WKA's Pit Board - 06.16.2009 *** Mid-Ohio Road Race Grand National Provides Large Fields, Stout Competition 06.16.2009 -- The annual Dunlop Tire National Road Racing Series driven by Mazda Grand National at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course...
WKA's Pit Board - 06.16.2009
Mid-Ohio Road Race Grand National Provides Large Fields, Stout Competition
06.16.2009 -- The annual Dunlop Tire National Road Racing Series driven by Mazda Grand National at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course over the weekend saw the best field of road racers since the 2009 season opener at Daytona. The solid fields and tough competition were flanked by safe racing, close finishes in many classes and an amicable Mother Nature, who was kind enough to allow every class group to complete its entire, originally scheduled distance of either 30 or 45 minutes.
WKA road racers from all over the eastern half of country made the trek to Lexington, Ohio, for the much-anticipated event. After three straight events in the Deep South to open the season, many of the northern contingent of road racers jumped at the opportunity to race a bit closer to home at one of America's finest road courses. The entry counts proved it, as the final count was unofficially reported at in excess of 450.
In all, 53 classes -- 39 national and 14 local option -- took the green flag at Mid-Ohio. When the final checkered flag waved late Sunday afternoon, nine road racers were able to celebrate double national-win weekends while one driver -- Franklin, Wisconsin's Courtney Atkinson -- accomplished Mid-Ohio's only triple-win weekend.
Atkinson, who had numerous triple- and quadruple-win weekends in 2008 while in the junior ranks, put together her first triple-win weekend as a senior racer with wins in PP Can Lite, PP Can Sprint 360 #1 and PP Can Sprint 360 #2. After driving to her first ever senior victory last month at Roebling Road and backing it up with three wins at Mid-Ohio, the 16-year-old racer certainly has momentum on her side heading into the important summer portion of the National Road Racing schedule.
The nine racers leaving Mid-Ohio with two pristine Grand National Eagle trophies comprised: Kevin Webb in 100cc Controlled and 100cc Controlled Spec; Justin Taylor in 100cc Pipe Medium and Heavy; Walter Myers in Briggs Animal 335 and 360; Alec Meda in the two Briggs Jr classes; Scott Clark in WKA Sprint 1 and PP Can Sprint 380; Chuck Gafrarar in Spec 125 TaG 2 and Stock Leopard Sprint Final 2; Michael Moshenek in Stock Honda 1 and 2; Scott Buerman in Yamaha Sportsman Medium and Heavy; and John Pickens in the duo of WKA 125 Sprint Shifter classes.
At a WKA Grand National event, wins and successful races should mean a little something more to drivers and crews being that the event is more prestigious than the majority of the other races on the national schedule. For that statement to be true, fields need to be formidable and solid competition needs to be present. That clearly was the case at Mid-Ohio. Consider some of these fast facts:
-- WKA Sprint 1 started 19 karts at Mid-Ohio, two more than the class's 17-kart field at Daytona.
-- Yamaha Sportsman Medium started 20 karts at Mid-Ohio, seven more than the 13-kart field at Daytona.
-- Unlimited Final 1 had a 15-kart field at Mid-Ohio. There was only one Unlimited 1 entry at Kershaw and only three at Roebling Road.
-- 100cc Controlled and 100cc Pipe Heavy both started more karts at Mid-Ohio than at Daytona.
-- CIK 125 Shifter 1 saw over double the amount of entries at Mid-Ohio than at Daytona -- 23 at Mid-Ohio, 11 at Daytona.
Two incidents resulted in hospital transports. On Friday morning during practice, Chris Deckard's shifter kart suffered heavy damage in an accident with George Argiris. Deckard was treated on site but Argiris was transported to Med Central in Mansfield. George was treated and released by the hospital staff as made it back to the track Saturday before heading home to rest and begin the healing process. Veteran road racer Jim Farr Sr. was involved in an accident in the Unlimited Final 2 race on Sunday and had to be transported to Med Central, ultimately released with a few needle holes in him, a lot of bruises, some pain medications and orders to rest. WKA hopes both Jim and George are feeling 100 percent as soon as possible.
Mother Nature certainly cooperated with all races completed at their originally scheduled distance. Let's hope she didn't spoil us and the weather is just as pleasant next month when the Road Racing Series heads north to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin's Road America for Round Five of the nine-race national series. Thanks to all competitors, team members, officials and supporters for a terrific Grand National weekend at "The Most Competitive Track in the U.S."
