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Stars of Karting Returns to Action at Pacific Grand Prix Program ready to hit the ground running after major events in the sport MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, WA (July 7, 2009) - The Stars of Karting series will return to action on the...

            Stars of Karting Returns to Action at Pacific Grand Prix

Program ready to hit the ground running after major events in the sport

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, WA (July 7, 2009) - The Stars of Karting series will return to action on the July 11-12 weekend after overhauling its competition program, taking full advantage of the opening of the all-new Pacific Grand Prix venue located in Kent, Washington. The series has re-focused its efforts and will spend the remainder of the season building a regional program for the 15-turn 0.82-mile circuit and this weekend's event will be the start of big things for the organization.

The weekend's race program will feature all the classes run by Stars of Karting in the past, including Cadet, KZ2, KF2, KF3 and TaG ICC. Additionally, the program will offer classes for Rotax, TaG and Stock Moto drivers, all focused on evolving the series to address the needs to its current clientele. Series head Paul Zalud is excited about the new program and it ready to get the ball rolling.

"We are thrilled to ge t this first race in the books," said Zalud from his office located at the PGP facility. "We are now an approved Rotax series and hope to be making an announcement soon about another program we'll be adding to our menu of events. After a short break in the action, in which we restructured the Stars series while also opening our beautiful new racetrack, it's time to get back to wheel-to-wheel action. I'd like to personally invite everyone to come out and sample Pacific Grand Prix, and my experienced Stars of Karting staff is ready and waiting, as always. I know that they're as excited as I am."

Zalud is no stranger to building regional karting series in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to taking over the then Stars of Tomorrow operation earlier in the decade, Zalud was the promoter of the SKUSA Cascade Region, one of the strongest regional programs for Superkarts USA!. Zalud is pleased that the Stars of Kart ing will be maintaining its strong ties to the WKA and he is also looking to add some WKA local classes to the program as it evolves into 2010.

"We have to take a look at how things work out," added Zalud, realizing that some major evolutions could be on the horizon for the series. "If we have no support for KF or TaG ICC locally, then we will look to add other classes that are supported by the area racers. Right now, it's all about providing the correct product for the customers who are excited about racing at the new PGP facility."

Pacific Grand Prix is located at Pacific Raceway in Kent, WA within the Seattle metropolitan area. The new track is already drawing interest from drivers who race cars at the 2.1-mile Pacific Raceways road course, as well as those new to the sport.

"The response to the track has been outstanding," Zalud said. "We're seeing good interest in the track and the next piece is to begin building the regional program under the Stars of Karting brand."

Stars of Karting is based out of Seattle, Washington, sanctioned by the World Karting Association (WKA) and owned and operated by veteran karting promoter Paul Zalud. The Stars of Karting Presented by the IndyCar Series represents the pinnacle series in the sport of karting and often times the first step to a career in motorsports. With its association with the IRL and other key motorsport entities, the Stars of Karting gives racers the chance to move onward. Likewise, the racers in the series are among the most talented, promising drivers today and warrant attention in their own right.

-credit: sok

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