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GCKI Spring Series Points Updated

Here are the updated points as of GCKI Spring 5 by Consolidate Communications. Thanks to all the racers that attended!  Please look over the points and let Pier Alvarado know if you have any questions.

The next race will be the GCKI Spring 6 by Consolidate Communications on May 4th. The public is invited, bring your friends, family and neighbors and join us for some exciting, close, open-wheel racing. Spectator passes are only $5 each which allows access to the shaded spectator bleachers and also the pit areas so you can visit with the racers and get a close look at their Italian racing machines!

If you have any questions about the points please contact Pier Alvarado at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 View the GCKI 2014 Spring Series by Consolidated Communications points file 24K PDF

May 4th GCKI Spring 6 Race by Consolidated Communications

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The next GCKI event will be the GCKI Spring Race 6 by Consolidate Communications on May 4th. There will be some exciting, close open wheel racing as racers compete for the GCKI Spring Series championship titles!

The public is welcome to come out to watch. Spectator passes are only $5, we look forward to seeing you at the track!

Spectators are welcome to watch the exciting racing.

RSVP on the GCKI Spring 6 Race by Consolidated Communications facebook event and see who you will be racing with!

 

 

Download the Race Registration & Pre-Tech Form

2014 3G Rotax Max Challenge Series

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The 3G Rotax Max Challenge at Gulf Coast Kartway will begin at the next race on April 13th.  This series will be run in conjunction with our regular race schedule and will span our Spring and Fall seasons.  Dave Pauly with 3G Kart Racing is sponsoring both the series and GCKI.  The goal of the 3G Rotax Max Challenge is to promote Rotax racing in Houston while providing a convenient way for Rotax racers to obtain the punches necessary to qualify for Rotax Grand Nationals.  The series will be comprised of nine race days, two of which will coincide with the BK RMAX series held on the TPKC regional weekend in October.


The dates of the 3G Rotax Max Challenge are as follows:  

 

  • April 13th
  • May 4th
  • May 18th       
  • June 1st
 
  • August 10th
  • September 7th
  • October 4-5th (TPKC Weekend)      
  • November 9th
 
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Club trophies will be given at each race for all Rotax classes and Series trophies will be awarded at the annual GCKI banquet.  All 3G Rotax Max Challenge participants must have a Rotax license, engine passport, and conform to all Rotax Max rules to qualify for the series and to receive punches.  If you have questions concerning the series, please contact Dave Pauly at 3G Kart Racing.

 

The track is closed this weekend April 5th & 6th to karting for the Texas Mini Grand Prix race.


All shifter karts are required to have air boxes per the rules, kart tags should be on all karts running at GCKI, and safety equipment including suit, gloves, neck collar, and helmet are required at all times while on the track, even on non-race days.

Download a printer friendly GCKI 2014 Race Schedule

Reminder: Track Closed to Karting April 5th & 6th

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The Texas Mini Grand Prix (TMGP) will be racing on April 5th and 6th, therefore the track will be closed to karters on these two days. Come out and watch some exciting mini-motorcycle racing!  There are sprint races as well as an Endurance Race on Sunday -  2 fun-filled days!

Schedule - Round 2

Saturday April 5th
Sunday April 6th
8:00 Gate Opens 8:00 Gate Opens
8:15 Riders School Registration Opens 8:30 Registration Opens
8:30 Riders School begins/ Registration opens 9:00 Practice begins
10:30 Practice begins 10:00 Registration Closes
11:30 Practice over & Registration Closes 10:30 Practice Over
12:00 Endurance Race begins 11:00 Races Begin
 4:00 Endurance Race over    

 Endurance racers remember your transponder. Transponder rental available. Corner workers needed.

 Call before departing, event subject to change.

