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CKI Updates 2010 Schedule

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted October 14, 2009 at 12:53 pm Karting, Schedule

Championship Karting International updated their 2010 schedule earlier today.  They originally released the 2010 calendar in early August and at the time, I wrote:

The announcement is likely a new record for the earliest release of a schedule.

The early release didn’t offer much benefit as the 2010 schedule is now completely revised.  Make the jump for the full schedule and my thoughts on the changes….

The most notable change is the removal of the PBIR-Grand Prix of Florida in late March.  Instead, the series will be running a three-race Florida Winter Cup— with all events being held at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.  They also tossed out the whole East/West ideology for a combined National schedule.  Looking at the entry numbers from 2009, that probably wasn’t a bad idea.  The series has also decided to make two stops at New Castle Motorsports Park.  NCMP is one of the best karting facilities in the United States… but two stops at one track?  I find it hard to believe they couldn’t line up another venue.

At the bottom of this post, I’ve added a few opinions of my own on the new schedule.  Feel free to add your own comments via the comment section.

Without further ado, here is your 2010 Championship Karting International schedule.

CKI Florida Cup

  • January 29-31— Homestead Miami Speedway
  • February 26-28— Homestead Miami Speedway
  • March 12-14— Homestead Miami Speedway

CKI 2010 National Championship Series

  • April 9-11— Grand Prix of New Castle (NCMP)
  • May 14-16— Grand Prix of Reno (Reno, NV)
  • June 25-27— Grand Prix of Colorado (GJMS)
  • July 23-25— Grand Prix of New Jersey (NJMP)
  • August 13-15— Grand Prix of New Castle (NCMP)
  • October 22-24— Grand Championship (Location: TBA)

Visit CKI for more information.

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Here’s my opinion on the new schedule…

The Good

  • Combined National Schedule (albeit, that means more travel).
  • A Florida Cup (More Seat Time).
  • A temporary circuit or two.  (Zero Pre-Testing= No Advantages)

The Bad

  • CKI lost out on the advantage of releasing their schedule in early August.  (not that it really matters)
  • Florida Winter Tour or CKI Winter Cup  –Which to Choose?  (of note: CKI did choose dates that don’t overlap but I find it hard to believe, at least in this economy, that  both series will flourish).
  • All Florida Cup events being held at one track (Homestead-Miami).
  • Two National events at New Castle Motorsports Park
  • Oh… they still haven’t acknowledged a Grand Prix of Indiana or Nevada. :)
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3 Comments

  1. garry on October 14, 2009 2:57 pm

    Too many events… karting is dead. Why waste money to race a go kart when you can run SBN and have the chance at a 400,000 prize. Karting priced itself out and in this economy i expect the numbers to continue to be poor

  2. Felix on October 15, 2009 9:00 am

    Too many events… I agree with Gary, they say that it’s supposed to be the most affordable type of racing, but for the money you spend on a season, you could fetch yourself a ride on a few SBN races..

  3. Ryan on October 15, 2009 11:02 am

    While there is definitely truth to both of your comments, it’s important to remember that not all karting enthusiasts are interested in running the national schedules or moving up the open-wheel ladder system.

    At the national level, the cost is too high (you’re right) but the competition and level of development is priceless.

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