WKA: IRL SoK: PRI All-stars event news 2008-11-06

Da Matta, Matos and Negri Confirmed for RDD Motorsports at PRI All-Stars Karting Classic The Snap-on Stars of Karting Series is pleased to announce that Cristiano Da Matta, Raphael Matos and Oswaldo Negri Jr will compete with RDD Motorsports at...

Da Matta, Matos and Negri Confirmed for RDD Motorsports at PRI All-Stars Karting Classic

The Snap-on Stars of Karting Series is pleased to announce that Cristiano Da Matta, Raphael Matos and Oswaldo Negri Jr will compete with RDD Motorsports at the 2008 Performance Racing Industry (PRI) All-Stars Karting Classic. Taking place on December 11th just outside the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, the three Brazilian natives will look to carry RDD Motorsports and Kart Mini to victory lane in the annual event.

"The list just keeps growing," stated Snap-on Stars of Karting Series President Paul Zalud. "The 2008 event will be bigger than last year and the talent level and big name drivers coming out to participate is awesome. I have no doubt that both our master and karter divisions will reach their caps."

Da Matta enters the PRI All-Stars Karting classic with a wealth of racing experience. Having competed in the Champ Car World Series for Newman Haas Racing and then in Formula One, Da Matta entered the world of closed wheel racing this year as he competed with AIM Autosport in their Daytona Prototype at Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City, Utah. Joining series long drivers Mark Wilkins and Brian Frisselle, the trio scored a solid sixth place result.

Raphael Matos had a tremendous past couple seasons scoring championships in several forms of open wheel racing. The talented Brazilian claimed the Skip Barber National championship in 2003, the Stars Mazda title in 2005, the Champ Car Atlantic championship in 2007 and the Firestone Indy Lights championship in 2008 where he competed with Andretti Green Racing. 2009 will bring a host of more challenges for Matos as he continues to advance his career and enters the IndyCar Series with Luczo Dragon Racing but not before he gets behind the wheel of a Kart Mini at the PRI All-Stars Karting Classic.

Oswaldo Negri Jr. will round out the RDD Motorsports driver lineup as he moves from his Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley to a Parilla Leopard powered Kart Mini. 2008 saw Negri score nine top ten results in Daytona Prototype competition including a race win at New Jersey Motorsports Park at the end of August as well as the prestigious pole position at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.

"To have these three high profile drivers is very exciting," explained Jeff Swoboda. "I know RDD Motorsports is planning to make a big splash in national level competition in 2009 and they are looking to kick that off at the PRI All-Stars Karting Classic."

Da Matta, Negri and Matos are just another three drivers added to this already stellar line-up. The three Kart Mini pilots join Buddy Rice, Scott Speed, Towsend Bell, Jamie McMurray, Nelson Phillipe, Jan Heylan and Ryan Hunter-Reay in the Masters division. A series of further driver announcements are forthcoming for this prestigious event.

With a host of driver announcements and news forthcoming, please stay tuned to www.StarsofKarting.com for your up-to-date information. The PRI show takes place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from December 11 - 13th with the All-Stars Karting Classic taking place on the evening of December 11h. Admission to the event is free along with your PRI show credential.

-credit: sok

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Series Kart
Drivers Jamie McMurray , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Scott Speed , Buddy Rice , Skip Barber , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Mark Wilkins , Brian Frisselle , Michael Shank , Nelson Phillipe
Teams Dragon Racing , Michael Shank Racing