WKA: Pit Board 2009-08-04

WKA's Pit Board - 08.04.2009 *** Speedway hopes new track will hit pay dirt DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (08.04.2009) -- A quarter-mile dirt track for motorcycle and go-kart racing will find a temporary home beside Daytona International Speedway, ...

WKA's Pit Board - 08.04.2009

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Speedway hopes new track will hit pay dirt

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (08.04.2009) -- A quarter-mile dirt track for motorcycle and go-kart racing will find a temporary home beside Daytona International Speedway, according to plans released Thursday.

The multimillion-dollar flat track, with 5,000 temporary seats and lighting for night events, will allow Speedway officials to bring the AMA Pro Racing dirt bikes and the World Karting Association dirt racers to the Speedway site.

The dirt bikes have been racing at Municipal Stadium during Bike Week in the spring. The karts have been racing the past two years at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville during Daytona Kart Week in December.

The move resulted from the city's plans to renovate Municipal Stadium, including installation of an artificial turf.

"Over the years, Municipal Stadium has been a great venue for us, and the city of Daytona Beach has been a great partner," said Robin Braig, Speedway president. "With theirredevelopment plans for Municipal Stadium, which included replacing the dirt that we used for the flat track with sports turf, this was a logical step."

Percy Williamson, director of Leisure Services for the city, said the new turf at the stadium will allow freshman and junior-varsity football and soccer to return to the site and will set up the city to bid for the state high school football championship games and the NCAA Division I (formerly 1-AA) football championship.

Construction of the dirt track, which will be made of lime rock, is scheduled to begin in the fall, and track officials hope it will be ready for the December go-kart races.

Mike Kidd, director of flat track racing for AMA Pro Racing, said the move into the midst of Bike Week activities is "fantastic."

"This will allow us to kick off the 2010 short track racing season in grand style," he said.

Daytona Motorsports Group, led by International Speedway Corp. Chairman James C. France, bought the race series in 2007 from the American Motorcyclist Association.

Supercross motorcycle events, which draw 60,000 or more spectators, will continue in the tri-oval area of the Speedway, and racing will continue on the high banks, Braig said.

The flat-track events draw 300 to 400 entrants, said Andrew Booth, Speedway spokesman.

"This is very important for us to grow our dirt track efforts," Braig said. "We're bringing it to the world center of racing, right outside the high banks. And the participants and fans will get to experience all of Bike Week at the same time."

Booth said, "For the flat-track guys, this is their Daytona 500."

The track will be outside Turns 1 and 2 of the Speedway in the west parking lot. After the spring and winter races, the area will be converted back to parking and camping for other racing events.

Williamson said the grass-and-dirt field at Municipal Stadium could not support the heavy use from local teams.

"We had four or five games there some weeks, then Bethune-Cookman (University) played there on Saturdays," Williamson said. "By mid-season, the middle of the field was a mud hole."

Junior-varsity and freshman games were moved to other fields.

The $900,000 turf installation -- funded through grants from the county and the Daytona Beach Racing and Recreational Facilities Commission -- will allow those games, as well as soccer matches, to return. And Williamson said the field will support field hockey and lacrosse when local high schools add them to their sports programs.

The city hopes to add 4,000 seats to the 10,000-seat stadium as part of its five-year capital improvement plan.

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Championship Karting International selected to run Performance Racing Industry's 2009 PRI / CKI Karting All-Star Classic on Dec. 10

PHOENIX (08.04.2009) -- With its reputation as the nation's premier national karting series getting stronger with every event, Championship Karting International (CKI) is pleased to announce the sanctioning and organizing of the 4th Annual PRI All Star Karting Classic at the annual PRI Trade Show, in Orlando, Fla., on the evening of December 10, 2009.

The race has become a highlight of the trade show, attracting top drivers from NASCAR, IndyCar, NHRA, ALMS, Grand-Am and motorcycle racing who return to their karting roots to the delight up to 5,000 fans and motorsports industry insiders outside of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The event also provides the perfect showcase for a strong contingent of the rising stars from kart racing to share the spotlight with their heroes and role models. Rising young talents Matt Jaskol (2006 Karter Division Winner), Gary Carlton (2007 Karter Division winner) and Joel Miller (2008 Karter Division winner) are just a few of the sport's young superstars in the wings to have used the event as a sneak preview to future motorsports success.

