wagner Race Products with Kartlift will be awarding the leading kart at halfway a Pro Kartlift valued at over $500. For more information see their press release.
RaceFanRadio.com will be on site Saturday and Sunday for the Mazda Robopong 200 Presented by Bridgestone with live updates during qualifying on Saturday afternoon and flag to flag audio coverage of the 200 mile race on Sunday. Go to the RaceFanRadio.com website to listen to the event.
eKartingNews.com will have live updates all weekend long on their website, see the Official Discussion Thread for the latest news and results.
Practice at NCMP on Friday is for Robopong teams only, rental karts will be available on Friday but not on Saturday or Sunday.
9/22/09 - The race weekend schedule for the 2009 Mazda Robopong 200 Presented by Bridgestone is now online.
9/16/09 - Starting Friday September 18th NCMP will have new hours. Monday-Friday NCMP will be open 11am to 7pm and weekend hours will be 10am to 6pm.
9/14/09 - The 2009 Mazda Robopong 200 Presented by Bridgestone is just under 2 weeks away! The race weekend will kickoff with an optional open practice on Friday September 25th with official practice and qualifying taking place on Saturday September 26th and the race taking place on Sunday the 27th. All competitors will be on Bridgestone YKC tires and all teams will start the event. For more information and to enter the race online visit the event page.
Spectators are always welcome to our events and the Mazda Robopong 200 Presented by Bridgestone is one of our largest spectator events of the year! We have plenty of free spectator viewing areas free of charge and we have pit passes available for purchase if you wish to walk around the pit area. Feel free to bring the family and some lawn chairs!
9/9/09 - Sunday is Round 14 of the KRA Series, it is the last scheduled KRA Series race of the year but there is a makeup race from Round 2 of this year that will take place on October 11th that everyone is welcome to enter. If you would like to preenter this weekend's KRA series race online using a credit card, the online entry form is available on the website.
9/2/09 - This is the last week to enter the 2009 NCMP TaG Endurance race before the entry fee is raised $100 per team. For more information and to enter online on the endurance race visit the event page. Also for clarification, all teams will be required to run the new Bridgestone YKC tire, the YHC tire will not be allowed.
Saturday is Round 13 of the KRA Series, if you would like to preenter the KRA race online using a credit card, the online entry form is available on the website.
8/31/09 - NCMP will close at 7pm starting on September 1st. NCMP will be open from 10am to 6pm on Sunday September 6th. NCMP will be closed on Labor Day.
8/24/09 - We have set the date for the 2009 Ironman 150! The Ironman was rescheduled from spring of this year, the race weekend will take place on October 17th-18th. If you entered earlier this year we will use that entry unless you need to cancel the entry, please let us know. For more information and to enter the Ironman 150 online please click here.
New aerial photos were taken this weekend of the double national at NCMP. Scroll down to the bottom of the track Gallery page for the latest pictures. Thanks to all the racers who made it out to the event this weekend to make it a success.
8/21/09 - WKA has announced two local option classes for the Manufacturer's Cup race at NCMP next weekend. Spec Honda Shifter and Yamaha Rookie Class, the local option classes will practice and race on Friday August 28th. See the WKA website for additional information.
8/17/09 - Due to both tracks at NCMP having WKA National races this weekend, rental karts will not be available from Thursday August 20th to Sunday August 23rd.
8/10/09 - The August 16th KRA Series race will take place on the Manfacturer's Cup course to allow racers a final test weekenf for the Gold Cup and Manufacturer's Cup. The track will also be setup for the Manufacturer's Cup layout on Saturday August 15th for additional track time.
NCMP has garages available for rent for the upcoming Gold Cup and Manufacturers Cup Nationals, call the track for more information.
7/29/09 - The Great Lakes Pro Series has cancelled the 125cc Stock Moto Endurance race due to a lack of entries.
7/28/09 - NCMP will be open for rental karts on Saturday August 1st all day. On Sunday August 2nd NCMP will not be available for rental karts, the KRA race will be utilizing the entire track layout on Sunday.
The make up KRA Series race will take place on Sunday, October 11th.
7/27/09 - The Great Lakes Pro Series is putting on the 2nd Annual 125cc Stock Moto endurance race at NCMP this Saturday August 1st. The race will take place after the KRA Series race on Saturday. This is a unique and fun event and they are needing more entries to make this a viable event. Click here for rules and entry form. Click here for the GLPS message boards.
