Two SCCA Pro Racing/WKA Constructor's Championship rounds to be included on international karting calendar. CENTENNIAL, Colo. (June 6, 2002)--- International kart racing returns to the United States with the SCCA Pro Racing/WKA ...
Two SCCA Pro Racing/WKA Constructor's Championship rounds to be included on international karting calendar.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (June 6, 2002)--- International kart racing returns to the United States with the SCCA Pro Racing/WKA Constructor's Championship, which launches at Road America July 28. Two of the events in the four-race championship will be listed on the International calendar under the sanction of the Commission Internationale de Karting (CIK), creating a championship within a championship.
Drivers from all over the world will have the opportunity to challenge the best North America has to offer for the U.S. Championship featuring events at Road America and Charlotte. Drivers such as Formula 1 regulars Jarno Trulli and Jenson Button have already honed their skills while competing in the United States at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C.
The SCCA Pro Racing/WKA Constructor's Championship will include two championships. Rounds One, at Road America, and Four, at Charlotte, will serve as the U.S. Championship on the International CIK calendar. The entire series, which also includes Round Two, at Norway, Ill., and Round Three, at Marshalltown, Iowa, will crown North America's top pilot in the Cadet, Formula Yamaha Jr., World Formula Jr., ICA, ICC, and Senior ICC classes.
"The return of international karting to the United States brings back some tremendous memories," said WKA President Randy Kugler. "Entertaining the world's best karting pilots made our drivers step up to the plate. The competition was at a premium and it brought our teams to the level they need to be. The U.S. will once again welcome the world's best to garner the U.S. Championship. Tighten up your helmet straps because we are ready!"
"Bringing the worldwide competition back to American soil is very exciting," said Burdette Martin, President of the Automobile Competition Committee for the United States (ACCUS). "With the birth of the new World Formula category the future of karting looks very bright."
"The U.S. Championship offers an excellent opportunity for international karting drivers to compete against drivers from North America." said Mitch Wright, SCCA Pro Racing Vice President and General Manager.
"Our gratitude goes out to Yvon Leon of the CIK for his ongoing support of this program," added Kugler. "The United States needs an International presence. This program should serve the need."
The World Karting Association was formed in 1971, conducting its first events the following year. WKA has become the largest sanctioning body for karting in the United States, along with being one of the largest in the world. Events are promoted at hundreds of dedicated karting facilities each season, as well as established automobile racing circuits including Daytona International Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway and Road America. Drivers such as Indy Racing League Champion Sam Hornish, Jr., NASCAR® drivers Ricky Rudd, Tony Stewart and Casey Atwood began their careers racing in the WKA.
SCCA Pro Racing Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of SCCA, Inc., sanctioning the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup, the longest continuously-running road racing series in America; the Speed World Challenge GT and Touring Car Championships, the most exciting production-based road racing in North America; the Pro Spec Racer series, an ultra-competitive entry-level professional series putting the emphasis on driver ability in identically-prepared, purpose-built racecars; and the Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship, the top entry-level professional open wheel series in North America.
Founded in 1944, the Sports Car Club of America, Inc. is a 63,000-member motorsports organization, which incorporates all facets of autocross, rally, and both club and professional motorsports events. It annually sanctions over 2,000 events through its 109 regions and professional subsidiary. Landmark events for the Club include the Club Racing Valvoline Runoffs® National Championship races at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the Solo II® Nationals and ProSolo® National Series at Topeka, Kansas, the ProRally® Championship and the United States Road Rally Championship, in St. Louis, Mo.
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