 For more information call Linda Spears (979) 776-8898 or Jeff Phillips (281) 213-2167. Texas Mini Grand Prix website www.tmgps.8k.com

Online Membership Renewal, New Membership Cards & Kart Tags

Changes are underway at GCKI. We are working hard to streamline the membership registration and renewal process. The www.racekarts.com website has been updated to allow new members to register online. This speeds the process and reduces the time GCKI volunteers spend entering the membership data into the database and time to process payments.

 

So what is different? New members can process their membership online and pay membership using Paypal. Paypal lets you use a credit card or paypal account. Good news, by using Paypal, GCKI does not get involved in handling credit card data. For those who absolutely refuse to use the online system, you can still download and print the paper version of the application form, fill it out, enclose a check and send it to the address on the form. We will not process credit card numbers through the paper forms anymore so you will be limited to checks by mail. Please note, mailed forms will add a minimum of 1 week additional processing time to receiving your membership.

 

Renewing members will receive an email notice alerting an expiring member of the need to renew. The email will provide two options for renewal and this will make it very easy for everyone to renew. We are discontinuing all snail mail renewal notices so be sure to keep us current with your latest email address.  You can signup for the GCKI emails and membership renewal notices on the "GCKI Newsletter Signup" module on the GCKI website (in the right hand column), you can also use that signup module to change your email address, or just email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will do it for you.

 

Membership cards: All members will receive new cards in the mail within the next few days, they were mailed out on Thursday February 20th. These new Membership cards will also change for the first time in 40 years! We will no longer be hand laminating the cards. We bought a card printer that allows us to print a professional looking card for all master and associate members 16 years and older. The card will have membership data on both sides and will also include helpful contact information etc. New cards will be coming to all members of record February 1st. Watch for this new card because the gate combination will be changing effective Feb 23rd.

 

Another change in the works....In these membership packets, we will include two kart tags that include the master member information.  These cards will be stamped by the tech inspector on race days when the member submits a signed tech form for the kart.  This tech tag will be valid for the race season. Additional member and non member kart bands will be available on race days but all karts racing on track on race days will be required to have a tech band prior to entering the track.

 

Included in the letter with your new membership cards and kart tags are three GCKI glossy brochures. We are asking members to hand out the brochures to friends, work colleagues and neighbors that you think may be interested in karting and becoming members of GCKI. More members means more fun with more racers and more money to put into improvements at our track. Please let us know if you need more brochures and we will gladly provide them. There will also be some available at the track if you would like to pick up some extras on race day.

 

We look forward to seeing everyone soon at the track and will be on hand on race days to help you with these changes.

2014 GCKI Track Calendar Update

The GCKI 2014 Race Schedule has been updated with the Texas Mini Grand Prix dates. Please note that the track will be closed to karts on the following dates when the Texas Mini Grand Prix will be using the track.

  • March 1st & 2nd
  • April 5th & 6th
  • June 7th & 8th
  • September 13th & 14
  • November 15th & 16th.

Printer friendly GCKI 2014 Race Schedule 82K PDF

2014 GCKI Rules, Regulations and Classes

The 2014 GCKI Rules and Regulations and 2014 GCKI Classes have been posted on the website to be viewed and downloaded.

2014 GCKI Rules and Regulations 151K PDF
2014 GCKI Classes 238K PDF

Congratulations to all the GCKI 2013 Champions - Scenes from the Awards Banquet

 
Keeping with recent trends at GCKI, we had a record crowd attend the 2013 season awards banquet on Saturday January 25th.  As usual Dave & Busters proved to be the perfect host with a fantastic venue, great food, impeccable service and a fun atmosphere to build camaraderie among the competitors.  Everyone had a great time honoring the spring and fall series champions.  In addition, awards were given out for fastest lap times in 2013 by GCKI members as well as awards for high-points champions.  The event gave us great momentum towards an even better 2014 season.
 
Many thanks to Kenny Lau of Awesome Shots for serving as the night's photographer.  All of his photos can be viewed at http://awesomeshots.photoreflect.com/store/thumbpage.aspx?e=9190852 

Track Repairs Completed - Track Is Now Open!

