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Star-Studded Field Set for Thursday Night's All-Stars Karting Classic Seattle , WA -- (December 13, 2006) : Karting's elite teams have descended upon Orlando for the inaugural running of the All-Stars Karting Classic on Thursday evening, an ...

Star-Studded Field Set for Thursday Night's All-Stars Karting Classic

Seattle , WA -- (December 13, 2006) : Karting's elite teams have descended upon Orlando for the inaugural running of the All-Stars Karting Classic on Thursday evening, an event that will showcase an extremely diverse mix of talent in front of the motorsports industry at the annual PRI Show. The event will see two hours of television coverage on the Versus (formerly known as OLN) Network with advertising support from Snap-on Tools. The race also sees significant sponsorship from Bridgestone Fuels. Jensen MotorSport has stepped up to provide a Formula BMW test to the winner of the Karting Division, which will be complemented by $1,000 worth of product from Zoombang.

SSC East comes into the event with Anthony Foyt IV set to run in the Masters class of the event. Foyt spent the 2006 season in both the NASCAR Busch and IRL series, and was a great addition when Marco Andretti, who was previously slated to run for SSC East, was called away to test for the Honda F-1 team in Jerez, Spain. In the Karter division, SSC East will see a strong lineup that includes Jake Rosenzweig, one of the top drivers from the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL's ICA division alongside Joe White, a top ICC (shifter) driver and Dion Von Moltke, who has shown well in the Spec Racer division of the series. Additionally, SSC East will field entries for some top drivers who have excelled this year in the formula car ranks with karts for Jonathan Goring, the 2006 Skip Barber National Champion. Ron White, a Stars series graduate who won three consecutive races in this season's Star Mazda championship, will pilot a Zanardi Kart out of the SSC East stables.

First Kart North America has assembled an impressive lineup in the Masters category. Wayne Taylor, the 2005 Grand-Am Daytona Prototype series champion will race in the Masters division with a SunTrust sponsored entry. He will be joined by his son's Ricky and Jordan who will race in the Karting division. NHRA Top Fuel star Larry Dixon will freshen up his left and right turning skills in the Masters division for First Kart. Tomas Scheckter from the IndyCar Series was originally slated to be aboard a First Kart, but was called into testing action for Vision Racing. Steve Johnson will step in to the seat, the NHRA Pro Stock Bike winner who will make the transition from two wheels to four, as well as sharpening up his left and right turning skills.

Team Topkart USA will be represented by Snap-on Stars of Karting founder Bryan Herta racing in the Masters Division aboard a Kimball Williams tuned entry. Their lineup in the Karting Division is as strong as anyone's with Bargersville, Indiana's Kyle Wiegand, the 2005 East ICC (shifter) champion alongside Las Vegas' Matt Jaskol, the 2005 ASA Speedtruck Champion and Snap-on Stars of Karting standout. They will be joined by Conor Daly, who will be making his debut for Team Topkart in a Cytomax sponsored entry and Stars of Karting regular Pat Ianucci.

Trackmagic comes to Orlando with the always quick Memo Gidley in a Secrets of Speed sponsored entry. Gidley spent 2006 racing in the Grand-Am series for Finlay Motorsports. In the Karting division Trackmagic will field Snap-on Stars of Karting regular Mitch Cobb.

Tony Kart USA will bring 2004 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice to the event to head up their Masters Division representation. Rice will be joined on the Tony Kart squad by 2006 Snap-on Stars of Karting ICA National Champion Joel Miller, who will aim to add the All-Stars Karting Classic title to his 2006 winnings, which also include winning the Skip Barber -- Stars of Karting Scholarship which will provide him a free season of racing in the 2007 Skip Barber National Championship. 2003 Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL Champion Bobby Wilson, who was a championship contender in this year's Indy Pro Series, will also go to battle with the Tony Kart squad.

Sodi Kart USA comes into the event with a Masters Division lineup that includes ChampCar's Alex Tagliani driving alongside NHRA Top Fuel driver Doug Herbert. Sodi's Karting Division lineup will include Californian James Kennedy, who brought Sodi Kart to the forefront in North America this season by winning in ICA at Shawano who will be teamed alongside Brett Smrz, the 2006 PCH Motorsports JICA East and West Division Champion.

Scribner Plastics, whose plastic barriers will ring the track in the parking lot of the Orange County Convention Center will field an entry in the event for Snap-on Stars of Karting Spec Racer standout Chris Scribner.

The BTK -- Arrow Kart lineup will see Ron Capps, who finished third in this year's NHRA Funny Car point standings leading their entry in the Masters Division. In the Karting division Stuart Marsell, and Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL regular will be joined by Tennessee's Josef Newgarten on Arrow Kart entries.

Racing action will start at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, December 14 on a temporary track constructed adjacent to the Convention Center. Show attendees will be able to progress straight from the PRI Trade Show's Happy Hour directly out to the racing action. Admission will be free to anyone with a PRI Trade Show badge.

The Performance Racing Industry Trade Show is the world's largest racing trade show, and attracts approximately 42,000 racing industry members worldwide from over 40 countries. This annual trade show provides a professional atmosphere for racing industry buyers to meet with manufacturers of hardcore racing components and shop machinery to see the products up close. The 19th Annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show will be held December 14--16, 2006, in Orlando, Florida, at the Orange County Convention Center www.performanceracing.com.

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.

The Indy Racing League was formed in 1994 to preserve the heritage and excitement of the Indianapolis 500 in U.S. open-wheel racing. The Indy Racing League is the sanctioning body of the IndyCar Series, the premier open-wheel racing series in the United States, and the Indy Pro Series, which serves as an essential stepping stone for drivers striving to reach the IndyCar Series. Indy Racing League events are available to a worldwide audience through a variety of multimedia platforms, highlighted by a long-term and broad-reaching partnership with ABC Sports/ESPN. The Indy Racing League is continually at the forefront of motorsports innovation with drivers, teams and tracks benefiting from major safety and technological improvements such as the SAFER Barrier, SWEMS wheel tethers, chassis enhancements, ethanol fuel and Delphi IRL Safety Team. www.indycar.com

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