Firstkart.com enters IRL Stars of Karting in 2006

Firstkart.com Signs up with the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL with a JICA Contingency Sponsorship for 2006 Seattle, WA (December 8, 2005) -- Championship winning importer First Kart North America and the Firstkart.com race team...

Firstkart.com Signs up with the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL with a JICA Contingency Sponsorship for 2006

Seattle, WA (December 8, 2005) -- Championship winning importer First Kart North America and the Firstkart.com race team have signed on as a patron sponsor of the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL for the 2006 season, continuing the relationship that was forged in 2005. In addition to the season long patron sponsorship of the series, which will provide Firstkart.com track side signage, P.A. announcements, and online promotion, The Firstkart.com race team has built in a contingency reward program for any driver who finishes on the podium in the JICA class throughout the '06 season. Drivers finishing in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place respectively in the JICA class on a First Kart chassis will be paid $150, $100, and $50 respectively.

"In our effort to be the best arrive and drive pro karting team in North America, we need pro level events to compete in," explained Team Principal Tony Ventresca. "Stars of Karting provide this, second to none. From presentation, to the competition, to tech, to the people, Stars of Karting is first class. It makes the decision to support the series very easy. We look forward to competing in every event on the Stars of Karting 2006 calendar."

"The whole Firstkart.com operation is just a pleasure to have around the paddock, and the way they have stepped up again to support the series and reward the racers on their products is great," said series Marketing Director Jeff Swoboda.

The Firstkart.com race team won National Championships in 2005 with Gustavo Yacaman in the PCH Motorsports JICA class and Zach Schiff in the King Taco Junior Shifter category. These championships fit well with '03's ICC crown that was won by Bobby Wilson. Their national level Arrive & Drive program is one of the best in the country and has been very popular among racers wishing to compete in the Stars series. The Firstkart.com operation is a high class program that goes to the track prepared and hungry for race wins and championships.

To learn more about First Kart North America and the Firstkart.com race team, you can visit them online at www.firstkart.com. To learn more about the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL go to www.starsofkarting.com. Those with any promotional or media inquiries should contact jeff@starsofkarting.com.

Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the Indy Racing League 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.

Snap-on Tools Company, LLC is a subsidiary of Snap-on Incorporated, a leading global developer, manufacturer and marketer of tool and equipment solutions for professional tool users. Product lines include hand and power tools, diagnostics and shop equipment, tool storage products, diagnostics software and other solutions for the transportation service, industrial, government, education, agricultural, and other commercial applications, including construction and electrical. Products are sold through its franchised dealer van, company-direct sales and distributor channels, as well as over the Internet at snapon.com. Founded in 1920, Snap-on is a $2 billion-plus, S&P 500 company headquartered in Kenosha, Wis., and employs approximately 11,500 people worldwide.

-starsofkarting.com

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Series Kart
Drivers Bobby Rahal , Bryan Herta , Bobby Wilson , Zach Schiff , Gustavo Yacaman