New Karting Expo For Las Vegas

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The largest performance karting consumer event will take over the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on February 5-7, 2010. Utilizing over 220,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, the Performance Kart Expo will bring every type of competitive go kart under one roof.

This event will combine a full exhibit hall with indoor racing, outdoor racing and live, unique kart demonstrations. To add to the attendee value, the exposition will also include the largest kart swap in the country. Driver education will also play an important role as Bondurant’s Alan Rudolph will host an introductory driving course during the show.

Besides the traditional outdoor sprint and road race karts, they will be partnered with the indoor karting choices of gas an electric and the event will bring together the NASCAR-style Bandolero karts and off-road Trophy Karts as well.

Visitors will see the high flying, scaled down pickup truck-style Trophy Karts soar off a built-in jump on the outdoor dirt oval demonstration track and on Sunday attendees will see the twisty outdoor sprint course converted into a high speed oval for the full-bodied Bandolero exhibition race.

For the pure competitor, PKE2010 will offer up the first ever indoor arena mini-enduro with cash prizes on Friday evening. Three-man teams representing indoor facilities from around the nation will race on a 30,000 square foot indoor circuit. Major indoor tracks are already preparing teams to challenge each other for both bragging rights and the cash prizes. The arena offers over 4400 perfect view seats broken into sections which each indoor track’s fan-base can claim to support their teams. The live video broadcast of this race will also appear on the four-sided diamond vision screens over the center of the track.

On Saturday, three different classes will take on the 80,000 square foot temporary sprint course for cash prizes. Quick practice and heat sessions for the HPV Juniors, Rotax Seniors and TaG Seniors will run in the morning with the finals in the afternoon and the winners will head to the podium for cash awards. Surrounding the track will be more than 450 bleacher seats, TV camera towers, the hot pits and a fully secure paddock area.

The buying/selling aspect of the event is the 24,000 square foot indoor swap. The Las Vegas Kart Club will manage the sale of individual customer products and exhibiting vendors will be able to set their own used, demos and trade-ins within the dealer zone. Additionally, a large outside area for oversized items such as trailers, trucks and haulers will be available.

According to Ray Verhelst, Managing Director of the Las Vegas based International Motorsports Marketing and show producer, “We chose the South Point because of it being the perfectly equipped resort for this type of event and its location right on the Las Vegas strip. This location gives us a world class facility without the associated expense of that address. Everyone from our exhibitors and sponsors to the attendees will benefit immediately from the savings.”

The objective of this event is to educate both enthusiasts and interested novices about all things karting. Verhelst added, “When our attendees walk through the door, they will be able to learn about everything there is to know about virtually every type of competitive karting available. From indoor gas and electric to outdoor sprint, road race and dirt, they will find more than one hundred facilities, clubs, associations, manufacturers and dealers ready to answer any and all questions. What’s more, they will be able to see many of these options in action.”

Because this is decidedly focused on the consumer, there will be opportunities to buy and sell products and services. The track will be used by exhibitors at specific times to demonstrate new products and technology and the swap will offer a large area to find great deals.

A technical presentation stage set in the middle of the hall will allow exhibitors to present product demonstrations with the added benefit of close-up cameras to show details to the audience.

The February date is also significant as it is the weekend of the “Big Game” for the National Football League. Las Vegas is considered the premier fan destination for this annual sporting event and will draw over 100,000 travelers just for Sunday’s game.

Besides the immediate benefit of the weather, Las Vegas was chosen because for the karting community, this destination has always been a big draw. Numerous series have held major events in the city and typically attract large numbers of competitors and teams.

The World Karting Association will be a major supporter of PKE2010 and is providing the full insurance coverage of all the competition elements. The WKA will also take advantage of the event location to expand its national presence.

The event will also be covered live on and SpeedcastTV live all weekend long and the combined broadcast will stream out to the world over the Internet. Hotel guests will get a special treat as special programming will end up on their own in-room TV through the PKE channel.

The event website will go live on Friday, July 3, 2009 and a regular bi-weekly newsletter will be sent starting in August that will keep everyone up to date as new programs and features are added.