7/23/09 - Sunday is Round 9 of the KRA Series, if you would like to preenter the KRA race online using a credit card, the online entry form is available on the website.
7/20/09 - We have reached 10 plus entries in all classes for the Race for Riley except Kid Karts, please get in your kid kart entries as soon as possible. You can enter online or print off the entry and fax it in. Thanks you to everyone who has entered the Race for Riley, we are looking forward to a great event for karting and for all the spectators at the Race for Riley.
Print and Enter by Fax - 765-987-8419
7/17/09 - Here are the currently entry counts for the Race for Riley classes, if you plan on entering a class please do so by Monday July 20th at 9am, if a class is still below the 10 kart count by then it will be dropped from the 2009 Race for Riley event. Also YHC or YKC tires will be allowed.
8 - Shifter
6 - TaG Senior
10 - TaG Sportsman
3 - Junior Can
5 - Junior Can Sportsman
1 - Kid Kart
7/13/09 - We have had a few questions about the YHC/YKC policy in KRA for the rest of the year. For the 2009 KRA season we will allow YHC or YKC tires in those classes that apply. The Robopong and Ironman events will be the new YKC tires only.
7/6/09 - With July 22 quickly approaching, our entries for the Race for Riley are not where they should be. This event is great for multiple reasons. First of all, we can all agree that Riley Children’s Hospital is an excellent charity to be behind. But something else that we as karters can benefit from with this event is an opportunity to showcase our sport to the general public. This benefits everyone in the karting community including drivers. The more people we can get into the sport the more cost effective it can be for each and every participant. There is no doubt that given the current economy, this is a tough year for everyone, but this is an investment in the future of your sport. So please get your entries in as soon as possible and let’s make this a very successful event both for the kids at Riley and karting. In the event that the classes offered fail to reach a minimum of 10 karts those classes will be dropped. The preentries will determine if we have these classes, the deadline is Saturday July 18th.
6/29/09 - On Saturday July 4th, KRA will run backwards with three rounds of practice in the morning. On Sunday July 5th, KRA will run the normal direction with the track layout to be determined. If you would like to preenter the KRA race online using a credit card, the online entry form is up on the website.
The 2009 Race for Riley will take place on Wednesday July 22nd, it's a great event with a lot of fun activites for the entire family and it's for a great cause. The raceday schedule and the print entry form or online entry form are available.
6/24/09 - The KRA Double Header weekend on July 4th and 5th will be YHC tires only in the classes that require YHC tires. Starting with the KRA race on July 26th it will be either/or YHC and the new YKC tire.
6/19/09 - This Friday and Saturday is one of the largest vintage kart gatherings in the country with karters from the 50's, 60's and 70's in attendance with some amazing machines on track from those era's. Friday night will be a dinner sponsored by Comet Kart Sales and everyone is invited to attend. The program ends around 2pm on Saturday so make it out early!
6/14/09 - The paved oval at NCMP will officially open for practice on Wednesday June 24th. The oval will have open practice on Wednesday's, Thursday's and Friday's from 10am to 8pm weekly and on Sunday's from 10am to 5pm unless otherwise noted.
6/9/09 - Starting at the next KRA Series event on July 4th, all Kid Karts MUST run the race fuel sold at NCMP as the spec fuel. All kid kart fuel must also pass fuel tech.
The date for the 2009 Mazda Robopong 200 Presented by Bridgestone has been set! The race weekend will take place on September 26th and 27th with Friday September 25th reserved for optional practice. More information on the Robopong is available here.
The finishing touches are being completed on the paved oval track at NCMP. We will announce later this week the date that the oval will open for practice.
6/2/09 - For the KRA Double Header this weekend we will run the track backwards on Saturday and the standard direction on Sunday with part of the new section added. If you would like to preenter the KRA race online using a credit card, the online entry form is up on the website.
5/15/09 - The 2009 Ironman 150 race has been postponed until later in the year. Without a minimum of 40 karts this race makes no sense in regards to purse money and media coverage. When we reschedule the race we will make preentry mandatory, if you have already preentered for the Ironman we will just hold your entry until the rescheduled race unless otherwise notified by the entrant. We hope to make this race a big event but we are also aware that putting time on your kart equipment during the middle of the season with the current economy may be a big contributor to the low kart count.
