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2015 Interstate Kart Series Schedule Set

Last year was the first season of the Interstate Kart Series, and it was a huge hit with northeast kart racers. The grids were large and the competition was intense every scored session. We’re expecting all that and more as racers crisscross state lines to battle it out!

2015 IKS Schedule
May 30 Hill Course NHMS
June 20-21 F1 Outdoors
July 18-19 F1 Outdoors
Aug 8 Hill Course NHMS
Aug 29-30 F1 Outdoors
Sept 19 Hill Course NHMS

This year’s schedule includes six points races, just like in 2014. But you’ll notice that we’ve compressed the dates to the summer months to avoid the unspeakably bad weather that forced us to cancel last season’s finale. What’s more, we’re working hard to give you a shot at racing at a couple new places. So stay tuned!

You Got What You Wanted – More Hill Races!
Merry Christmas from the NHKA Racing Series

Just in time for Christmas, the one thing Northeast kart racers say they can’t get enough of: Races on the Hill Course at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The just released 2015 NHKA Racing Series schedule features six races on the challenging .75-mile circuit. What’s more, we’ll kick the season off with an open practice on the Hill.

Our Santa gives all year long!

Our Santa gives all year long!

April 11 – Open Practice – Hill Course
May 2 – Race 1 – Hill Course
May 30 – Race 2 – Hill Course
June 6 – Race 3 – Hill Course
June 27 – Race 4 – S3 Lot
July 11 – Race 5 – S3 Lot
August 8 – Race 6 – Hill Course
August 22 – Race 7 – Hill Course
September 19 – Race 8 – Hill Course
October 3 – Race 9 – S3 Lot

It might look like we’re re-gifting what NHMS gave us, but Mike and Lee put a lot of effort into working with the track to take advantage of every opportunity in there busy schedule. It’ll be a busy year for Paul Bowin coaxing new challenges out of the possible configurations. He’s like a Santa who gives all year long!

So to Paul, Nancy, all our volunteers and all our racers and their families, a Merry Christmas and what we’re sure will be a very happy New Year!

NHKA Banquet, Meeting & Racing – January 31, 2015
(RSVP by January 16th!)

IMG_1320Time again to mark your calendars for a full day of mid-winter racing fun. We felt it was time to change things up a little, but there’ll still be lots of racing, racing talk and racing trophies plus food, friends and other fun stuff for all ages…

NHKA Banquet Festivities
January 31, 2015

NHKA Winter Championship Race
9:30-Noon – $30 – Checkered Flag Indoor Karting
At this race, everyone over 54” can get behind the wheel – moms, dads, siblings, dedicated friends, crew, club officials – oh yeah, NHKA racers too. There will be practice and heat races setting the stage for the NHKA Winter Championship Race.

NHKA Annual Members Meeting
1pm-2:00pm – AMVETS Hall, 576 Primrose St, Haverhill, MA
Join in a discussion of the season that was to make the season to come even better. Bring your best ideas and be among the first to hear about and offer input on planned improvements for the 2015 racing season.

NHKA Awards Banquet
2pm-6:00pm – AMVETS Hall, 576 Primrose St, Haverhill, MA IMG_1330
Catered buffet will be provided by the NHKA
Attendees are asked to bring desserts
Cash bar will be available (no BYOB)
Games and activities for the kids
Championship trophies plus additional prizes
Special awards for Most Improved Drivers, Rookie of the Year and more
RSVP by January 16th – 508-588-2300

Thank you to the NHKA Racing Series team for pulling this great event together, especially Erin Pellegrini and Nancy Bowin. We’re looking forward to a fun-filled day of racing. Watch this post in the coming weeks for updates and additional details.

(NOTE: Based upon feedback from IKS competitors, the 2014 awards ceremony for that series will now be held during the first race of the 2015 IKS season – schedule to be announced soon!)

Miserable Weather Cancels IKS Race 6
The Series First Champions Named

It was supposed to be a grand finale to the fantastic inaugural season of the Interstate Kart Series. Unfortunately, old man winter had other ideas that included snow, sleet and freezing-cold rain driven by 40mph+ winds. Despite the handful of shivering racers who should have known better (including yours truly), Mike Camarra and Dave Davies exercised common sense and called it a day, and thus a season.

Mike has also made the call that Race 6 will count as the one drop for all competitors. That means the championships have been decided based upon the on-track results of the first five races. Check out the complete final results here.

Congrats to all the IKS champions! It was a very competitive season across all classes making it a genuine accomplishment. Each of you should feel very proud.


2014 IKS Champions
Cadet: Stephen Krugger
Micro Max: Jet Tobin
Mini Max: Stone Slattery
TaG Junior: Christian Sarnecki
TaG Senior: Jim Cataldo
TaG Masters: Tom Prioli
LO-206 Cadet: Anna Pellegrini
World Formula Light: Derek Franklin
World Formula Heavy: Keith Buffo
125 Shifter: Stephen Sarnecki

Don’t Let the Weatherman Fool You,
There’s IKS Racing Saturday and Sunday
at F1 Outdoors

This weekend isn’t just the 6th and final race of the Interstate Kart Series and the last race of the F1 Outdoors Club Series, it’s your last chance to get in your kart until April within 700 miles of here. Yes, we’ve seen the forecast for rain on Saturday, but it’ll be clearing by lunch on Sunday. Maybe earlier.

IKS_Logo_UnifiedSaturday’s practice is happening. This is confirmed late Friday directly with Dave Davies. Are you so good in the rain that you can afford to skip the chance to burn through a couple tanks of gas on a probably mostly empty track? I’m going, and I won my last rain race. And I have a clear memory at F1 way back in 2008 of a rainy, cold practice day. Nobody wanted to get on the track except Fast Freddy Fawcett. He turned lap after lap after lap. It was rather ugly to start (though certainly had entertainment value), but after the first hour he had his inside rear high and handsome in all the right places in the fountain turn, every single lap. Ask him about it, I’m sure he’ll tell you it transformed his driving. I didn’t have the money or the gear back then, but I’m planning on making up for it tomorrow.

As for Sunday… You’re going to wake up, look out at the cold, damp gloom and want to get back in bed. Don’t do it! You’ll be sorry come lunchtime when the skies clear and your wife gives you that look that means she wants one thing, and one thing only – the leaves raked. And you’ll keep being sorry all winter long. The cold, the damp, the wind and the fact that most of the championships are already decided (except for TaG Junior, a race I wouldn’t miss for all the Halloween candy in the world)… none of it matters. This is your last chance to race. So we’ll see you there.

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