WKA: Pit Board 2008-08-26

WKA's Pit Board presented by AMB i.t. - 08.26.2008 *** Information Packets For KartFest Exhibitors Are On Their Way 08.26.2008 - KartFest 2009 is right around the corner and will be here in just a few short months. The annual karting exhibit...

WKA's Pit Board presented by AMB i.t. - 08.26.2008

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Information Packets For KartFest Exhibitors Are On Their Way

08.26.2008 - KartFest 2009 is right around the corner and will be here in just a few short months. The annual karting exhibit for the World Karting Association will be held the weekend of January 23-24, 2009 at the Hickory Metro Convention Center in Hickory, NC. For those who have previously been exhibitors, you can expect your space reservations and information packets in the mail any day now. If for some reason you do not receive your packet, please contact Marie at the WKA office at 704-455-1609 ext 11. Watch www.WorldKarting.com for more information as it becomes available.

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Kids Racing For Kids Makes Donation To Riley Hospital

08.26.2008 - NASCAR/IRL driver, John Andretti, has worked now for 12 years with Dave Wilson and radio station WIBC in raising money for Riley Hospital for Children through the Kroger Race for Riley, Presented by Cheerios.

On Saturday, August 16th, Kids Racing for Kids (KRFK) donated $4,000 to the Kroger Race for Riley, Presented by Cheerios at the New Castle MotorSports Park.

During the 2008 kart-racing season, KRFK has been donating $4,000 at each World Karting Association's George Kugler / Bridgestone Manufacturer's Cup Series driven by Mazda events. The four junior winners from the previous race each donate $1,000 in their name to the beneficiaries.

"Typically, our platform is child abuse and child advocacy centers," stated Caroline Lobaugh, General Manager for KRFK, "but the Kroger Race for Riley, Presented by Cheerios is such an important foundation not only to the racing community, but to the Indianapolis community as well."

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Things Heat Up For Brannam During Desert Race

08.26.2008 - Team Glacier Bear Racing went into the Best In The Desert Vegas-Reno 500 mile race full of optimism. Team drivers, Tiffany and Cliff Daniels and WKA competitor, Jessica Brannam, worked late into the night on the eve of the race planning strategy and plotting their course. Even though this was the first time for all three to try their hand at off road racing, there was no lack of confidence amongst the young group of drivers.

The morning of the race, the team found a few problems that needed to be addressed. The biggest of the problems was with the two-way radio system. Unfortunately, the crew was not able to correct the problem with the radios. This meant that the drivers would have to take to the desert course without a means of communicating with their crew.

As the truck was pushed into line at the starting grid anticipation was building. Tiffany and Jessica were scheduled to start the race with Daniels behind the wheel and Brannam navigating. The teammates declared, "We are ready"!

The two rookies drivers headed off into the desert. Meanwhile, the crew left to meet their drivers at the first pit stop area, 20 miles down the course. Brannam was scheduled to take over driving duties from Daniels at the first pit stop. As we all know, plans don't always work out the way they should.

After traveling only one mile, the Glacier Bear Racing Ford F250 was bogged down in the desert sand. The young ladies got out of their truck and proceeded to dig their truck out of the silt. After working for about 10 minutes, the teammates were able to free their truck and get back on their way.

Brannam said, "It was no big deal. We worked together and got ourselves unstuck". She went on to say, "We are not two helpless females out here, we are racers just like the rest of these guys"!

Brannam and Daniels did not let the set back get them down. In fact, they felt even more confident knowing they could get them selves out of trouble if they had to. Unfortunately for them, their troubles were not over.

At the five-mile mark of the five hundred mile race, the teams' truck started to lose power. Daniels pulled the truck off course to see if they could figure out what was wrong. As the drivers exited the truck they noticed a fire under it. The two quickly sprung into action to extinguish the flames.

Despite their efforts and the efforts of another team that stopped to help, the fire kept getting bigger. The ladies recognized that there was no saving the truck. Because they had no radio communication with their crew, they had no choice but to start walking through the desert to seek help.

Meanwhile, a very nervous crew waited at the first checkpoint for their drivers and truck to arrive. It had been over two hours since they last saw their drivers. Of course, the crew had no idea that the truck had burned to the ground and the girls were stuck in the desert.

"The worst thing was not knowing what was going on", declared team member and Brannam's mom, Diane. "We started the race worried about the girls not being able to communicate with us, and now we were just sitting there not knowing what was going on".

After the long wait, the crew was relieved to finally see their drivers coming into the checkpoint with the safety crew.

Unfortunately for Jessica and Cliff, they never got a chance to drive. "We were all very excited about getting our chance to drive. It just wasn't meant to be", Brannam said. She continued, "I am very grateful for the opportunity Glacier Bear gave me. This was an experience I will never forget".

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Upcoming Nationals

Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt Series
Sept 12-14, 2008
Target Distributing Nationals
Beechnut Raceway, Blountville, TN

Upcoming Divisionals

WKA Northeast Sprint Series
August 29 -- 31, 2008
Raceway Park
Englishtown, NJ
Dan Stowell 203.262.9845
www.wkaness.com

Midwest Sprint Series
August 30 -- 31, 2008
USA International Raceway
Shawano, WI
Missy or Chuck Tate 704.948.9700
info@midwestsprint.com

Tennessee Dirt
August 30, 2008
Beechnut Raceway
Bountville, TN
James Tucker 423.279.7761
www.beechnut.net
tucker55@embargmail.com

Tennessee Dirt -- WKA
August 30, 2008
Dumplin Valley Raceway
Kodak, TN
Mark Underwood 865.932.3410

Delaware Divisional Dirt Series
September 6, 2008
Delmarvia Motorsports Park
Seaford, DE
Jay Darling 302.363.4894
www.dekarting.com

Georgia Divisional Dirt Series
September 6, 2008
Dexter Raceway
Dexter, GA
Gene McCook 478.494.6683
www.gadirtdivisional.com
genemccook@gadirtdivisional.com

Maryland Speedway Pavement Divisional
September 7, 2008
Sandy Hook Speedway
Street, MD
Dave Koehler 410.882.2375
www.sandyhookspeedway.com
gtmachine12@yahoo.com

Pennsylvania Dirt Series
September 7, 2008
Selinsgrove Speedway
Selinsgrove, PA
Doug Dietrich 610.750.4501
www.padirtkart.com
ded58@verizon.net

Woodbridge Kart Club
Road Racing Regional Event
September 5 -- 7, 2008
Lightning Circuit @ NJMP
Bill Kassy 703.980.9667
www.woodbridgekartclub.com
bill.Kassy@gmail.com

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