WKA: IRL SoK: 2008 Stars of Karting schedue announced

The Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by IndyCar Series is pleased to announce their 2008 racing schedule. With six event weekends on the docket, competitors will once again have their choice in competing in East or West divisional championships...

The Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by IndyCar Series is pleased to announce their 2008 racing schedule. With six event weekends on the docket, competitors will once again have their choice in competing in East or West divisional championships before heading to Las Vegas for the finale.

In a different format from previous years, competitors will have one divisional race before the East meets West Race of the America's shootout at the New Castle Motorsports Park (NCMP) facility.

The East division will kick off the national championship with a race over the April 4-6 weekend in the state of Florida at a facility to be announced. Though the track has yet to be finalized, competitors can plan on heading to the Sunshine State early in the year at an attractive location with a strong marketing partner. The East division will continue with the combination East-West Race of the Americas event at New Castle Motorsports Park on May 30-June 1 before traveling to the always friendly environment and top-notch facilities of USA International Raceway in Shawano, Wisconsin on July 11-13.

The West division will kick into gear at the top of the line Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah on April 25-27. Following the same format as the East championship, West division drivers will face their Eastern division rivals in New Castle May 30 -- June 1. The final west race will take place at the brand-new Pacific Grand Prix in Seattle, Washington August 22-24. The Seattle event will take place in conjunction with the annual Seafair Celebration allowing for promotional tie-ins across the city.

The Race of the Americas event is expected to be the largest draw of the year. After seeing the tremendous turnout, and first-class facilities and management at the Indiana facility over the past four seasons it was decided that the Midwest circuit would be a suitable location for the East-West combination event. The event of course offers a multitude of cross-promotional opportunities with the Snap-on Stars of Karting marketing partner at the IndyCar Series.

East and West division drivers will meet once again at the series finale at the temporary course in Las Vegas, Nevada. Located inside the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, competitors will attack the challenging circuit in the hunt for the national title on the October 10-12 weekend.

The schedule was designed to take advantage of the best facilities that karting has to offer as well as avoiding conflicts with other prominent series and high-profile events and took into account input from the Series' competitors, teams, and marketing partners. "We put a lot of effort, and took input from a lot of different sources in making this schedule," stated Series President Paul Zalud. "We are confident that the timing of the schedule and the high quality of facilities we will visit will attract the largest possible number of competitors to partake in the highest level of karting that North America has to offer with our series."

The third annual Performance Racing Industry All-Stars Karting Classic will be back on Friday, December 12 as Snap-on Stars of Karting regulars and top-line race car drivers from across motorsports converge in Orlando to take top honors the at the ever popular event.

-credit: sok

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