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The Ridge Race Recap and Looking Ahead to Nationals

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The 2017 IKF Road Race Grand Nationals will be hosted by the Puget Sound Road Race Association during the first week of August, and based on the continuingly increasing numbers at the club’s recent races at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, WA, the annual IKF Grand Nationals could see its best numbers in many years when it takes its turn at The ‘Ridge’.  The PSRRA held the first race of their 2017 season at the facility on June 2-3 and drew almost 190 entries for what was an extremely successful weekend.

The event started out on Friday with a bit of a damp morning for the drivers meeting that was held ahead of practice. As the morning progressed, the rains cleared, the sun came out, the track dried, and low and behold, the speeds increased as the asphalt warmed up.  The practice for the PSRRA event was split with The Ridge’ s ‘Test and Tune cars’, so each group had 30 minute sessions throughout the day. Everyone had plenty of seat time!

After the track went cold for the day, the fun moved over to the Olympic Grand Prix sprint track for the concession kart endurance race, where eight teams battled for the title on the sixth-mile kart track, which is an exact replica of the big track at the Ridge! Following the endurance battle, the PSRRA organized a BBQ Potluck. The PSRRA provided burgers, hot dogs, and brats, which were accompanied by many delicious side dishes provided by the racers and their families. A good time was had by all.

Saturday was a dry day and featured a record breaking turnout for the club with 189 entries. The grids were full of karts and the racing on-track was extremely good. The club leadership of Aaron, Lisa and Brittany Stanford work extremely hard to make sure the PSRRA races are a lot of fun and they’ve put in the time to try to grow the sport of road racing in the Pacific Northwest. To their credit, there were a good number of first-time road racers in attendance for the first race of 2017.  There were new and old racers battling around the track, which made it a lot of run for those watching from the sidelines.

TaG Light went to Brittany Williams ahead of Dimitri Artimenia and Wade Jansen, while the Formula 125 Limited battle was won by James Frances, who topped Dean Faciane and newcomer Andrew Byrne. Williams also won TaG Heavy, beating Wade Jansen and Chris Gasaway. John Benson scored the win IKF intercontinental E/ICE over Jim White and Tom Rice, while in the second E/ICE race, Chuck Gilbert was victorious over Rice and Vance Johnson.

The IKF Briggs World Formula classes had solid double-digit turnouts as well, and in the 18-entry Medium class, veteran Don Holmboe won over Steve King and Bryan Green. In Heavy, 17 karts took the green and it was Corey Marcum crossing the line with the victory over Chris Passanante. Holmboe scored a pair of podiums with a third-place run in Heavy.

Jacob Delavergne beat Paul Goldman and Frank Ross in Superstock CR 125 Heavy, which was one of the largest classes of the day with 17 drivers.  In Superstock CR 125, Chris Hegar won both races in the formula, outrunning Rob Hegar and Frank Toss in one race, and James Frances and Rob Hegar in the ‘West Coast’ class, which gives drivers two chances to race in the same kart.  The PSRRA also had a solid 80cc Laydown turnout with nine karts hitting the track, and Blair Nelson won at the Ridge over Martha Morse and Russ Dyer.  In the Formula 125 class, Andrew Byrne scored in his PSRRA debut over Monroe Jordan, Travis Henson, Aaron Stanford and Vance Johnson.

With the race in the books, the PSRRA crew has now gone right into ‘full Grand National mode’. Among other highlights, the organizers have confirmed that SwedeTech Racing Engines will be on hand for the Grand Nationals in August to support their customers.  The Stanfords continue to work hard to sign more class sponsors, and the calendar for the daily activities after racing each day is still being planned. They’ll have another potluck BBQ and there will be a pit area decoration contest with cash prizes. Daily raffles for cool gifts and baskets are planned. They are also working to get live music for dancing, and face painting for the kids, as well as a bouncy house for the younger kids and a kids versus adults water balloon battle. They are going all-out to make this a great family event. If you have any questions or sponsorship inquiries, contact Aaron Stanford (206-398-9758 or Stanracing@gmail.com).

Following the IKF Grand Nationals, the PSRRA will head to Spokane Raceway Park on August 26-27 for the second stop on their race calendar.

Other PSRRA Round #1 winners included:

Yamaha KT100S Heavy – Dave Lehmann
Rotax JR – Maxwell Inkpen
Rotax Max Light – Maxwell Inkpen
WC Rotax Max Light – David Cobb
TaG Enduro – Donnie Sullivan
TaG JR – Maxwell Inkpen
Sprint Stock 125 – Samantha Van Eaton
WC Sprint Stock 125 – Cole Hegar
Formula 125 Limited Heavy – Vance Johnson
Honda CBR 250 – Keith Opzeeland
FKEI – Blair Nelson
125cc-150cc/FKEII – Brittany Williams
Unlimited FKE III – Russ Dyer

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We are less than 3 weeks away from the first race!!

We are three weeks away from the first road race of the season and entries are rolling in!! Hurry and send in your completed registration to Brittany, this will enter you into our drawing for a free set of LeCont whites! Questions? Comment below and we’ll help you out 🙂

Don’t forget to bring a dish to share at our annual potluck BBQ Friday night after practice!

We are finalizing plans for concession kart enduro races Friday night! Start putting your teams together 🙂

Gold Cup Round 1

PSRRA is proud to announce that registration is now open for the June 2nd and 3rd event at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton WA.  Registration is first come first serve!

Email completed registration forms to Brittany .  Click here (psrra-2017-road-race-registration-form-ridge) to download the registration form.  We will be doing a drawing for a set of tires. To be entered into the drawing you MUST send in a completed registration form (including transponder number and IKF  number and expiration) and payment by Sunday, May 28th.

