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It’s Finally Time to Go Road Racing Again!
June 17 at Canaan Motor Club

After last year’s Kart Mania! everyone wanted to know “when do we get to go road racing again?” At long last we can say…

Saturday, June 17th, the NHKA Racing Series powered by K1 Speed will be hosting the first of three events this summer on the full road course at Canaan Motor Club. This race – NHKA Race 4 and IKS Race 2 – will be the first points-paying road race for karters in New England for nearly a decade. Road racing is officially back!!!

As many of you learned last year, road racing is just like karting, only completely different. It’s faster – a lot faster. So fast you can actually feel the draft. Smoothness and momentum are more important than ever. Playing the game right is more chess match than fist fight. The gear ratios will make you laugh out loud. There will likely be finishes where the top five are within a second of each other. And you will have as much fun as humanly possible in a go kart.

There are other, more practical differences between a road racing event and the sprint racing events you’re used to. The day’s beginning will be familiar enough, with two rounds of practice by group, followed by timed qualifying. The first big difference will be the starts, which will be LeMans standing starts from the edge of the front straight. Classes will be combined as usual, but each will receive their own starting flag. Another big difference will be that each class will race for 30 minutes, except laydown enduro karts, which will race for 45 minutes. The last difference is that road races cost more to put on. We’re going to see if it makes dollars and sense for the club to set the entry fee at $75 per class, and $65 for a second class for the same driver. In the world of road racing, this is a bigtime bargain, so make sure all your karting buddies come. They’ll thank you. and so will we.

Unlike at Kart Mania! last year, we will race rain or shine. If it does rain, we will need switch to the usual half-track course to keep everyone as safe as possible. Knowing that, you’ll do well to remember that this is a points race for both NHKA and IKS, whether you like the weather or not.

A big-time, big-track thank you to trophy sponsor Earthwork Industries, a trusted provider of complete environmental remediation services throughout the Northeast. Their expertise includes wetland restoration, contaminated soil removal, remediation systems, drainage, sewer and water connections, commercial and residential septic systems (including MA Title 5), and now, remote camera pipeline inspections. Please thank Earthwork Industries by calling 508.643.4430 for your next big project.

NHKA Race 3 Saturday June 3rd
New Hampshire Motor Speedway

The NHKA Racing Series powered by K1 Speed takes to the Hill Course at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the second time in 2017. Between the changing track conditions and intense competition, NHKA Race 2 was, shall we say, was an interesting demonstration of variations in human judgement. Despite the iffy weather, we still had nearly 70 racers come get some. NHKA Race 3 promises to be no less fun.

This Saturday’s trophies will be sponsored Custom Signs and Design of East Bridgewater, MA. The shop is owned by Jay Dennehy, the father of stand-out racers Pat and Daniel and a pretty good shoe himself. Signs, truck or bike lettering and striping, custom helmets and more. Like Custom Signs and Design on Facebook.

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.

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