The dates and locations of the two series’ in Florida this coming winter are now set after ROK Cup Promotions, Challenge of the Americas, and SuperKarts! USA have all now made their official announcements.
ROK Cup Promotions released their Florida Winter Tour dates and locations last week in a press release that also included their entire 2018 calendar. Their stops will include Palm Beach Karting in January, Ocala Gran Prix in February, and Orlando Kart Center in March. We’ll have comments from ROK Cup Promotions officials about the Florida Winter Tour and 2018 as a whole when we get to the ROK Cup National Final in 10 days, included in our On Location event coverage.
Back in May, SKUSA’s dates had been announced, but without locations officially named. Yesterday, SKUSA Principal, Tom Kutscher, revealed those locations in his latest ‘TomVersation’ video, a quarterly video-series detailing the latest news from SKUSA straight from the head of the company. The locations did not come as a surprise, however, as they’ve been discussed in multiple places around the web. Their two visits will be to the newly named AMR Homestead-Miami Motorplex in January and Ocala Gran Prix in February.
Over on the West Coast, Challenge of the Americas will make the transition to the the Vortex ROK engine line after making the switch back in April from the Rotax platform. Their 2018 schedule was made official just about a month ago as they keep with the three round format from January to April. It all gets started at Phoenix Kart Racing Association in January, followed by CalSpeed Karting Center in February and Simraceway Performance Karting Center in April.
There had been hopes that the two Florida series’ were working together to share venues on back-to-back weekends. That partially came true, with the two sharing the OGP facility in February. However, that is not the case in January as they'll be 119 miles apart with SKUSA in Homestead and FWT in Jupiter. Coincidentally or not, Jupiter is on the path up to OGP from Homestead, which could be beneficial to teams and their haulers.
SKUSA Winter Series, Florida Winter Tour, and Challenge of the Americas 2018 Schedules
January 12-14, 2018
SKUSA Winter Series Rounds 1 & 2
AMR Miami-Homestead Motorplex
January 18-21, 2018
Florida Winter Tour Round 1
Palm Beach Karting
January 26-28, 2018
Challenge of the Americas Round 1
Phoenix Kart Racing Association
February 9-11, 2018
SKUSA Winter Series Rounds 3 & 4
Ocala Gran Prix
February 15-18, 2018
Florida Winter Tour Round 2
Ocala Gran Prix
February 23-25, 2018
Challenge of the Americas Round 2
CalSpeed Karting Center
March 15-18, 2018
Florida Winter Tour Round 3
Orlando Kart Center
April 13-15, 2018
Challenge of the Americas Round 3
Simraceway Performance Karting Center