September 9 – Innovative Performance Looks to Capitalize at Home!!!

Innovative Performance drivers TJ Koyen, Josh Hotz, and Matthew Northrop look to capture the Route 66 Sprint Series championships this weekend, in their respective classes, in Dousman, WI! We’re finally coming home for the Route 66 Sprint Series finale, and what a ride it has been! This season is nearing its end and we plan on ending it with a big bang!


TJ leads the Yamaha 100 Senior class with style. With the 2 allowable drops, he leads Collin Griffin by a whopping 180 points and Brandon Lemke by 230 points. Something big would need to happen in order for this guy to not win!!!


Josh is in the hunt running only 82 points behind Kindra Hurlbert in the Leopard Senior division. Between Hurlbert, Hotz, and Ramsey, this weekends finishes will ultimately determine who will wind up victorious and champion! Hurlbert will be having Mike Giessen run for her as she has a medical issue, and Ramsey, who was hurt last weekend, will have Brandon Lemke as his reserve driver running for him. Easy to say that this weekend will be a battle of some of the best talent Leopard Senior has ever seen.


Matthew is currently sitting in 4th place in the Yamaha 100 Junior category, but he has some stiff competition to beat and hold off! With drops, Matthew is sitting in 3rd, 133 points behind leader Alex Bertagnoli.  With 1st through 5th being within 264 points, it’s really anyone’s championship to win. We’re hoping it’s Matthew! Matthew will be looking to take this weekend by storm and pulling off an awesome victory.


Zach heads into this weekend battling for a top 5 in Yamaha Rookie. He is currently in 4th with Camrin Cass and Connor Churchill right on his heals! In addition, he is also running 4th in the Micro Rok class ahead of Dylan Julien and Connor Churchill who are within striking distance.  He will be looking to capitalize this weekend, in hopes to take a top 3 in both classes!

Good luck to all of the drivers fighting for championships and all of the other drivers in our tent looking to grab their best result of the season!


July 24 – Innovative Performance Rt. 66 MRP Recap

It was another great weekend for the Innovative Squad as they lead their way to wins and podiums!

Saturday yielded great results with their drivers:

Yamaha Sr. – 1st (TJ Koyen) & 5th (Jimmy Clark)

Yamaha Jr – Pole (Matthew Northrop), 2nd (Matthew Northrop), 9th (Greg Della), & 15th (Zach Della)

Leopard Sr – 3rd (Josh Hotz) & 10th (William Stone)

Yamaha Rookie – 7th (Zachary Collins) & 10th (Dylan Julien)

Micro Rok – 3rd (Zachary Collins)

Sunday was just as rewarding:

Yamaha Sr. – 1st (TJ Koyen) & 8th (Jimmy Clark)

Yamaha Jr – Pole (Matthew Northrop), 2nd (Matthew Northrop), 13th (Zach Della), & DNF (Greg Della)

Leopard Sr – 2nd (Josh Hotz) & 9th (William Stone)

Yamaha Rookie – 6th (Zachary Collins) & 13th (Dylan Julien)

Micro Rok – 4th (Zachary Collins)

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View below for our gallery (photos taken by Kathy Churchill):


July 15 – Innovative Performance has a busy rest of July and August planned ahead!

Beaker Squad is busy the upcoming few months! We’re heading out 7/16-7/20 to the 3rd round of the 2015 Route 66 Sprint Series at Michiana Raceway Park (MRP), then we’re off to New Castle Motorsports Park (NCMP) 7/23-7/27 to run the SKUSA Summernationals, back to MRP 7/30-8/3 for USPKS, then back to NCMP 08/13-8/17 for Route 66, and finally running NCMP for USPKS 8/20-8/24. Innovative Performance will have karts & parts available for sale throughout those weekends. Feel free to stop by or contact us!

Check out this weekends roster under our tent:

Yamaha Sr: TJ Koyen & Jimmy Clark
Leopard Sr: Josh Hotz & Will Stone
Yamaha Jr: Matthew Northrop, Greg Della, and Zachary Della
Yamaha Rookie: Zach Collins & Dylan Julien
Micro Rok: Zach Collins



June 17 – Route 66 – USAIR Podium Domination

The Lab Rats were at it again this weekend at USAIR Motorsports Raceway, in Shawano, WI. We came looking to compliment our winnings from the WKA Manufacturers Cup event at Briggs & Stratton Raceway Park and we did in a big way.


Yamaha 100 Senior

Going from a stout 9 kart field for Man Cup to a super competitive 30 kart field, filled with USPKS front runners, Route 66 speedsters, and several local champions, we had our work cut out for us. We showed good pace Friday, and TJ put us in 5th for the Prefinal on Saturday. Rains came and we were able to get our setup just right in which we ended up taking 2nd for Saturday’s Final. As Sunday strolled in the rain was gone and we were able to get back to our dry setup. While we had some slight clutch issues we were able to put the Innovative Gold Tony Kart on the 2nd row in 4th position. The final is where the test was really met, and we showed awesome pace. We took the lead early and led most of the race. Unfortunately we were overtaken on the last lap,and an unfortunate move gave the initial winner, Brandon Lemke, a 1 spot position penalty which gave us victory! None of this would have been able to happen without the perfect driving done by Innovative Performance Driver TJ Koyen! Great driving!

Leopard 125 Senior

Saturdays final was a damp one, but we were able to run on slicks. We had 5 Innovative drivers on track out of the 19 competitors.


