With a successful 2016 season completed, it is time to look forward to our 2017 season of kart racing at Gulf Coast Karters in Katy, TX. We continued to see record participation in the 2016 race season, and our club membership continues to be stable in it’s Master membership. These statistics combined with the support of long-time as well as new members of the club will help make 2017 another solid year at GCKI.
2017 GCKI General Membership Meeting On Wednesday evening January 5th 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. Several topics were presented and discussed and decisions were reached that will shape the club and form the basis of our operations for the next year.
Facilities GCKI’s strong financial condition entering into 2016 allowed the club to execute on several major improvements. Several planned, some unplanned.
Facilities improvements completed during 2016
Painted curbs (planned)
Spread new parking lot material (planned)
Built new grid/ scales cover building (60’x160’) (planned)
Repaved grid/scales area (unplanned, necessary due to failure of surface under construction load)
Built gating and access for overflow parking of major events with track neighbor (planned)
Replaced and upgraded septic system (unplanned. System failed due to flood at track)
Purchased and installed new fencing and barriers for grid area (planned
Facilities improvements planned for 2017
Install electrical for new covered building for grid and scales area
Continue to spread new parking lot material
Remove old tires
Sponsorship Resulting from the adoption of SKUSA Evinco tires as the spec tire for TaG, Shifter, and 4-Stroke classes, the combined partnership of 3G Kart Racing and SKUSA will serve as GCKI’s overall Title Sponsor. We are very grateful for the support of many longtime GCKI sponsors who have continued to support our club. 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.
2017 GCKI Race Schedule The membership reviewed the proposal for race dates in the 2017 season. In a best-effort to avoid conflicts with holidays and major karting events, the following schedule was adopted:
2016 - Spring Series
2016 Fall Series
Race 1 – February 5th Race 2 – February 19st Race 3 – March 12th Race 4 – March 26th Race 5 – April 9th Race 6 – April 30th Race 7 – May 28th Race 8 – June 4th
Race 1 – July 23rd Race 2 – August 27th Race 3 – September 10th Race 4 – September 24th Race 5 – October 8th Race 6 – October 22nd Race 7 – November 5th Race 8 – December 3rd
Changes to 2016 Rules Spec Tires – It was agreed by the members that GCKI will continue to use the Evinco as our spec tire for all SKUSA-based classes (Tag & Shifter). SKUSA Evinco Blue will be the spec tire for cadets and four stroke classes. This adoption will have multiple benefits. First and foremost, it enables the club to receive a very generous season sponsorship from 3G and SKUSA. It also enables out-of-town racers to run at GCKI with the same tires they would use at sanctioned SKUSA and TSRS events. This rule will be in effect as of the first race of the 2017 season. Rotax sanctioned classes will utilize that series’ specified compound of Vega tires. Kid kart tires will remain “open.” Rain tires will now be MG Wet for all classes. Rain tires will remain open for the first two declared rain races at Katy in an effort for those with new non-spec rain tires to use them up.
Other adopted rules changes are as follows:
Honda GXH50 will run 150 lbs minimum weight (same as last year)
Comer C50, C51 will run 160 lbs minimum weight (up 10 lbs from last year)
LO 206 Light class at 360 lbs minimum weight (down from 375 lbs last year)
LO 206 Heavy class at 390 lbs minimum weight (down from 405 lbs last year)
World Formula will be recognized as separate GCKI class with a minimum weight at 375 lbs
2016 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 2016, 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 – Robert Schneider Treasurer – Bill & Becky Choice Membership Director – Scott Boone
Compensated Race-Day Roles Race Director – Gary Kinkade Race Day Manager – Joel Yeltin Tech Inspector – Frank D’Angelo Race Administrator – Elise Yeltin Starter – Leo Leondio Timing and Scoring – Austin Johnson Concessions – Open
Volunteer Positions Facilities Manager – John Fantuzzo Trophies and Awards – Michelle Watts Sponsorship Director – Doug Berry
Elected Board of Trustees Bill Choice (Elected to a 2-year Term) Brian Warwas (Elected to a 2-year Term) David McKee (Serving year 2 of 2-year term) James Waithman (Serving year 2 of 2-year term)
I would like to thank all the leadership and volunteers of GCKI. Without your dedication and help, the success of this club would not be possible. I would like to wish everyone a safe, competitive and FUN 2017 season at GCKI!
