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Round 3 - Santa Maria May 18-19, 2024
Santa Maria Kart Track
End of South Blosser Road
Santa Maria, CA 93456
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Located on the Santa Maria Airport Property (Directions)

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 Important News

California ProKart Challenge Set for Return to Santa Maria
Thursday, 09 May 2024 13:22

The California ProKart Challenge heads to Santa Maria Karting Association facility on May 18-19 (Photo: Spencer Russell – photosbysmr1)

Year 20 of the California ProKart Challenge will complete the first half of the championship chase when the series heads to the Santa Maria Kart Track on the May 18-19 weekend. The first two rounds of the 2024 Superkarts! USA regional series were held at the Buttonwillow Raceway Park, and now the program heads to Santa Maria near the Pacific Coast for Round Three.

Home of the Santa Maria Karting Association, the 7/10-mile circuit has been a longtime fixture for the California ProKart Challenge – located just minutes away from the Pacific Ocean. The challenging 13-turn course will be contested in the counterclockwise direction. The single round weekend format will continue in Santa Maria with five practice sessions on Saturday wrapped up with qualifying at the end of the day. A warm-up precludes the Prefinal and Final sessions on Sunday for the championship categories.
Multiple Sweeps at Round Two for California ProKart Challenge
Thursday, 25 April 2024 12:30

Ethan Lampe jumped into championship contention with a sweep of Round Two in KA100 Senior (Photo: Spencer Russell – photosbysmr1)

The second event of the 2024 California ProKart Challenge was contested on the April 20-21 weekend with the series returning to the Buttonwillow Raceway Park. Running the Buttonwillow, California circuit in the reverse direction from the opening round event in March, the Superkarts! USA regional program hosted Round Two of the six-round championship program for the eight categories competing. This time around featured a handful of repeat winners while others stood on the podium for the first time in 2024.

The KA100 Senior by P1 Engines class, featuring 28 drivers, saw Ethan Lampe complete the sweep in Round Two. In a last-to-first performance at the series opener, Lampe helped his push to defend his 2023 class championship with maximum points on the weekend. Lampe cleared the field by over a tenth in qualifying before leading all 12 laps of the Prefinal. He fell to third at the start of the Final with Jackson Menchu and Aiden Kempf jumping ahead. Lampe moved to second at the halfway point and assumed the lead on lap 13. Leading the remaining 10 laps, Lampe scored a second straight victory, crossing the line by over one-second ahead of Menchu and Kempf. Ayden Aquino and 2023 KA100 Junior champion Keagan Kaminski completed the top-five.
Second Stop for California ProKart Challenge On Docket
Friday, 12 April 2024 09:03

A last to first performance for Ethan Lampe in KA100 Senior at the season opener (Photo: Spencer Russell – photosbysmr1)

The 20th season of the California ProKart Challenge will continue on the April 20-21 weekend with a return to the Buttonwillow Raceway Park. The Superkarts! USA flagship regional series kicked off the 2024 season in March with its first visit to the Buttonwillow, California facility and will make another trip for the second round of the championship. This time, competitors will contest the 11-turn, 7/10-mile circuit in the clockwise direction.

Over 30 drivers battled in the KA100 Senior by P1 Engines division as 2023 series champion Ethan Lampe was able to go from last to first in an amazing performance to grab the victory. Despite the run, he sits seventh in the points after the opening round – with Jackson Menchu leading the standings ahead of 2023 Junior champion Keagan Kaminski and Alexander Gonzalez. Payton Westcott enjoyed her first series victory in the KA100 Junior by SuperSpeed Bearings class. She leads the standings ahead of Dean Pedersen and Matthew Cagle after 23 drivers contested the opening round.
California ProKart Challenge Opens 2024 Championship Chase
Thursday, 28 March 2024 15:03

(Photo: Spencer Russell – photosbysmr1)

The 2024 California ProKart Challenge hosted the first event of the season on March 23-24 at Buttonwillow Raceway Park in central California. Weather was a key factor on the weekend in Buttonwillow with rain threatening the opening round action of the 2024 championship program. The staff, teams and competitors worked together to push through the event schedule to avoid heavy rain toward the end of the main events, nearly getting every race in before the precipitation began falling heavily.
Season 20 for the California ProKart Challenge
Saturday, 16 March 2024 14:44
The California ProKart Challenge was established with a gathering of karters in 2005 led by kart shop owners and enthusiastic racers in the Southern California region. The program was led by Tom Kutscher, who would later become owner of Superkarts! USA in 2006. The California PKC became the flagship regional program for the organization and is now set to celebrate its 20th season.

“I can’t believe it’s been 20 years since Patti and I started this journey,” shared a contemplative owner and principal Tom Kutscher. “This business has had its share of highs and lows for sure, but I’m really hoping we will see a positive turnaround in Southern California karting with the opening of K1 Circuit later in the season. I can’t wait!”

The 2024 PKC racing program begins on March 23-24 with a trip to the Buttonwillow Raceway Park in Buttonwillow, California. The opening round is slated for the national circuit in the counter-clockwise direction, including the popular ‘Spa’ and ‘Le Mans’ section of the track affectionately known as ‘the kink’, which produces some exciting finishes.

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