Sad news today. Michigan kart Club has succumbed to economics. The club behind road race events at Michigan International Speedway, Waterford Hills and much more is to be disbanded and liquidated after fifty years.
Careful review of current 2019 Road Race Schedules and MIS track rental date offerings show us there
are no opportunities for a race that doesn’t conflict with a holiday weekend or another 2019 Road Race date.
Other Michigan Road Race opportunities have been explored and are not possible.
Due to decreasing attendance and rising costs, there will be no Road Race Karting events
hosted by the Michigan Kart Club at Michigan International Speedway in 2019.
As a result, after over 50 years of hosting Road Race Karting Events in Michigan,
we at MKC have decided to disband the club, and liquidate its assets.
For those of you who have raced with us at MIS for the past 7 seasons, we thank you for your participation.
Good luck with your future endeavors.
Michigan Kart Club
History of MKC
The Michigan Kart Club, originally formed in 1969, as a Road Race Karting group, has successfully supported Great Lakes area Kart racers by hosting kart race events at Michigan tracks like MIS, Grattan Raceway, Gingerman Raceway, and Waterford Hills. Road Racers, also referred to in the karting community as “Enduro” Kart racers, represent about 5% of the total Karting population. The appeal of road racing is the ability to race on the large tracks that Indy Cars, SCCA, NASCAR, and others use for their events, and to experience the aerodynamic attributes of racing. Drafting, sling shot passes, “freight training”, and other aspects of high speed competition provide a tremendous appreciation for what is seen on TV and an adrenaline rush that is unparalleled. There is nothing like racing down the straightaway at Mid Ohio, Daytona, or Michigan International Speedway at 115 mph in an 8 kart nose-to-tail freight train where everyone is drafting, bumper to bumper, with his foot to the floor.
In recent years, MKC has hosted races at a temporary road course at the Grosse Ile, Michigan Airport.
We were challenged to provide a temporary road course layout using runway and taxiway surfaces, and, by our third year getting quite adept at it. Using a combination of pylons and 1500 to 3000 car tires, we created a race course quite a bit shorter ( 1/2 to 5/8 mile ) than our traditional track length ( 1.5 to 2 miles ).
Beginning in 2010, MKC suspended race activities at Grosse Ile and returned to racing at the 1.5 mile Waterford Hills Raceway in 2012. This track has the advantage of great logistics, good spectator viewing, and a cozy family atmosphere.
We held events there from 2012 through 2015. In 2012, MKC returned to Michigan International Speedway and held an event there labeled the MIS Fall Classic. Now, having now hosted 6 successful Fall Classics events at MIS, we enter our 8 year at MIS, hosting both a Spring and a Fall Classic Road Races event. We team up with the newly formed AKRA Road Race Series as part of a 5 race series in 2018.