Meet The Team
The Ruth Family
"We are a family owned business and kart racing is our passion!"
Curtis is the owner/manager of Innovative Karting.
Curtis comes from a racing family that has racing blood deep within their roots. He started racing on a competitive level when he was only 4 years old. He has been an avid racer at PKRA since the early 90's and started racing there at age 12.
Curtis, born in California, started off racing quarter-midgets at the age of 4 and then started racing go karts when he was 12 years old when he moved to Arizona and hasnt stopped since. He has won countless trophies-including 3 prestigious "Duffy's"-, awards, and titles on both the local and national level of karting over the years. Curtis is also listed permanently in the IKF Rulebook as a 'Hall Of Fame Expert'. An elite group of kart racers with only around 100 members on the list in the world.
Curtis has been in the kart racing business for over 20 years now and this is the only job/career that he has ever had since he was a teenager. He truly loves the career path he has chose and his wonderful customers who he gets to work with on a daily basis. One of his favorite sayings is: "Our friends are our customers, and our customers are our friends."
Also, Curtis can really relate to his karting clients because not only is he the owner of a kart shop, but he is there on race days usually racing right along beside you in his #40 kart!
Ask your kart shop if they still race themselves. This can give a deep knowledge of the current karting technology.
Melissa, an Arizona native, is Curtis' wife and has been around kart racing since 1999 when she first met Curtis. She has been working at the kart shop along side her husband since 2005.
She handles all the books and paperwork of the business and also is the creator and webmaster of this-albeit, simple but hopefully informative ;)-website.
She enjoys home decoration, photography, taking care of their three wonderful sons and watching them grow, and, of course, going to the kart race track to watch the races! She is also an established doll artist that creates lifelike dolls known as "Reborns" which she creates for her doll enthusiast customers and has sold all over the world.
Lastly, she enjoys helping out with the PKRA karting club. She organized and planned the 2017 and 2018 awards banquets for the club and has also taken over the role of trophy person for the club as well.
We couldn't run our day to day operations or our race team without the help of JD Huntington. JD has been working with Innovative Karting for several years now and he is so helpful with running the operations of our kart shop and helping our racers both new and old and young and "old". He is always there to lend a helping hand at the PKRA track on both race days and practice days.
JD used to race go karts competitively as a child and teenager, and while he has mostly hung up his race suit in his adult years, you can still catch him every once in awhile racing on a race day or testing a kart on a practice night. He even took 2nd place in the 2018 4 Cycle Super Showdown racing in the World Formula Medium class! It is always an asset for a kart shop and team who has an employee who not only knows how to work on karts, but also knows the dynamic of the current technology of karting due to being in the driver's seat themselves.
In JD's spare time, he likes to spend time with both his family and his lovely girlfriend, Amanda. And, of course, eating Snicker's candy bars and drinking Starbuck's. ;)
Matthew is Curtis and Melissa's 1st and oldest child who was born March 30th, 2006.
Matthew is an excellent student and very much loves school, riding his bike, gaming, swimming, working on his You Tube channel, and has a passion for computers and technology.
Matthew wants to be a computer engineer or a professional gamer when he grows up!
Kevin is Curtis and Melissa Ruth's middle child who was born April 9th, 2012.
His hobbies include: riding his Power Wheels, riding his bike, swimming, building and collecting LEGOS, playing with his toys and tablet, hanging with his friends, and he loves school!
Kevin started racing in the Kid Kart Class (ages 5-8) at age 5 at PKRA (#38). He has had many 1st place wins as well as many podium finishes in his short racing career. Kevin won the 1st place spot in the 2019 Winter Season, so he is the current champion in Kid Karts at PKRA! He is having a blast with his fellow little racers!!
Tristan is our newest little boy to the Ruth Team and he was born April 8th, 2016.
He is the sweetest little boy and a perfect addition to our family!
He loves to eat, sleep, smile, laugh, give hugs, play with his toys, ride his Power Wheel, and visit the kart track to watch his big brother and daddy race!
He shows a lot of interest in racing and loves to sit in all the go karts at our shop or the track. We are pretty sure he will want a kart of his own one day! :)