The Utah Karting Championship (UKC)
Kart racing in Utah has a long history dating back to the 1960’s and 70’s. And today we are fortunate to have one of the best local club series in the nation taking place at one of the finest kart racing facilities in the world.
The UKC is a 13 race series taking place at The Utah Motorsports Campus (UMC), formerly Miller Motorsports Park. UMC is undoubtedly one of the finest mutipurpose motorsports facilities in the country and it features a fantastic kart track. The UKC is preceded by a two race warmup series known as the Icebreaker. This means Utah kart racers have 15 races per year to take part in. Additionally there are many opportunities to practice and hone your skills.
The UKC truly has one of the most enjoyable atmospheres of any race series we’ve been to. Many families make a weekend out of every race. You can come out on Friday afternoon rent an RV spot with hookups, practice until dark, race on Saturday, spend the evening barbecuing and hobnobbing with friends and competitors, then practice some more from 8:00 a.m until noon on Sunday.
Put simply, the UKC has as high a level of competition as any kart club in the U.S. There are many national caliber drivers who compete regularly and in every class, making the racing competitive and exciting from the start to the checkered flag.
The UKC features a well thought out class structure that has been fine-tuned over the years to offer classes for nearly all ages and all skill levels.
Kid Karts – Ages 5-8: Kid karts are scaled down karts with small 50cc 2-stroke motors. This is a “for fun” class. Points are not tracked and every youngster gets a trophy.
4-Stroke Classes: The UKC 4-stroke classes utilize the Briggs & Stratton LO206 engine package. This package is the rage in karting right now with kart counts exploding all over the country including here in Utah. It is a sealed, spec engine that is inexpensive, low maintenance and a ton of fun to race.
- Ages 7-11 – Cadet 4-cycle
- Ages 12-15: Junior 4-cycle
- Ages 16 and up: Senior 4-cycle
- Ages 30 and up: Masters 4-cycle
Rotax Max Classes: The Rotax Max is a sealed 2-stroke, single speed, spec engine package with a well defined global class structure and ladder of competition. It is the largest single category of karting in the world. The engine is updateable, meaning the engine you use in MicroMax can take you all the way through to Senior and Masters Max. Several of the UKC races are scored as Rotax Max Challenge events that qualify drivers for the Rotax Grand Nationals with a chance to earn a trip to the Rotax World Championships.
- Ages 7-10: MicroMax
- Ages 9-12: MiniMax
- Ages 13-16: Junior Max
- Ages 16 and up: Senior Max
- Ages 30 and up: Master’s Max
Shifter Kart Classes: The shifter kart categories utilize a spec (mostly stock) Honda CR125 engine with a six-speed transmission producing around 40hp. These classes are meant for more experienced drivers as the top speeds are around 90mph on the UMC kart track’s long straight.
- Ages 16 and up: Spec Light
- Ages 30 and up: Spec Heavy
- April 2 – Icebreaker #1
- April 16 – Icebreaker #2
- April 30 – UKC #1
- May 14 – UKC #2
- May 28 – UKC #3
- June 4 – UKC #4
- June 18 – UKC #5
- June 23-26 – MaxSpeed U.S. Open*
- July 9 – UKC #6
- July 23 – UKC #7
- August 6 – UKC #8
- August 20 – UKC #9
- September 17 – UKC #10
- September 24 – UKC #11
- October 8 – UKC #12
- October 22 – UKC #1
* National event, not part of the Utah Kart Championship
** Track is open for Test & Tune the Friday before every race from 3:00 p.m.
*** Additional Test & Tune dates will be posted soon
If you have any questions about kart racing in general or the Utah Kart Championship, give us a call at 801-972-4631 or drop us an email via our contact page.