Dustin Courter and Christian Bird have been in the racing industry for well over 20 years, and the two Colorado born drivers have stacked up multiple championships both regionally and nationally. After many years of racing a wide variety of different karts and racecars, Christian and Dustin have returned to their roots and have come together to collaborate to give back to the sport that the two have dedicated most of their lives to. After a few months of brainstorming, the Competitive Edge Racing Academy was born. Bird and Courter have built a full curriculum that serves the first time karter looking to shorten the learning curve of karting as well as the advanced kart and even road course formula car/sedan driver looking to extract those last tenths of a second to reach the top of the podium.
You can spend any amount of money on karts and kart-parts in hopes of gaining a better lap time, but the best investment you will ever make is one that can be taken from kart to kart or even kart to car. That investment is in the driver. The drivers KSA (Knowledge, Skills, and Ability) is intangible and will always be the single most effective speed secret available to you, there will never be a limit on how much that driver can learn and apply to drop lap times or win battles on the track. The same can be said for the team as a whole. Chassis tuning, data and record keeping, mechanic work, all of it can always improve.
âI couldnât be more excited to work with Dustin to build something that the Colorado karting community needs. The aspect of coaching and schooling is so often overlooked in the racing industry, I am thrilled that we are going to be able to offer our knowledge in a structured environment to not only make our community safer on the track, more competitive, and overall improve students experience on and off the track.â Bird added.
"In many ways Christian and I are a lot alike but our knowledge of the sport comes from different places and the majority of our experience in karting from totally different eras. Because of this, and because Bird and I continue to learn, we feel that we have something different and advantageous to offer with coaching. Iâm honored to have this opportunity and wouldnât be interested at all if it wasnât a partnership with Christian, we will deliver good info because we both get the value of knowing why something works instead of just simply knowing it works. For example if we do not truly understand why a particular driving technique, setup and ultimately the combination of the two âworksâ then we are just mimicking, it isnât until we know âthe whyâ it works that we then develop skill in that area. We will keep everyone posted on whatâs to come in 2017,â added Courter.
Classes with the Competitive Edge Racing academy will have a primary focus of working hands on with drivers to improve lap times, race craft, racing/qualifying lines, just to name a few. Along with the driver to driver coaching, the classes will also provide invaluable classroom time going over chassis and engine tuning using data analysis.
Competitive Edge Racing Academy will offer their first class, an introductory class for new racers, on March 25th, 2017 at Unser Karting & Events Centennial. To keep up to date with updates, classes offered, helpful blogs, and any other information regarding the Competitive Edge Racing Academy, like us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/RacingCoachColorado/
W Speed LLC is pleased to announce the acquisition of The Colorado Karter, the premier news and resource website and discussion forum for kart racing in Colorado. The Colorado Karter was founded by Angie MacEwen in 2003.
"I am incredibly grateful for and indebted to Angie for creating this community and managing the website for so many years," said W Speed founder and owner Jeff Welch. "As a member of the Colorado karting community since 1997, I'm proud to have the opportunity to maintain The Colorado Karter's legacy of being the premier, unbiased news source for kart racing in Colorado and to revamp the site with modern infrastructure and increased content."
WHAT WILL CHANGE
â˘ We are working to upgrade the forum software and entire look and feel of the website to a new system. This will be a process that takes time over the next several months, and will mostly occur behind the scenes until complete. There may occasionally be some brief outages of the website, which we will do our best to announce in advance. â˘ A new Resource Center will be created to make it easier to access basic information about all tracks and series in Colorado. In addition to basic information, this section will feature articles and tech tips from many of the top tuners and racers in the state. â˘ Advertising opportunities will be available to interested parties after the launch of the revamped website. This will primarily support the hosting and maintenance fees for the site.
WHAT WON'T CHANGE
â˘ The Colorado Karter will remain a neutral resource and will not promote any particular track or series in Colorado. All interested entities, including shops, tracks, race promoters, teams, and drivers are encouraged to submit press releases for possible inclusion on the homepage of the site (pending editorial review). Please submit releases to email@example.com â˘ As we migrate to a new system, care will be taken to preserve all forum history possible. That means your username and posting history will be preserved. However, due to incompatibilities between software systems, some small details such as signatures, avatars, and profile information may be lost. Details of this will be provided in the near future.
We are very excited about this new chapter in the history of The Colorado Karter and look forward to serving the Colorado karting community for years to come.
