The City of Modesto and Superkarts! USA (SKUSA) are pleased to announce that they are teaming up to bring the SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals to downtown Modesto on August 1-3, 2014. The SummerNationals will attract drivers from around the world and will feature shifter karts that could exceed 100 miles per hour, with 0-60 MPH achievable in less than 4 seconds. The SummerNationals is part of SKUSA’s National Pro Tour karting series, which includes two other major events: the SpringNationals in April (location to be determined) and the Las Vegas SuperNationals in November, which is the largest karting event in the world with over 600 divers from all walks of life. The SuperNationals routinely sees drivers from the ranks of Formula 1, Indy Car and NASCAR.
“We are excited to bring the SummerNationals to Modesto,” said Tom Kutscher, SKUSA CEO. “This will be the first time we’ve visited Modesto, and we’re cooking up something special as we love the downtown atmosphere. We are looking forward to bringing professional kart racing to Modesto.”
“Modesto is looking forward to the SKUSA SummerNationals with open arms and lots of excitement,” said Julie Hannon, Director of the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department. “We have a strong history of hosting world-class events, and this one will be no different – we know that Modesto folks are the best and expect them to come out in droves just like AMGEN!”
Twelve-hundred drivers, teams and staff are expected to participate in the three-day event – in addition to an estimated 10,000 visitors. This event is sure to be an economic boost to the Modesto community.
As the Modesto City Council approved the event at its September 24th meeting, City staff is now authorized to begin planning the event with SKUSA. A press conference will be held in late October or early November to announce the route, event details, title sponsor and much more. Details regarding the press conference will be released once the event logistics are finalized.