5/7/09 - This weekend's KRA Series races will run rain or shine.
5/5/09 - KRA will race the Manufacturer's Cup track layout this Saturday and a modified Ironman layout for Sunday. NCMP will also have a special Mother's Day dinner on Saturday night with a choice of Filet, Porterhouse or salmon with red skin potatoes, choice of brocolli or salad, dinner roll and a dessert, please make reservations at the Racer's Grill at the track, 765-987-8090 phone.
4/29/09 - NCMP will be open this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm for practice and rentals.
4/23/09 - Kid Karts are welcome to race on Saturday and Sunday with the Great Lakes Pro Series and the SIRA. If you have any questions about Kid Karts with the GLPS Saturday please email Terry Riggins.
4/13/09 - For practice day on Saturday April 18th we will run the Manufacturers Cup/STARS track layout. On Sunday for the KRA Series Race we will run a modified track layout based on the Ironman course.
4/10/09 - For convenience and continuity we have adjusted the weight for Yamaha Jr. Novice Sportsman from 255 lbs. to 250 lbs. so it is the same as Yamaha Jr. Sportsman 1 and 2.
4/6/09 - NCMP would like to thank all of the KRA competitors for their cooperation in getting the racing program in yesterday in the dry, despite the threat of rain all day. The Kid Kart program was cut short due to rain and their race will be held at the next KRA series race on April 19th.
4/3/09 - NCMP will be closed on April 12th for Easter Sunday.
3/27/09 - There will be Kid Kart practice this Saturday and Sunday March 28th, 29th from 12:30-1:30pm and another at 3:00-3:45pm, both days. Kid Kart practice will also be available at those times again on Saturday April 4th. We will also have Kid Kart practice on Tuesday evenings from 5:00-8:00pm.
If you would like to preenter the KRA race online using a credit card, the online entry form is up on the website.
3/12/09 - Opening day for the track is Saturday March 21st. Practice will be for Juniors and Seniors only on Saturday. The first day for Kid Kart practice will be on Sunday March 22nd from 12:30-1:30pm and a second session from 3:00-3:45pm. After the 22nd, Kid Kart practice will be every Tuesday night from 5pm to 8pm, daylight permitting.
3/10/09 - For 2009 NCMP will have 100 octane, Low Lead Race Gas Available, it is 100% gasoline, NO ethanol, $6.50 per gallon.
2/13/09 - 2009 KRA Series Class Updates -
There will be a new Senior TaG class for 2009 known as TaG Super Lite. The class will be placed in the race rotation where any driver wishing to participate in the Tag Senior class and TaG Super Lite class will have time to make the necessary changes for qualifying and the race. The weights are as follows -
PRD, Easy Kart - 325 lbs.
Leopard, Rotax - 335 lbs.
All Other Engines - 355 lbs.
The 2009 Tag Senior Class Weights will be as follows -
PRD, Easy Kart - 350 lbs.
Leopard, Rotax - 360 lbs.
All Other Engines - 380 lbs.
The 2009 Tag Masters/Sportsman Class Weights will be as follows -
PRD, Easy Kart - 375 lbs.
Leopard, Rotax - 385 lbs.
All Other Engines - 400 lbs.
Any driver weighing 200 lbs. or more will be eligible to participate in any Masters class regardless of age. It is nearly impossible for a driver of this weight to have a competitive chance in the other weight divisions
With the ICC class becoming less and less popular and the Stock Motos becoming more popular, KRA will change the ICC class to be known as ICC/Stock Moto. The ICC weight will be raised 10 lbs to 395 lbs with the Stock Moto weight being 370 lbs. This in NO WAY will change the current Stock Moto class, it will remain at 400lbs and still be known as Stock Moto. Hopefully this will encourage the lighter drives to participate in the ICC/Stock Moto class and the bigger drivers to partcipate in the Stock Moto class, they will race at the same time and be scored seperately.
2/11/09 - The 2009 NCMP Schedule is now posted. Download the PDF here.
12/16/08 - For the 2009 KRA season, KRA will not allow the new generation Leopard to compete in any class except Unlimited. Until the performance of the new engine is evaluated, KRA will not risk obsoleting everyone's investment in the current Leopard.
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