CSOT: EVANS named tech director

Scott Evans named Stars national Tech Director INDIANAPOLIS, IN (November 26, 2002) -- CART Stars of Tomorrow Director of Operations Paul Zalud announced that Scott G. Evans has been named National Technical Director for the top level American...

Scott Evans named Stars national Tech Director

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (November 26, 2002) -- CART Stars of Tomorrow Director of Operations Paul Zalud announced that Scott G. Evans has been named National Technical Director for the top level American karting series. "We are proud to have one of the most thorough and principled technical people in the sport on the new Stars team," said Zalud. "Not only does Scott have the background and credentials for this important job, he held this role for Stars in 2002 and continuity and consistency in this position is paramount."

Evans, whose technical background includes over twenty years as a precision dimensional inspector, including both national defense and space exploration projects, counts among his karting accomplishments six years as former technical director for the Championship Enduro Series and International Racing Association; two years as National Technical Director for the United States ROTAX Max Challenge as well as his recent tenure during 2002 as National Technical Director for the CART Stars of Tomorrow series.

Scott is particularly well suited for the National Technical Director position because the programs in his background require both exacting technical standards and the highest levels of personal integrity. An excellent communicator, he plans to lead the CART Stars of Tomorrow series along the path of international acceptance and technical conformance standards employed around the world.

Evans states, "Our technical goals for 2003 are focused on conformance to established international standards and an increased level of communication to our constituents. I look forward to our campaign to ensure that every entrant is aware of the requirements expected at our events." The 2003 Stars of Tomorrow national events will incorporate parc ferme procedures, wherein the competitors' fuel and tires are strictly controlled in an impounded area. "I look forward to promoting and perfecting the parc ferme procedures here in the States," claims Evans, "It has proven to be a successful program internationally and it will remove the uncertainty involved in these critical areas."

"Stars suffered some growing pains in 2002. With that experience and the new ownership group at the helm, we are now prepared to step forward and display to the world what North American karting is all about -- at the highest level."

Structured around the internationally accepted CIK (Commission Internationale de Karting) rules in 2002, the 2003 Stars program will use the CIK rules predominantly for their national classes. "While our national focus will be primarily on CIK classes and rules," adds Evans, "we will continue to support regional classes by publishing rules for the additional non-CIK classes that work well within the existing American karting scene."

"I am very encouraged," concludes Evans, "by the association with Bobby Rahal's group and confident that Bryan Herta's original vision will in fact be fully realized in 2003. I look forward to moving ahead to promote the sport and displaying the professionalism that has come to be expected."

Questions on technical matters can be directed to Mr. Evans at tech@cartstars.com.

The CART 'Stars of Tomorrow' karting series is the official first level in CART's driver development system. Owned by 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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