After processing the registrations and parking of over 200 racers from 12-different states on Thursday, United States Karting Grand Prix (USKGP) Officials were ready to take the track hot at Utah Motorsports Campus (UMC) Friday with controlled practice.
After karting’s ten-year absence from the Utah facility, racers were eager to hit the track to see how they stood compared to their competition. Shifter, TAG, Briggs and Superkart categories dominated the entry counts for practice on the 2.2-mile UMC East Course. True to the theme of the event, by Karters for Karters, organizers arranged for tons of track time for each racer, with no less than seven practice sessions for each run group.
One of the new features of the event was the launch of the OdenthalRacing.com sponsored Tillotson 225 package, where drivers obtained their new Tillotson 225 engines to shake down during the allotted practice time in preparations for racing action that would begin on Saturday.
In a true treat, Karting icon Terry Ives thrilled the crowd with a few laps around UMC in a new MegaDrive by ekartsupply.com Electric Race Kart. Maintaining speeds around the circuit that rival many two- and four-cycle categories, you couldn’t wipe the smile off Ives’ face under that helmet.
Racing begins first thing Saturday morning, with live timing all day on Race Monitor, and US Karting Grand Prix Facebook Live posts throughout the day.
Special thanks to UMC for their amazing hospitality, and the sponsors of the event, VisitSaltLake.com, Tillotson, RLV, OdenthalRacing.com, CMC, Huggler Racing, Conrad Group Insurance, and Kart-O-Rama for their continued support of the first annual US Karting Grand Prix.