PKRA News

Board Election Results

August 4th, 2020|

PKRA Board of Directors Election Results

The election is complete, with 58% of the membership voting.  The top 4 will take 2 year terms, while the 5th will take a 1 year term.  They will officially take office at the Aug 10 annual club meeting.  The board will elect the officers (President, VP, Treasurer, Secretary) at that Aug 10 meeting.

  1. Bernie Lacotta – Re-elected to a 2 year term
  2. Micah Hendricks – Elected to a 2 year term
  3. Curtis Ruth– Elected to a 2 year term
  4. Cindy Lacotta – Re-elected to a 2 year term
  5. Jon Lassak – Elected to a 1 year term

July 13 Meeting Minutes

July 14th, 2020|

The July 13 Open Board Meeting Minutes have been published.  Highlights are as follows:

  • The July 18 race has been postponed until Aug 1.  If restrictions are extended, the board will consider alternatives to organizing races that might satisfy the Park/County.
  • Elections will be held July 20 – Aug 3, with nominations / applications accepted at the July 13 meeting.  Five positions will be voted on.  Candidates are:
    • Cindy Lacotta
    • Bernie Lacotta
    • Ken Queen
    • Micah Hendricks
    • Veerachart Murphy
    • Ryan Woon
    • Jon Lassak
    • Curtis Ruth
    • Weston Lee Wilkerson
    • Jim Willittes
    • Garrett Drysdale
    • Jason Altzman
    • Ryan Ruth
  • PKRA will be requiring birth certificates for new Kid Kart drivers.

Announcements: Moved Race #5 to Aug 1, Board Election, Protest Procedures

July 12th, 2020|

July 18 Race moved to Aug 1

Race #5 has been moved from July 18 to Aug 1 due to the Arizona prohibitions on gatherings over 50 people.  The county declined to override the requirement .

Board of Directors Openings

There will be five openings for PKRA Board of Directors seats.  Four of them for two year terms, and one for a one year term.  The revised slate of Candidates from the July 13 meeting are:

  • Cindy Lacotta
  • Bernie Lacotta
  • Ken Queen
  • Micah Hendricks
  • Veerachart Murphy
  • Ryan Woon
  • Jon Lassak
  • Curtis Ruth
  • Weston Lee Wilkerson
  • Jim Willittes
  • Garrett Drysdale
  • Jason Altzman
  • Ryan Ruth

Protest Procedures

There has been some discussion about protest procedures.  The PKRA rules provide for Race Day Protests.

Protest procedures are covered in the PKRA Club Rules, under 500.43, 500.44, 500.45, and 500.46

Highlighted Protest Rules

  • You must file a protest within 30 minutes of the completion of that race segment, and must be filed by the driver (parent) in the same class.  You may protest tech items or driving conduct.
  • If your protest requires tech teardown, you will be required to pay $200 in cash, which will be returned if the protest is upheld.
  • You’ll need to describe the rule (PKRA, NKA, […]

June 8 Meeting Minutes

June 9th, 2020|

The June 8 Open Board Meeting Minutes have been published.  Highlights are as follows:

  • Elections will be held July 20 – Aug 3, with nominations / applications accepted at the July 13 meeting.  Four positions will be voted on.  Candidates should contact secretary@pkra.com by July 13 and/or attend the July 13 meeting.
  • The board has raised the minimum number of entrants to 5 in order for race day trophies to be provided.
  • A new rule clarifies that fuel must be at ambient temperature for all classes.
  • We will be policing drinking on race day.

Special Temporary Race Day Procedures **Updated Race #4**

June 4th, 2020|

Special Race Procedures During Phase 1 Opening Period

During the Arizona Phase 1 opening period (until further notice), a number of procedures will be different.

There will be No Onsite Registrations.

  • You must pre-register online, including all classes, transponder purchases / numbers, non-driver pit passes by name, and front row pit spaces.
    • There will be no on site sales, and no one will be admitted that hasn’t been pre-registered by name.  
    • We are limiting Non-Driver Pit Pass Wrist Bands to 2 per driver.  The county requires that there be no spectators, and found that we were not complying for race #1.
  • Please make sure all information is correct, including drivers age and transponder  number in addition to race entry itself.
  • Note that you may change your registration up until the closing of registration at 6:00pm the Friday before (but please don’t wait until the last minute;  stuff happens, and what’s there at 6:00pm is what we go with).
  • Note also we have a very flexible refund policy.
  • Please review the documentation for normal registration at https://www.pkra.com/race-registration-through-motorsportreg/
  • Register early to avoid disappointment.

