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WKA's Pit Board - 09.30.2010 *** 2011 WKA national schedule taking shape 09.30.2010 - 2011 schedules for WKA's five national series are in the works. Several venues and dates have been set, while others will continue to be finalized in the...

WKA's Pit Board - 09.30.2010

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2011 WKA national schedule taking shape

09.30.2010 - 2011 schedules for WKA's five national series are in the works. Several venues and dates have been set, while others will continue to be finalized in the coming weeks.

The only series that has all of next year's dates decided is the George Kugler / Bridgestone Manufacturer's Cup Series driven by Mazda. The five-race 2-cycle sprint series will run its traditional opener Dec. 28-30 with the Sprint Championships at Daytona Int'l Speedway's infield sprint course.

The Man Cup Series' second national will go off a little earlier this year. The tour heads to Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, S.C., March 11-13. Man Cup will replace Gold Cup as the Road Racing Series counterpart in the 2011 version of the Kershaw doubleheader.

Man Cup heads back Michiana (Ind.) Raceway Park April 29-May 1 for the series' third stop. BeaveRun Motorsports Complex in western Pennsylvania will host the series July 8-10, while the tour's Grand National will close the season Sept. 16-18 at New Castle (Ind.) Motorsports Park.

The Russell Karting Gold Cup Series has three of its four dates settled. March 25-27 features the 4-cycle sprint series' return to the popular 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Fla. The event marks WKA's first national in Jacksonville since it was the Gold Cup opener in 2008.

The circuit's traditional July 1-3 date is yet to be announced. The series will be back at New Castle on Aug. 12-14, and the 2011 slate rounds out one year from this weekend, Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at BeaveRun.

The Dunlop Tire Road Racing Series driven by Mazda has three of its nationals set, and they're all traditional venues and dates. Road Racing will run at Kershaw March 11-13, which is a twin bill with the aforementioned Man Cup national. The series is back at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course June 17-19 for the annual Dart Kart Club-hosted event. The DKC will also host and promote the series' annual trek to the Hoosier State with an Aug. 19-21 show at the Putnam Park Road Course.

The remaining Road Racing schedule will be announced shortly.

Dates have been set for the Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt Series, although venues won't be announced for another few weeks. As WKA continues to work to rebuild the dirt program, the series has been condensed to a four-race circuit, rather than the normal five shows.

Speedway Dirt opens with the Dirt World Championships at Daytona Dec. 28-30. Remaining series dates are April 1-3, July 29-31 and Sept. 9-11.

The 2011 Vega Speedway Pavement Series slate is to be announced.

Continue to watch WKA's Pit Board and WorldKarting.com postings for updates to the 2011 schedule as dates and venues continue to be set. To view WKA's 2011 national series schedules go here. www.worldkarting.com/pg/visitors/2011_schedule/html

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Southern Kart Club closes season this weekend at Roebling Road

09.30.2010 - While WKA's national season comes to a close this weekend with the Russell Karting Gold Cup national in Camden, Ohio, the Road Racing season officially runs its last race of 2010 with the Southern Kart Club's annual WKA regional race Saturday and Sunday at Roebling Road Raceway.

This weekend's SKC event at Roebling Road marks the fourth and final enduro-style kart meet of the season at the Savannah, Ga., venue. Weather is predicted to be terrific all weekend with highs in the 70s, lows in the mid-50s and clear skies.

As is tradition at SKC events, a Saturday night cookout featuring ribs, oysters, beverages and plenty more will put on by SKC racers.

For more information, visit www.southernkartclub.com.

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K&N Filters to award $210,000 in sponsorships to young racers

09.30.2010 (Riverside, Calif.) - K&N Filters announces a program to provide up to 18 young racers sponsorships from $5,000 to $25,000 for the 2011 racing season. K&N Filters has a long heritage of providing ongoing support for grassroots racing across America. K&N Filter's involvement in motorsports ranges from lawn mower racing to the top tiers of NASCAR.

In alliance with the national NASCAR focused driver talent search conducted by Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle, top young drivers will be selected to participate in driver try outs at the 2010 Shoot-Out. Selected drivers joining the development program will be developed, groomed, coached, tested, trained and raced in USAC and NASCAR series.

"This $210,000 in driver development sponsorships is just the next step in K&N Filters long history of supporting young racers," stated Tony Yorkman, Sports Marketing Manager at K&N Engineering. "This is a tough economy in general, and really tough for motorsports. The leadership of K&N Filters has decided we are in this for the long haul and young racers are our future. We are not going to stop caring about them because money is tight."

Many successful car racers today, honed their skills driving something smaller, such as Karts, Legends, Dwarf Cars, Quarter Midgets, Mini/Micro-Sprints, Dirt Karts and other forms of youth racing. K&N Filters is awarding six free spots in the 2010 RSWC Talent Search Shoot-Out to young racers from various forms of youth motorsports.

"We enjoy being involved in the USAC and NASCAR racing series for a lot of reasons. One being K&N air & oil filters are the top choice by the competitors. The other is seeing these young talented racers develop their racecraft and win races on their rise to racing careers. The team at K&N Filters loves being a part of that," stated Bob Harris, Corporate Race Accounts Manager for K&N Filters. "Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle Shoot Out is the top program to find and develop talented young drivers. We are once again utilizing their program to help us find and assist talented young racers with K&N's awards."

Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle 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 teams for 2011.

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. With the news of these sponsorships to be awarded, RSWC has extended the deadline for drivers to submit resumes to October 25th, 2010. RSWC expects to receive more than the 700 resumes that they have in the past, and narrow it down to approximately 40 drivers to test. The Shoot-Out is conducted in October and November, in three types of race cars, on a California paved short oval track.

"This is the third year K&N Filters have increased their support. By offering over $200,000 in sponsorships to deserving young racers, they are helping make a lot of dreams come true, and careers get launched. This is just further proof of K&N Filter's support for grassroots racing and commitment to racers. We are very excited and honored to help develop young drivers' careers with K&N's support. As always ^a we're looking for talent. Not the most money, not a set number of drivers ^a just young talent that has real potential to go all the way to NASCAR Sprint Cup," said Ron Sutton.

Day one of the Shoot-Out includes a workshop 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, with drivers getting five 20-lap sessions in one of three types of race cars, with coaching, 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 drivers to a NASCAR career. The teams are a balance of Open Wheel and Stock Car oval track race teams, with Road Racing added, to develop highly versatile and accomplished winning drivers.

Young winning drivers ages 11 to 20, and their parents, 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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