With the announcement from SKUSA last month about their new winter series, it was a logical question to ask how their new series and the Florida Winter Tour would both be able to put on events at the same time. With only so many weekends per month and so many customers to go around, something would have to give. Keep in mind, the new owners of the Florida Winter Tour, ROK Cup Promotions, have their Vortex products now associated with the west coast winter series, Challenge of the Americas. With the FWT being a two-weekend series, that totals four weekends needed each month for each series to get their events in. Talk about stretching the customer's thin!
These logistics are apparently not lost with the heads of SKUSA and ROK Cup Promotions. We’ve been told by representatives of both organizations that they are actively discussing the possibility of working together on their scheduling. IAME and Vortex management are also involved, which is a lot of cooks in the kitchen, and that’s led to some disagreement between parties.
The potential effect of these talks is a much needed condensed schedule. SKUSA would host their IAME weekend and ROK Cup Promotions would host their Vortex weekend on back-to-back weekends in January and February. Because SKUSA is only planning a simpler two-race series, that would then leave ROK Cup to figure out if they want to do a three race FWT series as they’ve done for years now.
In an apparent way-too-early disclosure by MG Tires on Facebook, the locations of SKUSA's two rounds were revealed. Homestead Karting is allegedly the first weekend (rounds 1 and 2) on January 11, followed by Ocala for the second weekend (rounds 2 and 3) on February 9-11. Both locations have ties to the IAME product after Homestead was recently taken over by the same organization that runs the Go Pro Motorplex, which is where IAME USA East calls home. We'll known soon enough if ROK Cup Promotions put up any resistance on those two locations or are following suit.
All-in-all, it seems having these two series back-to-back will benefit just about everyone. Now it’s up to those in charge to finalize this agreement.