Pit board 2010-04-26

WKA's Pit Board - 04.26.2010 *** Repaving project means Daytona KartWeek 2010 will only feature WKA dirt and sprint events 04.26.2010 - Daytona International Speedway announced Saturday that the famed 2.5-mile facility will be repaved after...

WKA's Pit Board - 04.26.2010

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Repaving project means Daytona KartWeek 2010 will only feature WKA dirt and sprint events

04.26.2010 - Daytona International Speedway announced Saturday that the famed 2.5-mile facility will be repaved after the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event in July. Since the conclusion of the 52nd annual Daytona 500 in February, International Speedway Corporation's team of engineers and asphalt specialists have conducted a thorough evaluation of the entire track, and upon completion of that analysis, the results were delivered to the ISC Board of Directors where the decision was made to repave the race track.

The repaving project will cancel all events that utilize the 2.5-mile tri-oval from July 4 through at least Jan. 1, 2011, including the annual Dunlop Tire Road Racing Series driven by Mazda Daytona KartWeek by Cometic Gasket event.

The Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt and George Kugler / Bridgestone Manufacturer's Cup Series driven by Mazda events will remain on Daytona's 2010 schedule as those series do not use any part of the tri-oval. These WKA events and the Turkey Rod Run car show are the only events that will remain on Daytona's 2010 schedule after July 4 weekend.

"WKA is very disappointed the Road Racing event will have to take a year hiatus from its longstanding tradition at Daytona," WKA executive director Van Gilder said. "But we do understand the speedway's position and the dilemma they were facing. In our conversations with speedway officials, they expressed regret but certainly don't want any events disrupted after they begin."

Gilder goes on to state that WKA's relationship with DIS remains healthy.

"The positive is that WKA's sprint and dirt programs will still be a part of Daytona KartWeek and the speedway looks forward to working with us to make those events successful for our racers. Daytona's officials were clear in their desire to make Daytona KartWeek 2010 a success with the two series that are able to run. The fact that KartWeek is one of the only events to remain on the schedule during this repaving process shows Daytona's commitment to WKA," Gilder concluded.

WKA realizes the disappointment this causes the many road racers who make their holiday plans based on Daytona KartWeek. WKA stresses this is only a one-year break in the Road Racing Series' presence at Daytona, and WKA and DIS look forward to the series returning to the high banks in December 2011.

-source: wka

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