Pit board 2010-10-07

WKA's Pit Board - 10.07.2010 *** Daytona meetings complete; WKA sets sights on finalizing Daytona KartWeek, new Dirt program 10.07.2010 - Forty-eight hours following the final national event of the 2010 calendar year in Camden, Ohio, WKA ...

WKA's Pit Board - 10.07.2010

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Daytona meetings complete; WKA sets sights on finalizing Daytona KartWeek, new Dirt program

10.07.2010 - Forty-eight hours following the final national event of the 2010 calendar year in Camden, Ohio, WKA officials were in Daytona Beach, Fla., meeting with Daytona Int'l Speedway officials at the World Center of Racing, hammering out logistical and financial items necessary for the success of the 2011 edition of Daytona KartWeek.

In difference to one year ago, the dirt track is sitting in place, ready for action. Since Daytona Bike Week in March, a permanent wall and catch fence has been constructed on the front stretch, along with a permanent electronic scoreboard that denotes karting as one of the major focal points on the limestone surface.

On the Speedway Dirt side, the only construction that exists is a total revamping of the program itself. While 2010 was a year of constant tooling and retooling, going from money purses to awards and one-day shows, WKA officials recognized the need to start with a fresh sheet of paper. While specifics of the program have yet to be finalized, the new program would be an incentive based deal, driving competitors to the largest dirt karting event in history, recognizing one single champion per class as the ultimate champion in dirt. Details of the new program will be released shortly.

The repaving project of the 2.5-mile superspeedway is ongoing, with a completion date of early December, weather permitting. With Florida being in the midst of hurricane season, allowances have to be built into the time frame for completion. Once completed, many forms of motorsports will be competing for track time in an effort to get the edge they need for Speedweeks 2011 in February. That includes all three of NASCAR's touring series, the Rolex Sports Car Series for the 24 Hours of Daytona, as well as ARCA and motorcycles. So the reservation book is full with everyone competing for track time.

While not part of the program in December of this year, speedway officials left the door open to the possibility of a return of the Dunlop Tire Road Racing Series driven by Mazda to the Daytona high banks. Discussions between WKA and Daytona will continue throughout the early part of 2011 in an effort to render a future decision.

Activities for the George Kugler / Bridgestone Manufacturer's Cup Series driven by Mazda will continue as scheduled at the infield sprint track with the continued running of the Margay Sprint Championships. On the heels of the recently announced national schedule, the class structure for 2011 is currently being reviewed. Entry blanks for the latest edition of Daytona KartWeek for both Dirt and Manuf. Cup are expected out the week of October 18.

Stay connected to www.worldkarting.com for the latest Daytona KartWeek updates.

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WKA attending Parts Peddler Trade Show Nov. 19-21 in Syracuse

10.07.2010 - For the second year in a row WKA will be attending the National Parts Peddler Trade Show at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y. The 31st annual version of this staple Northeast motorsports event goes off Friday through Sunday, Nov. 19-21.

WKA found the organization's presence at last year's Parts Peddler Trade Show was valuable to the organization. The Northeast, and specifically Upstate New York where the show takes place, has long been a hotbed for sprint and oval-track karting with a number of karting venues located within a 100-mile radius of Syracuse.

New this year at the Parts Peddler is the inclusion of the SFI / WKA Certified Technical Inspector Program. This program offers training and certification for 4- and 2-cycle tech inspectors. Members who wish to become certified as WKA Technical Inspectors will take the SFI / WKA Certification Examination at the conclusion of the seminar, and those passing the open-book test will receive a two-year WKA / SFI Technical Inspector certification. For more information on the seminar and certification go here. www.worldkarting.com/pg/news/2010-10/10.05.2010-inspectorProgram.html

WKA's Keith Shampine and Coyote Motorsports' Jim Lipari will once again be on hand at the WKA booth. Last year Coyote brought a brand-new Gold Cup-style sprint kart and Cameron Vargo's champ kart, which helped make the WKA exhibit a terrific display featuring two different styles of go-kart.

The Parts Peddler show features exhibitors from all forms of motorsports with thousands of racers, fans and enthusiasts coming through the doors during the three-day event.

For more information on the show, visit www.partspeddler.us or contact Keith Shampine at the WKA office at 704-455-1606. Continue to check Pit Board announcements and WorldKarting.com posts for more information on WKA at the 31st annual Parts Peddler Trade Show.

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$500 Pro Shifter Race, two-hour enduro and more at Granite State Kart Fest

10.07.2010 (Loudon, N.H.) - Just when you thought you had to put away your kart for the long off season, the NHKA Racing Series up in New Hampshire is throwing an end-of-season party with a lot unique racing. They're calling it Granite State Kart Fest, and it's happening Saturday, October 16 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The day starts with two rounds of practice, followed by 30-minute finals with LeMans starts. All karts are invited: shifters, TaGs, 2-cycle, and 4-cycle sprinters and road racers.