These additional restrictions apply:

  • Please […]

Summer Race #2 Results/ Points, Config Change for Race #3

May 31st, 2020|

Summer Race #2 Results and Points  have been posted.
Report any issues to points@pkra.com.

Note:  The Summer Points display below the Winter points for some unknown reason.

Note that the Configurations for Race #3 and Race #9 have been changed

  • Race #3 has been changed to Two Straights CW due to the subsequent COTA race the next weekend
  • The Vintage CCW configuration has been moved from Race #3 to Race #9
  • The 5 Shifter mini series races have been adjusted accordingly

May 11 Meeting Minutes

May 12th, 2020|

The May 11 Open Board Meeting Minutes have been published.  Highlights are as follows:

  • There will be temporary restrictions at races, including online only registration, pit spot spacing, no food vendor, etc.  See https://www.pkra.com/may-16-race-online-only/ for more information.
  • The dinner break will be after Qualifying instead of after the Heat Race.
  • The competition committe proposed changes in the shifter classes, and the board approved.
  • The postponed race will be Oct 17, and the rain date is pushed back to Oct 24.
  • NKA has indicated we can run Junior 2’s with Seniors, despite the wording in the rule set.
  • We will grid up for qualifying based on timed practice.
  • For the summer practice, we will turn off the track lights at 9:45 and the pit lights at 10:00, with everyone out of the park by 10:15.
  • The board approved going forward with an initial phase of light improvement.
  • Andy Seesemann has asked to have a COTA race June 19/20, and we’ve tentatively approved.
  • Elections will be held July 20 – Aug 3, with nominations / applications accepted at the June 8 and July 13 meetings.  Four positions will be voted on.

Apr 13 Meeting Minutes

April 14th, 2020|

The April 13 Open Board Meeting Minutes have been published.  Highlights are as follows:

  • The board decided to use the NKA rule set.  The NKA rules are online, and the transition should be fairly smooth.  The rules are fairly close to IKF rules and NKA insurance won’t change.
  • The board decided to change the LO206 Kid Kart weight to 190.
  • The board will wait until April 25 to consider whether any change to the summer race schedule is warranted based on governmental direction.
  • We will not be allowing Junior 1 / Cadet drivers with Junior 2 during practice or races.

Mar 9 Meeting Minutes

March 10th, 2020|

The March 9 Open Board Meeting Minutes have been published.  Highlights are as follows:

  • The 2020 Summer Race schedule was agreed upon.  See https://www.pkra.com/racing-schedule/
    We will continue the Qualifying/Heat/Main format.
  • The Seniors and Masters will remain separate classes and the handicap system that was discussed will not be implemented.
  • The Hoosier compounds per class were decided for the summer season.  LO206 Junior 1 will use the R70 compound, together with the LO206 Junior 2, Senior, and Masters classes.  See the bottom of the Classes page for the full list.
  • We are restarting the Competition Committee.  See Garrett Drysdale if you would like to like to help out on this committee.
  • Tom Kutcher has demanded we stop using the IKF Ruleset.  PKRA will no longer be sanctioned by IKF nor use IKF rules.

Hoosier Tire Selection Q & A

March 4th, 2020|

PKRA has selected Hoosier tires for PKRA Club Races beginning May 1, 2020
see the announcement at https://www.pkra.com/hoosier-tire-selection/

Questions and Answers Regarding the Hoosier Tire Selection for PKRA Club Races

Does this apply to all PKRA Club Race Classes?
Yes. As with the other tire contracts, the distributor will provide tires and other items for the banquet, and in return we require their tires for PKRA club races.

Which Compounds will we use for each Class?
The compounds we will be using were decided at the Mar 9 meeting:
Kid Kart:                 R60B  4.5/4.5
LO206 Junior 1:    R70     4.5/4.5
LO206 Junior 2:   R70      4.5/6.0
LO206 Senior:      R70      4.5/6.0
LO206 Masters:   R70      4.5/6.0
Tag100 Junior:    R60B    4.5/7.1
Tag100 Senior:    R60B    4.5/7.1
Tag125:                   R60A    4.5/7.1
Shifters:                 R60A   4.5/7.1

Why was the decision made in closed session?
(1) One of the vendors we spoke with was very upset that a past proposal was given directly to the competition, and we can’t let that happen.
(2) We’ve heard a great deal of […]