PRI Karting Classic news 2009-11-16

Top Fuel Star Antron Brown added to line-up for 4th Annual PRI CKI All-Star Karting Classic Unique event draws star drivers from NHRA, IRL, Grand-Am, NASCAR and other national racing series LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (Nov. 16, 2009) -- Fresh off...

Top Fuel Star Antron Brown added to line-up for 4th Annual PRI CKI All-Star Karting Classic

Unique event draws star drivers from NHRA, IRL, Grand-Am, NASCAR and other national racing series

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (Nov. 16, 2009) -- Fresh off a season-ending win in his NHRA Top Fuel dragster, Antron Brown will start preparing for a race with a new twist -- and a number of turns -- in the 4th Annual PRI CKI All-Star Karting Classic being held in conjunction with the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Orlando, Dec. 10-12. JBrown, a six-time winner this season in his Mattco Tools dragster, is the latest racing star to be added to the field that already includes Indianapolis 500 and Rolex 24 winner Buddy Rice, Indy car star Graham Rahal and recent NASCAR Sprint Cup winner Jamie McMurray among others.

"I'm really looking forward to the PRI CKI Karting Classic," said Brown, who raced motocross before moving into drag racing motorcycles. "This is going to be a lot of fun and I look forward to racing with the IRL and NASCAR guys. It's a great event."

One of the most unique races on the annual U.S. motorsports calendar, the PRI CKI All-Star Karting Classic is the highlight of the December racing schedule, featuring drivers from a variety of series including NHRA, IRL, NASCAR, Grand-Am and ALMS. More than 20 drivers will be announced in the All-Star division and past All-Star Karting Classic winners include Rice, Grand-Am star Michael Valiante and Indy car driver Jay Howard.

Two karting divisions will actually be presented on the tight, fast track. In addition to the All-Star division, the Karter division features some of the best young, up-and-coming kart drivers from around the country. Many of the competitors in the Karter Division are champions and will soon be graduating up to cars. In addition, a media/celebrity karting race also is on this year's schedule

"With most racing series finished for the season, it makes for a terrific show to see so many stars from around the racing world come together to go wheel-to-wheel in December. And with no admission charge for the race, it's certainly the best bargain in racing. It's like an early Christmas present for race fans," exclaimed, Steve Lewis, producer of the PRI Trade Show. "And there's no place you can see an event like this except at our PRI Trade Show."

The PRI CKI All-Star Karting Classic will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, December 10, on a track adjacent to the North/South Building of the Orange County Convention Center, which houses the PRI Trade Show. There is no charge for admission.

The event accompanies the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show, the world's largest hardcore racing trade show, featuring exhibits by 1,200 racing companies. Last year more than 40,000 buyers from 61 countries attended the show.

The PRI CKI All-Star Karting Classic joins the Motor Sports Business Forum North America, PRI's annual Industry Roundtable, the accompanying Advanced Engineering Technology Conference, and the Grand Opening Breakfast featuring Wind Tunnel's Dave Despain to make the five-day series of events the biggest happening of racing's off-season.

Companies wishing to exhibit or individuals and media members wishing to attend the PRI Trade Show and the PRI CKI All-Star Karting Classic can go to www.performanceracing.com or call 949-499-5413.

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