WKA's Pit Board - 02.18.2010 *** Inaugural Gold Cup opener at Kershaw only 3 weeks away 02.18.2010 -- There will be plenty of "firsts" when the stars of the Russell Karting Gold Cup Series hit the track for the Michigan Kart Supply Nationals...
WKA's Pit Board - 02.18.2010
Inaugural Gold Cup opener at Kershaw only 3 weeks away
02.18.2010 -- There will be plenty of "firsts" when the stars of the Russell Karting Gold Cup Series hit the track for the Michigan Kart Supply Nationals March 12-14 at Carolina Motorsports Park, and that's not referring to the 18 national class first-place trophies that will be up for grabs.
The 2010 Gold Cup opener marks another trip to the Carolinas for the historic 4-cycle sprint series, but unlike past years, the trip won't be to Charlotte Motor Speedway's sprint course in North Carolina. The Gold Cup's Northeast-, Midwest- and Mid-Atlantic-based teams will continue about an hour past Charlotte into South Carolina and to Kershaw, where the Carolina Motorsports Park (CMP) has played host to numerous racing series since its opening in 1999.
CMP added a new attraction to its facility last year when a 0.7-mile sprint-kart track was built. The new track has been christened with practice sessions throughout the winter, and now a national series event will be held on it for the first time ever. A mostly even playing field will be the case when practice rolls off the morning of Friday, March 12, as very few Gold Cup racers have ever turned a lap on Kershaw's sprint course.
Kershaw will mark the inaugural doubleheader event of the 2010 season, featuring the Gold Cup Series joining the Dunlop Tire Road Racing Series driven by Mazda for the first time. Doubleheader events have become popular additions to WKA's national schedule over the past handful of years. In 2009 three twin bills were on the WKA schedule, and the number in 2010 is even greater with second-annual versions of the dual cards at Road America and New Castle, and a new doubleheader at New Jersey Motorsports Park in September.
The Michigan Kart Supply Nationals will be the first Gold Cup race run under the series' new title sponsor, Raymore, Missouri-based Russell Karting. In fact, Russell is associated with both national series racing this March at CMP. Dunlop Tire, of which Russell is the exclusive U.S. importer, is the title sponsor for the Road Racing Series which has annually held a spring event at Kershaw since 2000.
A number of new classes, some national and some local option, are a part of the Gold Cup circuit in 2010. New national divisions are Briggs Animal Modified Medium and Heavy, which replace Briggs Super Stock. Animal Modified Medium will run Saturday and Heavy on Sunday.
Local options include new classes for Clone and Briggs LO 206 engines. For juniors, Restricted Jr Int'l 4-cycle Pure Stock 1 and 2 are now offered. For senior drivers, Int'l 4-cycle Pure Stock 1 and 2 and Briggs LO 206 Medium and Heavy are on the card. Announcements regarding the Clone and LO 206 divisions will be made soon.
The snow and adverse weather have been hitting most of the eastern half of the country hard this winter, but now deep into February, the light at the end of the tunnel is beginning to shine a bit brighter. The Michigan Kart Supply Nationals is less than a month away, and with Gold Cup joining the longstanding Road Racing national at CMP for the first time, this event is primed to be the best WKA race ever at the popular road racing facility in Kershaw, S.C.
Start digging that hauler out of the snow and get the heaters fired up in the garage, Kershaw will be here before you know it. Pre-entries will be accepted until March 3. Go to http://www.worldkarting.com for the entry blank.
2-, 4-cycle Certification class available in Northeast and Midwest
02.18.2010 -- A WKA / SFI Tech Seminar will be held this Sunday at Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey. The class offers two-year WKA / SFI certification for 2-cycle and 4-cycle tech inspectors. The seminar at Englishtown will be held in the Raceway Park tower and begin at 10 a.m. and conclude around 2 p.m. Cost of the seminar and certification examination is $125. The class will culminate in an open-book exam with the 2010 WKA Tech Manual, and attendees must be WKA members in good standing.
Directions to Raceway Park can be found on their Web site, www.racewaypark.com.
The following weekend on Saturday, Feb. 27, another WKA / SFI Tech Seminar will be held in conjunction with the Kart Expo International 2010 show Saturday, Feb. 27, at the DuPage Expo Center in Saint Charles, Illinois. The seminar will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost and procedure is the same what's listed in the first paragraph.
For more information on the Englishtown seminar, contact WKA District 8 Trustee John Ferris Jr. at email@example.com or visit www.WKANESPS.com.
For more information or to make a reservation for the Kart Expo Int'l show seminar, contact Marie Borsuk at the WKA office. Marie can be reached at 704-455-1606 ext. 11 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To visit the Kart Expo International Web site go to http://www.e-kmi.com/KARTEXPO/ .
Sponsors stepping up for Gold Cup Money Race
02.18.2010 -- With many competitors in the Midwest and Northeast still digging out from the biggest winter blast in decades, the date on the calendar for the season opener for the Russell Karting Gold Cup Series looms larger every day. In just three weeks, the birth of a new racing season will grace the all-new sprint track at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina, for the Michigan Kart Supply Nationals March 12-14.
While many new national and local-option classes have been added to this year's race order, the series will maintain some tradition as the Animal Heavy Money Race, a competitor and fan favorite in 2009, will kick off the new season on Friday afternoon following a full day of practice activity.
The intrigue of the pill draw and Grand Prix-style starts are but two of the many exciting facets of the race. Running on a brand-new track will add to the mystery of who will be crowned the first Money Race winner of 2010.
Last year, many sponsors stepped up to the plate to provide product and money to the talent-laden field. As a result, every competitor in the field received some type of reward for their efforts.
This year, World Karting is proud to announce Thor Oil and Baker Racing Engines as the first to place their name on the list of companies providing product. With the new title sponsorship, Russell Karting will also be donating items to the cause. The race will again feature a 75-percent payback, providing money payouts to the top five. The goal is for the balance of the field to also receive something for their participation in the event.
Any additional sponsors wishing to participate in the program may contact Steve Baker at 419-217-3881 or Buddy Long at 704-455-1606, extension 19. For more information on the Michigan Kart Supply Nationals, go to www.worldkarting.com.
WKA 4-cycle Tech Committee announces tech updates
02.18.2010 -- The WKA 4-cycle Technical Committee met on January 31 and made several decisions regarding the International Class engines and the new Animal RT-1 cylinder head.
1. The committee addressed questions about the exhaust system on the International Class engines. There have been no changes to the rules published in the most recent Tech Updates. Maximum length on header and muffler is 14" and minimum is 10". The header must be single stage maximum 0.750" outside diameter, 0.635 ID inside measurement. The muffler must be the Weiner type, part No. 89966. The muffler must be screwed on. In addition the header and muffler may not be welded together, the tech inspectors must be able to separate the header and pipe for inspection.
2. The new Animal RT-1 head will be inspected exactly the say way as the earlier heads with two exceptions: the valve seat height and the head thickness. These measurements will be determined after further inspection of RT-1 heads in the field.
3. In an effort to maintain consistency, the following International Class engine camshaft specifications have been adopted: Duration check for Intake and Exhaust lobes. Intake duration of 218.5 degrees at 0.050" lift. 85.5 degrees at 0.200" lift. Exhaust duration of 221.5 degrees at 0.050" lift. 96.5 degrees at 0.200" lift. (All checks will allow +2 degrees for wear and gauge variances.)
4. The restrictor plate in the Pavement Series Sportsman I Lite and Heavy and the Sportsman I Champ Lite and Heavy are printed in error in the 2010 Tech Manual. The classes a three-hole restrictor plate with 0.225" holes (purple).