The new era for the International Kart Federation has begun in the Northwest. After months of speculation, the IKF central offices are proud to confirm the official acquisition of the CAN-AM Karting Challenge and the renaming of the series to the IKF Northwest.
 
“It’s perhaps the worst kept secret in recent memory,” remarked IKF’s Tom Kutscher. “There has been rampant speculation about our involvement in the territory and we can finally make it official.”
 
IKF’s staff consulted heavily in the 2018 CAN-AM Karting Challenge and helped guide the locally run series to one of the more successful years of its existence. 2019 has started reasonably well after some scheduling issues required a few date changes. The newly branded series held a successful season opener at Pat’s Acres with another round scheduled for June 21-23 in the same location. 
 
“As many know by now, the grands are returning to Pat’s Acres,” exclaimed an excited Tom Kutscher. “The last GrandNationals at Pat’s Acres was in 1995 and a handful of drivers who competed then are team owners and industry professionals today. It’s a true full circle for them to return to their roots.”
 
The IKF Northwest will be a three weekend, five round championship — similar to years past. Each round is scheduled for a different venue with the dates as follows:
 
RND 1   April 6, 2019 - Pat’s Acres Racing Complex (PARC)
RND 2/3   June 21-23, 2019 – Pat’s Acres Racing Complex (PARC)
RND 4/5   July 19-21, 2019 – MAC Track

IKF GrandNationals   September 20-22 – Pat’s Acres Racing Complex (PARC) 

“There’s the obvious in this announcement that people will see, and then there’s the long-term vision people may not,” added Kutscher. “We feel there’s a big shift towards the grassroots levels of karting, and we see areas like the Northwest as the cornerstone of that movement. Sanctioning races is just partof what we intend to offer with IKF. The other part is pioneering true initiatives to help local and regional grassroots clubs find profitability and low cost means of operation with everything from insurance to tires. We are actively trying to spur growth for the sport, and want to create the pathways to do so.”
 
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The International Kart Federation was the first kart racing organization in the United States, founded and still based in California in 1957. In 1971 it was joined by the World Karting Association, which originally focused more on the Eastern and Central United States.
 
The International Kart Federation (IKF) takes pride in its long record of achievement as a governing body for the sport of kart racing. In recognition of the need for controls over the sport, the International Kart Federation has published rules for competition since November 21, 1957. Throughout this time, the objectives of the Federation have been the same: to foster strong and fair competition; to provide reasonable rules for the various types of competition; to administer the competition program with impartiality, and to reduce the hazards associated with this sport.

Luke Selliken fought off two-time SKUSA Pro Tour champion Ryan Norberg for victory both days in TaG Light (Photo: Flying Lap Media)

The summer season is here, and regional racing across the United States is in full motion for the Superkarts! USA organization. The last program to get the 2018 year launched is the Can-Am Karting Challenge, the premier racing series in the Pacific Northwest. Round One and Two brought competitors to the Portland Karting Association’s McMinnville Kart Track, also known as ‘Mac Track’, in the heart of McMinnville, Oregon on June 22-24. Roughly 75 entries took part in the two rounds of racing on the weekend around the 6/10-mile course built in 2001. Great support from teams and drivers throughout the region, along with a production team from SKUSA hired to conduct the series, the event was a success from start to finish.