LANCASTER – The City of Lancaster and SuperKarts! USA (SKUSA) will team up once again for the fastest street race in the nation. From Friday, Sept. 14 to Sunday, Sept. 16 the Grand Prix roars onto Lancaster BLVD for the fourth straight year. Powered by Lancaster Honda, this year’s Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix will feature nearly 200 go-kart racers from across the country showcasing their karting skills at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.
“We’re so excited about this year’s Grand Prix that we moved it up a month to ensure we offer the absolute best event to date to our citizens,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris in a city news release. “Tom Kutscher’s organization did a phenomenal job coordinating last year’s races, and we are thrilled to see him ramping up even more involvement from the karting circuit. Of course, none of this would even be possible without the support of my dear friend, Rick Clutter, and Lancaster Honda, the premier sponsor for this annual event.”
The SKUSA California ProKart Challenge drivers will exhibit their season finale during the Streets of Lancaster weekend. What’s more, SuperKarts! USA CEO, Tom Kutscher, has challenged hopefuls for the SKUSA SuperNationals to join this temporary circuit in downtown Lancaster as a precursor to this Fall’s face-off. Kutscher attests that “their ability to come to quick grips with a temporary circuit… will be extremely useful when they head to Las Vegas in November.”
SKUSA joined up with the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix last year, and elevated the local karting experience with top-notch professional event management. The 2012 round of karts will once again include both 125cc shifter karts and single-speed TaG karts, with classes to include:
- S1 Pro Stock Moto
- S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto
- S3 Novice/Intermediate Stock Moto
- S4 Master Stock Moto (and the S4 Magnum category)
- S5 Junior Stock Moto
- TaG Senior
- TaG Master
- TaG Junior
- TaG Cadet
In addition to the kart-racing experience, the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix will offer entertainment, food and activities for the entire family.
Music lovers can enjoy on-stage and off-stage performances by a number of artists, including Faultline, Backstage Pass, Cougrzz Rock, Mike West, Jennifer Housholder and the Creosote Fire Dancers.
New to this year’s entertainment line-up is a BMX exhibition, which will perform around the track during Sunday’s lunch break. The event will also feature a cruise-in car show, sponsored and coordinated this year by Gary Avant of All Things Engravable.
There will be numerous children’s activities as well, including mini go-karts races, face painting, balloon twisting, caricatures, jump houses, rock climbing walls, water games, video games and much more.
“Everyone is invited to come out and celebrate this awesome sport with us,” said Mayor Parris. “If you’ve never been to the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix and Street Festival, you have no idea how much fun you are missing. I hope to see you here.”
For more information on this event, visit www.streetsoflancaster.com or call 661-723-6077.
View an accessibility map, which highlights public parking, street closures, business access and pedestrian walkways during the Streets of Lancaster here.
View video of a go-kart test drive!
BLVD business owner and AV Media contributor Adam Chant unleashed his inner speed demon Wednesday with a go-kart test drive around a course set up at Lancaster Honda. Several media representatives and city officials tested the go-karts after Wednesday’s press conference.