Pit Board 2010-06-08

WKA's Pit Board - 06.08.2010 *** Road Race Grand Nationals this weekend at Mid-Ohio 06.08.2010 - One of the most anticipated WKA races of the season goes off this weekend when the WKA Dunlop Tire Road Racing Series driven by Mazda makes its...

WKA's Pit Board - 06.08.2010

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Road Race Grand Nationals this weekend at Mid-Ohio

06.08.2010 - One of the most anticipated WKA races of the season goes off this weekend when the WKA Dunlop Tire Road Racing Series driven by Mazda makes its annual stop at the famed Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The event is the Road Racing Series' Grand National, which marks the first Grand National of the 2010 season for any WKA national series. Prestigious Grand National Eagle trophies will be up for grabs in each of the 41 national divisions, along with valuable bonus points toward national standings.

This year is the ninth consecutive season the Road Racing Series has visited Mid-Ohio for the Dart Kart Speedway Club-promoted event. The WKA national series had a long history at the track in the 1970s and early '80s, but after 1984 WKA did not hold a national there for nearly 20 years.

Enduro-style karting was not foreign to Mid-Ohio during those off years. The Dart Kart Club held at least one or two club races at Mid-Ohio annually. Turnouts at the Lexington, Ohio, venue remained strong, and WKA rejoined forces with the DKC in 2002 to bring national competition back to the track. The 2002 national remains the best entry count at Mid-Ohio on record at the WKA office, when 637 entries filled the pits.

Behind only Daytona and Road America, the Mid-Ohio Grand National had the best turnout of any Road Racing event last season at 468 entries. DKC and WKA officials hope to surpass that number this weekend. Doing so would mark the fourth straight national that the Road Racing tour has seen an increase in entry counts from last season's similar event. Pre-registration closed on Friday, and DKC officials say the pre-entry number has matched last year's count.

Pit pass sales will begin at 3 p.m. Thursday. Indy Lights cars are testing until 4:30 p.m. and do not have to leave the facility until 6:30, which is when kart teams can enter the paddock. Pit pass sales will continue until 10 p.m. Thursday and resume at 6 a.m. Friday. Once you purchase your pass, you may come and go 24 hours a day through the remainder of the weekend. The main gate remains open all night.

Registration opens at 7 a.m. Friday with pre-tech slated for 7:30 and the drivers meeting at 8. A full day of group practice begins at 8:30 and runs till 4:30 p.m. A one-hour lunch break will halt practice around noon.

The first of 13 race groups will hit the track around 10 a.m. Saturday after a morning of practice. Seven groups will go off Saturday and six on Sunday. There will be a one-hour lunch break on Saturday and Sunday, as well.

To view the weekend schedule and other important information, go to www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2010/0611_midohio_rr.pdf ..

Mid-Ohio is a top-shelf event each year and the Dart Kart Club does a fantastic job putting on the show. This is sure to be one of the best Road Racing weekends of the season, so find a highway that heads to central Ohio and experience this outstanding Grand National event.

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Mid-Ohio opens Road Racing Midwest, Central District Championship Series

06.08.2010 - This weekend's Road Race Grand Nationals for the WKA Dunlop Tire Road Racing Series driven by Mazda is the first of three Midwest and Central District Championship Series events in 2010.

WKA announced the District Championship Series for the Road Racing Series in March. The format includes three districts - the South, Central and Midwest. Each series is comprised of three nationals, and year-end point awards will be presented to the top-three finishers in each class in each district providing the racer makes all three races in the particular district.

Fifteen national bonus points will be awarded to the district champion and 10 bonus points to each racer entering all three races in a particular district. However, a racer will only receive bonus points from one district; e.g., if a racer finishes second in the South district and first in the Midwest, he/she would be awarded 15 bonus points for winning the Midwest district (not 25).

The District Championship Series is brand new to WKA. Officials believe the program caters to the growing number of road racers who can only attend a few of the eight nationals on the schedule. The program gives those racers a regional-series championship to focus on.

The program also works to the Road Racing Series' host clubs' advantage. If a racer has run two events in a district, he/she may then plan to attend the third race in an attempt to finish in a top-three awards-paying position in that district's standings.

The Zoom Zoom Nationals at Road America and the Putnam Park (Ind.) Road Course national in August will complete the Midwest District. The Central district is made up of Mid-Ohio, VIR and New Jersey. The South district is already two races deep with Kershaw, Roebling Road and VIR making up the series.

Sponsorship is available for each class in each district. A pit board to go out tomorrow will detail this sponsorship opportunity.

Contact WKA's Keith Shampine at 704-455-1606 ext. 15 or keith@worldkarting.com with questions about Road Racing's District Championship Series.

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Questionnaire coming for WKA Manufacturer's Cup racers

06.08.2010 - WKA will soon be mailing a questionnaire to George Kugler / Bridgestone Manufacturer's Cup driven by Mazda and WKA divisional series sprint racers. The survey is focused on the potential use of spec tires in upcoming race seasons.

WKA is asking for all Manufacturer's Cup racers to utilized the questionnaire as an opportunity to voice your opinion and give officials input regarding this important issue. Once you receive the questionnaire, it should be returned before the Aug. 6-8 Show Hauler Trucks Nationals at New Castle (Ind.) Motorsports Park.

The questionnaire will be mailed to national and WKA-affiliated divisional series racers. WKA is asking for input from all racers, whether you're a national or divisional 2-cycle sprint racer.

-source: WoO

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