Freeburn Track Repair has completed all work on the track and it is now open for practice!

Thank you for your patience while we made these improvements to our facillity.

GCKI Track Upgrades Well Underway

Bryan Joplin ventured out to the GCKI facility this week to review the work being performed by one of the top-ranked racing-surface maintenance professionals in the United States.  Charlie Freeburn of Freeburn Track Repair has been contracted by GCKI to grind uneven areas, fill cracks, and smooth surfaces.  These photos show the dramatic transformation that is taking place.  The facility will be open this weekend for practice (note that due to grinding, the dust levels will be high and adhesion will be less than optimal.)  Work will recommence on Monday and continue until completed. The newly elected leadership team of GCKI is working hard to reinvest the members' dues and race fees to make the 2014 season one of our best ever!


Photos by Brian Joplin

Track Closures For Repairs & Maintenance

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The track will be closed for repairs and maintenance to smooth out some bumps and fill cracks from Monday January 13th through Friday January 17th, it will be open for the weekend of Saturday January 18th and Sunday January 19th and will close again Monday January 20th through Friday January 24th. The repairs are expected to be completed, weather permitting, by Friday January 24th in time for the January 25 and 26th weekend.

Mon thru Fri January 13 - 17 Closed
Sat & Sun January 18 & 19         Open
Mon thru Fri         Mon thru Fri January 20 - 24       Closed


We apologize for the late notice but Freeburn Track Repair is in the area and after inspection of the track announced they could fit our repairs into their schedule over the next couple of weeks.

 

 

January 2014 GCKI Newsletter

gcki banner-150x150GCKI-Map-Image-Gulf smallfWith a successful 2013 season completed (and a celebration of our champions yet to come at the awards banquet on January 25th), it is time to look forward to what is shaping up to be a very exciting 2014 season of kart racing at Gulf Coast Karters in Katy, Tx. We had record participation in the 2013 race season, and the club stands at all-time record membership. These statistics combined with the support of long-time as well as new members of the club will make 2014 the best year yet in the long history of GCKI.

2014 GCKI General Membership Meeting
On Wednesday evening January 8th GCKI held its annual all-members meeting at the Memorial West Community Club. The facility, arranged and hosted by Becky and Bill Choice, continues to serve as an excellent venue for this important event. We had an excellent turnout of members representing all of the classes raced at GCKI. The topics were discussed positively and decisions were reached that will shape the club and form the basis of our operations for the next year.

Finances for 2013 were reviewed in detail. With record racing participation in 2013 as well as the club setting new records for membership, the financial picture of the club is very strong. As a result the club will be reinvesting those funds into strategic facility improvements that will greatly enhance everyone's enjoyment at the track.

Sponsorship
Resulting from the adoption of MG-SK tires, the Texas ProKart Challenge will serve as GCKI's 2014 overall Season Sponsor. We were pleased to announce the continued year-over-year support of RPM Motorsports as our 2014 Fall Series sponsor and the introduction of Consolidated Communications as our 2014 Spring Series sponsor. With the reinstatement of the very popular BK Rotax Max Challenge Series, Burger King will serve as the sponsor for that series. Finally, we are grateful for the support of many longtime as well as new GCKI sponsors who have already committed to 2014 namely, ARC Racing, Awesome Shots, Gaddy Web Design, Parcel Plus, Margison Graphics and SwedeTech Racing Engines. Please endeavor to support these great supporters of GCKI whenever your purchasing decisions allow. GCKI is always looking to add businesses that are interested in furthering their exposure through a beneficial affiliation with GCKI. Please contact members of our Sponsorship Committee for details.