2016 Season Awards Banquet Jan 14th @ Dave & Busters, 6010 Richmond Ave, 6pm-10pm
Dave & Busters - **RICHMOND Location**- 6010 Richmond Ave, 713-952-2233
Dinner at 6:45 p.m. Awards at 8:00 p.m.
All GCKI Current Club Members Welcome
Before 1/9/2017: $25 adults, $15 children 13 & under
After 1/9/2017: $30 adults, $20 children 13 & under
Spring Series Points
Fall Series Points
Season High Points
Season Fast Laps
Door Prizes! Don’t miss the Grand Prize Drawing, valued at over $300!!! Must be present to win!
The next kart race will be the GCKI Winter Blast January 8th 2017. The public is invited, bring your friends, family and neighbors and join us for some exciting, close, open-wheel kart 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 kart racers and get a close look at their Italian racing go karts!
It was an amazing second season for the Briggs Weekly Racing Series with an expanded prize package, and an expanded roster of drivers participating. Each week, weekend warriors take to their local kart tracks, competing with the popular Briggs 206 engine package in the Senior/Masters categories. In total, the driver total for the season was 1,523 – a 25% increase from the opening year of the program hosted by 45 tracks across Canada and the United States.
Looking at the numbers more in-depth, Canada and West regions make up 61% of the drivers in the Briggs WRS program, with Canada welcoming the most with 476 from 11 tracks. The West has the largest number of tracks at 15, while the East only boasts six, all coming from the southern section of the coastline. Thus, a void is left in the northeastern portion of the country, which should be represented next year with the continued growth of the Briggs 206 engine.
The final calculations have been made, with three drivers earning maximum points over the course of the 2016 season to finish tied at the top of the Briggs Weekly Racing Series. The deciding factor was the ‘karts finished ahead of’ column in the calculations, thus giving Canadian driver Skylar Dunning the overall #1 position. The Edmonton & District Kart Racing Association (EDKRA) averaged over 15 drivers a race on the year, helping Dunning to claim the top spot. Fellow Canadian Cameron Nickerson matched the score via his results at the Atlantic Motorsport Karters Association in Nova Scotia. Top driver in the Midwest region – Logan Smith – also recorded a perfect score for his efforts at the Concept Haulers Motor Speedway just outside Chicago, Illinois – another popular facility for Briggs 206 racing.
Barry Peel and JT Swygert topped the other two regions to claim the top prize in the West and East. Peel was among the top challengers for the #1 position overall all season from the Gulf Coast Karters facility outside Houston, Texas, finishing fourth with the top honor in his region. Swygert moved up late in the year, climbing to the top spot in the East at the Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina, finishing the year sixth overall. Canada claimed the top spot, and took five of the top-10 positions. Midwest followed with three drivers while just the top drivers in the West and East completing the top-10.
West Barry Peel Points: 201 Track: Gulf Coast Karters
Age: 37 Hometown: Houston, Texas Occupation: Construction Project Superintendent Chassis: Alpha Sponsors: Alpha Karting Years Karting: 2
We have seen tremendous growth at our races this year. Our first three races had 68,72, and 91 race entries. 91 entries was a club record! As a result of these record participations, it is imperative that the parking and the pit space be done in an efficient manner. Please see the revised diagram showing the pit locations at the track. Each pit space is 10’ wide, and there are two spaces between the yellow posts. There should be only one pit space for each trailer, with the pitting out of the back, but not on the pit runners. Exceptions to this should only be for teams with three or more karts, then a second pit space may be used.
Our Saturday practice days are almost as busy as a race day, and many leave their trailers overnight for the race on Sunday. It is important that pitting on Saturday follow the same procedures as race day, one trailer per pit space. Please pit as near to the front as possible, without taking the sponsor’s pit area. This will allow a more manageable parking for those that arrive on Sunday.
Please note that the track will be closed this Friday thru Sunday for the TSRS race. No trailers are to be left on property after Thursday without permission of the race sponsor.
Red areas reserved for sponsors
Pit area is 10’ section (two pit spots between power poles)
One pit area per trailer, please pit out of the back
Spectators are welcome. There is a $5 fee for anyone over 5 years of age, and a wristband must be obtained in the club house.
*Practice time at race directors discretion.
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Gulf Coast Karters welcomes and encourages members and non-members to volunteer to help run our kart racing events. You don't have to race to be involved in kart racing at Gulf Coast Karters. You can be a Corner Worker, Grid Marshall or work the Concessions Stand on race day and get paid for your service to GCKI. You don't have to be a member to serve as a race worker. Come and join in the action! Sign up to work in the Worker Forum Thread.