Created in 2014, the Florida Pro Kart Series program was aimed at bringing back the family aspect to regional karting in the Sunshine State. The racers took notice and jumped on board for a successful inaugural season. That spawned the idea of offering a winter program during the months of January to March. The FPKS winter series welcomed racers from all across the country, including overseas, competing in a six-round championship. The Florida Pro Kart Series is primed for its second season, beginning in May.
“2014 was an amazing year, as we took on the challenge of developing a brand new race series,” stated Florida Pro Kart Series promoter Glenn Biggs. “It was a challenge and a gamble, but it paid off as we provided a fun family atmosphere for racers to enjoy. We came back and offered a series during the winter months, and it turned out to be a success, welcoming drivers from all over the country and racers from outside the United States. Myself, Kristen, and all of the FPKS staff would like to thank all of the competitors and sponsors for their support in 2014 and the winter series.”
The 2015 Florida Pro Kart will visit four distinctive karting facilities in the Sunshine State. The first round is scheduled for May 30-31 at Homestead Karting. Located just outside the Homestead-Miami Speedway, this circuit has hosted a number of national and international events during its time. The FPKS program resumes in July after taking the month of June off, traveling up to the Palm Beach Kart Center. The July 11-12 event brings the program back to Jupiter, Florida – site of the January and February rounds of the FPKS winter series. A little further north on September 26-27, Florida Pro Kart Series stops at the popular Ocala Gran Prix facility. OGP is another nationally recognized circuit, and always a fun place to compete at. The series finale is set for November 7-8 at the historic 103rd Street Sports Complex. The Jacksonville facility played host to the world karting championships in 1986, and the finale for the FPKS winter program in March.
The Florida Pro Kart Series is open to all chassis and engine brands, providing 13 categories ranging from Cadet to Masters, 4-Cycle to shifterkarts. A complete breakdown on the class rules will be posted on the FPKS website soon. Below are the categories to be offered in 2015:
TaG Cadet (Vortex and IAME)
Pro Gas Junior/Senior
Briggs 206 Junior/Senior
Open Shifter Senior/Masters
Stock Honda Senior/Masters
Aside from the fun and relaxed mood you feel within the paddock of the Florida Pro Kart Series, champions of the 2015 FPKS season are set to enjoy a growing prize package. A long list of awards to be handed out following the season finale is still being collected, with one of the highlights for each champion is earning a free entry into the FPKS winter program for 2016. The series is all set to give back to everyone that pre-registers, as competitors will be entered into a drawing to win a 65” flat screen TV. Registration for the opening event in Homestead will open on in the next two weeks.
Anyone can sign up for the FPKS newsletter on the website or text ‘floridakarting’ to 22828 to receive all the updates on the series throughout 2015. For more info on the Florida Pro Kart Series, please visit the website – floridaprokartseries.com – or call 352-208-9840.
2015 Florida Pro Kart Series Schedule
May 30-31: Homestead Karting
July 11-12: Palm Beach Kart Center
September 26-27: Ocala Gran Prix
November 7-8: 103rd Street Sports Complex