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Marco Andretti to Race in the 'All Stars Karting Classic' at PRI Seattle, WA -- (October 17, 2006) : Indianapolis 500 Runner-up and Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL series graduate Marco Andretti will race in the All-Stars Karting...

Marco Andretti to Race in the 'All Stars Karting Classic' at PRI

Seattle, WA -- (October 17, 2006) : Indianapolis 500 Runner-up and Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL series graduate Marco Andretti will race in the All-Stars Karting Classic event taking place at the PRI Trade Show in Orlando on the evening of Thursday, December 14. The event will feature the top drivers and teams from the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL racing in the 'Karting' division as well as guest drivers from all forms of motorsports including Bryan Herta (IRL), Ron Capps (NHRA), Doug Herbert (NHRA), Wayne Taylor (Grand-Am), and Memo Gidley (Grand-Am) racing in the 'Masters' division. The top drivers from the Karting division of the event will advance to take on the Masters drivers in the Final race of the evening.

Bryan Herta , founder of the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL, was excited to see his Andretti-Green Racing teammate join him on track at the event, "Marco is not only a teammate but a great friend as well. When I asked him if he wanted to come ra ce he was very excited to come mix it up in a kart again. What makes it even better is the fact that Marco was racing in our series only a few years ago."

The ra ce will feature the SSC East, First Kart North America, Trackmagic, Tony Kart USA, Sodi Racing USA, Grand Products-Top Kart, Champion Racing-Intrepid teams from the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL and utilize karts with the popular 125-cc electric start spec engines that have proliferated the marketpla ce in re cent years. Series title sponsor Snap-on Tools has also stepped up to support the event on multiple levels as have Douglas Wheels and Alpinestars.

Racing action will start at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, De cember 14 on a temporary track constructed adja cent 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. A television package for the ra ce will be announ ced shortly. Those with any interest or inquiries regarding the event should contact Jeff Swoboda at jeff@starsofkarting.com. Those looking to participate in the PRI Trade Show should contact Reed Morales at ReedM@performanceracing.com. (Photo Credit Getty Images/Andretti Green Racing)

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.

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 2006 season marks the 11th year of competition for the IndyCar Series, the pinnacle of open-wheel racing in America. The 14-race schedule, featuring 11 ovals, two road courses and a temporary street circuit, consists of the most events in season history. The Indy Pro Series, an essential stepping-stone for drivers and teams striving to reach the IndyCar Series, will feature 12 races in 2006, including four events on road courses and two on street courses. www.indycar.com.

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Series Kart
Drivers Doug Herbert , Ron Capps , Memo Gidley , Bobby Rahal , Bryan Herta , Wayne Taylor , Marco Andretti , Tony George