WKA's Pit Board - 05.18.2010 *** Speedway Pavement weekend format revised, practice fees waived 05.18.2010 - While the country continues to attempt a recovery from the worst economic time in decades, WKA officials continue to work to...
WKA's Pit Board - 05.18.2010
Speedway Pavement weekend format revised, practice fees waived
05.18.2010 - While the country continues to attempt a recovery from the worst economic time in decades, WKA officials continue to work to do their part to help maintain the integrity of their five national racing series. With lost jobs and income accounting for lower kart counts as a result of adjusted family budgets and lifestyles, it's obvious in an effort to maintain a solid program, given the current numbers, certain modifications need to be made.
In view of lighter than anticipated numbers at its first national event, the traditional Friday practice day for the Vega Speedway Pavement Series has been discontinued. Competitors will be able to arrive at the track on Friday afternoon, instead of Thursday, thus saving one day of work and school, and hotel stays for all parties involved.
The proposed format will still provide ample practice on Saturday morning, with competitors receiving no fewer than five rounds of practice on Day No. 1, followed by qualifying and main events for that day's classes. These changes will take place effective the next Speedway Pavement event, the 1-800-GOT-JUNK Nationals at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, S.C., June 25-27.
Day No. 2, which is Sunday, will resemble more of the current format, with the standard two rounds of practice, followed by the traditional Sunday morning worship service, qualifying and main events. All podium presentations will also be done at day's end on both race days.
While there will still be ample practice on Saturday, officials felt it was in the best interest to waive the standard practice fee, ranging from $30-$40, depending on status of time of entry in proximity to the event. While the Saturday schedule provides a full plate of activity, WKA guarantees breaks will be inserted periodically in accordance with the needs of the competitors.
World Karting is proud to have survived through some very tough times, allowing national competitors the opportunity to continue to compete against the best in the country. While change is not always welcomed, it has been massive change and adjustments, as well as a total team effort, which has afforded WKA to remain the best karting organization in the country, providing a proving grounds to drivers of all ages and talents, the opportunity to showcase those talents, as well as continue a great family bonding experience.
To view the updated entry blank for Kershaw, download the PDF entry/information form at www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2010/0625_kershaw_pave.pdf .
Correction on Monday Speedway Dirt Series Pit Board
05.18.2010 - On the heels of the Monday announcement with regards to the change on the Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt Series format, there was one discrepancy. While the announced fees were listed at $50 pre-entry, $55 at track, the actual new cost will be $55 pre-entry, $60 at track. Also, the local option fees are $45 / $50, as originally listed on the entry blank that coincided with the Pit Board. The press release did not list the proper adjustments.
The reduction in fees is still a $10 savings to the competitors in all classes they participate in for the balance of the year. For the competitors who have already pre-entered for the June 19 itsTV.tv Nationals at Margarettsville (N.C.) Speedway, you will receive a reimbursement at the event.
WKA apologizes to any competitors for any inconvenience incurred. To view the update Margarettsville entry blank, download the PDF entry/information form at www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2010/0618_marg_dirt.pdf .
Phil De La O is victorious at WSK North American Series
05.18.2010 (PHOENIX) - Team Top Kart USA / De La O Miinch Motorsports driver Phil De La O continues to add to his already impressive resume as he scored the victory in Sunday's KF2 class in the second round of the WSK North American Series by CKI. Taking place at the PKRA facility in Phoenix, De La O stole the show in Sunday's main event as he drove his TM-powered Top Kart to an unchallenged victory.
"I am happy to finally get a win in the WSK series," expressed De La O. " We were fast in both finals at New Castle but mechanical gremlins and some bad racing luck took us out of contention there. I felt that we were fast enough to get the win yesterday but again, failed to get the job done. I never give up and rarely get frustrated but was determined to win today. There are many wins on the horizon and hopefully this is the start of our streak of many."
Friday test sessions went well for the rookie senior driver as De La O was near the top of the time charts throughout the official practice day. Feeling very comfortable with the Top Kart and GKS prepared TM power, it was on to Saturday morning's festivities that started with qualifying. Looking to start the day off right, De La O circulated the PKRA facility in fine form turning the quickest lap of the session to take the all important pole position.
At the drop of the green flag in the pre final, De La O was a little slow to get on the power as the second and fourth place competitors managed to sneak by before the exit of the first corner. With a fast machine at hand, De La O would look to rebound as he quickly passed the second place competitor and set his sights on the leader. A passing attempt in corner seven would not work on this occasion and contact forced De Le O to retire for the race.
De La O would be back on track for the KF2 main event starting from the fourth position. With the goal of winning on his mind, De La O would quickly move into a podium position but could not challenge the lead duo and would settle for the third position when the checkered flag flew. Though he did not win the event, the Phoenix area resident managed to turn the quickest lap of the final.
"After Saturday's main event, I was frustrated with my lack of speed and chances to fight for the win," expressed the Top Kart driver. "When we began to prep the kart for tomorrow's action, we found that the axle was shifting throughout the main event and the brakes were dragging. Heading into Sunday I think we will be hard to beat."
On Sunday, another good start at the drop of the green flag for the final saw De La O shoot off into the lead and draw away from his competitors slightly. Concentrating on hitting his marks with each and every passing lap, De La O would hold the lead to score his first WSK North American Series KF2 victory.
De La O added, "I could visually see that some of my competitors were gaining on me slightly. I just tried to stay focused and concentrated on driving perfect laps. This is a great win for Team Top Kart USA, De La O Miinch Motorsports and I."
Phil would like to thank his sponsors and supporters for a successful year to date: Grand Products, Team Top Kart USA, Bridgestone Racing Tires, TM Engines, De La O Motorsports, Red Bull, AM Engines, Northwest Floor and Wall as well as his mechanic Ariel Castro.
For sponsorship opportunities and more information on Phil De La O, Jr. and De La O Motorsports, visit www.DeLaOMotorsports.com.