New Castle Motorsports Park Upgrades RoboPong 200 for 2012 with Largest Purse Ever
Published: Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
The RoboPong 200 - one of the most highly anticipated events of the season - moved up to another level with the announcement of the 2012 plans for the October 13-14 event at the popular New Castle Motorsports Park. The rigorous 200 lap event around the 1-mile facility in New Castle, Indiana will feature a minimum of $20,000 race purse with a record-high $10k schedule to be paid to the winning team along with their names etched on the Dan Wheldon Cup. Added to the 2012 event for the first time will be events for the Yamaha Junior and Yamaha Sportsman categories - each fighting for a $5,000 check to the winner.
Mark Dismore Sr., owner of the New Castle Motorsports Park and the promoter of the RoboPong 200, is a big advocate for the Yamaha categories. “I believe the Yamaha engine package is the most economical one in karting today. We wanted to give these budget racers a big event to attend at the end of the year, and a chance at winning cash and prizes. The 200-lap race will feature a record high $10,000 to the winning team, and with the addition of the Yamaha classes, I hope to see many of the big teams around the country coming in to enjoy a great weekend in New Castle.”
The headline will continue to run with the format unaltered - teams of 2 to 4 drivers aboard TaG-powered karts attempt to finish the 200 laps in the quickest time possible. Teams will vary with pit strategies, tire management and fuel conservation all trying to finish the 200 laps while keeping up the fast pace that we’ve witnessed over the past few seasons. All competitors, including the Yamaha divisions, will compete on the Bridgestone YLC tire. The addition of the Yamaha categories brings the future of the sport - drivers from 8 to 15 years old - into the limelight for a one-off event that is sure to bring some outstanding racing. Both the Yamaha Junior and Yamaha Sportsman classes will follow the qualify, prefinal, final format that will test the young pilots. Qualifying and the 15-lap Prefinal will take place Saturday with the 30-lap Final set to run prior to the RoboPong 200.
Dismore does not feel the long lap count will give these young guns any trouble physically, but yet provide a great challenge that many have never faced - racing for over 30 minutes straight. “With the event in October, weather should not be a factor and these kids seem like they can go on forever, so 30 laps should be no problem,” continued Dismore. "The issue will be if their karts will last the entire time with nearly 50 laps on the same set of tires is sure to challenge the driver and mechanics. These kids put on great races throughout the year and I expect the RoboPong weekend to be its best ever.”
The 2012 RoboPong 200 event has already gathered a number of sponsors and supporters with Bridgestone providing a number of tire sets to be awarded to random finishers in both the 200-lap event and the Yamaha categories. The list of companies that have pledged their support continues to grow each day; Margay Racing Products, MKP, RLV Products, L&T Clutches, Bell Helmets, O&H Products, Rapid Racing, Laukaitis Racing/Tomar Clutches, and Patriot Clutches. Visit http://www.newcastlemotorsportspark.com for additional information on the RoboPong 200 and how to enter now online.