Pit Board 2009-12-07

WKA's Pit Board - 12.07.2009 *** Unlimited 2-cycle class rules for Daytona Dirt announced 12.07.2009 -- As previously announced, the Unlimited 2-cycles will return to the Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt program at the new Daytona dirt track.

WKA's Pit Board - 12.07.2009

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Unlimited 2-cycle class rules for Daytona Dirt announced

12.07.2009 -- As previously announced, the Unlimited 2-cycles will return to the Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt program at the new Daytona dirt track. The rules will be similar to those in place when these karts last raced with the WKA. They have been adjusted slightly to respond to karter requests for higher weights and to allow for engines that have slightly exceeded the previous maximum displacement.

Here are the rules that we will follow:

UNLIMITED 2-CYCLE
DRIVER REQUIREMENT: Age 15 and older.
ENGINE(S): Any reciprocating, normally aspirated, single-cylinder 2-cycle engine up to 155cc without gearbox.
FUEL: Open
MINIMUM WEIGHTS: 105cc, 300 lbs.; 120 cc at 340lbs, 140cc, 380 lbs. 155 cc, 420 lbs.
SPEC TIRE: WKA 2009 SPEC TIRES
OTHER: (1) Airbox not required. (2) Wedge body allowed.

Here are the rules for the wedge bodies that many of the Unlimited 2-cycle karts are now running:

2-CYCLE WEDGE BODY: The body will consist of a framework, a top panel, and 2 side panels. The body must be measured in race ready configuration. The body will allow for at least 1"clearance to the seat in all areas. No sharp edges or corners may be present on the body
FRAMEWORK: The framework must be of adequate construction to safely hold the other body components for expected race conditions.
TOP AND SIDE PANELS: The top and side panels must be constructed of non-metallic, fracture resistant material. Clear plastic that is likely to crack is not acceptable. Most other race plastics, corrugated plastic signboard and fiberglass are acceptable. The side panels must provide full wheel openings. They must not be more than 26" above the ground at any point. They may not extend over a line projecting from approximately the front axle centerline to a point no more than 26" above the ground, approximately vertical of the rear axle centerline. They may not overhang any wheel by more than 2" and not exceed 50 "in total width.

For the Daytona Dirt World Championships entry blank and schedule, go to www.worldkarting.com/.

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Mr. Daytona Scott Russell set to race Daytona Manuf. Cup

12.07.2009 -- Scott Russell, whose five wins in AMA's Daytona 200 earned him the nickname "Mr. Daytona," will race a go-kart on a national level for the first time in this month's Margay Sprint Championships for the George Kugler / Bridgestone Manufacturer's Cup Series driven by Mazda at Daytona Int'l Speedway.

Russell, 45, will drive an Ital Kart in the TaG, TaG Masters and Parilla Leopard classes at Daytona. The former World Superbike and AMA Superbike champion plans to use the prestigious karting event as a fun event and training session for this January's Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and other sports car racing in 2010.

"We're looking to have a good time and check out the (karting) scene," Russell said. "I by no means expect to go and win. (Karting) is something I've only been into for a short time. I've known about it for some time, but haven't been involved very long. The Rolex 24 (in January 2009) was the first car race I've ever raced. I need something to practice in and train me up a bit for the car racing. I'm really looking forward to having a fun time in Daytona."

Russell is a member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and is widely regarded as one of the best American motorcycle racers of his generation. After sustaining serious injuries in 2001 at Daytona, Russell retired from motorcycle racing. He made a return to motorcycle racing at Daytona in 2008 before switching his focus to car racing and now karting.

When asked if he has any further karting plans, Russell replied, "This is all I got planned for right now."

The Margay Sprint Championships at Daytona will go off Dec. 28-30 as a part of Daytona KartWeek by Cometic Gasket. The event will mark the first time three WKA national series will compete at the same venue. The Manufacturer's Cup and Dunlop Tire Road Racing Series driven by Mazda will be joined by the Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt Series competing on a brand-new quarter-mile dirt track outside turns 1 and 2 of Daytona's 2.5-mile high-banked oval.

Russell will join the rest of the stars of WKA's Manufacturer's Cup Series on Daytona's infield sprint course. Practice is Monday, Dec. 28, followed by two days of racing Tuesday and Wednesday.

For the Margay Sprint Championships entry blank and schedule, go to www.worldkarting.com/.

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Carolina Motorsports Park December practice dates

12.07.2009 (KERSHAW, S.C.) -- Carolina Motorsports Park is excited about being the latest addition to the WKA Rage Karts Speedway Pavement Series calendar for 2010. The track will be hosting an oval practice date on Saturday, December 19.

The track will be split to run both the oval and a half-mile configuration of the sprint track at the same time.

For anyone headed to Daytona for WKA KartWeek, CMP will be opening its doors for open kart practice on their sprint track on Saturday, December 26 and Sunday, December 27.

Here is a complete list for all the CMP open practice dates for December: 5, 6, 10, 16, 19*, 21, 26 & 27. All of the dates are for full course on the sprint track unless otherwise noted.

*It will be a split track on the 19th. CMP will run both the oval and half-mile configuration at the same time.

The cost will be $40 per driver and a $5 spectator fee per person to enter. The track will be open from 9 a.m. -- 4 p.m. We will stop the action on the track for lunch from noon -- 1 p.m. on Saturday and mandatory quiet hour and lunch from 11 a.m. -- noon on Sunday. All minors under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian to participate or enter the facility.

The keep with our open kart practice schedule, please go to www.carolinamotorsportspark.com or call 803-475-2448 if you have any questions.

-credit: wka

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