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Kart Mania 2!!!! This Time Rain or Shine!
Saturday–Sunday July 8-9, 2017 – Enter Now to Save $30

CLICK HERE to print the early registration form. Send in by June 30th to save $30. Send in right now for the best possible starting spot!

NHKA Kart Mania 2

IKS Race 1 + 2016 Championship Awards
Sunday at F1 Outdoors

The Interstate Kart Series (IKS) revs into action at this weekend’s F1 Outdoors season opener. As usual, there will be practice on Saturday 9am-1pm, then racing on Sunday. Gates open at 7:30am both days. IKS championship awards for the 2016 season will be presented during the trophy ceremony at the end of the day.

It appears that the schedule on the F1 Outdoors website has incorrect dates for the IKS races. The correct dates are:
Race 1 – May 21 – F1
Race 2 – June 17 – Canaan
Race 3 – July 16 – F1
Race 4 – July 30 – F1
Race 5 – Aug 27 – NHMS
Race 6 – Sept 16 – Canaan

Now in its third year, the Interstate Kart Series offers New England racers the chance to come together to compete on a variety of tracks for a regional championship. Every year we add a new track to the mix, and 2017 is no exception with the addition of the full road course at the Canaan Motor Club. Road racing demands different gearing, different set ups and a different mindset than what most of our racers are used to. New challenges keep racing fun, and that’s what the IKS is all about!

NHKA Race 2 at NHMS – Rain or Shine

Let’s start by getting this out of the way: Yes, rain is likely at least part of the day Saturday, but temps should be in the 60s. Yes, we will be racing. No, there’s nothing Mike can do about the weather. Yes, if Ayrton Senna raced with us, you bet your rear bumper he’d be there.

It’s time for Race 2 of the NHKA Racing Series powered by K1 Speed. This will be our competitors’ first shot at the always challenging New Hampshire Motor Speedway Hill Course. This crazy mashup of massive elevation changes, long straights, super-tight hairpins and the famous sweeping bowl turn produces unexpected results all the time, but add rain and just about anyone could be standing on the podium. The only sure way to take yourself out of contention is not to show up. And if the level of competition we saw two weeks ago in Canaan is any indication, you can’t afford to skip a race just because of rain. So break out those Senna videos to remind yourself how much fun it is to race on a wet track.

Big shout out to Apex Kartsports for sponsoring Saturday’s trophies. Since way back when the NHKA first made the shift from road racing to sprint, George and Alex Vorrilas have been major supporters of the club and its racers. We appreciate everything they do, and so should you. Be sure to let them know it when you see them at the track Saturday.

New Friday Load-In Procedures at NHMS
For most events, including this weekend, racers are welcome to enter the track after 6:00pm on Friday. We’ll give you as much notice as we can if that time changes. You can just drop your trailer in a great pit spot and leave, or you can purchase a $25 camping pass from the track at the front gate and enjoy a pleasant and productive evening with your racing family getting set-up and registered. Please note: the front gate will be locked at 10pm. There will be positively no admittance after that time, even if we really like you. The front gate will reopen at 7am Saturday morning. The members only warmup will be at 8:30am, followed immediately by the drivers meeting. Please remember, no starting of race engines until 8:05am.

New Season – New Track!
Race 1 Now On the Canaan Village Circuit

We hope you like surprises! Race 1 of the 2017 NHKA Racing Series Powered by K1 Speed will be the club’s first time on the right side of the Canaan Motor Club (let’s call it the Village Circuit and see if it sticks.) Race Director Mike Camarra says the layout will be very similar to how that end of the track was set up for Kart Mania last year. Which means there will still be a chicane at the end of the back straight due to the old dirt oval’s concrete wall. It’s going to be a gearing challenge for everyone with long straights and fast sweepers punctuated by a couple very tight turns. And let’s not forget the blind off-camber Speedway Turn. This is going to be fun.

A couple important last minute items you need to know…

Friday Entry 6-9pm Only Our new contract with the track stipulates that only NHKA Officials and regular workers, and those with advanced explicit permission, will be allowed on the property before 6pm on Friday for this and every race at Canaan this year.

No Race Engines Before 8:30am Again per our new contract with the track, there will be no running of race engines before 8:30am. All of last year’s noise abatement measures will also be in effect: Air boxes for all 2-cycle karts including all shifters. 14” silencers for Stock Motos. No loud music, excessively loud generators or yelling at night (Mike is still allowed to yell whenever he feels it necessary.)

Hot Track 9am-5pm We only have the track for a limited time, so we’re making some tweaks to the morning schedule to make sure we get in all the racing. Gates will open at the usual 7am Saturday morning, and so will registration. Please go register as soon as you park. The drivers meeting will be at 8:30am sharp. The new circuit will have new procedures, be there so you don’t end up being THAT guy. Finally, we will not be having a Members Only Warm Up. Instead, at 9am we’ll go straight into the usual two rounds of group practice followed by qualifying.

That’s it for now. We’re looking forward to a big crowd and fun racing. See you there!

NHKA Race 1 – Are You Ready to Race?
Canaan Motor Club Short Track – April 22, 2017

Some karters have the heated shop and required discipline to start prepping their karts for the first race of the new season right after the last race of the old season. These diehards will roll into Canaan Motor Club the morning of April 22nd with their karts set to kill. The rest of you should take this post as a friendly reminder… THE SEASON STARTS NEXT FREAKIN’ WEEK! GET TO WORK!

NHKA Race 1
April 22, 2017
Canaan Motor Club Short Track
Friday Arrival: TBA–9pm
Friday Night Camping: $20 (passed through to the track)
Saturday Gates: 7am
Drivers Meeting: 8:15am
Members’ Warmup: 9am

The racers of the NHKA Racing Series powered by K1 Speed will run just two rounds of practice before getting straight to the business of winning a championship in 2017. We’re expecting tight competition across multiple classes all season long. The drivers who are presented the big trophies at Canaan next Saturday afternoon could very likely be presented the even bigger trophies at season’s end. First race or last race, they know the points are the same, and they will race hard for all of them.

Speaking of trophies, a big shout out to the season’s first trophy sponsor – and class sponsor for TaG Senior and World Formula – CFMotorsports. Every race of every season CF has been trackside with parts and support. You’d have a hard time finding a racer in the paddock whose bacon they haven’t saved. So, when you see Mike, be sure to thank him not just for putting on the races, but also keeping you in them!

Once again, please join us in welcoming K1 Speed as our title sponsor. The Icebreaker race they hosted was a blast, that is if your idea of fun is seeing Ken Repke mistaking Mike Camarra for a cone. The spiffy NHKA suits are still in progress, we’ll let you see them as soon as they are ready. However, the 20% discount at is live. Just enter offer code NHKA2017 at checkout.

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