Saturday's feature will be a Pro Shifter Race for both 125cc and 80cc karts that pays $500 to the winners (minimum 10 entries).

The day's on-track activities wrap up with a two-hour endurance race. Run it with a co-driver, or if you think you can do it on your own, go ironman style. But it'll be more than brawn that takes the win. You'll need to be smart about tires, fuel and tuning to win this one-of-a-kind challenge.

For cadets and baby karts, there will be a separate track on the infield. All day long there'll be races and open practice with no waiting. Young racers will get what they need the most - track time and plenty of it.

Then on Saturday night, everyone is invited to a potluck end-of-season party.

For more information and the entry blank, visit www.nhka.net.

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Championship Karting International finalizing 2011 plans

10.07.2010 (Tempe, Ariz.) - Championship Karting International, North America's premier national kart racing series, has been hard at work preparing for the season ending CKI Series Grand Championship hosted by the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, along with being well under way with 2011 plans.

CKI recognizes the need to get information out to racers as soon as possible so they can build out their budgets and set their plans. Working from a detailed Customer Survey commissioned during the 2010 season, the staff and management of CKI also wanted to be sure they got feedback from the karting community as everyone works through the changing motor sport landscape in North America. Continuing its' Race Lives Near You program, which supports karting at all levels and the exciting Karting's Got Talent programs, CKI is focused on ensuring its' racing operations are in full alignment with these ground breaking programs.

CKI will begin the racing side of their operations early in 2011 as they move forward with the sophomore season of the CKI Florida Cup. Following on the success of the inaugural season in 2010, officials will return the series to Homestead Karting located just outside of Miami, Florida. Taking advantage of warm weather and a great facility, the series will run a double race weekend format at popular karting destination run by industry veteran Tony Schroeder. Racers and teams looking to get the head start on the season can expect great racing, fantastic awards and top-notch support. CKI understands the value of winter season testing and also is aware of the high cost associated with running at multiple venues. By running at a single location, the CKI Florida Cup hopes to keep testing and logistics to a minimum as racers look to maximize their off season program. Look for dates, classes and prizes to be released following the CKI Grand Championships.

"The entire CKI Team is looking forward to returning to Miami Homestead Speedway. Tony and his crew do a great job," comments Series Manager, Kevin Williams. "Homestead Karting is a great track and we see some real value in running the same venue for the entire series. This will help keep testing costs down and allow out-of-state competitors to be up on the wheel with the local boys."

While the season begins for CKI in the sunny south of the sunshine state, as the year moves forward and the rest of North America begins to thaw, racers will be looking to take on the best in North American kart racing. CKI officials have been hard at work polling drivers and industry leaders looking for that always elusive perfect mix of classes and venues. CKI will begin with a new format as they run two events on the US East Coast and two events on the US West Coast. Each weekend will be a double-header event giving racers four finishes to carry into the final weekend of action. The 2010 season will end the year back at the CKI Grand Championships were all class champions will be crowned in this exciting East vs. West combined event. Look for dates, classes and prizes to be released following the CKI Grand Championships.

"Beginning the year with the Florida Cup gives drivers and teams some cost effective off-season racing. Then we move right into out new national format with new classes," continues Williams from his home in Las Vegas. "All early indications from our racers is that they love the change in structure. And then we end it with a combined weekend at the Grand Championship to crown our national class champions. Supporting the racers at all levels is important to our program."

CKI has been proud to develop two major programs that support this philosophy including the Race Lives Near You and Karting's Got Talent. These ground-breaking efforts, along with the national race series, gives CKI the strongest portfolio of karting programs in the industry. The Grand Championships at Mandalay Bay will start with Thursday optional practice on October 21st, followed by official event practice on Friday, October 22nd. The double racing action begins on Saturday with a full slate of classes running on Sunday. The weekend of racing action will be followed by the awards and class championship presentations all set poolside on Sunday night.

Be sure to check out the online entry forms, tire order forms and hotel information. Stayed tuned for more details on the upcoming 2011 CKI Florida Cup and the 2011 CKI National Series. Entries for the CKI Grand Championship at Mandalay Bay are being accepted online at www.ChampionshipKartRacing.com.

About Championship Karting International

Championship Karting International (CKI) offers North America's highest level of kart racing available today. Through a partnership with WSK Promotions, the leading international karting competition series, and sanctioning by the World Karting Association, CKI promotes and operates the national WSK North American Round of the WSK World Series. In addition, CKI's outreach programs provide young karters the opportunity to build a kart-oriented racing career or climb the ladder to professional auto racing for more aspiring drivers. Through safety, fairness, and sportsmanship, CKI maintains the utmost level of professionalism available in karting. For more information, visit www.championshipkartracing.com.

-source: wka

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