Castle Motorsports Park and Kart Racers of America News
Archive January 2013 thru December 2013
12/3/13 - If you are attending the Performance Racing Industry trade show in downtown Indianapolis, there will be a Youth Motorsports Conference on Saturday, December 14th which might be of interest to karters. Please see the press release for more information.
11/27/13 - We have a limited number of the Dan Wheldon ProAm Karting Challenge T-Shirts available for anyone that didn't get a shirt at the track before they were sold out. The shirts are available on the Comet Kart website or you can call Comet at 317-462-3413 to order them.
11/26/13 - NCMP is closed until Spring 2014. Thank you all for another fun and successful season at NCMP!
10/31/13 - We do have some of the 2013 Robopong 200 t-shirts left, we do not currently have any Dan Wheldon ProAm shirts but we are trying to get some. The Robopong shirts are available for purchase on Comet Kart's website.
10/29/13 - The KRA Series banquet will be Saturday November 9th. RSVP's are going out today and must be returned by November 5th. You can also download and print the form and send it in.
The 2013 Robopong 200 is in the history books! Thanks to all the racers, fans, volunteers and employees that make this race a success every year!
Thanks to David Cole and Ekartingnews.com for the race day recap.
10/21/13 - Here is the Purse breakdown for the 2013 Robopong 200 Presented by Bridgestone and the Yamaha support classes.
The Racer's Grill will be open for breakfast Friday through Sunday this weekend for Robopong.
10/17/13 - Things are really coming together for the 2013 Robopong 200 weekend! We have posted the entry lists for all classes (use the tabs at the bottom of the Excel file for each class) and The Dan Wheldon Memorial ProAm Karting Challenge has a star studded lineup of Professional drivers! We hope you can make it out to this year's event, as always spectator admission is free (bring a lawn chair) and pit passes are available for a small fee.
10/15/13 - Today is the last day to enter the Robopong 200 and Yamaha support races before the entry fee increases $50.00 each. Even if you don't know all the details of your Robopong team, drivers, kart etc. you can still enter and update your team later.
Praga Karts, Kartwerks USA and Florida Winter Tour have joined together to sponsor the Yamaha Sportsman Class at the 10th Annual RoboPong 200 at New Castle Motorsports Park! The package will afford one Yamaha Sportsman racer some Serious Fun in the Florida Sun! More information at this link.
10/14/13 - The preentry deadline for Robopong is Tuesday 10/15! After Tuesday the entry fee will go up $50.00 each. You can enter the Robopong 200 and the Yamaha money race races onlines.
The points for the KRA Series Finale are posted. Please take a look and contact us if you see an issue with your points. We need to know this before the banquet!
10/11/13 - After two weekends of rainy weather it looks like the weather will finally cooperate for this Sunday and we can finally get in the KRA Season Finale! We look forward to seeing you at NCMP this weekend!
10/9/13 - Robopong 200 and the Yamaha money race entries will increase $50.00 after Tuesday 10/15. Make sure you get your entries in soon!
10/5/13 - NCMP is proud to announce a very special event that will take place during the Robopong 200 weekend, The Dan Wheldon ProAm Karting Challenge Benefiting the Alzheimers Association! The race will take place on Saturday afternoon starting at 12:30pm between Robopong practice and qualifying. For more information see the full story on ekartingnews.com. Robopong 200 weekend schedule.
10/4/13 - KRA #14 Postponed - Unfortunately Mother Nature doesn't look like she will cooperate for this weekend's KRA Series Finale. We will move KRA #14 to Sunday October 13th. In the event that the weather doesn't cooperate for that weekend we will move the season finale until after Robopong, the season finale will not be run in the rain.
10/3/13 - Robopong News - With preparations on going for the 2013 Robopong 200, we ask that teams please enter as soon a possible. Entries are not charged until the week of the event but as always with an event of this size the sooner we can start planning the better. Also any entries received after Tuesday 10/15 will be charged a $50.00 late entry fee for Robopong or the Yamaha money races.
9/30/13 - With the KRA Series Finale postponed until this weekend Sunday October 6th, we have re-opened the pre entry page. If you already entered last week you do not need to enter again.
9/28/13 - Sunday's KRA Season Finale race has been postponed to Sunday, October 6th due to inclement weather forecast for this Sunday, Setember 29th.
9/24/13 - This Sunday September 29th is the Season Finale for the 2013 KRA Series. We will be running the National Track layout which is also used for the Robopong 200. You can pre-enter Race #14 online. We hope to see you there!
Rental karts are available all weekend.
9/23/13 - Anyone using an MCP Brake System that intends to race the Robopong 200 is encouraged to contact Brad at MCP for possible updates to extend the life of your system at no charge. Call MCP at 937-228-0370.
9/17/13 - Saturday practice at NCMP (9/21) will be ran on Sunday's track layout. Also Spec TaG racers will be allowed to run up to an 80t rear gear for this weekends layout.
9/13/13 - Kid Karts will no longer have practice on Wednesday's. Kid Karts will have practice on Saturday before the last two KRA races of the year. Starting September 24th NCMP will be closed on Monday's and Tuesday's.
