It was brought to our attention over the weekend that the domain name skusawintertour.com had recently been registered and that many questions are coming into the SKUSA offices regarding this news. Personally, I think it’s a marketing decision on SKUSA’s part to ramp up some publicity for the potential new winter series, although they claim to not know anything about it on their official Facebook page, below.
To all racers and teams who are DM'ing asking about this site: http://skusawintertour.com - please understand, our...Posted by SuperKarts! USA on Sunday, April 9, 2017
The domain is registered to TPK Promotions dba Pro Kart Challenge and was registered on March 19th. The date of registration was just days before MAXSpeed Group publicly announced their exit from the industry, the same group that leads the Florida Winter Tour -- a staple on the winter season for 18 years. We heard murmurs of a SKUSA winter series around the same time (mid-March) and it would make sense as a next step in their growth considering the instability that is the Florida Winter Tour on the east coast and Challenge of the Americas on the west. Neither series have declared plans for 2018 and we spoke personally to Richard Boisclair of MAXSpeed and even he said that there was still internal discussions about the future of the FWT. The timing appears to be favorable for SKUSA.
To us, this domain registration shows us they are at the very least considering the idea and reserving the domain name for the series is as simple of a first step as there is. One of the major questions is which side of the country would the series run? The odds would favor the west coast as that’s their hotspot, being headquartered in SoCal with the biggest part of their base competitors. However, with IAME being such a big part of SKUSA and IAME USA East located in North Carolina, could that become their gateway to the east? SKUSA Principal, Tom Kutscher, likes to announce future plans at his Pro Tour events, so an announcement to confirm the rumors at his event in Sonoma in early May would not surprise us.
For now, this is still just speculation until an official announcement is presented to the industry, but right now we would lean towards this becoming a new series this winter.