WKA: Pit Board 2009-10-30

WKA's Pit Board - 10.30.2009 *** WKA announces several 2010 venues, date changes 10.30.2009 -- With the final few events still to be run for 2009, World Karting officials have been working diligently to secure dates and venues for the fast...

WKA's Pit Board - 10.30.2009

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WKA announces several 2010 venues, date changes

10.30.2009 -- With the final few events still to be run for 2009, World Karting officials have been working diligently to secure dates and venues for the fast approaching 2010 racing season.

With so many facilities intertwined with several of the series of racing, combined with school schedules, geographic locations of competitors and tracks, the decisions are getting tougher each year. As a result of these challenges, two series have date changes.

The season opener for the Bully Clutches Gold Cup Series will take place at the brand-new sprint track at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina. Recognized for years as one of the top southern venues for the Dunlop Tire Road Racing Series driven by Mazda, the two series will now take part in a doubleheader the weekend of March 12-14. The date was originally scheduled for two weeks later in the month, however, an unfortunate scheduling conflict with another racing series led to the change. Other changes to the Gold Cup schedule include a Fourth of July weekend stop at BeaveRun Motorsports Complex in Pennsylvania with the August date featuring the return of the doubleheader weekend at New Castle (Ind.) Motorsports Park with the Rage Karts Speedway Pavement Series and the series finale at the legendary G & J Kartway in Ohio in October.

While preparations are being made for the latest edition of Daytona KartWeek, including a brand-new dirt track, the balance of the dirt schedule and venues are currently being worked on. Included in that is a date change for the third dirt series event. Originally scheduled for June 4-6, the series new date will be June 18-20 at a yet to be finalized location. The remaining dirt venues will be announced shortly.

Other highlights on the 2010 schedule include the Manufacturer's Cup Series first ever visit to New Jersey Motorsports Park for the fifth and final race of the season, adding another doubleheader with the Road Racing Series. Other venues include Daytona, MRP of South Bend and New Castle Motorsports Park with the July venue being finalized.

The Speedway Pavement Series will christen their new season in April at OCR Action Sports Park in North Carolina. This marks the second consecutive year the Pavement Series will open at OCR. Stops for next year also include the July race at New York's Chapel Hill Raceway and an August stop at New Castle. A June date will be replacing the October venue with the series finale coming in September. Venues for those two dates will be announced shortly.

The 2010 tentative schedule now includes these races along with interactive Google maps to each track. To view the updated schedule schedule, visit www.WorldKarting.com.

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New Castle renews partnership with Bridgestone for 2010

10.30.2009 (ST. LOUIS) -- The nations leading karting facility, New Castle Motorsports Park, has confirmed that they will continue their longstanding relationship with Bridgestone and Bridgestone distributor Margay Racing LLC into the 2010 season and specify the Bridgestone YKC tire for all KRA race events.

"I want to thank Bridgestone and Keith Freber from Margay for their continued support of New Castle Motorsports Park and the fact that I believe we have a relationship with a tire company that produces the highest quality racing tire regardless of what form of motorsport they become involved with. I also think this is the most cost effective tire there is when you look at longevity and consistency. I look forward to a long relationship and an opportunity to grow the sport through our promotion at New Castle Motorsports Park," said NCMP owner Mark Dismore.

New Castle Motorsports Park and associated club Kart Racers of America host 14 club races, several special events (RoboPong 200, Ironman 150), and numerous other regional and national events that see over 3500 entries participating annually at the pristine central Indiana facility. Bridgestone was the exclusive tire for all KRA events in 2009 and this relationship will continue in 2010 with the new Bridgestone YKC compound as the 'spec' tire at all KRA events.

"We're proud that we have been able to extend our relationship with New Castle Motorsports Park and the entire Dismore family. They have consistently shown a deep commitment to the sport of karting and to making karting affordable and thus more accessible. The Bridgestone YKC has proven that it is a perfect fit for the Dismore philosophy of affordable and competitive karting," stated Margay Racing owner Keith Freber. "Bridgestone and Margay are privileged to be supporters of this great facility and excellent karting program," Freber continued.

For more information on the upcoming 2010 season at New Castle Motorsports Park, please visit www.newcastleraceway.com. For inquiries regarding Bridgestone kart Tires, please contact Margay Racing at 1-800-562-7429.

Based in Saint Louis, Mo., Margay is the most successful sprint kart manufacturer in the United States, supporting drivers in all divisions of karting and producing winning karts for countless local, regional, and national champions. Now in its 45th year, Margay is led by third-generation family member Keith Freber.

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Vote in the new WKA poll

10.30.2009 -- Be sure to take a moment to vote in the updated poll question on the WKA home page. The poll can be found in the right margin under the advertisements on www.worldkarting.com.

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