To view the results from the weekend go to www.worldkarting.com/pg/series/rr/2009/rr-midohio.html
Holiday Inn Official Race Headquarters For July Road America Doubleheader
06.16.2009 -- With the first edition of the Zoom Zoom Nationals Mid Summer Classic quickly approaching at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, WKA officials are proud to announce the Holiday Inn of Manitowoc, Wis., as the official race headquarters for the July 10-12 events featuring the George Kugler / Bridgestone Manufacturer's Cup Series and Dunlop Tire National Road Race Series, both driven by Mazda.
Guests attending the weekend's activities can simply dial 1-800-Holiday, insert the Group code WK2, and view a very reasonable room rate for the weekend. The current rate is $79 plus tax. Rooms are available at this time, but will be going quickly in anticipation of the blockbuster weekend.
The Holiday Inn is Manitowoc's only three-diamond full-service dramatic three-story atrium-style hotel, providing a combination of 204 king and double rooms. Handicap rooms are available. Amenities include wi-fi throughout the hotel, suites with microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers, individual climate controls in each room and cable TV with pay per view movies. Complimentary issues of USA Today are also available during the week. A state of the art exercise room with a whirlpool, indoor pool and sauna are also available.
Additionally, the hotel is host to The Normandy Room, a full-service restaurant. If you prefer to eat out, there are several restaurants within walking distance, including Country Kitchens, Perkins, Applebee's, and Wendy's, among many others.
Be sure to make your reservations today and be a part of a history-making event on July 10-12 at historic Road America. Call 1-800-Holiday.
CKI Adds Rotax Master To Grand Prix Of New Jersey Plus Local Option Master Class, $1,500 Cash Prizes And Reduced Entry Fee
06.16.2009 (PHOENIX) -- Championship Karting International is expanding race options for competitors at the CKI Grand Prix of New Jersey on June 26-28 by adding a Rotax Masters class to the event. Run under RMAX Challenge rules and regulations, the Rotax Masters class features a $1,500 cash purse with the winner pocketing $500; 2nd place delivers $400 and 3rd place $300; 4th $200 and 5th $100.
"We've added the Rotax Masters class to the Grand Prix of New Jersey to provide local and master racers with more options to get in on the competition and enjoy the CKI series experience," states CKI Director of Operations Kevin Williams. "Adding a Masters class helps CKI offer racing opportunities to everyone, regardless of age. The karting community in and around New Jersey is strong -- the Masters should be a great event, just like every other division."
Entry fees for the CKI Rotax Masters class are set at the reduced rate of $200 -- a great deal to get on the track at NJMP for a full week-end of competition.
With the addition of the Rotax Masters, the field is shaping up to include a purse of over $25,000 in cash and prizes. In the hotly contested KF2 and KZ2 divisions, competitors will hit the track contending for a piece of a $14,000 cash purse. IAME Senior class competitors will shoot for a share of $6,000. KF3, IAME Jr. and Cadet classes will each feature a $3,000 education investment prize program. Once again, the CKI event will also include raffles for 2 IAME / Parilla Leopard motor, contributed by Italian Motors and Russell Karting Specialties.
The Championship Karting International 2009 series is a WKA-sanctioned four-event season. In addition to the kick-off at New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, Ind., in May, and the Grand Prix of New Jersey at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, N.J., June 26 -- 29; CKI will also host events August 6 -- 8 at California Speedway, Fontana, Calif., and October 9 -- 11 at Oklahoma Motorsports Complex in Norman, Okla.
For more information and entry forms, www.championshipkartracing.com.
Upcoming National Events
Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt Series
June 26-28, 2009
Jimmy Rivers Performance Works Nationals
Dexter, GA - GN
Bully Clutches Gold Cup Series
July 3-5, 2009
G and J Kartway
Upcoming Divisional Events
Deep South Sprint Series
Saturday, June 20
Springridge Raceway near Jackson, Miss.
Maryland Speedway Pavement
Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28
Sandy Hook Speedway in Street, Md.
Carolina Asphalt Summer Series
Saturday, June 27
OCR Action Sports Park in Rougemont, N.C.
Northeast Sprint Series (WKANESS)
Saturday, June 27
Oswego Speedway in Oswego, N.Y.
Midwest Sprint Series
Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28
Briggs & Stratton Motorplex at Road American in Elkhart Lake, Wis.