PULASKI, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The RUSH Racing Series is expanding in 2020 by adding a new Karting Series.
RUSH is bringing the same structured, cost-containment concept that has flourished on the dirt in the RUSH Late Model, Sprint Car, Sportsman Modified, Pro Mod, and Pro Stock divisions – along with four classes on the asphalt – to the world of Go-Kart racing.
The four classes for 2020 will include: an Amateur/Rookie for five to seven year olds or eight year olds with no experience; a Jr 1 for kids 8-11 years of age; a Jr 2 for kids 12-15 years of age, and an Adult Flat class for those 16 and older. Area speedways have the option of not only choosing which classes to run at their facility, but also if they wish to run each individual children’s class as a flat or cage cart.
“Over the past few years we’ve been approached by several people in various capacities of karting about the possibility of getting involved in kart racing,” said RUSH Racing Series Director Vicki Emig. “The RUSH Karting Series technical rules package, championship programs, and promotional efforts will very closely mirror our big car division’s templates,” added Emig. “We’re not afraid to start from zero, be patient, and let the program develop to its full potential; we’ve done it before. We’ve seen our big car programs grow from an original $10,000 point fund to what now exceeds over $250,000 of cash and valuable product that will be awarded to RUSH racers for their efforts in 2020. There’s no reason the RUSH Karting program cannot grow and flourish in the same way in the future!”
The RUSH Karting Series technical rules package will feature a RUSH Kart sealed engine (212 cc) that will be available at Precise Racing Products (Sarver, Pa.) and select distributors; spec Hoosier slick racing tires with no tire treatment permitted; and RUSH 91 spec fuel. The complete 2020 rules package will be released soon.
Hoosier Racing Tires is working in conjunction with RUSH to bring the Karting Series to life.
“Hoosier Tire is excited to partner with the RUSH Karting Series that will feature spec Hoosier slick racing tires,” stated Hoosier Racing Tire’s Oval Kart Product Manager Chad Wright. “Vicki and Mike (Leone, RUSH Racing Series Director) have always been successful with all of their endeavors with the RUSH Racing Series, and we can’t wait to watch their success in karting. It’s been a great partnership throughout the years with their big car programs and we’re really looking forward to joining their efforts in the world of karting!”
Six area race tracks have signed-on, so far, to feature the RUSH Karting Series. Those tracks include: Blanket Hill Speedway in Kittanning, PA; Lockhart Motorsports Park in Seneca, PA; Pittsfield Championship Karting in Pittsfield, PA; Shaffer Speedway in Aliquippa, PA, which is owned by Sprint Car great Tim Shaffer; Slippery Rock Raceway in Slippery Rock, PA; and Stateline Speedway in Busti, NY.
“Pittsfield’s promoter Tim Kays was a former racer himself and has stayed closely in tune with the RUSH Late Models and Pro Mods at nearby Stateline Speedway’s big track,” said Emig. “The one really neat aspect is that all six track promoters really understand how the RUSH program has worked at the big tracks, and how that very same concept can and will be beneficial to kart racing.”
Racers and tracks interested in the RUSH Karting Series are encouraged to email the series at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the Series email contact list as more information will be released in the coming weeks.