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BUDDY RICE AND EDDIE LAWSON TO COMPETE WITH TONY KART AT ALL-STARS KARTING CLASSIC "Rice returns as defending champion" Seattle, WA -- November 6, 2007 - The Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by IndyCar Series is pleased to announce the ...

BUDDY RICE AND EDDIE LAWSON TO COMPETE WITH TONY KART AT ALL-STARS KARTING CLASSIC
"Rice returns as defending champion"

Seattle, WA -- November 6, 2007 - The Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by IndyCar Series is pleased to announce the defending All-Stars Karting Classic champion, Buddy Rice and four-time World Road Racing Champion Eddie Lawson will compete with the Tony Kart USA Racing Team at this year's Performance Racing Industry show to be held in Orlando, Florida.

Rice, who was the 2004 Indianapolis 500 Champion, will get back behind the wheel of a Tony Kart and look to defend the Master's Division Crown he took at the 2006 event. The three time IndyCar Series race winner will look to use his experience to once again take home the victory in the Masters class in Orlando. Once again, he will race with support from Tony Kart USA and the Racerworld Kartsports shop that he and his father Bud own in Phoenix, AZ.

Lawson, who will go down in history as one of the greatest motorcycle road racers of all time, will join Rice behind the wheel of a Tony Kart. Throughout his career Lawson has secured four 500cc World Road Racing Championships, 31 victories, 78 podium results, 18 pole positions and 21 Grand Prix fast lap awards. Lawson also has a strong pedigree on four wheels, having competed in the ChampCar World Series in the 1990's.

Rice and Lawson are no strangers to the sport of karting as both are behind the wheel of karting machines on a regular basis. Rice continues to put down laps in the Arizona area to keep sharp and stay in shape for his IndyCar career while Lawson can be seen road racing his SuperKart at famed circuits throughout North America.

"It is great to have these two guys at the All-Stars Karting Classic," commented Jeff Swoboda. "Buddy is the defending champion and will be looking to retain his title while Lawson will be sure to bring even more spectators to this spectacular event. I'd like to extend an extra thank-you to the Tony Kart crew who helped put this program together."

Rice and Lawson will be joined on the Tony Kart USA squad by 2006 Snap-on Stars of Karting National Champion (ICA) Joel Miller who will be competing in the Karter Division of the event. Joel is the current Skip Barber National Championship titlist, one of this year's Team USA scholarship winners, and is preparing for a full season in the Star Mazda Series in 2008.

The PRI show takes place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from December 6 -- 8th with the All-Stars Karting Classic taking place on the evening of December 6th and will feature some of the top names in North American racing battling it out in the Masters Division, and the top drivers from the Snap-on Stars of Karting Series squaring off in the Karter Division. Drivers confirmed to be participating in the Masters Division of the event include Marco Andretti (IndyCar), Bryan Herta (ALMS), Joey Hand (Grand-Am), Buddy Rice (IndyCar), Eddie Lawson (MotoGP), Wayne Taylor (Grand-Am), Steve Johnson (NHRA) and many others to be announced in the coming weeks. Admission to the event is free. The event will be filmed for two separate television broadcasts on SPEED Channel's Lucas Oil on the Edge program thanks to support from Snap-on and Bridgestone.

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 20th Annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show will be held December 6-8, 2007, in Orlando, Florida, at the Orange County Convention Center www.performanceracing.com.

Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by IndyCar Series 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.

-credit: sok

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Series Kart
Drivers Bobby Rahal , Bryan Herta , Wayne Taylor , Joey Hand , Buddy Rice , Marco Andretti , Eddie Lawson , Steve Johnson , Joel Miller