SOK: IRL announces 2007 engine/classes information

Seattle, WA (January 13, 2006) - Snap-on Stars of Karting Presented by the Indy Racing league announced today that the current formula for their popular Intercontinental A (ICA) and Junior ICA engine classes will remain unchanged for...

Seattle, WA (January 13, 2006) - Snap-on Stars of Karting Presented by the Indy Racing league announced today that the current formula for their popular Intercontinental A (ICA) and Junior ICA engine classes will remain unchanged for 2007.

The announcement is predicated by the new engine formula being developed by the Commission Internationale de Karting (CIK) in Europe, an organization whose rules and structure have been emulated to great success by the Stars series here in North America. The new formulae are a radical departure from the long-standing 100cc format and promise to be an exciting and cost-effective way of participating at the highest levels of the sport.

National Technical Director Scott G Evans explained, "We are excited and supportive of the efforts in Europe by the CIK and the manufacturers to develop the new 'A' formulae. We are aware however that issues in the development and initial distribution stages may have an undesirable impact on our structure as it stands now. We fully intend to support the new formulae when the time is right, but want to impart a degree of stability for our constituents at this point, letting them know in advance what 2007 will hold for our series."

The action will include arbitrary extension of homologation validities due to expire after 2006. This means that all ICA and JICA engines with homologations numbers ending in either /06 or /09 will remain valid for Stars competitions in 2007 regardless of international direction.

"We are really building momentum in the ICA and JICA categories now," states series principal Paul Zalud, "The high-revving nature of the ICA engines is music to a racer's ears with great competition and parity among manufacturers. The performance and reliability of the JICA package has proven to be a great success and more organizations are supporting this class."

Series owner Bryan Herta commented, "We have been in contact with a number of industry principals and concern for the integration of the new formula was a common topic. Rather than a 'wait and see' position, we decided to be proactive and infuse as much stability as we can into the situation."

Program developments will be monitored closely with any further engine formula announcements made on a timely basis.

Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the Indy Racing League is based out of Seattle, Washington, sanctioned by the World Karting Association (WKA) and owned and operated by 1986 Indianapolis 500 champion and IRL IndyCar Series team owner Bobby Rahal, IndyCar Series driver Bryan Herta and veteran karting promoter Paul Zalud. www.starsofkarting.com, www.worldkarting.com.

Snap-on Tools Company, LLC is a subsidiary of Snap-on Incorporated, a leading global developer, manufacturer and marketer of tool and equipment solutions for professional tool users. Product lines include hand and power tools, diagnostics and shop equipment, tool storage products, diagnostics software and other solutions for the transportation service, industrial, government, education, agricultural, and other commercial applications, including construction and electrical. Products are sold through its franchised dealer van, company-direct sales and distributor channels, as well as over the Internet at snapon.com. Founded in 1920, Snap-on is a $2 billion-plus, S&P 500 company headquartered in Kenosha, Wis., and employs approximately 11,500 people worldwide.

Formed in 1996 by Tony George, Stars' presenting sponsor Indy Racing League provides the ultimate in wheel-to-wheel racing excitement through the IndyCar Series and Menards Infiniti Pro Series. The 2005 season marks the 10th year of competition for the IndyCar Series, the pinnacle of open-wheel racing in America. The 17-race schedule, featuring 14 ovals, two road courses and a temporary street circuit, consists of the most events in season history. The Menards Infiniti Pro Series, an essential stepping-stone for drivers and teams striving to reach the IndyCar Series, will feature a series-high 14 races in 2005, including three events on road courses and one street course. www.indyracing.com.

-www.starsofkarting.info

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