It’s good to be king.
The Rock Island Grand Prix and the Mazda Road to Indy have set-up a multi-year partnership that will see the King of the Streets victor receive a USF2000 test day.
For those who don’t know, the RIGP is the world’s largest go-kart street race held every year over Labor Day weekend in Rock Island, Illinois. The event traditionally draws some of the biggest names in karting as well as several key members of the motorsports’ community. The headline event — known as the ‘King of the Streets’ — features shifter kart pilots battling it out for the prestigious RIGP crown.
I’ve attended the RIGP for the last several years to provide live coverage and before that took part in the event as a competitor. It’s arguably the best weekend of the year and certainly one of the most fun racing weekends on the annual calendar. If you’ve never attended, make sure to put it on your bucket list.
Anyway, back to the partnership. This is pretty big news. I know IndyCar has been working to link up to the karting world for some time now. Obviously, with so many sanctions and series competing, this is a tall task; you don’t want to alienate one group of karters by supporting another. I think this new partnership with the RIGP is a positive step because it’s a big race with competitors from all over the world participating — plus it’s a one-off event that draws talent from various forms of karting. If nothing else, it’s certainly a step in the right direction.