- March 27th: Frontwards
- April 10th: Backwards
- April 24th: Frontwards
- May 15th: Backwards
- May 22nd: Frontwards
- June 5th: Backwards
- June 11th-12th South Park
- June 19th: Frontwards
- July 17th: Backwards
- July 24th: Frontwards
- August 4th-6th Vintage Race
- August 14th: Backwards
- August 21st: Frontwards
- September 11th: Backwards
- September 25th: Frontwards
- October 2nd: Backwards
- October 8th: Ignite Challenge
- October 16th: Rain/Cancellation date
Gates will open at 8:30am with practice starting at 10am. Racing to start at 12:15pm.
Any questions please give us a call. Call Jeff at 217-440-6768.
Thanks and let’s have a great season! 🏁
Cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, the FIA Karting Awards Ceremony was held in Paris on Saturday 18th December. The event concluded a busy week for the FIA, with its annual General Assembly and the World Motor Sport Council taking place in the French capital in addition to the FIA Awards. The 2021 FIA Karting Champions were celebrated in turn at the Pavillon Gabriel, not far from the Champs-Élysées.
Although marked by another tightening of health regulations due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the evening was very pleasant in a beautiful setting. Most of the guests managed to reach the reception, with the British being the only ones who were prevented from attending due to the recent tightening of travel rules between Britain and Europe. Thanks to the efforts of the organisers and participants, the ceremony was finally able to celebrate the year’s champions in style.
Elected the day before to succeed Jean Todt, the new FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem made a point of honouring the ceremony, which was dedicated to karting. During his speech, he insisted on the major role of karting at the base of the motor sport pyramid.
CIK-FIA President Felipe Massa confirmed his interest in his mission as well as in the karting discipline and all its players. He assured that he would do his utmost to pursue his action in accordance with the guidelines established by the FIA and the directives of its new President Mohammed Ben Sulayem. The 2021 FIA Karting Championships have been very well attended despite a difficult period. Felipe Massa praised the work of the CIK-FIA team, the close and fruitful collaboration with promoter RGMMC Group, led by James Geidel, and the strong understanding with the main players in the karting industry.
Having already been recognised at the FIA Awards two days earlier, the three 2021 FIA Karting World Champions were once again in the spotlight to the applause of their peers. Sweden’s Noah Milell in KZ, Finland’s Tuukka Taponen in OK and Japan’s Kean Nakamura Berta in Junior were celebrated with honour. The four European Champions, Andrea Kimi Antonelli (ITA) in OK, the absent Freddie Slater (GBR), in Junior, Riccardo Longhi (ITA) in KZ and Giacomo Pollini (ITA) in KZ2 were duly honoured. The ceremony also rewarded the winner of the KZ2 International Super Cup, Lorenzo Travisanutto (ITA), and the top three of the FIA Karting Academy Trophy: Maciej Gladysz (POL), David Walther (DNK) and Oleksander Bondarev (UKR).
Sweden was honoured with the Best Event Trophy of the 2021 season through the Kristianstad Karting Klubb for the very successful organisation of the FIA Karting World Championship – KZ at the Åsum Ring, which was able to welcome many spectators.
The guests proceeded, as usual, to the voting for the 2021 photo contest after having been able to appreciate the quality of the five selected photos. The winner of the 14th FIA Karting Photo of the Year Award was Philippe Kalmès, a French photographer from the KSP Reportages agency.
The guests were able to take possession of their collector’s copy of the “Best-Of” 2021, a superb large-format book richly illustrated with photos, published by the CIK-FIA to record the entire season. The book will be available to order online at www.fiakarting.com in January 2022.
2021 Ignite Challenge Series Finale Registration OPENS!
The checkered flag will fly on the 2021 Ignite Challenge Series on October 23 for a condensed 1-day closing event format.
Date: October 23, 2021
Location: West Quincy, IL
Venue: TNT Kartways
Address: 8750 Highway 24, Taylor, Missouri 63471
Phone: (217) 440-6768
Gates Open: 8:00am
Practice Starts: 10:00am
Track Layout (Saturday): Full track, counter clockwise
Track Layout (Sunday): Full track, clockwise
Recommended Starting Gear: 17/63t
Spec Fuel: 87 Octane from the Ayerco station next to the track
Register for Ignite Challenge Finale at TNT:
Ignite Challenge at TNT Kartways Event Page:
2021 Ignite Challenge Point Standings:
The schedule showed a race this weekend at TNT Kartways, but that was in error. There will NOT be race this weekend in Quincy, IL / West Quincy / Taylor MO.
Paul McEvoy retains all copyright for all of these images.
2022 SAVE THE DATE
JUNE 11TH AND 12TH, 2022
TNT Kartways and Traeder’s TNT are proud to announce the date for the 2022 Grand Prix of Karting in beautiful South Park in Quincy, Illinois. The race in 2022 will be held on the weekend of June 11th and 12th, so please mark your calendars as soon as you read this!
The Grand Prix of karting came back in a big way June 5th and 6th 2021. South Park in Quincy, Illinois once again played host to the race that is the nation’s crown jewel of the sport after being forced to cancel the 2019 event due to restrictions on public events. The event is put on by Traeder’s TNT and TNT Kartways.
Terry Traeder, 69, a former world karting champion himself, with 13 various national titles and a combined 27 Grand Prix of Karting races said, “The South Park course is the Formula 1 of karting. It’s not just a karting race…it’s an event!”
Among the guests of honor were former IndyCar driver Al Unser Jr. and Pittsfield, Illinois native Mike Lashmett. Unser won two Indianapolis 500s, while Lashmett was a longtime employee of several top-line IndyCar teams and now coordinates the IndyCar registry of vintage cars.
“It’s fantastic, just unbelievable the interest this is attracting,” Traeder said.
Drivers from 19 states were in the pits this year. Drivers from five states won races this weekend.
20-year-old Devon Smith-Harden of Nashville, Indiana, established a new track record Sunday and is now regarded as the fastest driver in the history of the Grand Prix in Quincy. Harden won the Pro Shifter, Pro Shifter 125 and Shifter titles.
Tony Neilson of Delmar, Iowa also enjoyed three wins, taking the trophies in Briggs Medium, Briggs Masters and Briggs Heavy divisions. Neilson had also won three events at the 2018 Grand Prix and now has seven career victories at South Park.
Ethan Arndt of Salado, Texas, won a pair of events. He won the FK-100 on Saturday and the Pro FK-100 on Sunday after overcoming an 11 car field in front of him.
Matt Krechel of Pacific, Missouri, also won two events at the Grand Prix this year. He took the Briggs Heavy on Saturday and the Margay Ignite Masters on Sunday.
Grand Marshall Al Unser, Jr., had this to say, “This weekend has been great. I couldn’t have imagined a better time. South Park is a brilliant track inside a beautiful park. Racing is racing, and it doesn’t matter what kind of car you’re in…when the race starts, it’s on!”
Since the race returned in 2018 the number of entries continues to climb every year. This year reached 362 entries, still shy of the all-time record of 625 established in 1994.
The Grand Prix was originally started by the late Gus Traeder, who is the father of Terry, the store’s current owner. At Greenmount Cemetery, located just across 12th street from South Park, two huge checkered flags adorned the grave of the late Gus Traeder on Saturday and Sunday. Gus directed the Grand Prix from 1970 to 2001.
Rental karts will be available this weekend. Spend the holiday weekend with a boom while turning some laps with friends and family. Call Jeff at 2174406768 to set a time for your rental party. $20 for two 10 lap races. Ages 12+.