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Kershaw Gold Cup preview 03.09.2010 -- The Russell Karting Gold Cup Series will become the fourth WKA national series to begin its 2010 season this weekend at the Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, S.C., a new venue for the 4-cycle sprint ...

Kershaw Gold Cup preview

03.09.2010 -- The Russell Karting Gold Cup Series will become the fourth WKA national series to begin its 2010 season this weekend at the Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, S.C., a new venue for the 4-cycle sprint series. Located an hour and a half south of Charlotte, Kershaw, as the track's popularly referred, built the new 17-turn, 0.700-mile sprint course last year. The Gold Cup's Michigan Kart Supply Nationals will mark the first national event at the new sprint course.

Entries WKA has received nearly 150 pre-entries for the Gold Cup season opener. At-track entry gains usually average between 80 and 100 for Gold Cup, which would put the Kershaw national's entry count at approximately the same amount as last year's opener at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Keeping in mind a number of competitors will still enter at the track, the two top entered classes currently are Briggs Medium at 17 and Custom Trophy Briggs Heavy at 16. The popular Animal Heavy Money Race has 12 pre-entries, and a number of junior classes, including Digatron Briggs Jr Lite, Baker Racing Engines / Performance North Briggs Sportsman 1 Lite and the American Power Sports, Thor Oil-sponsored Briggs Sportsman 2 divisions, have over 10 pre-entries.

A nice surprise in entry counts is Briggs Masters Medium, which will run as the final race Saturday. The class has 11 pre-entries, which matches the number of Masters racers at the 2009 Charlotte opener. With the inclusion of some race-day entries, it looks like there'll be a solid group of Masters competitors at Kershaw.

Weather

A concern for some in the months leading up to the Michigan Kart Supply Nationals has been the weather, and specifically the temperature. While the Carolinas has not been exempt from the colder-than-normal temperatures this winter, it appears the weather has finally broken in the Southeast.

Temperatures are predicted to be in the mid- to high-60s all week. The current weekend forecast shows a Friday high of over 70 degrees and in the 60s Saturday and Sunday. Lows look to be in the mid- to low-40s.

Let's go racing--

Pit pass sales are available Thursday from noon to 6 p.m. Parking is open Thursday from noon to 6 p.m., however Kershaw will accommodate racers coming in between 6 and dark. Racers will be able to pick up their pre-entries from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday. Gates open at 7 a.m. Friday through Sunday. Registration is open from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. Practice will run from 8:30 a.m. till 5 p.m. Friday. The Money Race will go off Friday evening after practice.

Eleven race group plus Performance North / Baker Racing Engines Kid Karts are slated for Saturday and Sunday. Qualifying will begin at 11:15 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday following mornings of practice and a Sunday worship service.

For the full weekend schedule and other important information, for the Michigan Kart Supply entry blank is at www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2010/0312_kershaw_gc.pdf

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Kershaw Road Racing preview

03.09.2010 -- The Dunlop Tire Road Racing Series driven by Mazda will hit the track this weekend at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, S.C., for their second event of the 2010 season. Many of the country's best road racers will look to tame the challenging 2.3-mile course, a venue the Road Racing Series has held a spring national every year since 2000.

For the season's second national event, road racers will switch gears from the high-speed, high-banked Daytona Int'l Speedway to a tighter, more technical road course in Kershaw. The Kershaw circuit is a favorite of many WKA road racers and has been for many years. The layout provides the best of all worlds in road racing, including ample passing opportunities, heavy braking zones, low-speed corners, fast, sweeping corners and a fairly long back straightaway that allows karts to near their top speeds. A number of outstanding races and finishes have occurred at Kershaw over the past 10 years and certainly a few more will be etched into the record books this weekend.

The pre-entry count of approximately 130 has exceeded that of last year's Kershaw national, which is always an encouraging sign. Based on pre-entries, the best fields appear to be the senior Briggs Animal divisions, Sleeper Racing Team 100cc Controlled Spec 1 and 2, Yamaha Sportsman Medium, TSRacing.com Yamaha Sportsman Heavy and the Chuck G Fabrication / D.R. Guilbeault Air Compressor / Checkeredflagdesign.com TaG and Spec TaG categories. Approximately 100 race-day entries will most likely be received, which is standard at most Road Racing nationals.

A concern for some racers in the months leading up to the Kershaw national has been the weather, and specifically the temperature. While the Carolinas has not been exempt from the colder-than-normal temperatures this winter, it appears the weather has finally broken in the Southeast.

