WKA: Pit Board 2008-07-11

WKA's Pit Board presented by AMB i.t. - 07.11.2008 *** WKA Responds To Gold Cup Engine Disqualifications 07.11.2008 -- On Thursday, July 10 WKA 4-cycle Tech Officials and Trustees and WKA's Executive Director Van Gilder meet to discuss ...

WKA's Pit Board presented by AMB i.t. - 07.11.2008

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WKA Responds To Gold Cup Engine Disqualifications

07.11.2008 -- On Thursday, July 10 WKA 4-cycle Tech Officials and Trustees and WKA's Executive Director Van Gilder meet to discuss the recent engine disqualifications at the Gold Cup event at Camden. One of our competitors' greatest concerns was the rumored reuse on Sunday of parts deemed illegal on Saturday. To ensure that the possibility of this practice is eliminated, Gilder instituted a new policy regarding illegal parts.

Effective at the H Roark Woodworking Pavement Series Grand Nationals, July 11 to 13, an additional post race tech procedure will go into effect. Tech officials will impound any part deemed illegal during Saturday's race program and held until the conclusion of the race program on Sunday. This includes any part such as the long block assembly, cylinder head, carburetor or smaller pieces. The policy is to ensure that all parts found to be illegal on the first day of an event cannot return to competition on the second day.

All impounded parts that are not being held for Board of Trustee appeal will be returned on Sunday at a specific time specified by the Head Tech Inspector but not earlier than the conclusion of the first main event on Sunday.

According to WKA Executive Director Van Gilder, "WKA hopes that this additional procedure will help the competitors be confident that WKA continues to listen to its members and make adjustments that will make their race weekends easier to enjoy." He also reports that our 4-cycle Tech Inspectors will continue their aggressive technical inspection program in all 4-cycle series."

WKA also announces a change to the 4-cycle Technical Committee. Committee Chairman Steve Vermeer reports that Steve Baker will no longer be serving as an advisor to that committee. According to WKA Technical Director Dan Stowell, however, Baker will continue in his role as chairman of the Gold Cup Competition Committee. Stowell has assessed Baker's role as committee chairman and determined that Baker's position on this committee does not constitute a potential conflict of interest. His past performance in leading this committee in its deliberations on race procedures, event schedules, class structures and other non-engine related matters has been commendable.

-credit: wka

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