Pit Board 2009-12-21

Daytona coverage available throughout KartWeek on WorldKarting.com 12.21.2009 -- For the second straight year, WKA will be providing daily coverage of the events at Daytona KartWeek by Cometic Gasket via its Web site, WorldKarting.com. The ...

Daytona coverage available throughout KartWeek on WorldKarting.com

12.21.2009 -- For the second straight year, WKA will be providing daily coverage of the events at Daytona KartWeek by Cometic Gasket via its Web site, WorldKarting.com. The coverage will include the racing at each of the three series in action at Daytona Int'l Speedway -- Dunlop Tire Road Racing, George Kugler / Bridgestone Manufacturer's Cup, both driven by Mazda, and the renewed Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt's World Championships at DIS's new quarter-mile dirt track.

WKA's Keith Shampine will be on location at Daytona helping to provide the coverage. Fans, racers and family members who can't make it to the Sunshine State for this history-making event can continue to log on to WorldKarting.com Monday, Dec. 28 through Wednesday, Dec. 30, for race coverage in the form of articles, unofficial results and photos from each event.

Practice for each of the three series will get under way the morning of Monday, Dec. 28. Racing will begin Tuesday morning and run through the end of day Wednesday. Pit pass sales, parking, pre-entry pickup and registration will take place Sunday, Dec. 27.

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WKA announces 2010 SFI / WKA Certified Technical Inspector Program

12.21.2009 -- WKA announces the 2010 SFI / WKA Certified Technical Inspector Program. For the fifth year this program will be providing trained and certified technical inspectors for WKA national and divisional racing series events and master tracks. The program is designed to ensure consistency in technical inspection and to recognize our technical inspectors for their proficiency and experience.

This year's training will include all of the latest rule changes, specification updates and tech inspection procedures. It will also include more information on the role of the tech inspector, tech room procedures and the protest and appeal process.

In addition to being trained and certified to conduct technical inspection, there are added benefits to becoming certified. Contact information for all SFI / WKA Certified Technical Inspectors is available to all WKA divisional series and master track officials. This helps series and track officials identify inspectors for their events.

Following is the initial schedule for training and certification:

Jan. 30: Greenville, South Carolina -- 4-cycle (At KartFest)
Feb. 21 (tentative): Englishtown, New Jersey -- 2-cycle and 4-cycle (At Raceway Park)
Feb. 27: DuPage, Illinois -- 2-cycle (At Kart Expo)

Additional seminar locations and dates will be added based on demand. We've already had interest in additional seminars in Florida and Nevada. For those interested in scheduling a seminar, contact WKA Technical Director Dan Stowell at dan@worldkarting.com.

These seminars are open to all WKA members in good standing. To register for a seminar, contact WKA General Manager Marie Borsuk at WKA headquarters. The cost of the seminar and certification examination is $125. The registration fee must be paid in advance. Marie can be reached at 704-455-1606 Ext. 11 or marie@worldkarting.com.

Members who wish to become certified as WKA technical inspectors will take the SFI / WKA Certification Examination at the conclusion of each seminar. Those passing the open book examination will receive a two-year WKA / SFI Technical Inspector certification. (Those not passing the examination will have one additional opportunity to take the test.) Based on their technical inspector experience, those who pass the exam will be assigned a certification level.

Level 3 -- Certified to lead technical inspection at WKA national, divisional and local events
Level 2 -- Certified to lead technical inspection at WKA divisional and local events
Level 1 -- Certified to lead technical inspection at WKA local events

WKA / SFI technical inspectors are certified for two years. Those inspectors who received their certification in 2008 must attend a seminar and take the examination again in 2010 to maintain their certification.

Inspectors who are certified at Level 1 and Level 2 may apply to move up a level at any time. To move from Level 1 to Level 2, inspectors must have some technical inspection experience. They must also attend at least two divisional or national events and demonstrate their skills by completing a full engine technical inspection under the supervision of a current Level 2 or 3 inspector. They must also demonstrate their ability to deal with competitors and show their knowledge of the protest and appeal process.

Level 2 technical inspectors can also apply to move up to a Level 3 at any time. To move from Level 2 to Level 3, inspectors must have extensive technical inspection experience at Level 2. They must attend at least two national events and demonstrate their skills under the supervision of a Level 3 inspector. They must also demonstrate their ability to deal with competitors and show their knowledge of the protest and appeal process.

It is important to note that the use of WKA / SFI Certified Technical Inspector credentials is limited to WKA sanctioned events and WKA master tracks only. Although WKA / SFI certified inspectors may work at non-sanctioned events, they may not use their credentials or their affiliation with WKA as part of their work at the non-sanctioned event. Promotion or use of the WKA / SFI certification at non-WKA sanctioned events may result in the loss of certification.

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Exhibit space still available for KartFest 2010

12.21.2009 -- Now on the cusp of WKA's biggest race event of the year, Daytona KartWeek by Cometic Gasket Dec. 27-30 at Daytona Int'l Speedway, after the first of the year karting racers, enthusiasts, promoters, fans and businesses around the country will shift their focus to WKA's biggest non-racing event of the season, KartFest 2010.

KartFest will continue its tradition of being held the last weekend of January, specifically the Friday the 29th and Saturday the 30th of 2010. But for the first time, the consumer trade show will be held at the Carolina First Center in Greenville, South Carolina. This new location is very convenient, just off Interstate 85 (I-385) in Greenville, right next to the Greenville Downtown Airport and near a number of hotels and restaurants.

There is still plenty of great exhibit space available for WKA's only consumer trade show. While many spots have already been taken, several prime locations are still available at the Carolina First Center's state-of-the-art conference hall.

If you're are interested in exhibiting or attending KartFest 2010, contact WKA General Manager Marie Borsuk as soon as possible. Marie can be reached at 704-455-1606 Ext. 11 or by e-mail at marie@worldkarting.com.

To view a floor plan of the show, an interactive map to Greenville, S.C., and other information, visit www.worldkarting.com/pg/events/kartfest/kartfest.html.

-credit: wka

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