Irwindale, Calif. - - Kart racing at Irwindale will nearly double its track time presence in the 2003 season with eight Thursday night practice sessions added to the ten regular races that the Los Angeles Kart Club will stage at the "Half-Mile Super Speedway".
"This year we're planning on augmenting LAKC's great Sunday racing series with a set of eight Thursday night test and tune practice sessions where drivers and crews can learn all the ins and outs of Karting under proper supervision on our regular infield course," said Irwindale General Manager, Bob DeFazio, himself the father of a multi-time Karting champion, 19 year-old Nick DeFazio, now a successful NASCAR driver.
"Thursday nights will give the new drivers and the old pros alike a chance to find out a little bit more about their machines as well as themselves ^Å Controlling your speed, your reactions, and your situation is something that's simply fundamental to any good racing performance, and this additional track time on the Irwindale Kart course will come in handy for many."
The LAKC will race at Irwindale on the following Sundays: February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, October 12, and November 9. For up-to-date information about race times, rules, regulations, eligibility, entry fees, etc. fans and competitors are invited to logon to their website at: www.lakc.org <http://www.lakc.org>.
Irwindale Speedway will stage its own Karting open practice sessions on the last Thursday of the month from March through October. Those dates are: March 27, April 24, May 29, June 26, July 31, August 28, September 25, and October 30. Information on the times and fees will be forthcoming from the Speedway.
In addition, Super Karts USA ("SKUSA") will stage a Shifter-Kart race on Sunday, February 22 that's set to draw much of the top pro Karting talent from the southwestern United States to the Irwindale facility.
Karting is one of the most cost-effective and exciting ways for youngsters to begin a career in motoracing. Today the top ranks of every racing discipline are filled with professionals who launched their driving careers in the mighty minis. Born and developed within just a few miles of the Irwindale facility, Kart racing has given the world Indy 500 winners, Formula 1 champions, and NASCAR heroes, like Al Unser Jr., Michael Schumacher, and Tony Stewart. Irwindale Speedway has become a great place for the next generation of racing stars to get wheels beneath their driving ambitions.