WKA: Pit Board 2009-09-09

WKA's Pit Board - 09.09.2009 *** WKA launches new logo on 09.09.09 09.09.2009 -- Over the past few months, you may have noticed an ad running in WKA's Karting Scene magazine and on WorldKarting.com reading, "09.09.09." With the date here,...

WKA's Pit Board - 09.09.2009

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WKA launches new logo on 09.09.09

09.09.2009 -- Over the past few months, you may have noticed an ad running in WKA's Karting Scene magazine and on WorldKarting.com reading, "09.09.09." With the date here, the World Karting Association is proud to introduce a new look of WKA in the form of a newly designed logo.

The WKA logo which members are currently familiar with was designed in the '90s when WKA moved to North Carolina. The WKA team felt the logo had become outdated and a new design would symbolize the many changes the organization will experience over the past and future months and years.

Many different concept versions of the logo were drawn up, but after careful thought and consideration, the WKA team decided the original logo was very well known and shouldn't be completely overhauled. The decision was made to look at the current logo and figure out what made it so dated. The overwhelming thought was the colors. The bright yellow and red were two of the aspects of the logo that were determined to be out of date.

So, starting from scratch, the logo was redesigned, keeping some of the old concepts while incorporating new ideas and designs.

In addition to the color changes, the founding date has been added to the top of the logo along with the tag line, "The Foundation of Motorsports" at the bottom of the logo.

For the first time, WKA will have special graphics available for Web sites of WKA members, master tracks, divisional and regional series and sponsors. Members interested in graphics may contact WKA's Keith Shampine at keith@worldkarting.com or call 704-455-1606 Ext. 15. Master tracks, divisional, regional series and sponsors may contact WKA Creative Director Mike Traylor if you are interested in the new logo and graphics for a Web site or social networking page. Mike's e-mail is wkamag@worldkarting.com or phone 704-455-1606 Ext. 16. When e-mailing your request, please include the nature of your affiliation, a link to the Web site on which the graphic will appear and daytime contact information. Failure to do so may result in a delay of your request.

But the new logo is only the first of many new, exciting changes to take place over the coming months. These changes include the launching of a new Web site, which is currently in the works. There is still a great deal of work to be done to the new site, meaning WKA is unable to provide a launch date at this time.

2010 is sure to be an exciting year for World Karting and its members. Be sure to look for the new logo and other exciting changes coming in the near future.

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WKA / WKC Road Race National at New Jersey Motorsports Park special announcements

09.09.2009 -- In preparation for the upcoming WKA Dunlop Tire Road Racing Series driven by Mazda National at New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP), Sept. 25 -- 27, WKA and Woodbridge Kart Club officials would like to pass on the following information and reminders (as reported on the Woodbridge Kart Club Web site).

1. Minors -- To race in N.J., minors must present a birth certificate and summary of racing experience to the track prior to racing. Racing summary should include a brief report of the track name, season's races and classes raced. Please make sure you get your information to the track BEFORE the race weekend (preferably in NJMP's hands by Sept. 23). If your child must be approved at the track, delays will occur. A NJMP minor waiver will also be required upon your entrance to the facility for the event.

Please note Woodbridge Kart Club Event on your correspondence.

Mail to: New Jersey Motorsports Park c/o Joe Volpe 47 Warbird Drive Millville, NJ 08332 Fax to: 856.327.8835

2. Hot Pit restrictions -- Open toe shoes (flip flops, sandals, etc) are NOT allowed on pit road. Shorts are allowed on pit road.

3. WKC will continue its traditional Saturday Night Social with a Pulled Pork BBQ dinner scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. In addition to the pork, fresh corn on the cob and other sides will be served. Cost is $10 per person.

4. The NJMP Concession Stand will be open Friday and Saturday 7 a.m. -- 6 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m. -- 3 p.m.

5. Event load in will begin around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday with WKA and WKC sponsors moving in first.

Contact Karen McCollum (Karen.mccollum@gmail.com 443.716.3052) or Bill Kassy (bill.kassy@gmail.com) or visit the WKC Web site, www.woodbridgekartclub.com for additional information or questions.

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Team Valhalla 360 Plus Device upgrades now available

09.09.2009 -- Team Valhalla Racing recently announced that it would be providing a product upgrade for its innovative 360 Plus Device at no charge to its customers. The upgrade is now available and will be required on all 360 Plus Devices worn at WKA-sanctioned events effective Oct. 1.

To receive your free upgrade kit, send the following information to upgrade@valhallaracing.com.

1. What size 360 Plus Device do you have - Adult or Youth? If you have more than one, how many of each?

2. An address you want the kit sent to. An address with a PO Box is acceptable.

You can also visit www.valhallaracing.com to view this same information.

As a service to WKA members, Team Valhalla shipped a supply of the upgrade kits to the Aug. 28-30 Show Hauler Trucks Nationals for the George Kugler / Bridgestone Manufacturer's Cup Series driven by Mazda at Indiana's New Castle Motorsports Park. 360 Plus Device users were quick to take advantage of the opportunity and secure their upgrades at the event. They were able to easily install the new parts and use them in Sunday's races.

WKA sincerely appreciates Team Valhalla's willingness to provide this service to its members. No-charge upgrade kits will continue to be available at the WKA apparel trailer at future national events.

For those 360 Plus Device owners not attending a WKA national event in the near future, they can contact Team Valhalla to receive their upgrades by mail.

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New Briggs & Stratton Animal cylinder head not yet approved

09.09.2009 -- Briggs & Stratton has begun shipping a new Animal cylinder head with date code 09-26. This head also has been installed on the latest Animal engines being shipped from Briggs.

The WKA 4-cycle Technical Committee is currently examining this head and has not yet determined its legality. Until such time as the 4-cycle Technical Committee and the WKA Board of Trustees have approved the head, it is not legal for use at WKA-sanctioned events.

Watch for the latest information included in Pit Board announcements and on the WKA Web site.

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Upcoming WKA National Events

Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt Series
Shadow Racing Chassis Nationals
September 11-13, 2009
Hurricane Raceway, Alma, GA

Rage Kart Speedway Pavement Series
Pro Kart Racing Karts Nationals
September 18-20, 2009
BeaveRun Motorsports Complex, Wampum, PA

Upcoming WKA Divisionals & Regional Events

New Jersey Sprint Series
New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, N.J.
Friday, Sept. 11 -- Sunday, Sept. 13
Contact: John Ferris 908.876.9023
www.njsprintseries.com

Mid-Atlantic Sprint Divisional
Summit Point Raceway in Summit Point, W. Va.
Saturday, Sept. 12 -- Sunday, Sept. 13
Contact: Dave Koehler 410.882.2375

Midwest Sprint Series
Concept Haulers Motor Speedway in Norway, Ill.
Saturday, Sept. 12 -- Sunday, Sept. 13
Contact: Missy Nelson Tate 704.496.1046, Tim Koyen 608-235-4761, Rick Jump 815-827-3832
www.midwestsprint.com

Deep South Sprint Series
Springridge Raceway in Jackson, Miss.
Saturday, Sept. 19
Contact: Bobby Lane 601.668.0472
www.mississippikarting.com

Georgia Divisional Dirt Series
Dexter Raceway in Dexter, Ga.
Saturday, Sept. 19
Contact: Gene McCook 478.494.6683

Southern Kart Club (SKC)
SKC Fall Vintage Classic
Roebling Road Raceway in Bloomingdale, Ga.
Saturday, Sept. 19; Sunday, Sept. 20
Contact: Lindsay Fox 352.475.5034 or lindsay@lindsayfox.com
www.southernkartclub.com

-credit: wka

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