Temperatures are predicted to be in the mid- to high-60s all week. The current weekend forecast shows a Friday high of over 70 degrees and in the 60s Saturday and Sunday. Lows look to be in the mid- to low-40s.

The Road Racing Series has welcomed the WKA Manufacturer's Cup Series at a growing number of doubleheader events over the past several seasons. Kershaw will mark another twin bill including the Road Racing Series, but for the first time ever the accompanying series is the Russell Karting Gold Cup Series, another sprint tour but one that only features karts powered by 4-cycle engines.

It will be a treat to see these two historic WKA national series meet at the same venue. Most racers are fans of the sport. And from a fan's standpoint, road racers and their teams may want to take some time after Friday's conclusion of practice to visit the new 0.700-mile Kershaw sprint track. The 30-lap Animal Heavy Money Race is slated to go off after practice Friday evening. The race was extremely popular in 2009 with a host of exciting, nail biting moments. Over 20 of the best 4-cycle sprint racers will start the Money Race and it's worth viewing even if you're not a big fan of sprint karting.

Pit pass sales and parking are available Thursday from noon to 6 p.m. Racers will be able to pick up their pre-entries from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday. Gates open at 7 a.m. Friday through Sunday. Registration is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Practice will run from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. Friday.

Thirteen race groups, seven Saturday and six Sunday, are on the card for the weekend. The Kershaw entry blank and weekend schedule is at www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2010/0312_kershaw_rr.pdf

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Road Racing Drivers Club to present second RRDC / FIA Young Drivers Symposium in Long Beach

03.09.2010 (HILLIARD, Ohio) -- Following the success of its first seminar held at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in December, the Road Racing Drivers Club (RRDC) will present its second RRDC/FIA Young Drivers Symposium, during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, on Saturday, April 17.

The event will take place at the Hilton Hotel, 701 West Ocean Blvd., in Long Beach, Calif., from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The workshop is open to drivers from all motorsports disciplines and there is no cost to attend. However, registration is required and space is limited. Participants are asked to register early at www.rrdc.org. All workshop materials, including a comprehensive workbook, will be provided.

Once again, Bobby Rahal, Indy 500 winner and president of the RRDC, will lead the "Safe is Fast" workshop - with S.A.F.E. an acronym for Skilled, Assured, Fit, Empowered - which will feature a number of racing champions who are RRDC members, plus renowned industry experts. The panel of experts will be announced in the coming weeks.

The goal of this series of free RRDC/FIA workshops, supported by a grant from the FIA Motor Sport Safety Development Fund, is to help young drivers raise their awareness of safety by teaching them to effectively manage their racing vehicles and themselves in all aspects of their careers. Topics to be covered include safety, physical fitness, setup and driving skills, sponsorship/branding, mental preparation, career management and more.

"The first RRDC/FIA symposium at the PRI show in December was a huge success," said Rahal, "with more than 150 participants in attendance. We were all impressed by the young drivers' focus on the program and the fact that they did not leave their seats for the entire four hours of the workshop."

Drivers from a wide variety of motorsports arenas, including karting, Skip Barber, Jim Russell, Star Mazda, drag racing, SCCA club racing, Legends racing, Late Models and professional sports-car racing, participated in the inaugural four-hour workshop.

"Many of the students showed their appreciation and indicated they had learned a great deal from the experts on the panel," added Rahal. "We hope to be able to provide an even more comprehensive program at the second of this series of RRDC/FIA symposiums."

A third symposium is planned in Indianapolis.

About the RRDC:

The Road Racing Drivers Club was formed in 1952 as a way to give champion drivers a say in their sport, particularly in the areas of safety, and has evolved to serve the future of road racing by mentoring new drivers on both amateur and professional levels. The Club now has more than 150 active members, including leading industry professionals, race officials and motorsports journalists, in addition to prominent racing names.

President Bobby Rahal is the 1986 Indy 500 winner and is co-owner, with David Letterman, of the 2004 Indianapolis 500 winning Rahal Letterman Racing team. Six-time SCCA National champion John Fergus is the Club's Vice President/Treasurer, and five-time SCCA National champion Tom Davey is the Secretary.

In addition to RRDC members lending their expertise to up-and-coming drivers, the Club presents three annual awards: the Phil Hill Award for rendering outstanding service to road racing; the Mark Donohue Award for personal spirit and performance at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs; and the Bob Akin Award for speed with style, passion, sportsmanship and contribution to motorsports.

The RRDC also supports the Team USA Scholarship, which has been assisting young Americans in the early stages of their careers since 1990.

Membership in the RRDC is by invitation only. Additional information on the organization may be found at www.rrdc.org.

-source: wka

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