This series was adapted from a Kart Club that raced monthly, on Sundays. The racers enjoyed this style of racing so much that one person, Phil Harp, stepped up and sought out track promoters. Phil entertained them on the idea of a race class that would average 15-20 participants, have a devoted fan base, and was deserving of a chance to run as part of the "big show" with the regular Saturday night classes. On Thanksgiving weekend of 2005, Desoto Super Speedway in Bradenton, Florida gave the series a race date. Twenty-six champ karts showed up that night, and the series was a big hit!
We are growing every season in participants and tracks. Currently we have raced at five pavement tracks in central and southwest Florida. We have expanded from an "intermission only" race for trophies, to three separate points series that attract sponsorship and cash payout's, complimented with trophies for the top three finishers.
The reason behind the name change
When the series started in 2005 and 2006, it only raced at one track, Desoto Super Speedway.
In 2007, the series was invited to race at CCMP, Orlando Speedworld and Auburndale Speedway. In 2008, the series was also invited to race at Citrus County Speedway. In 2009, the series will race at all five tracks.
As a result, it became obvious that the name "Desoto" Champ Kart Series didn't really fit it anymore.... Thus, the racers voted to change it, to the SouthEast Champ Kart Series.
The series just sanctioned it's 50th race, at Citrus County Speedway, on April 18. The goal of the series is to simply survive this tough economy, and to try and do what we can to make our appearances at each track entertaining for the casual race fans.