Superkarts! USA has confirmed it will be uniting with the International Kart Federation and will merge the IKF national organisation within SKUSA.
SKUSA (a private entity owned by Tom Kutscher) had been in talks with the IKF (a largely volunteer-driven organisation) for some time. A SKUSA press release says the new partnership is focused on stabilising the IKF program and preserving history.
The IKF currently sanctions over 50 clubs, three regional series and four Grand Nationals in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1957, it was the first karting organisation in America. It is famous for the annual “Duffy” awards to its National champions.
“Keeping IKF’s legacy and heritage alive and reenergized for the future with this marriage is critically important to me and the IKF leadership and staff,” said Roger Miller, IKF President.
“The entire board has been wrestling with how to move into the future and coming together with SKUSA will benefit our members and affiliated clubs, track and organizations.”
SKUSA said the sport has changed a great deal over the last 60 years and that while the IKF is a volunteer-driven organization (as it has been throughout its history), “that approach to series and event management has been facing difficulties for some time and change is needed.”
“The IKF has struggled with numbers and the organization has come to a point when it was time to move on. Under SKUSA’s stewardship, the IKF will gain much needed manpower and stability.
“All effort will be made to keep business as usual, with the added horsepower of the Superkarts! USA staff aiding in future growth and stability.”
Current sanctioning will continue for 2018 as SKUSA evaluates any new approaches for the future. Memberships, track sanctioning and plans for Grand National events for 2018 will continue uninterrupted and further information will be made available soon.
Tom Kutscher, SKUSA President, offered; “The IKF is part of the foundation of the sport and my goal with this partnership is to preserve its history while also stabilizing its regional programs.
“Our sport needs organizations that can provide rule structure, continuity and stability from the grassroots club level through regional racing to national competition, and I believe that our work with the IKF will be a major positive for karting on the West Coast.”
As a point of reference, lots of organisations regulate karting in the United States – IKF, WKA (World Karting Association), KART (Karters of America Racing Triad), USPKS (United States Pro Karting Series), AKRA (American Kart Racing Association) and SKUSA to name a few.
The National Sporting Authority (ASN) to the FIA for the United States is the umbrella organisation ‘Automobile Competition Committee for the United States’. The WKA is a Member Club of this organisation.
In Australia, the ASN to the FIA is the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS). CAMS delegate its karting responsibilities to the Australian Karting Association (Karting Australia).