VIRginia Int'l Raceway news 2007-07-17

Third Annual Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals Superstars Kart Enduro Challenge Approaching DANVILLE, VA. - The third edition of the popular Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals Superstars Kart Enduro Challenge promises to be one of the highlights of the AMA...

Third Annual Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals Superstars Kart Enduro Challenge Approaching

DANVILLE, VA. - The third edition of the popular Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals Superstars Kart Enduro Challenge promises to be one of the highlights of the AMA Superbike race weekend at VIRginia International Raceway.

Held annually, as part of the AMA Superbike National race weekend, the Kart Enduro Challenge pits teams of a fan, a professional rider, a media member and a staff member from VIR, AMA, M1 Entertainment or a sponsor in a challenge on VIR's 5/8-mile Plantation Valley Kart Track. Driving one of twelve identically prepared 50cc Zip karts, each member of a team gets seven laps on the course, with their fastest lap recorded. The team with the lowest total elapsed time, determined by adding the members' fastest laps, wins the event. The winning team receives a trophy, a group photo of all the participants and a free three-day pass to the 2008 Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals. Of course, the Challenge would not be complete unless the winning team has a chance to defend their trophy, so the entire winning team receives an assured entry in the next year's Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals Superstars Kart Enduro Challenge.

A pair of the twelve fan rides are already confirmed, with last year's winner, Shepherdsville, Kentucky's Derek Martin, returning to join his winning teammates: Honda Racing's Jake Zemke and M1 Entertainment's Lindsay West and Scott Russell. "It was great racing with those guys," said Martin after last year's victory. "Most fans don't ever get to do anything like that. I've walked around the track and watched them race, but to actually get to race with them was great. All the guys were really nice and I'll definitely be back next year."

Fans who purchase tickets prior to the August 3 deadline will be eligible to have their names drawn to participate in this year's Kart Enduro, so visit or telephone 770-965-4565 or 770-965-4566.

The event will be promoted by Cameron Gray's Colorado-based M1 Entertainment and, as always, offers a variety of ticket packages to fans of the Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals Presented by Dunlop Tire and RockStar Energy Drink. Standard three-day general-admission tickets with paddock access will be available ($65 advance/$75 at gate), as will one-day tickets for Friday ($25, not available in advance), Saturday ($50/$60) and Sunday ($50/$60). General car parking will be available for $5, and infield car parking is priced at $10. Motorcycle parking will be free. Those who wish to camp can purchase a weekend camping pass for $50 per vehicle (all persons in a campsite must have an admission ticket), and a parade lap of the track can be obtained for $10.

Advance ticket sales will end at 5:00 pm on August 13. Tickets ordered too late to mail (after August 7) will be able to be picked up at Will Call at the track.

M1 Entertainment president Cameron Gray promises that fans will get more than they bargained for at the 2007 Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals.

"This is our third year promoting the Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals at VIR," said Gray, "and we have outdone ourselves each year. This year is going to be no different. The Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals is getting a reputation as one of the can't-miss, best-deal-for-fans events on the calendar, and we intend to keep it that way. We're going to have promotions, exhibitions, displays, vendors and special events scheduled throughout the weekend, and I guarantee nobody will go home disappointed! VIR is a great facility, and to have the best motorcycle racing in America from the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited on this awesome track, along with all the other stuff we have planned, fans would have to be crazy not to come out and join in the fun! Once again, it's going to be a knock-down, drag-out, weekend-long motorcycle party, and anyone who misses it is going to be sorry!"

Providing more than just the usual spectacle for fans, the 2007 Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals promises multiple big-screen television monitors so fans won't miss any of the action, a bigger and better vendor area and more fun and games for the children with a special section for them in the infield.

Pit Walk Passes, which allow cold pit access, will be available for $20 in advance or $30 at Registration only. There are only 1000 of these passes available, and access is good for all practice and qualifying sessions throughout the weekend. Fans are reminded that closed-toe shoes are required in the cold pit area. Also, you must be 16 years or older to enter the pit area.

The Big Kahuna Pass is sure to be popular with fans, and includes three-day admission, paddock access, a Pit Walk Pass, a Parade Lap, a car parking pass and an official 2007 Big Kahuna hat. This offering is limited to 2000, and is available for $110 (sold in advance only).

Also available this year is the Southern Suzuki SuperPair, which includes three-day admission, paddock access, a car parking pass and an official 2007 SuperPair hat for both the Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals at VIR and the Suzuki Superbike Showdown presented by Makita at Road Atlanta, Aug. 31 - Sept. 2. The SuperPair is available for only $99.

There are two levels of Hospitality Passes available. The Pagoda Hospitality Suite includes three-day admission, Paddock Access, a car parking pass and hospitality access to the banquet hall and balcony located above The Pagoda Grille in the main paddock on Saturday and Sunday. Only 400 Pagoda Hospitality Suite Passes will be available, and are priced at $125 (sold in advance only). For children 5-12 years of age, the Little Pagoda Suite is available for $40 (sold in advance only).

Perhaps the most remarkable bargain for fans is the Garage Suite ticket, priced at $260 (sold in advance only). This ticket includes three-day admission, paddock access, a Pit Walk Pass, car parking pass and access to one of VIR's pitside suites overlooking the pit lane. Each climate-controlled suite can accommodate 20 people, and features closed-circuit coverage on a flat-panel plasma TV, private bathroom and catered continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack with drinks (cash bar service also available). There are only 40 Garage Suite tickets available, and they are expected to sell out quickly, so interested fans are advised to act quickly to reserve theirs.

All current military personnel will receive a $20 discount and free car parking with a copy of a current military ID or by presenting their ID card at Registration (during Registration hours only). Groups of 20 or more will be eligible for a 15-percent discount, providing the order is paid for with one credit card (advance only). Discounts do not apply to the following: Big Kahuna Passes, Garage Suite tickets, Pagoda Hospitality tickets, Pit Walk tickets and all parking/camping passes.

Children aged 12 and under will receive free admission, when accompanied by a paid adult, but must have a Little Pagoda Hospitality Suite Pass to enter the Pagoda Hospitality Suite area.

-credit: vir

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Series AMA , Kart
Drivers Scott Russell , Jake Zemke