2014 GCKI Race Schedule
The membership reviewed the proposal for race dates in the 2014 season. In a best-effort to avoid conflicts with holidays, major karting events, and motorsports events in the Houston, TX area the following schedule was adopted:

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2014 - Spring Series by Consolidate Communications      
Race 1 – February 9th
Race 2 – February 23rd 
Race 3 - March 16th
Race 4 – March 30th 
Race 5 – April 13th 
Race 6 – May 4th 
Race 7 – May 18th 
Race 8 – June 1st  
  2014 Fall Series by RPM Motorsports
Race 1 – July 13th
Race 2 – August 10th
Race 3 – September 7th
Race 4 – September 28th
Race 5 – October 12th
Race 6 – October 26th
Race 7 – November 9th
Race 8 – December 7th

Changes to 2014 Rules
Spec Tires – It was agreed by the members that GCKI will adopt MG-SK "whites" tires as our spec tire for all SKUSA-based classes (Tag & Shifter.) MG-HZ "reds" will be the spec tire for cadets. This adoption will have multiple benefits. First and foremost, it enables the club to receive a very generous season sponsorship from the Texas ProKart Challenge and SKUSA. TPKC will also provide a set of tires to each of the 2014 season high-points champions in each of the MG-SK spec classes. This decision also permits GCKI members who participate in the regional TPKC/SKUSA events to only manage one spec of tire. It also enables out-of-town racers to run at GCKI with the same tires they would use at sanctioned SKUSA events. This rule will be in effect as of the first race of the 2014 season. CHONDA Senior racers will have the option to run MG "yellows" or adopt the MG "whites" as their tire of choice. (no awards tires will be offered.) Rotax sanctioned classes will utilize that series' specified compound of MOJO tires. Kid kart tires will remain "open." Chonda Cadets will continue to use MOJO D1 tires. Rain tires will continue to be open for all non-Rotax classes. MOJO "wets" will be mandatory for Rotax rain races.

Rotax Class Rule Changes – The main change in Rotax for 2014 affects those who run in the Mini Max class. In effort to eliminate the performance phenomenon that has come to be known as "turbo" the sanctioning body has specified a minimum squish gap of 2.80mm. Further, they are mandating the installation of two intake reed pedal stoppers. Both of these changes must be completed by certified Rotax engine builders. In order to enable GCKI participants to make the required changes, these rules will go into effect beginning at Spring Race 3.

BK Rotax Challenge Series – Burger King (facilitated through Dave Pauly, owner of 3G Karting) will once again be supporting the BK Rmax Challenge Series at GCKI. Final details are still being ironed out. The benefit to GCKI members will be that they can race at GCKI and receive the all-important "punches" required to qualify for national Rotax-sanctioned events. The BK Challenge Series will act as a series-within-a-series with certain race dates to be designated as sanctioned races. All national Rotax rules will apply to competitors registering for those races.

SKUSA Class Rules – Another benefit of adopting the MG-SK tires for all SKUSA-spec classes is the allowance of GCKI to adopt the official SKUSA rulebook for our club. However, we have been granted permission to have certain local deviations as best suit the membership. Most importantly, GCKI will continue to allow legacy models of TaG engines to compete on a weight-basis that we have found to be historically very competitive and fair as outlined below.

Class A (Sr 385 lbs, Master 420) Rok TT, Sonik TX 125, IAME Dragon
Class B (Sr 380 lbs, Master 415) Motori 7
Class C (Sr 365 lbs, Master 400) Leopard* (original and MY09), Rotax*, X30*
Class D (Sr 355 lbs, Master 390) PRD Fireball 2008

*TaG Junior equivalents at 320 lbs.

Shifter Classes – In keeping with GCKI's policy of being a good neighbor to the communities that surround our facility we have agreed to adopt measures that limit the noise output of our loudest class of race karts – shifters. The following SKUSA verbiage will be incorporated into our class rules for shifters:

Air boxes mandatory for all shifter classes. Must be in stock form with NO MODIFICATIONS to the box or the inlet tubes. Air boxes may have up to 3 inlet tubes, each not to exceed 29mm +- 1mm inside diameter and 95mm minimum length. Approved air boxes are limited to CIK approved and RLV. (S-5 per SKUSA rules)
Further the following will be added to GCKI's general rules:

Effective 2/9/14 - Air boxes are mandatory for all shifter karts on track at any time (practice and race days) at the facility. Air boxes must conform to GCKI class rules. Shifter karts without an air box will not be permitted on track.