Payment Options:

  • list your card info on your registration (payment will be taken upon receipt of completed registration form)
  • mail a check to PSRRA
  • pay at track

Questions? Contact us here 🙂

Winter is over…racing is HERE

PSRRA is hosting the first round of Gold Cup Sprint Races, at SIMA Raceway April 28-30. Accommodations and local restaurant info are listed below. Registration for this event is now open at www.motorsportreg.com/events/sima-psrra-ikf-gold-cup-sumas-intl-motorsports-academy-motorsport-082572

Fuel: Chevron 725 Cherry Street Sumas WA 98295.

Please note: motorhomes and vehicles will not be allowed in the pits for this event. You will be able to unload trailers, but they will need to be moved across the street after unloading. Motorhomes can park at Sumas Campground (less than 1 mile away).

Accomodations:

US

The Inn at Lynden
100 5th Street, Lynden, WA
360-746-8597
www.innatlynden.com 
$10 DISCOUNT CODE: SIMA

Sumas Mountain Lodge (Bob’s Burgers & Brew)
Distance: 1 Minute
819 Cherry Street, Sumas, WA
360-988-4483
Racer Rate: $75 (Free coffee & pop)

Sumas RV Park & Campground
Distance: 1 Minute
9600 Easterbrook Road, Sumas, WA
360-988-8875
Rate:   $25/night or $125/week – tents or motorhomes (Includes hookups, power & cable). Showers 25 cents. Laundry facilities on-site.
Pull-thru’s and big rig access. Pets ok, family friendly

Silver Reef Casino & Spa
4876 Haxton Way, Ferndale, WA 98248
(866) 383-0777

Canada

Coast Abbotsford Hotel & Suites
Distance: 11 Minutes (depending on border lineup)
2020 Sumas Way, Abbotsford
604-853-1880
Code: Drag Racing Rate
Rate: $99 + tax year round (Additional $10 for cot)

Super 8
Distance: 11 Minutes (depending on border lineup)
1881 Sumas Way, Abbotsford
604-853-1141 Contact: Carol Galikano
super8abbotsford@gmail.com
Rate: Under $100 – Includes breakfast

Restaurants

El Nopal Family Mexican Restaurant
420 Cherry Street, Sumas, WA,
(360) 988-0305

Bob’s Burger & Brew
819 Cherry St, Sumas, WA
(360) 988-4483

Lo’s Garden Chinese Food 
520 Cherry Street, Sumas, WA,
(360) 988-7683

Steak House 9
115 E Homestead Blvd, Lynden, WA
(360) 778-2849

 

2017 Road Race Grand Nationals

Here is the schedule for the 2017 Road Race Grand Nationals!
Grands Schedule

Announced in September 2016, the Puget Sound Road Race Association (PSRRA) will host the 2017 International Kart Federation (IKF) Road Race Grand Nationals at The Ridge Motorsports Park. The event dates back to 1963 when the first edition was held at the Green Valley Raceway in Texas. PSRRA is looking revive the Road Race Grand Nationals as there has not been an IKF national road race event since 2013.

The Ridge Motorsports Park is among the newest road courses built in North America, with the Puget Sound Road Race Association finding a new home in Shelton, Washington. The 2017 edition of the IKF Road Race Grand Nationals is a four-day event to be held on August 1-4, featuring one day of practice and three full days of racing.

Puget Sound Road Race Association is proud to announce a handful of companies lending their support of the 2017 IKF Road Race Grand Nationals as sponsors. Those include; Kart O Rama, CMC, SPS Racing, Mack Motorsports, Italian Motors USA, Advanced Fire Protection, Portland Karting, Hegar 4 Manufacturing, Shark Shifter. Those interested in sponsoring a class for the event may email Aaron Stanford.

eKartingNews.com has signed on as the Official Media Partner for the 2017 event. EKN covered the Road Race Grand Nationals for the first time in 2008 at the Portland International Raceway along with 2009 and 2011 at the Eagles Canyon Raceway in Texas.

PSRRA has received approval from IKF for the schedule and class list for the event. Registration is scheduled to open by Wednesday, February 1 for all the eager racers ready to show their commitment to the 2017 IKF Road Race Grand Nationals. Some big names have already made their verbal commitment for the race, including Lloyd Mack / Mack Motorsports, Midwest Superkart veteran Johnny West, Dean Martin, Ron White / Ron White Motorsports, Italian Motors USA team drivers, and three generations of the famous Hegar family.
The official hotel of the event will be at the Little Creek Casino Resort, located at 91 WA-108, Shelton, WA 98584. If you mention that you are racing at The Ridge Motorsports Park, you will receive a discounted rate of $69.00 per night. Racers must call 800-667-7711 to get the racer rate for rooms. Please let the desk know your racing at The Ridge. PSRRA is working on setting up a vendor row for the event. Please contact them if you would like to set up a booth at the event. Seattle Area Tees is the official clothing merchandiser, which will be on hand selling event merchandise throughout the four days.

For those wanting to run on The Ridge Motorsports Park before the 2017 IKF Road Race Grand Nationals, PSRRA is having a club race June 2-3 as part of the IKF Region 6 Gold Cup Road Race series. The club will be hosting a BBQ and will arrange a concession kart race on the sprint track – The Olympic Grand Prix. The four-person teams endurance event will be held following the race day and is open to anyone over age 13.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Aaron Stanford  or Lisa Stanford. Be sure to follow our Facebook page.

Schedule and registration coming soon 🙂