Pit Board 2010-04-22

WKA's Pit Board - 04.22.2010 *** SFI press release regarding Impact products 04.22.2010 - SFI has issued the following press release regarding the company's decertification of selected Impact Racing products. WKA uses SFI specifications for...

WKA's Pit Board - 04.22.2010

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SFI press release regarding Impact products

04.22.2010 - SFI has issued the following press release regarding the company's decertification of selected Impact Racing products. WKA uses SFI specifications for the legality of safety gear.

As stated in an April 7 Pit Board announcement, no Impact helmets are among the products involved. This situation pertains mainly to WKA champ-kart racers, who are required to use SFI-rated fire suits and safety belts per WKA rules.

WKA will continue to update racers on the future legality of Impact products via Pit Board and Web site announcements.

SFI issues the following press release. Please review this carefully: 1. Impact Racing has withdrawn its appeal of the decertifications of its products bearing SFI 3.2A, 3.3, 16.1, and 16.5 specifications manufactured in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. The decertifications of these products are now permanent.

2. The decertifications are based upon a number of the affected products being non-compliant with SFI specifications concerning labeling and construction. In addition to the presence of non-compliant SFI tags and the absence of DOMs on products, 3.2A/5 suits made prior to 2009 have been constructed with non-compliant materials that, in SFI's judgment, pose a safety risk to users of these suits.

3. Impact Racing is permitted to maintain the certification for products bearing SFI 3.2A, 3.3, 16.1, and 16.5 specifications manufactured in 2009 and 2010. SFI's investigation of the labeling and construction of these products is ongoing. Impact's participation in the SFI specification programs ends June 22, 2010.

4. Any Impact product with SFI specifications 3.2A, 3.3, 16.1, and 16.5 without a date of manufacture (DOM) is deemed to be a decertified product unless the manufacturer has provided the product user with proof that it was manufactured in 2009 or 2010. This proof must be presented to track officials upon request. Impact believes that its products made in 2009 and 2010 have the DOMs affixed to products to the extent mandated by SFI specifications.

To read the April 7 release, go to www.worldkarting.com/pg/news/2010-04/sfi-impact.html

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Impact issues statement regarding SFI decertification

04.22.2010 - Impact strongly disagrees with SFI's decertification of its products manufactured in the years 2005-2008. Impact is working diligently to resolve this issue with SFI. Impact decided to stop the internal SFI appeal process because it became obvious that Impact could not get a fair hearing.

Impact's track record of providing safety to racers is unmatched. There have been no burns or other injuries reported to Impact by any racer wearing Impact Race Products since its inception. Impact has seen drivers wearing its gear walk away unharmed from very serious explosions and wrecks. We stand behind the safety of our products 100% and have always placed the safety of racers at the forefront of our mission and company. Bill Simpson has worked at the goal of saving racers' lives for over 52 years and his name is synonymous with motorsports safety.

Impact's vocal position has been that SFI's certification programs are seriously flawed and antiquated and do not address the issue of safety. Accordingly, SFI is applying standards to us that it has not applied to any other product manufacturer.

Impact regrets that SFI has chosen the path of decertification and lawsuits against Impact as a way to handle any concerns it has. Bill Simpson and Impact Racing have always worked closely with SFI and all sanctioning bodies to help improve driver safety in motorsports and come up with many innovations in safety. Impact would like to have resolved this issue in a different way. Unfortunately, SFI's actions have caused racers unnecessarily to question their safety.

Impact will do everything in its power to resolve this dispute and help our loyal customers through it. We are committed to clearing Impact's name and moving onward with our real job of providing the best safety equipment money can buy to racers across the country and world.

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Changes to ROK TT engine for MRP Man Cup event

04.22.2010 - Citing a noticeable difference in the performance of the ROK TT engine in comparison to many other engines offered in the TaG class on the George Kugler / Bridgetone Manufacturer's Cup Series driven by Mazda, WKA officials have elected to make some adjustments in time for the upcoming MKP Nationals at Michiana Raceway Park in South Bend, Indiana, April 30-May 2.

The current weight for this engine package, set at 380 pounds, will be reduced by 10 pounds to 370 pounds. Additionally, the flex length will be increased for the ROK TT engines to the same length of the Parilla Leopard.

With so many engines packages available in the TaG class, WKA realizes the challenges of making all as equal as possible, but continues to work on creating as level a playing field as possible. WKA will continue to monitor the parity of these classes at each event, and will continue to make adjustments, as necessary, with all engine packages.

For more information on the MKP Nationals, go to www.worldkarting.com.

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Bumper, nose cone situation to be monitored at MRP

04.22.2010 - Following the December Margay Sprint Championships at Daytona International Speedway, WKA officials recognized a few disparities with regards to certain bumpers and nose cones on karts in competition.

As a result of discussions with Manufacturer's Cup officials and Competition Committee members, as well as manufacturers and importers, the situation will continue to be evaluated at the upcoming MKP Nationals at Michiana Raceway Park April 30 - May 2, with recommendations following.

To view the entry blank for the MKP Nationals, go to www.worldkarting.com.

-source: wka

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