CHONDA Class Rules – CHONDA & CHONDA Cadet remain as two of GCKI's most successful classes – appealing to new and experienced racers alike, and continuing to grow. The spirit-and-intent of CHONDA at GCKI is to ensure that CHONDA remains a low-cost, competitively equal racing class. However, rules changes by the national sanctioning body for "clone-engine" competition has resulted in disparities in the engine rules of many local tracks from where GCKI could also draw racers to our events. The biggest disparity is in the area of the engine flywheel. As a result the GCKI membership as adopted the provision that CHONDA senior classes will permit the use of nationally-allowed flywheels. GCKI's rules for flywheels will be updated with the wording below:

Approved Flywheels, with a minimum weight of 3.3 pounds. No modification or removal of "fins" is allowed:

• RaceSeng RSP-13-075 & 077 Rev Wheel F-S1 ™
• ARC-6619 flywheel ™
• ARC-6618 flywheel ™
• Dyno PVL flywheel ™
• King Wheel Billet Steel DJ-168F-16200-A ™
• King Billet Aluminum Slipstream Flywheel ™

Steel BSFW-1 flywheels will remain permitted in CHONDA Senior class.

To minimize the financial impact to GCKI members we will be implementing a flywheel buy-back program. GCKI will purchase used BSFW-1 Steel Flywheels from GCKI members-in-good-standing through Spring Race 4 for a price of $50 per flywheel. This transaction will only be conducted at scheduled GCKI races 1 through 4. Anyone wishing to trade-in their flywheel can do so at the registration desk by showing a valid GCKI membership card. The flywheel must be in original, unmodified, and undamaged condition.

CHONDA Cadet will continue to require BSFW-1 steel flywheels. Thus, no modification is necessary to any existing cadet engines. Persons wishing to purchase a BSFW-1 steel flywheel may do so via any commercial "clone" engine parts supplier or through GCKI at any GCKI scheduled club race or through a select group of GCKI-designated distribution channels.

The claimer price for a CHONDA engine (senior or cadet ) will increase to $350 owing to increasing costs of the base engine.

To ensure that the spirit-and-intent of CHONDA racing is clearly understood the following wording will be added into GCKI's official rules:

All parts must be Box Stock factory production parts unless otherwise specified in this rules manual. No machining or alteration of parts is allowed unless specifically noted. All parts will be subject to a comparison to a known Box Stock part.

2014 GCKI Officers, Elected Board of Trustee, Compensated and Position Volunteers
We continue to see more and more membership involvement in the leadership of the club. For 2014, we'll see a healthy mix of continued service by experienced club veterans along with the introduction of fresh talent into our key positions.

Voluntary Officer Roles
President – Paul Jones
Vice President – Patrick Roth
Treasurer – Bill & Becky Choice
Membership Director – Scott Boone 

 Compensated Race-Day Roles
Race Director – Joel Yelton
Tech Inspector – Frank D'Angelo
Race Secretary – To be announced
Assistant Race Secretary – Krischen Rodriguez
Starter – Austin Johnson
Timing and Scoring – Michael Hopkins
Concessions – Elise Yelton

Volunteer Positions
Track Director – Bryan Joplin
Assistant Track Director – David McKee
Trophies and Awards – Michelle Watts
Championship Points – Pier Alvarado
Sponsorship Committee – Rick Gero*, Brian Warwas, Gerald Dasbach  
*team coordinator
Elected Board of Trustees
Bill Choice (Serving year 2 of 2 year term)
David McKee (Serving year 2 of 2 year term)
John Bartos (Elected to a 2-year Term)
Brad Johnson (Elected to a 2-year Term)

I would like to thank all the outgoing, incoming and continuing leadership and volunteers of GCKI. Without your dedication and help, the success of this club would not be possible. I would personally like to thank John Bartos, whom as President of GCKI, has played an instrumental role in bringing our club to a level of success we have not seen before. Although John will be stepping down from his role as President for a much deserved rest, he will remain on as an elected Board of Trustees member. While John's day to day duties with the club will be lightened, his experience and wisdom will continue to guide us and remain an asset to the club.

