As you know, Tom Prioli will be throwing the final checkered flag at CFIK on Saturday August 27th. He fought the good fight, but when a big national chain shows up with unlimited resources, there’s not much a small independent business can do. While we’ll all miss the track, at least we’ll get to keep the best part of the place – the Prioli family.
“Of course we’ll continue racing with the NHKA and supporting the club every way we can. My mom, dad and I can’t thank the NHKA community enough for their support of Checkered Flag. When I think about the generosity at our Racing Against Cancer events, I feel so fortunate to have such an awesome extended family.” Over NHKA’s 5-year partnership with Tom, he has been instrumental in raising thousands of dollars for worthy causes, introduced tons of people to karting, and made lots and lots of fun memories.
Tom doesn’t hesitate about his favorite memories, “The World Formula Indoor Karting Championship. I will miss that more than anything. Racing outdoor karts indoors was insane fun. But what made it so special was the way we helped each other as much as we competed against each other. Just like we do outdoors with in the NHKA. That kind of comradery shouldn’t have an off season.” At Saturday’s drivers meeting, Tom mentioned he was trying to organize one last night for the World Formulas, but unfortunately it was just too short of notice for most drivers to make happen.
7pm Saturday August 27th – Be There!
The NHKA is going to help Tom give Checkered Flag the kind of send-off a dear old friend deserves. Starting at 7pm August 27th, the NHKA will buy the first race for the first 20 NHKA members to arrive. Also, there will be unreal deals on any remaining merchandise – used GoPros, helmets, driving suits and collars as well as new driving gloves, CFIK t-shirts, hoodies and other memorabilia. All that plus Tom’s Going Out of Business bargain race pricing and you have the makings of a fun night of deals and racing with your NHKA buddies while showing the Prioli family how much Checkered Flag has meant to us. And if some beer and snacks were to appear for when the racing is over, that would be alright too. Let’s make it a good-bye party with the emphasis on party!
One important request: Please go easy on the karts. Race, have fun, but know that these are core assets, and their condition is critical to Tom’s exit from the business. Besides, if we do this party right, the last thing Ron will want to face Sunday morning is a bent kart. Just remember why we’re there.