CSOT: 2004 schedule announced

Exciting 2004 Snap-On Champ Car Stars of Tomorrow karting schedule announced with legardary tracks and new racing venues. Stars Championships set for Disney World, Race of Americas to bring the best in the world. HILLIARD, Ohio (Dec....

Exciting 2004 Snap-On Champ Car Stars of Tomorrow karting schedule announced with legardary tracks and new racing venues.
Stars Championships set for Disney World, Race of Americas to bring the best in the world.

HILLIARD, Ohio (Dec. 6, 2003) - The Snap-On Champ Car Stars of Tomorrow presented by RACER national karting series announced today an exciting 2004 racing schedule that includes some of the most legendary race tracks in America as well as new facilities and a special international marquee event on the karting calendar.

"We believe we have developed an outstanding list of races and venues for the 2004 Snap-On Champ Car Stars of Tomorrow schedule," said Bobby Rahal, a principal in the national karting series. "We have a couple of the most famous tracks in America like Road America in Wisconsin and Infineon Raceway at Sears Point. And we have new facilities like the sensational Moran Raceway in California and BeaveRun in Pennsylvania and the temporary circuits in Reno, the Freedom Festival in Windsor, Canada and Disney World in Orlando for the series championship event. I think the karting community will enjoy the variety of venues on the Stars schedule this year."

As in 2003, the Snap-On Champ Car Stars of Tomorrow series will have four events in each of the regional divisions - Eastern and Western - with the Stars Karting Championships combining the two regions in the finale.

"The 2003 Stars season had some of the best racing seen all year throughout North America," said Bryan Herta, founder of the Stars of Tomorrow karting series. "Now, the 2004 schedule has added facilities that should even be bigger and better for our racers and sponsors. The scope of the venues will make for sensational racing in all classes. Plus these tracks will help develop the driving skills of our talent young competitors."

The Stars Western Division schedule will open on April 16-18 at Moran Raceway in Beaumont, Calif., site of this year's Stars Karting Championships that produced some spectacular karting action. On June 4-6, a temporary circuit will constructed in the Reno, Nev., for the second Western Division event while Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., as part of the American LeMans Series racing weekend, will be the backdrop for the third Western race on July 16-18. CartBC in Chilliwack, BC, Canada will round out the Western swing on Aug. 6-8.

The new BeaverRun Motorsports Complex in northwestern Pennsylvania will play host for the Eastern Division Stars opener on May 7-9 followed by the highly-attended Freedom Festival on June 30-July 2 or July 2-4 in the streets of Windsor, Ont., Canada, near Detroit. The third Eastern race is for July 30-Aug. 1 at a site to be determined with the possibility of a refurbished well-known facility. The legendary Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., serves as the venue for the final Eastern race on Aug. 20-22 as part of the American LeMans Series race.

The Stars Karting Championships will be held on the grounds of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., on Sept. 24-26 when the series champions will be crowned on a specially prepared circuit. The 2003 Stars Karting Championships at Moran Raceway proved to have some of the finest karting action seen all season.

In 2004, the Stars series also will introduce a special international marquee karting spectacular - the Race of the Americas - set for Nov. 19-21 at an international site to be determined in the near future. This race, a non-points event, will be on the World Karting Calendar and be promoted throughout North and South America as well as having extended European participation.

Class structure for the 2004 Stars season will be ICC (125cc Shifter), ICA (100cc direct drive), 80cc Junior Shifter, JICA (junior direct drive) and Cadet Comer (ages 8-12). The sixth class has been dropped to allow for more track time for the 2004 categories. The Cadet class will have a reduced cost for entering all events.

In addition, the Champ Car Stars will have the new rulebook available on line by the end of December.

Membership forms are now available and all member packages that will include a printed rulebook, patches, stickers, schedule and all other series information will be sent by February 15th. For further information, please contact the Stars office at (614) 529-7000 or write to the Stars Office at 4601 Lyman Dr., Hilliard, Ohio, 43026.

The Champ Car 'Stars of Tomorrow' presenting by RACER karting series is the official first level in CART's driver development system and an officially sanctioned series of WKA/SCCA Pro Racing. Founded by racing star Bryan Herta and now owned in conjunction with a group of racing veterans, including three-time CART champion and Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal, the Stars of Tomorrow serves as the first step for the CART driver development ladder. Stars focuses on recognizing the skills of the drivers rather than the technology development within the machines, using FIA/CIK International standards. More information can be found at www.cartstars.com.

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