8/31/13 - We are finalizing some details of the 2013 Robopong 200 and Yamaha Money Races but we have posted an updated rules page and the entry forms are online.
8/27/13 - This Sunday, September 1st the 12th round of the KRA series will take place at NCMP! You can pre-enter the race online. We hope to see you there!
8/6/13 - KRA will run a new backwards track layout this Sunday, August 11th for Round #10. NCMP will offer practice for Sunday's track configuration from 9am to 2pm on Saturday. You can pre-enter Race #10 online. We hope to see you there!
8/2/13 - The Racer's Grill will be open starting at 11am on Saturday.
7/31/13 - There will only be one round of Kid Kart Practice on Saturday from 12:30pm to 1pm.
7/30/13 - The KRA Series will return for Round #9 at NCMP this Sunday, August 4th. NCMP will offer practice on Sunday's track configuration starting at 2pm on Saturday. You can pre-enter Race #9 online. We hope to see you there!
7/16/13 - You can now enter the Race for Riley COMPETITION CLASSES online. This is for karters who own their own karts, the entry for the competition classes is free! You can also print out the entry form here. If you are interested in racing the corporate karts against John Andretti the entry form is available here.
Yamaha Senior at Race for Riley will be 350 lbs. We will also run Yamaha Junior at Race for Riley, it was not on the original entry list.
Here is the schedule for the 2013 Race for Riley.
7/9/13 - The Race for Riley will take place on Tuesday, July 23rd at NCMP! We are working on the classes that we will have at this years race and will put that out very soon. If you are interested in running the corporate karts and a chance to race against John Andretti we have an entry form available here.
7/5/13 - The NCMP rental karts have been updated with lap timers so now you can compare your lap times to your friends! Rentals are not available this Saturday (July 6th) but will be available on Sunday, July 7th. Come on out and run fast time for the day!
6/26/13 - Mark your calenders! For the double header KRA weekend on July 6th and 7th we will run the new track additions both days! See the schedule page for the layouts.
6/25/13 - This Sunday June 30th will see the Ohio Valley Karting Association visit NCMP for a round of their club series! For more information on the OVKA series please visit their website.
6/19/13 - After a couple weeks off, the KRA Series will resume competition for round 6 at NCMP this Sunday! We will run the track backwards. There will be practice on the backwards track layout Saturday June 22nd from 2:30pm until 7pm. Rental karts are not available Saturday or Sunday this weekend. You can pre-enter the race online.
6/12/13 - The Vintage Karting Association will be at NCMP this Thursday through Saturday! It's a great chance to see historic karts and engines run from over 50 years of kart racing!
6/4/13 - The United States Pro Kart Series will be at NCMP this Friday through Sunday for their second race of the season. Some of karting's best will be running wheel to wheel around New Castle's 1.1 mile sprint track and spectator admission is free! See the USPKS website for additional information on this exciting series!
5/23/13 - NCMP will run the track configuration for the Saturday KRA race on Friday practice, May 31st. We will be using part of the oval. Sunday will be the National Track. See the schedule page next to the race dates for track diagrams.
5/20/13 - For USPKS Leopard Pro drivers that want to test before the June 7th-9th USPKS race at NCMP with YLB tires, KRA will have a special non-points race both days for USPKS Leopard Pro at the double header event June 1st and 2nd. The class will not have any awards but will allow Leopard racers to test and tune with YLB tires. You can pre-enter the double header online for the special Leopard class and all KRA classes.
5/15/13 - One of the most anticipated races of the season will take place this weekend! The 2013 WKA Manufacturers Cup will feature some of the fastest kart racers in the country. Come on out for a great event, racing starts on Saturday.
5/7/13 - The Great Lakes Sprint Series WKA Divisional series will be at NCMP this weekend. This is the last chance to test and tune before the WKA Manufacturers Cup National next weekend!
5/1/13 - Route 66 will run the Jim Russell Memorial Leopard race on Saturday, May 4th after Saturday's races. There will be purse money and prizes, see the race flyer for information.
4/30/13 - The Route 66 Series will be at NCMP this weekend for their season opener. Route 66 is a popular regional series with lots of great racers, we hope you can make it out to NCMP for their event!
4/16/13 - KRA will run the "National Track" configuration this weekend for the third round of the 2013 series. This is a great chance to test and tune for the upcoming Route 66, Great Lakes and WKA Manufacturers Cup races! You can pre-enter online until Friday night at midnight.
4/11/13 - This Sunday April 14th is the second round of the 2013 KRA Series season. You can pre-enter online until Friday night at midnight. Weather for Sunday looks sunny and 70!
We have posted photos from KRA race #1 on our Facebook page. If you are on Facebook make sure you like our page and check out the photos! We will be posting photos from events at NCMP all season.
The 2013 NCMP schedule has had a couple updates, the Race for Riley will take place on Tuesday July 23rd and not Wednesday which has been the traditional day in the past. Also the 2013 Robopong 200 is scheduled for October 26th and 27th.
