WKA: IRL SoK: Primm event sponsor announced

Desert MINI Named Title Sponsor of Primm Event Seattle, WA (May 26, 2006) -- Desert MINI of Las Vegas, NV will be the title sponsor of the June 2-4 Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL event at Buffalo Bill's Hotel & Casino in Primm, NV.

Desert MINI Named Title Sponsor of Primm Event

Seattle, WA (May 26, 2006) -- Desert MINI of Las Vegas, NV will be the title sponsor of the June 2-4 Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL event at Buffalo Bill's Hotel & Casino in Primm, NV. The race, to be known as the Desert MINI Grand Prix will feature prominent MINI branding and promotion and will be a continuation of the series' strong relationship with the brand that began in 2005. " MINI sees the relationship with the Stars of Karting as a natural extension and expression of our own racing heritage. We feel that the MINI Cooper exhibits all of the attributes associated with karting, superior quickness, ride, feel, and handling. It's a natural," said Rick Alberti, MINI's Regional Business Manager for the West Region. Series marketing director Jeff Swoboda is excited to see the relationship with MINI continue on, "MINI is truly great to work on activating programs like this from the national, regional, and dealer levels. The enthusiasm their organization has had for our programs and relationship across the board is extremely impressive and I'm gland to see them come on board with us in Nevada."

Unlike in past events, on-track MINI demo drives will not be a part of this particular event.

The Desert MINI Grand Prix will take place June 2-4 on a temporary circuit in the parking lot of Buffalo Bill's Hotel and Casino in Priim, NV and serve as the second round of the West Division of the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL. Those with any promotional inquiries can contact jeff@starsofkarting.com. To learn more about MINI and their offering of automobiles go to www.miniusa.com. To learn more about Desert MINI go to http://desertmini.com/. To learn more about the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL go to www.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 Incorporated is a leading global developer, manufacturer and marketer of tool and equipment solutions for professional tool users. Product lines include hand tools, power tools, automotive diagnostics and shop equipment, tool storage products, automotive 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 franchise dealer van, company direct sales and distributor and Internet channels. Founded in 1920, Snap-on is a $2+ billion, S&P 500 company headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin and employs approximately 14,000 worldwide. www.snapon.com.

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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Drivers Bobby Rahal , Bryan Herta , Tony George