WKA: IRL SoK: Rotax joins Spec Racer Class for 2007

Rotax Joins Spec Racer Class for 2007 Seattle , WA -- (February 2, 2007) : The Rotax engine will join the lineup of engines in the Spec Racer class of the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by IndyCar in 2007. The Spec Racer class is based...

Rotax Joins Spec Racer Class for 2007

Seattle , WA -- (February 2, 2007) : The Rotax engine will join the lineup of engines in the Spec Racer class of the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by IndyCar in 2007. The Spec Racer class is based on the popular 'Touch-and-Go' format of engines which has proliferated the sport in recent years, and allows karters to compete for a National Championship with lower relative cost than the elite ICC (shifter) and ICA (direct drive) classes, as well as providing a platform for local and regional racers to sample the Snap-on Stars of Karting series when it comes to their area. Series President Paul Zalud sees the addition as a very positive step for the series, "The addition of Rotax really brings some clout to the Spec Racer class in our series, and opens up the class to wider range of participants in regional markets. We want to thank the team at SSC East for working with us to make this happen."

The Rotax engine made its debut in a Snap-on Stars of Karting sanctioned event at the recent All-Stars Karting Classic event at the PRI Show in Orlando. The move to add the Rotax engine to the series was initiated by leading karting distributor SSC East. "This allows the Rotax competitor another series to race in, we have been along time supporter of the Stars program and when this opportunity came up we could not pass on it. We would like to thank Paul, Jeff and everyone at Stars that helped in putting this together" commented Dave Davies, Vice President & Director of Operations for SSC East.

A detailed rules package regarding the Rotax engine in the Spec Racer category will be forthcoming.

The Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by IndyCar season kicks off April 13-15 in Norman, OK at the annual Race of the Americas East-West combination event. Those wishing to learn more about SSC East or the Rotax engine can go to www.ssceast.com. Those wishing to learn more about the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL can 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.

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