The KRA raceday schedule has been changed a little with Yamaha Rookie moving to the first race of the day. The updated schedule is available here.
4/3/13 - Sunday April 7th is the first race of the 2013 KRA Series season! You can pre-enter online until Friday night at midnight. We hope to see you there!
The 2013 KRA Raceday Schedule is now available.
3/29/13 - KRA banquet certificates expire on April 1st at 6pm. If you haven't used your merchandise or tire certificates yet make sure you use them by then! We still have a number of them outstanding and it's your responsibility to use it before the expiration date. And despite the date it is not an April Fool's joke.
3/22/13 - With snow coming on Sunday the King of the Castle will run all races on Saturday including Sunday's races.
3/18/13 - The Maxxis King of the Castle race is a GO! This event should be wide open, no one has experience with the Maxxis tire in cool temps and a green race track. Should be a wild weekend! NCMP will have plenty of hot chocolate and coffee, let's go racing!
3/11/13 - With KRA switching to 5" tires for the Clone Senior class this year, we implemented a max width wheel rule for that class but the question was raised if the Clone CIK class was also using the same width rules. The answer is no. The point of the Clone CIK class is to provide a simpler more mainstream class and allowing super wide wheel widths goes against that. After measuring multiple standard width wheels in Aluminum and Magnesium we have set the max overall wheel width for Clone CIK to 5 1/2" front and 8 3/8" rear. Those numbers should cover the majority of wheels used in the class.
3/7/13 -Unfortunately the snow this week has forced us to cancel the opening of the track and garages this weekend. We received a large amount of snow and there is a lot of drifting in front of the garages and the parking lot currently has flooding issues which will only get worse as the snow melts. We will open for business on Wednesday from 10am to 5pm and commence our regular business hours after that. We apologize for the inconvenience but the snow has really caused a lot of issues at NCMP.
3/6/13 - KRA will be implementing new engine tech rules for the Parilla Leopard and Yamaha KT100 in 2013. These new rules will address an ongoing issue with cylinders that have been modified in the port area. Even though this rule may make it necessary for a handful of racers to purchase new cylinders, it will most definately prevent hundreds from ever needing to have modifications done that will cost each racer hundreds per cylinder. This rule change WILL NOT impact the majority of racers.
KRA will not be the only series putting "blowdown" rules into effect, as a number of regional and national series are also adopting similar rules. These rules are in place to eliminate any Leopard or Yamaha cylinder from having an advantage over another and puts the emphasis on driving, experience and chassis tuning. KRA may also apply this rule to other engine types in the future if deemed necessary.
Parilla Leopard - Transfers checked with LAD tool - Minimum blowdown .395", Maximum .405".
Exhaust checked with LAD tool - Minimum blowdown .235", Maximum .265" (boost port checked with controlling edge of ring).
To check Transfer Blowdown - Subtract highest exhaust port height from highest transfer port using LAD tool.
To check Boost Blowdown - (From TDC) Rotate piston past boost port opening .100", rotate back up until controlling edge of ring closes boost port.
Subtract highest boost port height from highest exhaust port height
*Parilla Leopard must run OEM IAME stock reeds only
Yamaha KT100 - Minimum blowdown .380", maximum .410" as measured with LAD tool
2/22/13 - KRA Clone class rules for the clutch and flywheel will remain unchanged for 2013. Shoe type clutch only and ARC SFI flywheel only. Some organizations are allowing disc clutches in clone class which will only escalate the price of a class that is designed to be low cost.
1/31/13 - The 2013 NCMP and KRA schedule is now complete and available online!
Attention shifter kart enthusiasts, a group of like minded kart owners have plans to invigorate the class for 2013. At the core is bringing more karts and drivers to the race track to share the incredible adventure experienced in a shifter kart. As we all know, nothing makes that adventure more enjoyable than having someone on the track racing with you.
Participation is our focus, all levels of equipment and talent have a place to play.
If you currently participate in shifter racing, thought about trying the class or have a kart that has been sitting for a season or two, we would like to hear from you. We are not about changing the existing format and rules, rather we desire to bring racers of all levels together on targeted KRA race days for a rewarding and satisfying “day at the track”. Please contact Rob Lehmann (260)348-3517 for more details.
1/8/13 - The Maxxis Pro Challenge race is confirmed for March 22-24 at NCMP. All TaG Classes will be Leopard only. For more information visit their website.
1/3/13 - Happy New Year! As was announced at the year end banquet, KRA will go to 5" wheels and YLC tires in both clone classes for 2013. Wheel width rules are on the classes page at the bottom for clone.
Another change for 2013 will be the addition of the Yamaha Rookie class. Yamaha Rookie is for drivers 7-12 years old and will run on track with the Novice classes. Yamaha Rookie requires a YBX 3 hole exhaust, WA55 carb. The class will run for points and scored separate from Novice. If a driver wins the Yamaha Rookie points twice they will have to move up. The rookie class is a great choice for new racers or those that have moved out of kid karts.
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