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.
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
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
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!
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
- Do not block access on edge of property
- Park cars on property, not on street
- No pitting on pavement
Thank you for your cooperation,