ABOUT W SPEED LLC W Speed was founded in 2011 by Jeff Welch to provide driver coaching, tuning, and other karting products and services. W Speed is not affiliated with any other karting series or business. Jeff can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
SBR's Southern Colorado Karting Challenge Opens Sunday, March 5th
Peyton, CO, February 28, 2017
The 2017 Southern Colorado Karting Challenge will be an 8 race series hosted by SBR Motorsports Park at their scenic and challenging track located on Spencer Road, near Peyton, Colorado.
Races will be held the 1st Sunday of each month, starting in March and running through the month of October. Each race day will feature practice, qualifying, 2 heat races, and a Main Event for each class.
A free BBQ will be provided on race day for all participants and their families!
The SBR venue will accommodate all levels of experience, from beginner rental kart arrive & drive racers to veterans with high speed shifter karts, and everyone in between.
Registration for the Series is open now! Sign up online, or in person at SBR. (All fees will be collected at the Park).
The Colorado Sprint Championship (CSC) is pleased to announce the 2017 Schedule. We will be at two tracks this year; Grand Junction Motorsports (GJMS) and Podium Karting and Events.
We are super excited to be able to offer US Open Las Vegas tickets to CSC class winners (entry fee, one set of tires, one fuel can and one oil) again this year. The classes included are as follows: Mini Max, Micro Max, Junior, Senior, Master Rotax, DD2 Senior and Master. DD2 Senior and Master classes and Senior and Master spec Honda shifters will each be splitting a ticket by drawing. We will be following the MaxSpeed Rotax and Shifter guidelines for weights, tires, engine and fuel specs.
We are also offering monetary awards to the top three in both adult Briggs LO206 classes (16 and up) for each of the four races. Payouts are $150 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd place, and $50 for 3rd place in each class (Light 345 lbs and Heavy 385 lbs). These payouts will be based on the total points for the two heat races and final with a five-point bonus for fastest lap in Qualifying in each class. We will be following the Briggs engine rules and pump fuel guides and Duro tires. We will be using the MaxSpeed points system for all classes with five bonus points for pole position in Qualifying.
There will be a race day fee of $ 100.00 /driver that will include one pit spot per entry. Extra pit spots in Grand Junction will be $ 20.00.
A tire, fuel, and oil package will be required for each race day. These prices will be posted on the online registration to be opened mid-March. All Rotax racers will need to join MaxSpeed Rotax and supply those numbers at registration.
All CSC racers must sign in and pay an annual $35.00 membership fee which includes a T-shirt. Sizes will be requested at the first race and T-shirts will be handed out at the second race. Extra T-shirts are available for $15.00.
We will run the combination Honda and Comer kid kart class. The cost for this class will be a $35.00 race day fee with the suggested tires being Vega Green and Evinco.
We will be offering two âarrive and driveâ classes with the one-time CSC fee of $35.00. One option will be with the standard rental karts at either track. The fee for this class will be $125. The second class, available at both tracks, will be racing 33 horsepower dual speed DD2 karts. The $1,200.00 fee will include the entry fee, tires, oil, fuel and tuner advice. They will run with the regular DD2s under close supervision at practices, qualifying and races.
There are four scheduled races with no drops for this series. The minimum number of racers/class is five. The dates of the races are as follow:
April 29, 2017 Saturday night under the lights: GJMS
June 10, 2017 Saturday night under the lights: Podium
August 20,2017 Sunday day race: GJMS
September 16, 2017 Saturday day race: Podium
We look forward to an exciting and fun-filled season.
For The Colorado Karting Tour, the 2017 season will mark an exciting new chapter in the seriesâ history. Following the most successful year as a series in 2016, the 2017 CKT racing season is shaping up to be an exciting prospect for Colorado kart racers. The series will begin the racing season with a non-points, âRun Your Rust Offâ race at IMI Motorsports Park in Dacono, Colorado on April 9.
Since its inception, The Colorado Karting Tourâs main mission has been to foster fun, competitive kart racing in the state of Colorado. The series was initially formed to provide a place to race for younger drivers aged 5 to 15. In the past decade, The Rocky Mountain area has been a silent hotbed for motorsport and the karting community. While the Colorado karting community has seen its fair share of ups and downs in recent years, the state has hosted several high profile events, and a number of prominent drivers in karting nationwide now call the Centennial State their home.
