WKA: Pit Board 2009-10-22

WKA's Pit Board - 10.22.2009 *** Road Racing championships to be decided Oct. 30 - Nov. 1 at Road Atlanta 10.22.2009 -- Only two events remain on WKA's 2009 national schedule, and one will go off next weekend as the Dunlop Tire Road Racing...

WKA's Pit Board - 10.22.2009

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Road Racing championships to be decided Oct. 30 - Nov. 1 at Road Atlanta

10.22.2009 -- Only two events remain on WKA's 2009 national schedule, and one will go off next weekend as the Dunlop Tire Road Racing Series driven by Mazda heads to Road Atlanta for the ninth and final round of the popular tour. The series' 39 national classes plus a host of local-option races will take the green flag for the last time this season and only less than two months before the 2010 campaign kicks off at the annual Daytona KartWeek by Cometic Gasket.

But before Daytona comes to the forefront, road racers will have Road Atlanta on their minds. National championships will be on the line at the 12-turn, 2.54-mile course and those not in the points hunt will be focused on winning the battle as they put their best efforts toward the last chance of the season for a national race victory.

This will be the sixth consecutive season the Road Racing Series will end the year at Road Atlanta. The northern Georgia facility has provided WKA with a fine late-fall season closer after Lowe's Motor Speedway discontinued enduro-style road racing after the 2003 North American Karting Championships. Entry counts have consistently been near or above the 600 mark, and another terrific turnout is expected for this year's event after a strong 2009 season for Road Racing Series.

Some close point battles to keep your eye on at Road Atlanta include 100cc Controlled, which has only 17 points separating first-place Lance Fry, second-place Jim Fry and third-place Kevin Webb. Lance is also in a grudge match in Formula 100, which shows him in a tie with Wisconsin's Don Chrzan.

Tennessee's Jerred Hembree holds a slim 23-point lead over Jon Evans in Briggs Animal 335. A solid race by Hembree could lead to the driver's first senior national championship in his first season in the senior ranks. In another close Briggs battle, only 34 points separate Andrew Bruner from Steve Johnson in Animal 385.

Blake Casner is looking for a multi-championship season in the junior enduro ranks. He has a commanding lead in Jr Enduro Lite but he's only 22 points ahead of Alex Marchese in Jr Enduro Heavy. Casner is also in the mix in Jr Sprint Heavy; Ray Maxwell leads him by a slim 15 points while Derek Somers is only 75 points out of the lead. Somers has a large lead over Casner in Jr Sprint Lite.

The duo of Spec 125 TaG classes is extremely close. Saturday TaG 1 has New Hampshire's Kevin Learnard clinging to a nine-point advantage over North Carolina's Chuck Gafrarar. Chuck G leads Sunday's TaG 2 by only five points over Virginia's Brian Fisher.

Other tight battles include WKA Sprint 2 (Scott Clark 1065 over Adam Myers 1033); Stock Honda 1 (Michael Moshenek 1280 over Noah Stark 1218) and PP Can Sprint 360 #2 (Courtney Atkinson 1265 over Myers 1166).

Practice gets under way Friday at 9 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. The first race group is slated to go off Saturday at 10:30 a.m. following a morning of practice.

Remember Saturday is Halloween. Kids (and adults) are encouraged to dress up and trick or treat through the paddock. Teams are encouraged to bring candy and other treats to add to the atmosphere.

For a full rundown of the weekend, visit www.worldkarting.com/pg/series/rr/rr-main.html.

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WKA to exhibit at Parts Peddler Trade Show Nov. 20-22

10.22.2009 -- WKA will utilize a rare open spot in its schedule between the end of the 2009 season and beginning of 2010 to attend the 30th Annual National Parts Peddler Trade Show Nov. 20, 21 and 22 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y. WKA will have a booth at the show, which will include a brand-new kart, WKA's Karting Scene magazines, membership applications, signage, literature and more.

