WKA: IRL SoK: Memo Gidley to back series

Memo Gidley's Secrets of Speed Book Series to sponsor the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL Seattle, WA (February 8, 2006): North American karting legend Memo Gidley and his Secrets of Speed Book Series have signed on as...

Memo Gidley's Secrets of Speed Book Series to sponsor the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL

Seattle, WA (February 8, 2006): North American karting legend Memo Gidley and his Secrets of Speed Book Series have signed on as sponsors of the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL. The program will see an exclusive "Memo Gidley Secrets of Speed Performance Tip" published on the www.stasrsofkarting.com website every month. In addition, four karters from the PCH Motorsports JICA category determined to have the talent, character, and determination to succeed in motorsport in the face of long odds will be selected by an impartial panel. These four junior pilots will receive a one-day karting clinic with Memo Gidley at the Oklahoma Motorsports Complex on the Monday following the FIA-CIK North American Championships (Monday, October 23).

"I am really proud to be part of the STARS program because I am always a big supporter of karting," states Memo Gidley, pilot of the #19 Uniden Racing Daytona Prototype. "Its my experience that the guys at the front of the karting scene already have great support and usually a lot of resources to help them win. When I first started in Karting, I was the opposite. All I had was my strong work ethic and determination that got me results and helped move me to the top of the sport. Because of this, I like to work with drivers that even though they may not have all the money of the front guys, they make up for it with their desire and the dedication to be the best. I look forward to helping these drivers; that's important to me," continues Gidley as he prepares for the next round of the ROLEX Sports Car Series.

With a professional racing career spanning many forms of open wheel, sports car and endurance racing, MG has never forgotten his roots in karting. The Secrets of Speed book series created by Memo Gidley is an important part of supporting karting and helping to grow the sport. It is this same commitment and passion for excellence that will guide the Performance Tips available on the www.starsofkarting.com website over the coming months. These tips will be insights into the world of high performance professional motorsports.

"There is really no better ambassador for the sport of karting than Memo Gidley. He has risen to the top of motorsport based solely on his talent, hard work, and the assistance of those who have helped him due to his good nature and excellent character. I'm glad that he has aligned with our series, and will spend a day with four of our drivers who show that they are hungry to succeed," states Paul Zalud, President of STARS of Karting.

Secrets of Speed Publications have published three unique best selling books on karting. These include Shifter Kart Racing, Two-cycle Kart Racing and most recently, Four-cycle Kart Racing. This past January, Memo Gidley co-wrote a new introductory karting book for Motorbooks International to be release in April 2006. The next titles to be published by Secrets of Speed include Speedway Kart Racing and Junior Kart Racing. For more information on the entire Secrets of Speed publishing program checkout www.mgsecretsofspeed.com or contact Jeff Grist at jeff@mgsecretsofspeed.com.

The Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL kicks off with the Race of the Americas in Norman, OK March 17-19. Those wishing to learn more about the series can go to www.starsofkarting.com. Any promotional inquiries 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.

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.

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