IRL Stars of Karting 2006 chassis program news

SNAP-ON STARS OF KARTING PRESENTED BY THE IRL TO CONTINUE CHASSIS PROGRAM IN 2006 Seattle, WA (December 16, 2005) -- The Snap-on Stars of Karting Presented by the Indy Racing League announced today that the organization would continue its ...

SNAP-ON STARS OF KARTING PRESENTED BY THE IRL TO CONTINUE CHASSIS PROGRAM IN 2006

Seattle, WA (December 16, 2005) -- The Snap-on Stars of Karting Presented by the Indy Racing League announced today that the organization would continue its chassis homologation program in 2006 and beyond.

Chassis homologation is the formal means of quantifying the primary and controlling elements of each chassis accepted for competition. In addition to all of the CIK-FIA homologated chassis, Stars of Karting has offered an optional classification primarily for North American manufacturers to utilize in an effort to promote national presence in the series. The current list of Stars-homologated chassis can be viewed at the Stars' website in the Members area at, www.starsofkarting.info/members.html.

Stars' co-owner and IRL race driver, Bryan Herta explained, "I received quite a bit of comment regarding this issue after our earlier announcement that the program would be discontinued. I want to assure the American market that we remain supportive of their efforts to participate in our program and with this in mind we have reinstituted the homologation program for 2006 and the foreseeable future."

"Manufacturers can find the 2006 homologation rules and forms available on the website right now," states Scott G Evans, National Technical Director. "The program is very similar to the one currently in place but has somewhat higher fees and more stringent requirements for verification than earlier with a mandatory onsite inspection of the required quantity of chassis. The minimum quantity of 25 chassis is half of what was required earlier however, in hopes that this will facilitate participation in the program."

President of Stars of Karting, Paul Zalud continued," Quite frankly, our earlier announcement to discontinue the program came about from rather poor participation from American manufacturers in the 2005 program. Our concern was that the program had lost much of its significance. Once we had announced the discontinuation the manufacturers began to show some more interest in series participation and we want to be supportive of their efforts."

Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the Indy Racing League is based out of Seattle, Washington, sanctioned by the World Karting Association (WKA) and owned and operated by 1986 Indianapolis 500 champion and IRL IndyCar Series team owner Bobby Rahal, IndyCar Series driver Bryan Herta and veteran karting promoter Paul Zalud. www.starsofkarting.com, www.worldkarting.com.

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Formed in 1996 by Tony George, Stars' presenting sponsor Indy Racing League provides the ultimate in wheel-to-wheel racing excitement through the IndyCar Series and Menards Infiniti Pro Series. The 2005 season marks the 10th year of competition for the IndyCar Series, the pinnacle of open-wheel racing in America. The 17-race schedule, featuring 14 ovals, two road courses and a temporary street circuit, consists of the most events in season history. The Menards Infiniti Pro Series, an essential stepping-stone for drivers and teams striving to reach the IndyCar Series, will feature a series-high 14 races in 2005, including three events on road courses and one street course. www.indyracing.com.

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Drivers Bobby Rahal , Bryan Herta , Tony George