With a successful 2015 season completed (and a celebration of our champions yet to come at the awards banquet on January 23rd), it is time to look forward to what is shaping up to be a very exciting 2016 season of kart racing at Gulf Coast Karters in Katy, TX. We had record participation in the 2015 race season, and the club stands close to it’s all-time record membership. These statistics combined with the support of long-time as well as new members of the club will make 2016 the best year yet in the long history of GCKI.
.2016 GCKI General Membership Meeting
On Wednesday evening January 6th 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 2015 were reviewed in detail. With record racing participation in 2015 as well as reduced needs for facility maintenance, the financial picture of the club is stronger than it has ever been. As a result, the club will be reinvesting those funds into strategic facility improvements that will continue to enhance everyone’s enjoyment at the track.
Facilities improvements completed during 2015
Painted inside of club house
Spread new parking lot material
Replaced awning material
Secured long term arraignment for overflow parking of major events with track neighbor
Repaired and improved front gate
Rebuilt flag stand
Upgraded timing system
Facilities improvements planned for 2016
Install new covered building for grid and scales area (60’ X 160’)
Install gate and entrance on 2855 for overflow parking of major races
Install gate and fence for pedestrian access to parking of major races
Upgrade electrical for 400 more amps (200 amps per pit half, double capacity)
Add beacon to flag station for use during race days
Resulting from the adoption of SKUSA Evinco tires as the spec tire for TaG and Shifter 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.
2016 GCKI Race Schedule
The membership reviewed the proposal for race dates in the 2015 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:
2016 GCKI Spring Series
2016 GCKI Fall Series
Changes to 2016 Rules
Spec Tires – It was agreed by the members that GCKI will continue to use the MG-SK “whites” tires (now re-branded as Evinco) as our spec tire for all SKUSA-based classes (Tag & Shifter) SKUSA Evinco Blue will be the spec tire for cadets. The four stroke classes (Chonda and L206) may run either SKUSA Evinco Blue (hard) or MG HZ (Red). This adoption will have multiple benefits. First and foremost, it enables the club to receive a very generous season sponsorship from 3G and SKUSA. 3G and SKUSA will also provide a set of tires to each of the 2015 season high-points champions in each of the Evinco spec classes. 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 2016 season (Cadet classes have until the third race to switch to Evinco tire). Rotax sanctioned classes will utilize that series’ specified compound of MOJO tires. Kid kart tires will remain “open.” Rain tires will continue to be open for all non-Rotax classes. MOJO “wets” will be mandatory for Rotax rain races.
Other adopted rules changes are as follows:
Added the Honda GXH50 as legal engine for the Kid Kart classes
No parents on track for races
Kid Karts will be scored as competitive class similar to all other classes
All Kid Kart participants will receive award at trophy celebration, with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd receiving special recognition
Addition of LO 206 Heavy class at 405 lbs
VP MS 93 is spec fuel for 4 stroke classes
World Formula will be allowed to race but not recognized as separate GCKI class
Elimination of worker points
Added points for results of qualifying, pre-final, and fast times
Camera mounting must meet SKUSA qualifications
No drone use without GCKI permission
Starting with Spring race 1, the drivers meeting will be 11:00 AM, not 12:00 noon
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 Tech Inspector – Frank D’Angelo Race Administrator – Joquine Starter – Leo Leondio Timing and Scoring – Austin Johnson Concessions – Open
Volunteer Positions Facilities Manager – John Fantuzzo Trophies and Awards – Michelle Watts Sponsorship Director – Austin Hunter
Elected Board of Trustees Bill Choice (Serving year 2 of 2-year term) Brian Warwas (Serving year 2 of 2-year term) David McKee (Elected to a 2-year Term) James Waithman (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 like to wish everyone a safe, competitive and FUN 2016 season at GCKI!
GCKI is very excited to announce the much anticipated, new Ladies 4-Stroke class. So call your moms, call your wives, call your girlfriends and call your sisters becasue they are not going to want to miss out on this fun, affordable class for Ladies Only!
Ladies 4-Stroke Class
Entry Fee: $40 entry if second racing family member, otherwise normal price
Awards: Run for trophies and points all races (as per John’s suggestion)
Series: Series will be Spring 5, 6,7 and Fall 1,3,4,5,7
Drops: Two drops, best 6 of 8 for championship
Format: 7 minute Qualifying, 8 lap Pre-Final, 10 lap Final
Tyres: MG Red tires
Weight: Chonda 320lbs, LO206 335lbs - (will adjust as necessary)
Gulf Coast Karters is pleased to announce a new sponsor Joe Bauhs Motorsports!
Joe Bauhs Motorsports is a family owned kart service company with a direct focus on bringing quality services and products to the Houston karting community.
Joe has been racing and tuning karts for over 20 years, having himself won many Regional and National Titles and Events, he has worked as a tuner for novices through Pro drivers in karts and has experience working with Formula Ford, Spec Racer Ford, Legend and Late Model Sprint cars.
JB Motorsports has grown from simply helping people at the track, then providing chassis tuning and maintenance services to now being a full service company. Today JB Motorsports is an authorized Intrepid dealer, providing new and used Intrepid chassis and parts support, turnkey engine and chassis packages, track side services, maintenance services, full arrive and drive services and indeed now also offers engine repair and rebuild services. Through some of our associates the team can also provide driver coaching and data analysis at the track.
JB Motorsports is here to serve our customers first, not just on club race weekends but also during private test sessions where you just want to get out to the track and test to find the right set-up or work on driving technique. Our team works with the youngest drivers all the way through to seasoned drivers running in Masters classes, but in each case our customers are people who love to race and want to enjoy what they are doing to the fullest.
At JB Motorsports, our passion is racing, we are here because we love to do this and love to be around other people who share the same passion. For us it's not about the business it's about the friends we make and enjoy being around while doing this! Our focus is to bring quality, fairly priced services and products to the karting community. If you didn't enjoy Karting you wouldn't be doing it, we enjoy helping you so that you can enjoy it even more! This is our motivation.
~ Joe Bauhs.
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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/
Gulf Coast Karters offers racers of any age the opportunity to go wheel to wheel in high-tech, high performance racing machines. Our recently expanded 0.7 mile kart road racing track provides the challenge. You provide the kart, the skill and the mettle against the best the Houston area has to offer.
Located just northwest of Katy, Texas, Gulf Coast Kartway is Houston's oldest kart racing club with an exceptional racing facility and annual memberships available at a very low cost. With your membership to Gulf Coast Karters you get virtually unlimited access to Gulf Coast Kartway on non-race dates for practice or just to go have fun. There are a wide variety of racing classes available, from 30 MPH "Kid Karts" for young kids, all the way up to 48 HP, 0-60 MPH in 3.5 second "125cc Shifters" that rival any car on the street. Check out our year-round racing schedule and more about Gulf Coast Karters on the links provided above.
Get off the couch, stop watching and START RACING! You'll see why ALL of the top road racing drivers in Formula One, Champcar, IRL and NASCAR got their start in kart racing.
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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.
And in other news
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.