WKA: IRL SoK: Charlotte preview

Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL Heads to Charlotte Seattle, WA (July 5, 2006): The Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL will head to Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, NC this weekend (July 7-9) for the second round in...

Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL Heads to Charlotte

Seattle, WA (July 5, 2006): The Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL will head to Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, NC this weekend (July 7-9) for the second round in its East Division calendar. The .67 mile circuit laid out in the infield of the Lowe's Motor Speedway track has a strong pedigree, having hosted the CIK-FIA North American Karting Championships in the late 90's and returning to the Snap-on Stars Calendar in 2006 after a repaving in 2005.

In the Cytomax ICC (shifter) class Jordy Vorrath (Leading Edge/ Champion Intrepid) who sets third in points has to be considered the favorite after sweeping the last two races in New Castle and Buffalo Bills, and having won five out of his last six races. However, on top of the point's standings is Philip Giebler (G Phactory Champion Intrepid) coming off of a seventh place finish at the Indy Pro Series support event at the U.S. Grand Prix in Indianapolis. Only five points behind is Wesley Boswell (MRP Birel-America). Atlanta's Chris Wehrheim will try to make the most of his one-off opportunity aboard a Top Kart in the shifter category and may be a strong contender. There is only a 40 point spread between these top three drivers. This promises an action-packed weekend in a battle of who will come out on top at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

On top of the ICA (direct drive) East point standings is Caleb Loniewski (Margay) after a thrilling Sunday win at New Castle. Second and third respectively are Jake Rosenzweig (PSL Karting CRG) and Joel Miller (Tony Kart). Miller swept both ICA events at Buffalo Bill's and will aim to bring that momentum out East. Jess Peterson (Intrepid), the West Division points leader will also make the trip to Charlotte for the event.

Marshalltown , Iowa 's Adam Johnson (Top Kart) sits on top of the East points standing for the Spec racer class. Eric Gerrits (First Kart) sits in a close second and will try to bring the same speed to Lowe's Motor Speedway that brought him a win and a second at Buffalo Bill's. Brandon Adkins (Margay) who is third in points will aim to keep his strong form from New Castle moving.

Brett Smrz (First Kart) hopes to keep control of the top spot in points for the PCH Motorsports JICA class after a win on Saturday in New Castle and a win on Sunday in Buffalo Bills. However, only five points behind is Jose Antonio Zanella (Naka Racing/CRG) who finished second at both Indiana rounds. Californian Garrison Maters (PCH Motorsports CRG) who had a decent showing in New Castle sits third and has really stepped up his efforts this season. Mikeal Grenier (PSL Karting/CRG) who is fifth in points will try to gain another victory after a Sunday win in New Castle. As always, the racing action in the JICA class will be hard fought, edge of your seat, and breath holding for the entire weekend.

The King Taco Cadets will bring their tightly bunched packs of junior drivers to the long sweepers at Lowe's Motor Speedway. A favorite for the weekend has to be Dylan Nobile (Nevoso Kart) who swept the weekend in Buffalo Bills; however, he sits third in points. First place belongs to Gabriel Chaves (Nevoso Kart) who is coming off of a win in New Castle. In a close second is Oscar Tunjo (Nevoso Kart) the Colombian who is a perennial front-runner and had a respectable showing in Buffalo Bills.

The Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL will bring a strong field of entries to the first class facilities at Lowe's Motor Speedway in the heart of the motorsports mecca of Charlotte. Any promotional inquiries about the event can be directed to jeff@starsofkarting.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.

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Series Kart
Drivers Bobby Rahal , Bryan Herta , Chris Wehrheim , Brandon Adkins , Tony George , Jake Rosenzweig , Gabriel Chaves , Joel Miller , Brett Smrz , Oscar Tunjo