Here is wishing everyone a safe, competitive and FUN 2014 season at GCKI!

Paul

GCKI 2013 Fast Lap Times

The attached file contains the fastest recorded lap times at GCKI in 2013 as achieved by GCKI members-in-good-standing during an official GCKI karting event as recorded by our timing and scoring system. Please note that despite our high-tech timing system, this remains a very manual process whereby each and every session for every class during the year must be manually reviewed. Many thanks to Marcia Bartos for performing this painstaking task. Despite our best efforts - it is still possible that one time could have been overlooked. As racers its expected that you know your best times better than anyone. If a discrepancy is identified, please alert John Bartos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. These times will become official at 5:00pm on Friday January 17th and will be recognized at the GCKI 2013 awards banquet on January 25th. Congratulations to all of these competitors for their achievements in 2013.

GCKI 2013 Fast Times (18K pdf)

GCKI 2013 Fall Series Points Championship

The attached file contains the unofficial results of the 2013 fall series championship. Many thanks to David Pergande for serving as this year's statistician. These results have been carefully reviewed - but as always, due to the nature of our scoring system, it is entirely possible that errors could have been made. If anyone disputes the results contained in this file, please send an email to John Bartos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The results will become official on December 27th, 2013 and will not be changed after that to permit sufficient time to order awards for the banquet in January.

Congratulations to all of this year's racers!

2013 GCKI Championship Points

GCKI Is Featured in Katy Magazine!

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Gulf Coast Karters is featured in the Groups section of the winter issue of Katy Magazine!

Check out the Winter issue!   You can find free copies of Katy Magazine at many area locations starting this week! For a complete list of places where you can find the publication, please visit our website at http://www.katymagazine.com/where-to-find-it/

You can also view and share the electronic link to your story by visiting: http://www.katymagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Katys-Karters.pdf

We hope you enjoy the issue!

Annual GCKI Membership Notice

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Memorial West Community Club
700 North Kirkwood Rd, Houston, TX 77079

Food and soft drinks will be provided.  If you want a voice in your club, this is the meeting to attend!

What’s on the Agenda??

  • Election of officers
  • Adoption of 2014 race schedule
  •  Race rules for 2014 will be discussed and set
  •  Membership and financial reports
  • Other important issues you don’t want to miss!

Everyone is welcome.  You must be current in membership dues to vote. We look forward to your participation in this important event!

2013 Season Awards Banquet Jan 25th

2013 Season Awards Banquet Jan 25th @ Dave & Busters, 6010 Richmond Ave, 6pm-10pm

Dave and Busters logoDave & Busters - **RICHMOND Location**- 6010 Richmond Ave, 713-952-2233

Mesquite BBQ Buffet Dinner at 6:45 p.m.
Awards at 8:00 p.m.

All GCKI Current Club Members Welcome

  • Before 1/18/2014: $25 adults, $15 children 13 & under
  • After 1/18/2014: $30 adults, $20 children 13 & under

 Reservations required: Complete ticket order form below. Contact Marcia Bartos at 281-253-4249 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Awards:
  • Spring Series Points
  • Fall Series Points
  • Season High Points
  • Season Fast Laps
  • Track Records

 Prizes will be awarded for the trivia contest, as well as drawings for items valued at over $100! Don’t miss the Grand Prize Drawing, valued at over $300!!! Must be present to win!

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Download the GCKI Awards Banquet Ticket Order Form

Photos of GCKI 2013 Fall Race 5

GCKI Track Weather

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