WKA: SoK: Series announces new exchange program

Snap-on Stars of Karting Series Inks Deal with Formula Kart Stars UK Exchange program will see six drivers compete in England The Snap-on Stars of Karting Series is pleased to announce that they have inked a deal with Formula Kart Stars UK...

Snap-on Stars of Karting Series Inks Deal with Formula Kart Stars UK
Exchange program will see six drivers compete in England

The Snap-on Stars of Karting Series is pleased to announce that they have inked a deal with Formula Kart Stars UK in an exchange program that will see six drivers travel to England for an event in July. FKS Six lucky and deserving drivers from the Snap-on Stars of Karting Series will have a terrific opportunity to compete in the toughest series in the UK. In exchange, six drivers from the Formula Kart Stars UK organization will be in attendance at the Race of the Americas held at New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, Indiana.

In the experience filled program, the six pilots for the Formula Kart Stars UK program will be provided with an arrive and drive chassis and engine program, event entry, pit spaces with respective team and all pit passes. Drivers will also receive all practice and race tires courtesy of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) through Grand Products. When North American pilots travel to Europe, they will receive the identical package as they look to fight for podiums and race wins in Europe.

"Giving our young drivers a chance to compete abroad is an experience of a lifetime," stated Snap-on Stars of Karting Series president Alan Rudolph. "We are the only national championship traveling series that North America has to offer. We provide racing competition that is second to none, and we gladly welcome our friends from the Formula Kart Stars UK Program."

Rudolph continued, "This is just another way that we are working with our series supporters and giving back to the karting community. I would like to personally thank Carolynn Hoy for her hard work in starting this exchange program in 2008 that we hope to continue for years to come."

Snap-on Stars of Karting Series drivers selected to compete in the Formula Kart Stars UK program will do so at the PF International Circuit in Grantham, England. With the nearest airport being London Heathrow International Airport, drivers will have the opportunity to experience one of the largest cities in the world throughout their travel.

"We are absolutely delighted that we are once again running our exchange driver program and that the program has been extended to include drivers from the KF2 and KF3 classes," explained Formula Kart Stars Executive Director Carolynn Hoy. "Our three young drivers last year really enjoyed the experience. We just loved the venue at Las Vegas, Wow! However, your drivers will be joining us at PF International, the UK's only international track and our flagship circuit, and I know that the U.S. drivers will enjoy it."

Hoy continued to say, "My thanks to the Snap on Stars of Karting team for making my idea of a driver exchange work so well and for the hospitality you extended to our drivers and my team. We are all looking forward to joining you at New Castle Motorsport Park in May and to welcome your drivers to PFI in July."

Always caring for the education of their drivers, the Snap-on Stars of Karting Series will ask each driver looking to compete overseas to complete a letter to series President Alan Rudolph. The letter should be sent via e-mail to Media@StarsOfKarting.com by the deadline date of Friday May 22, 2009 and include the answers to the following questions:

1. Why should you be selected to go to England in July and represent the Snap-on Stars of Karting Series?

2. What are your motorsports ambitions and dreams once you complete karting?

Open to each and every driver in the Snap-on Stars of Karting Series, six drivers will be selected to compete in England including three Cadets, two KF3 and one KF2 driver. Drivers not currently competing in these classes can enter the selection process and will be placed in the proper class if they have been chosen as a selected driver.

Along with the letter and answered questions above, the six drivers selected to travel to England will also be chosen based on being a Snap-on Stars of Karting member in good standing, performance throughout the 2009 season to date, as well as presentation and conduct on and off the track. Selected drivers will be announced at the podium presentations for the Race of the Americas at New Castle Motorsports Park.

The Snap-on Stars of Karting Series will continue to make announcements in regards to their 2009 national championship and prize package. Announcements for the Stars of Karting Western Division opener at the Jim Russell Infineon Raceway Karting Center in Sonoma, California will be forthcoming. Stay tuned to www.StarsofKarting.com for up-to-date news and information regarding the 2009 competition season.

Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by IndyCar Series is based out of Seattle, Washington, sanctioned by the World Karting Association (WKA) and owned and operated by 1986 Indianapolis 500 champion and IRL IndyCar Series team owner Bobby Rahal, IndyCar Series driver Bryan Herta and veteran karting promoter Paul Zalud. www.starsofkarting.com, www.worldkarting.com.

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The Indy Racing League was formed in 1994 to preserve the heritage and excitement of the Indianapolis 500 in U.S. open-wheel racing. The Indy Racing League is the sanctioning body of the IndyCar Series, the premier open-wheel racing series in the United States, and the Firestone Indy Lights Series, which serves as an essential stepping stone for drivers striving to reach the IndyCar Series. Indy Racing League events are available to a worldwide audience through a variety of multimedia platforms, highlighted by a long-term and broad-reaching partnership with ABC Sports/ESPN. The Indy Racing League is continually at the forefront of motorsports innovation with drivers, teams and tracks benefiting from major safety and technological improvements such as the SAFER Barrier, SWEMS wheel tethers, chassis enhancements, ethanol fuel and Delphi IRL Safety Team. www.indycar.com

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