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 (kart #40) 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!
Curtis is also on the PKRA Board Of Directors and is the current Vice President of the club/track.
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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, 2018, and 2019 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, 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!
After not having a kart or driving a kart since he was 5, Matthew (#39) has recently decided to jump back into the driver's seat and is the proud new owner of a brand new VLR 'Emerald'! He is currently competing in the LO206 Jr 2 class at PKRA and having a blast racing and making friends in his category!
After Matthew's very first season competing in karting, he finished with a great result of 7th place in the championship points in the Summer 2021 LO206 Jr 2 class with over 20 drivers competing in his class that season. He returned for the Winter 2022 season with a very strong start in the first race of the series...earning his very first 1st place finish by taking the win!
Kevin is Curtis and Melissa Ruth's middle child who was born April 9th, 2012.
His hobbies include: riding his bike, swimming, building and collecting LEGOS, playing with his toys and tablet, being a "daddy" to his beloved hamster pet, hanging with his friends, and he loves school!
Kevin (#38) started racing in the Kid Kart Class (ages 5-8) at age 5 at PKRA. He has had many 1st place wins as well as many podium finishes in his short racing career. Kevin won the 1st place champion spot in the 2019 Winter Season, and he also won all 20 races in the Winter & Summer 2020 seasons on his LO206 Briggs kid kart package at PKRA! His most recent accomplishments are placing 3rd at 'The Cup Karts North America Grand Nationals' in Newcastle, Indiana in Oct 2020 in the kid kart class, racing against the best kid karters in the entire country! Kevin also won the '4 Cycle Supershowdown' event held at PKRA in Nov. 2020 and is the current reigning Kid Kart champion in that prestigious yearly event.
Kevin has since moved onto the exciting adventure of the next level of kart racing in the LO206 cadet Jr 1 class (ages 8-12) at PKRA which he started driving in in late 2020. He is adapting in the bigger and faster kart very well and has already won several podiums and 1st place finishes in the LO206 JR 1 Novice class on PKRA race days!
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 play with his toys, ride his Power Wheel, ride his bike, play with his tablet, loves his Hot Wheel collection, watch all kinds of racing, and visit the kart track to watch his big brothers and daddy drive and race!
Tristan (#7) started practicing and, is now, racing in the Kid Kart class at PKRA as of Summer of 2021. He is having a blast learning the sport and driving with his other fellow little racers! He is currently the youngest little racer that competes in the Kid Kart class (and at PKRA) on race days, but don't let his small size and young age distract you...he is a brilliant little racer that is catching on to the sport quickly competing in most of the Summer 2021 Kid Kart races this past season and has beat several fellow Kid Kart racers on the track on race days, some much older than him. ;)
(Kevin with his CKNA GrandNationals trophy from 2020!)