WKA: IRL SoK: New Castle East season opener preview

IRL Influence and Speed Channel Coverage Highlight the Snap-on Grand Prix presented by Bridgestone Seattle, WA (May 18, 2006) -- A great facility, promotion with the series IRL partners, and television coverage supported by title sponsor ...

IRL Influence and Speed Channel Coverage Highlight the Snap-on Grand Prix presented by Bridgestone

Seattle, WA (May 18, 2006) -- A great facility, promotion with the series IRL partners, and television coverage supported by title sponsor Snap-on and tire supplier Bridgestone all highlight the round 3 of the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the Indy Racing League to take place just outside of Indianapolis at Mark Dismore's beautiful facility in New Castle, IN. The event kicks off the East division of the 2006 Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL.

The 185 total entry field is headed by a strong lineup in the co-headlining Cytomax ICC (shifter) class. MRP-Birel America will bring back their lead driver Wesley Boswell to back up his impressive win at the MINI Cooper Race of the Americas. Phil Giebler looks to do one better than his second place to Boswell at that race for his G-Phactory-Intrepid team. Other notables in the field include Federal Way, Washington's David Jurca, fresh off an impressive top-ten for Tony Kart in the first round of the European championships as well as hometown favorite Kyle Wiegand who looks to take his first victory of the season for the Team OVRP.com Top Kart operation.

The direct drive warriors also look to show strong in ICA. PSL Karting's Jake Rozenweig looks to be a strong favorite aboard his CRG. ICA rookie Gustavo Yacaman (Top Kart) is looking to make his mark in the senior class while perennial front runners Joel Miller (Tony Kart) and Johnny Johnson (Top Kart) are looking to rebound from disappointing debuts at the season opener in Norman. Tyler Dueck will lead the charge for Intrepid, coming off of a victory in the West division opener in Tucson.

The Spec Racer looks to be strong at this event as well. Adam Johnson (Top Kart) will look to follow-up on his runner-up finish at the MINI Cooper Race of the Americas by slotting one spot higher. New Jersey's Zack Skolnick moves to Birel for this round, and looks to improve on his Norman form. Many are keeping an eye on Indiana based hot shoe Jamie Ferrell (Birel) as he has as an infinite number of laps on the New Castle layout in all conditions imaginable.

The PCH Motorsports JICA class is sure to provide some of the most intense racing action of the weekend. First Kart's Brett Smrz will look to improve on his podium finish at the season opener, but many expect a strong charge from Jacob Neal on his CRG. Noblesville, Indiana's Conor Daly has been winning regionally at the New Castle venue and will look to take it to the next level this weekend for the MRP-Birel America squad.

In the King Taco Cadet class, Juncos Racing will lead a strong charge with Sebastien Orodnez and Spencer Pigot always a factor on their Nevosos. Defending National Champion Sage Karam (Top Kart) however will want take his place back on the podium, as a mechanical failure in Tucson ended his record streak of 13 straight podium finishes in the Snap-on Stars series. Gabriel Chaves (Nevoso) and Oscar Tunjo Sanchez (Nevoso) will also look to follow-up on strong finishes in Norman.

The pre-race festivities will kick off with a trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Rahal-Letterman garage on Thursday for some of the series standouts. The timing and location of the Snap-on Grand Prix presented by Bridgestone make it the ideal showcase of the ladder system from the Snap-on Stars of Karting up to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Just a few years back Andretti-Green Racing's Marco Andretti was a front-runner in the Stars series.

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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Series Kart
Drivers Mark Dismore , Bobby Rahal , Bryan Herta , Marco Andretti , Tony George , Phil Giebler , Kyle Wiegand , Gabriel Chaves , Joel Miller , Conor Daly , Gustavo Yacaman , Brett Smrz , Tyler Dueck , Oscar Tunjo , Spencer Pigot , Sage Karam
Teams Juncos Racing