WKA: Pit Board 2008-03-04

New Pavement Series Kid Kart Champ Class 03.04.2008 - The Rage Karts Speedway Pavement Series will debut a new Kid Kart Champ Class at the X-Caliber Racing Engines Nationals, March 14 to 16 at OCR Action Sports Park, Rougemont, NC. WKA and the...

New Pavement Series Kid Kart Champ Class

03.04.2008 - The Rage Karts Speedway Pavement Series will debut a new Kid Kart Champ Class at the X-Caliber Racing Engines Nationals, March 14 to 16 at OCR Action Sports Park, Rougemont, NC.

WKA and the Speedway Pavement Series competition committee have created a new way for kids five to seven years old to get into pavement oval competition. The new Champ Kid Kart class uses the proven Junior Sportsman Champ Kart chassis with modified seating and pedal locations to accommodate young drivers. This allows the competitors to use the same chassis from age five to age eleven. The class will build on the growing popularity of the champ karts especially in the pavement oval division. The class will be run in addition to the current 2-cycle Kid Kart class.

Technical Specifications

Chassis: 904.1 Champ Kid Karts utilize the Junior Sportsman Champ Kart rules with the exceptions listed below. See 2008 WKA Tech Manual Page 44 Section 487 for the Junior Sportsman Champ Kart specifications.

Tires: Dunlop DCS -- 7:10 x 6" Right Side, 5:00 x 6" Left Side. Maximum tire circumference 34 1/4" New or used. Event tire prep rules apply

Gear Ratio: 15/65

Chain: #35

Instrumentation: No gauges or data loggers of any kind including tachometer, temperature, speed.

Bodywork: Bodywork on the Champ Kid Kart should be reduced in size from the standard Junior Sportsman Champ Kart to ensure that the driver has adequate visibility. A clear windshield constructed of clear plastic material must be added to the cowl section at a size of 12" x 12" minimum, at a height of approximately the driver's eye level.

Seat: The seat should be located forward and up from the normal position relative to the steering wheel to provide for driver control.

Pedals: The pedals should be located back to position them such that the driver can easily reach and operate them.

Engine: Subaru Robin EX13 Overhead Cam 4.5 HP Engine (with adjustable governor screw). The engine should remain completely stock and as manufactured. Technical inspection to include 4,000 maximum RPM as adjusted by the carburetor governor screw. Maximum RPM is to be checked by Technical Inspector at the beginning of the race.

Clutch: Any dry racing engine clutch

Fuel: Gasoline only

Age: 5 to 7 years

Weight: 260 lbs. minimum kart and driver

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Snap-On Stars Of Karting Presented By The Indy Racing League Partners With The Academy Of Motorsports To Provide Scholarship

03.04.2008 - The 2008 Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the Indy Racing League is proud to announce a new partnership with The Academy of Motorsports. The partnership will mainly focus on a scholarship to be provided to a driver for the 2008 series for one of the The Academy's students. However, in addition, Stars and The Academy will also work to educate other drivers in the series of the opportunity to join The Academy of Motorsports as a student.

Paul Zalud President of the Stars of Karting said of the scholarship, "As we move into 2008, we have seen the success of our drivers in future professional racing opportunities is directly related to both on track results and off-track presentation / education. The Academy of Motorsports has developed a program that will allow aspiring young drivers a place to focus on both their driving development and their development as a young person into an adult. We are excited to have The Academy of Motorsports involved as we work to offer a place for young driving talent to compete against the best talent in the nation."

Ken Martin of The Academy of Motorsports echoed statements, "The Stars of Karting is a great series that allows all of the best in karting to come together in a series format to test them. As we have developed the Academy, we were aware of karting as a tool to train for a future as a professional driver. In fact, our spokesman Paulie Harraka competed in the Stars of Karting before moving into professional stock car racing. Paulie and I are big fans of the Stars of Karting series and are pleased to complete this association for 2008."

For more information about the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by IndyCar Series and the PRI All-Stars Karting Classic please visit starsofkarting.com and all promotional inquiries can be directed to jeff@starsofkarting.com.

For more information on The Academy of Motorsports, please visit TheAcademyofMotorsports.org

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About the World Karting Association

Based in Concord, N.C., the World Karting Association remains the largest sanctioning body for karting in North America. WKA provides every venue of karting including Speedway, Sprint, and Road Racing as well as 2-cycle and 4-cycle. WKA is honored to be the karting representative to ACCUS and the CIK-FIA. Branded as the "Foundation of Motorsports" WKA enjoys its 36th year of operations. For more information on WKA, log on to www.WorldKarting.com

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