This year's Parts Peddler show will mark the first time ever WKA has attended the popular event, which has been a longtime off-season staple for racers in New York and all over the Northeast. Nearly every form of racing is represented at the show, and many racers utilize the event to find great deals on new and used chassis, parts, pit and safety equipment and much more.

Coyote Motorsports, located not far from Syracuse in Spencerport, N.Y., will provide the WKA display with a brand-new Coyote XP sprint chassis. Coyote's Jim Lipari and WKA's Keith Shampine will be on hand to speak to fans and racers to promote WKA and the sport of kart racing.

Information regarding the Parts Peddler Trade Show can be found at www.partspeddler.us. Those interested in attending can also contact Keith Shampine at keith@worldkarting.com or 704-455-1606 Ext. 15.

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CKI brings international competition to America in WSK America Series

10.22.2009 (PHOENIX) -- Championship Karting International (CKI), America's premier national karting series, will be taking the sport to the next level in 2010 as part of an exciting new association with the European-based WSK Promotion. The CKI braintrust will be bringing the emerging program to America next season, beginning a relationship that will be further strengthened heading into the future. In an unprecedented decision to take a hands-on role in helping to develop the sport through a global initiative, CKI's leadership is continuing its forward-thinking support of US karting by elevating the national karting scene to a level never before witnessed on American soil. In 2010, the WSK North American Series will make its debut.

As part of this new partnership with the WSK, all of the events on the 2010 CKI schedule will be promoted and operated by Championship Karting International, sanctioned by the World Karting Association, under the WSK banner. The program will offer both international and domestic Categories in 2010, for the full schedule of Championship Events that will be announced in the near future.

"Our customers' demand for the challenge of international participation, paired with the American strength, in classes that offer something for everyone, has been a continual recommendation, and we wanted to respond with a positive program to blend both into a successful series of competition," states Series Director Kevin Williams. "Continual growth of the International categories in this country, along with support for the traditional American classes, drove us to bring in more competitive elements of our already successful program."

The WSK program, under the direction of Luca De Donno, has experienced great success in Europe through rich competition and karting support. With CKI's achievement of becoming the premier national karting program in America, the organization's founders felt that the association of the two would increase its program's appeal.

"Since the inception of CKI, many our customers have asked us to expand our program to bring in more drivers, both from within the US and internationally, and this program allows us to do that. Over the past few years, WSK has enjoyed tremendous success and has evolved into the premier kart racing organization throughout the world. With our success with promoting national karting in this country, we are excited to bring added competition to our customers," states CKI co-founder Phil DeLaO. "We've enjoyed an incredibly successful inaugural season, and selecting WSK to further strengthen our position in the USA is testament to our commitment to making CKI a premier international series. We anticipate a long and expanding relationship with WSK and WKA in 2010 and beyond."

"I'd like to thank the World Karting Association for working with us to build the CKI program -- their partnership and assistance has been, and will continue to be, a critical component to our success," comments RJ Valentine, CKI co-founder. "We anticipate the affiliation with WSK will allow for more international drivers to compete in America and more opportunities for our American drivers to expand their racing globally."

"It is with pride that the staff of the WSK Promotion takes the opportunity to cooperate with a partner like CKI," Mr. De Donno said. "The organization of a series of major events such as Championship Karting International by meeting the target at the first attempt, constitutes the visiting card for a very winning team. That is the reason why, I am sure CKI is bound to go fast, on the same road to success our WSK International Series has found. It is no accident that we decided on the cooperation with CKI to carry out WSK World Series plan, ready to come to the USA, in 2010. We consider CKI as the perfect partner to start a long-date collaboration, and to realize and share new ideas to promote the development of racing karting sport."

Championship Karting International is a WKA-sanctioned Series, offering a six-event National Format throughout the 2010 Calendar Year, which is joined by a three-event CKI Florida Cup, January, February, and March.

Plans are underway for the 2010 season with this new affiliation, and will be announced in the near future. For more information, visit www.championshipkartracing.com.

-credit: wka

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