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WKA's Pit Board - 09.01.2010 *** WKA gearing up for Daytona KartWeek 09.01.2010 - World Karting officials are proud to announce the continuation of Daytona KartWeek December 27-30 at the World Center of Racing, Daytona International Speedway...

WKA's Pit Board - 09.01.2010

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WKA gearing up for Daytona KartWeek

09.01.2010 - World Karting officials are proud to announce the continuation of Daytona KartWeek December 27-30 at the World Center of Racing, Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. On the heels of a most successful debut for the newly constructed dirt track last season, officials predict a huge increase in kart count for this year's version of the Dirt World Championships for the Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt Series.

Joining the Dirt Series will be the George Kugler / Bridgestone Manufacturer's Cup Series driven by Mazda, racing on the infield sprint track. A strong season opener of 598 entries for the 2-cycle series one year ago, coupled with a strong season for the series throughout 2010, is a good indication that the 2011 version will be bigger than ever.

With the current repaving project in progress on the 2.5-mile superspeedway, the Dunlop Tire Road Race Series driven by Mazda will not be a part of the 2011 edition of KartWeek. However, officials are working on the 2011 schedule, which will be out shortly.

Fans and competitors should take note that the dates for Daytona will always remain the same, no matter where they fall in the week or weekend. Parking for both series will take place on Monday, Dec. 27 with on track activity beginning Tuesday, Dec. 28, running through Thursday, Dec. 30.

Entry blanks for both events will be out within the month. Be sure to stay connected to www.worldkarting.com for updated details on the latest edition of Daytona KartWeek, as well as all of your racing news.

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WKA now accepting insertion orders for 2011 Tech Manual

09.01.2010 - It's that time of year once again. As fall approaches, WKA is busy producing the latest version of its Technical Manual, which as always will be mailed to all WKA master members and Karting Scene subscribers.

WKA is now accepting advertising agreements, or insertion orders, for the 2011 Tech Manual. Submission deadline is Sept. 24.

No ads will be accepted after Sept. 24. If you think you may need more time, arrangements should be made. There will be a $75 cancellation charge for any reserved ad space if arrangements are made and the ad is not received by the agreed deadline without prior arrangements.

Click here to view the insertion order agreement.

For information on advertising in the 2011 Tech Manual, contact Marie Borsuk at 704-455-1606 ext. 11 or e-mail marie@worldkarting.com.

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NASCAR-focused driver talent search launches

09.01.2010 (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) - The national NASCAR-focused driver talent search conducted by Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle has been launched. Top young drivers will be selected to participate in driver tryouts at the 2010 Shoot-Out in October. Winning drivers joining the development program will be raced, groomed, coached, tested, trained and molded into what NASCAR Cup teams want in their drivers.

The Shoot-Out application process is open to all drivers 11 to 20 years of age, with race winning backgrounds in race cars and/or youth racing series, specifically Kart racing.

Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle (RSWC) is known in racing circles as the largest, most comprehensive, most established and best-connected NASCAR focused Talent Scout and Driver Career Development Program.

In the last year, RSWC has coordinated a Talent Combine in North Carolina with four top RSWC drivers testing with NASCAR Cup Teams, an individual RSWC driver test with a NASCAR Cup Development Team and guided a female RSWC driver successfully into the fully funded NASCAR Drive for Diversity program. In addition, two RSWC Drivers secured career-building sponsors to sign with top NASCAR teams for 2011.

RSWC has developed many young Kart racers to successfully make the transition from Kart racing to winning races in USAC and NASCAR pavement oval track series, including Jessica Brunelli, Joey Licata Jr, Bobby Runyan, Beau DeBard, Bobby Grewohl, Ian Miille, Benny Moon, Jimmy Moon, Brennan Newberry, Thomas Merrill ^a and WKA Champions Jeff Oleen, Eli Schrock and Tanner Long.

The Shoot-Out process is designed to identify talented, young, up and coming drivers from across the United States and Canada with the potential and commitment to achieve a driving career in NASCAR. RSWC is currently accepting resumes through September 20th, 2010. RSWC expects to receive over 700 resumes, as they have in the past, and narrow it down to approximately 40 drivers to test. The Shoot-Out is conducted in October, in three types of racecars, on a California paved short oval track.

Sutton said, "As always ^a we're looking for talent. Not money, not a set number of drivers ^a just young talent that has real potential to go all the way to NASCAR Sprint Cup."

Day one of the Shoot-Out includes a seminar for parents and drivers, "The Real World Good, Bad & Ugly of Driver Career Development" and a training course for drivers on driving strategies to succeed in the Shoot-Out and crew terminology. Three separate tests for the young drivers include body fat fitness, a written problem solving test and psychological analysis.

Days two and three are on track. Drivers get five 20-lap sessions, with coaching, in one of three types of racecars to show their talent. A dozen Judges evaluate the drivers on 45 points, with the key areas being coachability, accurate feedback, focus, motivation, training retention, communication skills, personality, aggressiveness, learning rate, confidence and lap times.

The talented drivers selected for the RSWC development program through the Shoot-Out will have a NASCAR career focused training program designed specifically for their age, experience and development stage, then be placed with a top team in the racing series that fits best, including various classes in USAC and NASCAR series.

The career development program consists of 12 veteran driver coaches, 26 classroom training topics, well known trainers and eight organizations fielding 24 race teams, all dedicated to develop talented drivers to a NASCAR career. The teams are a balance of Open Wheel, Stock Car and Road Racing to develop highly versatile and accomplished winning drivers.

Young winning drivers ages 11 to 20, and their families, are encouraged to get all the information and answers to common questions from the web-site, then submit their resume in time to be considered. The web-site is www.Winners-Circle-Racing.com.

-source: wka

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Drivers Bobby Grewohl , Thomas Merrill , Jessica Brunelli , Brennan Newberry