As a result of the changing climate within Colorado karting community, CKT took on a new role within the state in 2016, as a karting series for all ages and major classes. With this change came a dramatic increase in kart count and competitors within the season. CKTâs staff and racers rose to the challenge of a growing series, putting on exciting and close racing throughout 2016. If the past seasonâs success is any indication, CKT racers can look forward to taking part in the racing action in 2017.
13 classes featuring a wide variety of age groups and engine selections will compete at each event, following a one-day race schedule. As the International Karting Federationâs racing series for Region 4a, CKT has racing classes for IKF karting classes as well as Rotax classes. The Kid Kart and Briggs & Stratton powered categories will be eligible to compete for a regional points championship with IKF in Region 4a. At the same time, the United States Rotax Max Challenge divisions will be able to accumulate the necessary âpunchesâ needed to compete at the US Rotax Grand Nationals during the summer of 2017. This mixture of racing categories and programs provides a place for nearly every type of kart within the state of Colorado to have a championship to compete for this season.
The 2017 Colorado Karting Tour presented by CJKC will be a traveling series. In total, CKT will visit 4 race tracks over the course of 8 racing events in 2017. The 2017 season will use a best-seven-of-eight format to determine the 2017 season champion in each racing class. This means that the best 7 races (out of 8 total) of the CKT championship will be used to determine the champions for the season. While the âRun Your Rust Offâ race is non points, the season will begin in earnest on April 23, with the first trip of the season to Action Karting, in Morrison, CO. Subsequent races will be held at SBR Motorsports Park (Calhan, CO), IMI Motorsports Park (Dacono, CO), and Podium Karting (Centennial, CO). Altogether, the series will visit each of the four tracks slated for the 2017 season twice for a total of 8 races. Weekly trophies and medals will be awarded for all classes, with an end of year banquet to be held mid-October, featuring champion jackets and trophies for all classes.
2017 Colorado Karting Tour Schedule
February 18 â MEMBER SIGN-UP
April 9 ~ Run your Rust Off at IMI, Dacono, CO
April 23 ~ Action Karting, Morrison, CO
May 21 ~ SBR, Peyton, CO
June 4 ~ IMI Motorsports Park, Dacono, CO
June 17 ~ Podium Karting (Night Race), Centennial, CO
July 9 ~ SBR Motorsports Park, Peyton, CO
July 30 ~ IMI Motorsports Park, Dacono, CO
August 27 ~ Action Karting, Morrison, CO
September 9 ~ SEASON FINALE-Podium Karting, Centennial, CO
TBA END OF YEAR: ENDURO RACE at Podium Karting (non-points) TBA Dirt Track Racing (non-points)
All Rotax categories will utilize the Max 1 tires per class regulation. Micro, Mini, and Junior Max sill run Max 1 Blue, Masters/Seniors Max run on Max1 Purple. All CKT (IKF rules) divisions compete on the Evinco compound, as well as the SKUSA shifters. 206 Light and Heavy will race on the Duro Tires. The following is the classes for the
2017 CKT Class Structure
Class/Age/Min. Weight (with Driver)
Kid Kart Honda/5-7/150
Cadet Briggs LO206/7-11/240
Junior I Briggs LO206/9-13/240
Junior II Briggs L0206/12-15/300
Rotax Micro Max/7-11/235
Rotax Mini Max/10-13/290
LO206 Heavy/ 15+/385
Stock Honda Shifter (SKUSA)/15+/385
To register for the 2017 racing season, attend CKTâs annual registration and sign up day on February 18, at 10am. This event will be located at Unser Karting and Events, 7300 Broadway, Denver, CO.
Continue to check ColoradoKartingTour.com throughout the season for news and updates, and give The Facebook page, âColorado Karting Tour-CKTâ a like and follow on Facebook.
The Colorado Junior Karting Club (CJKC), now known as The Colorado Karting Tour, was founded in 2007. CKT is at its essence a group of Colorado kart racing families and members with a mission to provide people of all ages 5 and above a fun, organized, safe, and educational organization to participate in the exciting sport of karting. In 2014, Scott Williams and Tim Trostel (with the help of other board members) re-organized the club, merged with the Pikes Peak Kart Racing Club, and formed The Colorado Karting Tour, a registered 501c3 non-profit, run and managed by volunteers. In 2016, the club expanded, and changed the series name to reflect the new face of the series, by welcoming in the Rotax racers as well as new race day officials and series members.
If you have additional questions or constructive comments about the Colorado Karting Tour, please reach out to us at: email@example.com