All of our drivers showed awesome pace and great improvements throughout the weekend. Josh Hotz made great progress this weekend by taking home 2 podiums. He was consistently up front all weekend and it shows that our team spirit has really helped him improve as a driver.


Saturday Josh was able to move from 6th to 4th and was the 2nd fastest driver on track. Kindra Hurlbert came home 7th on Saturday .7 sec behind 6th. Emily Hurlbert finished 9th on Saturday with a tough battle between Andrick Zeen, Rett Thomas, and Austin Erikson. Way to hold onto that top 10! Drew Fortini fell just shy of a top 10 finishing 12th. Unfortunately Will Stone did not finish Saturday’s Event due to being sent off track by another driver.


Kindra Hurlbert was able to take home a 2nd on Sunday chasing down Brandon Lemke with Josh Hotz taking home a hard fought 4th after battling back and forth with Colton Ramsey. Emily Hurlbert had started 6th but unfortunately had an issue and did not finish. Had she finished she was looking to take home a top 10 finish. Due to William Stone’s injuries from the prefinal, Tommy Anderson, Williams replacement, showed awesome pace moving up all the way to 7th place before a wreck ended his race. Had he finished he was looking to take home a top 10 finish.


Yamaha 100 Junior

Matthew Northrop was fast all weekend! He was leading practices, passing a lot of other racers, and taking the podium by storm. Saturday he qualified 4th, stayed in 4th in the rain for the prefinal, and he was able to take home 3rd for the final! The rain did not effect this youngster as he took the podium Saturday. Sunday came along and he continued showing great pace. After qualifying 6th, he made his “worst” finish of the weekend finishing 7th. This did not phase Matthew as he worked hard, got a great start, and moved his way back up to 4th for the final. Matthew has shown he has what it takes to lead a pack and go fast. Keep your eyes out for him as he will be looking to continue this streak of top 5s!


Micro ROK

Zachary Collins showed great pace this weekend, and even though he faced unlucky circumstances, he was still able to muster off a 6th place! Great job kid! Keep up the good work.



New Year. Innovative Team. Join us for 2015.

The 2015 season is just around the corner and Innovative Performance wants to be your go to kart shop! Innovative Performance is an official Tony Kart and Vortex engine dealer offering a full line of karts, engines, parts, and clothing. We also offer in house engine rebuilds and blueprinting services.

We have revamped our already dominant team and are always looking for new talent. Interested in joining our team package? Inquire by calling us or filling out our contact us form today!


September 10 – Innovative Performance Driver Tommy Anderson Takes Home Route 66 Sprint Series Championship

Innovative Performance

Tommy Anderson taking us to the top by winning the Route 66 Sprint Series Leopard 125 Senior class championship! Tommy and Scott were also able to take home consecutive 2nd place finishes this weekend at the round 5 event at MSKC. The championship was extremely close between him and 2 other competitors, and Tommy’s overwhelmingly  consistent finishes ended his season on top with the Championship! Congratulations Tommy!

The Finale at MSKC also provided other Innovative Performance Power/Prepared Racers with success as well. Other podiums included: Dillon Schwanbeck with a 4th & 5th in Leopard 125 Junior and Dan Corcoran with a 4th in Yamaha 100 Senior. Innovative Performance is a proven contender in the Route 66 Sprint Series.  To become part of our team or inquire about parts and motors please visit our contact us page and fill out our form or give us a call.

Tommy Anderson

Leopard 125 Senior: 2nd place & 2nd place (Innovative Performance Power, Chassis, & Tuning) Saturday & Sunday

Leopard 125 Senior Championship! Woohoo!

Dillon Schwanbeck

Leopard 125 Junior: 4th place & 5th place (Innovative Performance Power & Tuning) Saturday & Sunday

Danny Corcoran

Yamaha 100 Senior: 4th place (Innovative Performance Power, Chassis & Tuning) Saturday



August 7 – Innovative Performance Catches eKartingNews’ Eyes

ekartingnews logo has recognized us for our successful runs in the Route 66 Sprint Series. This article alone is a testament to where we have come in just a few years. We would like to thank all of our customers for their loyal support. If you are interested in purchasing a chassis from us, or if you are interested in having your engines blueprinted by us please contact us on our Contact page or call us at: (262)-408-8407 .Thanks!

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September 14 – Route 66 Sprint Series Final Results

This past weekend marked the last 2 Route 66 Regional races, and Innovative Performance would like to start out by saying thank you to all of its customers for a great season! We appreciate all of the business, dedication, hard work, and laughs you all have provided throughout the year. We are blessed to have great racing families aboard the Innovative Performance team. We hope to have all of you back next year!

Weekend Results / Class Championship Results:
Leopard Senior:
Josh Hotz – DNF Saturday and DNF Sunday / 3rd in Championship!!
Will Stone – 10th Saturday and 9th Sunday / 7th in Championship!!
Scott Kopp – 6th Saturday
Micro Rok:
Zach Collins – 4th Saturday and 1st Sunday / 4th Place in Championship!!
Yamaha Jr:
Matthew Northrop – 6th Saturday and 6th Sunday / 4th Place in Championship!!
Yamaha Rookie:
Zach Collins – 3rd Saturday and 2nd Sunday / 5th Place in Championship!!
Yamaha Sr:
TJ Koyen – 3rd Saturday and 3rd Sunday / 1st Place in Championship!!

Special congratulations from Innovative Performance to the Yamaha Sr. Class Champion TJ Koyen!