Columbus Speedway Go-Kart Racing announces 2020 schedule

Columbus Speedway Go-Kart Racing has released its 2020 race schedule. Races will be contested again at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds with the new small track to be utilized this season.

The divisions that will be participating this year include Jr. 1, Jr. 2 and Jr. 3, Pred 212, Pure Stock Pred, Flat Head, Clone 340, Clone 380, Clone 400, Clone 425, RWYB and Jr. Champs.

The 2019 class champions were Colton Lucas, R.T. Lowe, Brandon Malone, Elijah Knoke, Johnny Smith all from Columbus, Jentry Cash of Brownstown, Kevin Cunningham of Greensburg, Travis Wilburn of Milan and Devyn Marcum.

Co-Promoter Tim Reed has said construction of the new 1/5 mile track is complete and will sit inside of the 1/4 mile oval. Reed and Tim Smith are the promoters of the track.

Howe Motorsports

prepares for 2020 season

After a successful 2019 season where rookie driver Cayden Handley of Columbus finished fourth in Whiteland Raceway Park and Southern Indiana Racing Association (SIRA) point standings, Jim Howe Motorsports LLC prepares for the 2020 season with two new drivers.

Gentry Salmon, 13, and Titus Roberts, 7, join the Elizabethtown/Columbus-based kart racing team for the 2020 season. Both will drive specially-prepared BirelART go-karts, manufactured in Italy and capable of speeds ranging from 30 to 70 miles per hour.

Salmon is the son of Joe and Sunny Salmon of Brownsburg while Roberts is the son of Greg and Alisha Roberts of Elizabethtown. Both are rookies in kart racing in addition to this being their first year with the JHM team. Salmon will compete in the Yamaha Junior class (ages 12-15) piloting a Yamaha-powered kart affectionately known as “Hawk.” Roberts will drive a Honda-powered “Rocket Kitty” kart in the Kid Kart class (ages 4-8).

Activities are already underway in the JHM shop preparing the karts for the 2020 season, scheduled to get underway in mid-March with test sessions at CERAland Park’s Whittington Family Raceway and Whiteland’s half-mile road course in its second year under IndyCar driver Sarah Fisher and her husband Andy O’Gara. Both boys will run the full SIRA schedule and most of the Whiteland events.

The season opens April 4 at Whiteland while SIRA opens its street-racing series April 25-26 with the “Anderson Sertoma Mayor’s Cup Grand Prix” in Anderson. Among SIRA’s eight events in 2020 is the Sept. 19-20 “CERAland Grand,” run on the park streets north of the boathouse.

McIntosh now full-time with Kunz

Cannon McIntosh will compete full-time on the USAC National Midget trail in 2020 as the newest driver to join the lineup for the Columbus-based Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports where he’ll pilot the No. 71K for the 10-time series championship winning team.

The 17-year-old McIntosh burst onto the midget racing scene in 2019 with his first career USAC victory in the Shamrock Classic at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin driving for his father’s Dave Mac Motorsports team.

The Oklahoma driver also collected a pair of second-place finishes with USAC in 2019 at Gas City during Indiana Midget Week and a stellar performance in the season-ending Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura Raceway in California where he led a race-high 67 laps.

In January, McIntosh turned more heads after winning a preliminary feature at the Chili Bowl in his first appearance for the Kunz/Curb-Agajanian team, then followed it up by finishing third on the final night to become the youngest podium finisher in Chili Bowl history.

It was a thrilling debut for McIntosh with the team, which leaves team owner Keith Kunz with high hopes heading into 2020.

“Cannon blew us away with his performance at Chili Bowl, so bringing him on full-time was a no brainer for us,” Kunz said. “This kid has all the intangibles inside the cockpit and, most importantly, he’s got the mental aspect of the sport down. I’m excited to take him to a lot of new tracks this year and see what he can show us. He’s got the potential. It’s just about executing night-in and night-out.”

McIntosh joins Buddy Kofoid and Daison Pursley as fellow full-timers on the KKM team for the 2020 USAC National Midget season, which begins this weekend at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida with two full nights of racing.

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April 25 – points small track

May 9 – points small track

May 22 – small track

May 23 – Small track

June 13 – points small track

June 27 – 1/4 mile track

July 4 – 1/4 mile track

July 8 – Greensburg fair race

July 13 – Columbus fair race

July 25 – points small track

August 1 – Small track

August 15 – points small track

August 28 – 1/4 big track

August 29 – 1/4 big track

September 12 – points small track

September 26 – points small track

October 10 – points small track