This annual kart-racing event has become well known worldwide for its unique atmosphere that allows fans and industry business leaders the chance to rub elbows with some of motorsports superstars as they prep their karts and get ready for battle on the tight, temporary circuit. The post-season date allows racing drivers from different categories to interact and catch up with one another after the conclusions of their intense full-time racing calendars.

The race will once again be televised on national television thanks to two separate half-hour broadcasts on the Fox Sports Net Cable networks, produced by Masters Entertainment. One half-hour broadcast will feature the Karter Division competition while the other will feature the All-Star division competition. The broadcast will provide the most extensive exposure of the sport of karting throughout North America of any event in 2009. The 2008 broadcast yielded a national audience of over 700,000.

In addition to the action that takes place during the race, North America's karting distributors have utilized the on-track and off-track business opportunities the PRI Trade Show offers to showcase their products to the broader motorsports professionals. Last year saw 14 karting distributors utilize the trade show and the race as a marketing tool for chassis, engines, tires, and other karting components.

"From Indy 500 winners and NASCAR legends to the motorsports stars of the next generation, the PRI Karting All-Star Classic is a highlight of the year for fans," states CKI co-founder RJ Valentine. "We're honored to have the opportunity to showcase what CKI has accomplished in our first year. Our mission is to groom the next generation of drivers through the most open, competitive national kart series in North America. Partnering with the PRI Trade Show and becoming involved with the 4th Annual All-Star Karting Classic will help us further our goal of providing the very best race experience for our competitors. I look forward to seeing everyone in Orlando this December."

About CKI

The Championship Karting International 2009 series is a WKA-sanctioned 4-event season. The next event, CKI Grand Prix of California, will take place at the CalSpeed Karting Center at Southern California's world famous Auto Club Speedway, August 7-9. In addition, events have been held at New Castle Motorsports Park, in May, and New Jersey Motorsports Park, in June. A season finale will take place at Oklahoma Motorsports Complex, Norman, OK, October 9-11. For more information visit www.championshipkartracing.com.

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Upcoming National Events

Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt Series
August 14-16, 2009
Hanging Rock Kartway, Kershaw, SC
www.worldkarting.com/pg/series/ds/ds-main.html

Dunlop Tire Road Racing Series driven by Mazda
August 14-16, 2009
Putnam Park Road Course, Mount Meridian, IN
www.worldkarting.com/pg/series/rr/rr-main.html

Upcoming Divisional Events

Great Lakes Sprint Series
Friday, Aug. 7 -- Sunday, Aug. 9
New Castle Motorsports Complex in New Castle, Ind.
Contact: Penny Farmer 616.453.0737
www.glsseries.com

New Jersey Sprint Series
Friday, Aug. 7 -- Sunday, Aug. 9
Raceway Park kart track in Englishtown, N.J.
Contact: John Ferris 908.876.9023
www.njsprintseries.com

New Hampshire Karting Association
Saturday, Aug. 8, Sunday, Aug. 9
New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H.
Contact: David Whitesell 603.434.9778
Keikarter@myfairpoint.net
www.nhka.net

Carolina Asphalt Summer Series (July 25 rainout & originally scheduled event)
Saturday, Aug. 8
OCR Action Sports Park in Rougemont, N.C.
Contact: Ollie Spain 336.214.8072
olliesworld@yahoo.com
www.raceocr.com

New York Asphalt Championship Series
(Formally Chapel Hill Pavement Div Series)
Saturday, Aug. 8, Sunday, Aug. 9
Chapel Hill Raceway in Humphrey, N.Y.
Contact: Mike Friel 716.945.3150
chraceway@aol.com
www.chapelhillraceway.com

Mid-Atlantic Sprint Divisional
Saturday, Aug. 8, Sunday, Aug. 9
Sandy Hook Speedway in Street, Md.
Contact: Dave Koehler 410.882.2375
www.sandyhookspeedway.com

Delaware Dirt Divisional Series
Saturday, Aug. 8
U.S. 13 Kart Club Track in Delmar, Del.
Contact: Jay Darling 302.363.4894
jayandjulied@live.com
www.dekarting.net

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Drivers David White , Matt Jaskol , Joel Miller
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