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2015 Race Academy

17 Dec

Are you ready to take your driving skills to the next level?  Our 3-Day Race Academy Course is designed for students who are looking to start racing, or are currently racing and want to further hone their skills. In addition to classroom instruction, students will walk the track and participate in 4 on-track driving sessions per day on 3 separate days. This course will cover skills ranging from kart basics and how to “read” the track and racing lines, all the way up to advanced racecraft technique. The course will be split into 2 groups, one of adults and one of junior drivers. Each of the 3 days will be a class of 2 hours. The dates for this course will be Jan.25th, Feb. 22nd and Mar.22nd.

The course will be taught by a group of PGP staff and guest instructors with experience spanning all levels of motorsports. Registration for this course is only available from today through Wednesday Dec.31st, so make sure to get your driver signed up before the spaces are gone! This is a value of $500.00, special holiday pricing is just $299.00 and is limited to the first 20 adults and 10 junior drivers registered. The perfect gift for the budding racer in your life!

“Fat Santa” Multi-Track Race

04 Dec

Our multi-track races are perennial favorite amongst our racers at PGP, with three separate heat races, each utilizing a different track configuration. The changing conditions are an excellent challenge for both rookie and veteran drivers!

However, for this edition of the race, we are adding a twist! Participants in our Rental Kart League Racing have long been accustomed to our 190 lb. minimum weight in which drivers under 190 lbs. utilize ballast to bring them up to the minimum weight. This minimum weight does an excellent job of providing an excellent level of parity between drivers. We have had a ton of racers ask us to promote a race geared towards our larger racers at PGP! So here it is, for this race event only we will be raising the minimum weight to 250lbs. Drivers of lighter weight are of course still welcome but will be required to add ballast to achieve the 250lbs minimum weight.  

The race event will be held on Sunday morning, December 21st.  The race will consist of a practice and 3 heat races. Each heat race finish position will count for points. 

The cost for the event is $85 for members, $95 for non-members.  Pre-registration is strongly encouraged as space is limited to the first 20 racers entered.  Sign-in will open at 8:00am Saturday and close at 8:30am.  Drivers meeting at 8:40am with the green flag start at 9:00am sharp. Competitors can pre-register via phone or in person at the track.

As always, thank you for choosing to race at PGP Motorsports Park!

Improved league racing at PGP!

25 Sep

This Saturday September 27th, marks the conclusion of our 2014 Summer Rental Kart Racing League. Racers have treated us to some great action this season with over 80 drivers competing against some of the best rental kart racers in the Pacific Northwest. Heading into the last round, Cem Aykan, with five victories on his series tally holds a strong points lead in the “Pro” category. In the “Pro-Am” category the race for the championship will go down to the wire, with both Vivek G and Eric Quinterio in an excellent position to win their first PGP season championships.

After only a short two week break in the action, October 11th will bring the start of our 2014 Fall Rental Kart Racing season! Again the popular “Pro” and “Pro-Am” categories will battle it out over the course of a 7 race season with each competitor’s best 6 races counting towards the season championship.

The Fall season will also bring an exciting change to the event format. Each event will now consist of a Practice/Qualifying session, followed by a 15 minute heat race. The results of the heat race will set the starting grid for a 30 MINUTE FINAL RACE! This double length feature event is sure to add a new level of excitement and stamina to the races.

Pricing for the Fall series will remain the same at $85 for members and $95 for non-members. We will also be offering the very popular “Season Pass” option again, a discounted price of $500 gets you entry into all 7 of the Fall series races and an additional FREE bonus entry to one of our endurance series events.

As always, all events at PGP are run rain and shine. With multiple miles of track drainage piping running underneath the surface, PGP is the perfect place to take advantage of our wild and wet Pacific Northwest  weather!

Thank you for choosing to race at PGP Motorsports Park!

Karting at PGP just got even cooler!

17 Jul

At PGP we are obsessed with always trying to improve the safety and comfort of your racing experience. We know as well as you that the long sleeve apparel requirement could be a bit toasty in the summer time. So we went to work developing a heat shield for the exhaust system of our karts. We designed and tested multiple options before arriving at the final product that is now fitted to all of our karts. This heat shield ensures that you are protected from the hot temps around the exhaust area of the kart while allowing us to lift the requirement of long sleeves on track at PGP!

So while we still recommend long sleeves, they are no longer required for our Arrive and Drive Karting sessions. Come join us for some “cool” summer karting at PGP!

SOVREN Guild Kart Challenge Raises $57K for Seattle Children’s!

04 Jul

Now in its fifth edition, the SOVREN Guild Kart Challenge made its return to PGP on Friday, June 18th.  The annual event benefiting Seattle Children’s Hospital has become a mainstay in the summer calendar at PGP.  The racing action this year was as hotly contested as ever.  With 100% of the proceeds from the race being donated directly to Seattle Children’s Hospital, the real winners are truly the children. This year’s race saw 18 teams and nearly 80 drivers battle wheel-to-wheel over the course of the 2-hour endurance race. In the end it was one of the Team Seattle entries, driven by Don Kitch, Maurice Shawver, Andrew Evans and Kevin Janders, completing 81 laps who took the victory.  With the win, Team Seattle earned a spot on the popular perpetual Helmet Trophy.  Their names will be added to list of past victors in the event.  As a member of the winning team in 2013 as well, Kevin Janders also became the first two-time winner in the event’s history.  
The most coveted spot on the trophy, reserved for the team bringing in the most donations, went to another Team Seattle entry, Team Seattle-Valve Karting,  bringing in that top honor.
An extremely generous matching donation of $20,000 from Jackson Dean Construction brought this year’s event total to over $57,000.  This brings the event’s five-year total to nearly  $250,000!
PGP and the SOVREN Guild would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone involved in making this year’s event a huge success and we look forward to making the 2015 Kart Challenge an even bigger success for Seattle Children’s!

Evening Racing Returning to PGP

04 Apr

The month of May brings better weather, longer days and of course…Summer hours to PGP! BeginningFriday May 2st, PGP will be open until dusk on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. We will be running Arrive and Drive sessions until 8:30pm (Wed, Fri and Sat) from May through August. So, mark your calendars for May 2nd for the start of evening racing at PGP. See you at the track!