Rock Island Grand Prix news 2009-08-25

WORLD CLASS RACING AT ROCK ISLAND GRAND PRIX ROCK ISLAND, ILL -The Rock Island Grand Prix, the world's largest karting street race, will host an exciting schedule of races Labor Day Weekend, Sept.5-6, 2009. The competition, held in The Downtown...


ROCK ISLAND, ILL -The Rock Island Grand Prix, the world's largest karting street race, will host an exciting schedule of races Labor Day Weekend, Sept.5-6, 2009. The competition, held in The Downtown Rock Island Arts & Entertainment District, will feature top racers from across the country as well as international competitors.

Among the premier race events of the weekend will be the Superkarts! USA King of the Streets. This year's winner will receive a $2,000 check, entries to the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals in November, the Florida Winter Tour January 2010 opening round, and a special KartRaiser Electric Kart Stand (transportation model with tray valued at approximately $850) supplied by Michael Polizzi and Full Bore Karting LLC, as well as the coveted "Rock" trophy. The race is sponsored by PG Racing.

The Briggs & Stratton Rumble at The Rock will pay $2,000 to the top 4-cycle racers and the North American Street Championship will award a first place check of $1,500. Other classes pay $500 to win. All purse payouts are subject to meeting entry limits.

All eyes will also be on Gary Lawson to see if he can extend his record for most wins at the storied street race beyond the 14 he currently has to lead all competitors.

Presenting sponsors of The Rock Island Grand Prix are AT&T and Mazda Motorsports. Jumer's Casino & Hotel is sponsor of the $20,000 purse - one of the largest payouts in professional karting. Kart Expo International to be held Feb. 27-28, 2010 in suburban Chicago, also returns as a major sponsor. Holiday Inn in Rock Island is the host hotel and race headquarters. General admission to the races is FREE, although there is a daily charge of $10 for pit passes.

Action starts Saturday and Sunday at 8:15 a.m. and concludes at 6 p.m., or the end of the races. There is nightly outdoor entertainment beginning at 8 p.m. on the East Plaza Stage featuring The Brat Pack on Friday and The Travoltas on Saturday and Sunday night, sponsored by the Rock Island Brewing Co. These are all-ages shows and admission is charged.

This is the tenth year Rock Island will host Superkarts! USA's King of the Streets race. This year the Rock Island Grand Prix will also sponsor three TAG USA race classes - Junior, Senior and Masters. The event will also feature the Rumble at The Rock featuring the Briggs & Stratton overhead value Animal power plant, as well as an Animal Heavy class. Also featured this year will be the Tom Argy Jr. Sportsman class for drivers age 12-15, as well as a variety of other feature races for 2-cycle, 4-cycle and gearbox karts.

The Saturday Labor Day Ride fundraiser for the American Cancer Society to raise funds to battle non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is also part of the festival weekend. It is sponsored by The Daiquiri Factory, 1909 Second Ave. in The District. Sign-in is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and the last participant is due in by 6 p.m. All kinds of vehicles are invited, you must be over age 21 to participate and the entry fee is $10. . For more information, .

Saturday night will also feature a Gold Wing motorcycle Boogie Lights Parade around 8 p.m. featuring as many as 75 specially lit motorcycles. They will make several laps of the downtown race track. Admission is free.

On Sunday, those looking for a break from the racing and family activities will enjoy the HyVee Family Fun Zone located in the infield area of the track on Third Avenue.

John Deere & Co. returns as sponsor of the John Deere Awards Show for drivers and race teams. Festivities will wrap up just in time for fun on the outdoor stage featuring The Travoltas.

The Rock Island Grand Prix has drawn top drivers from 35 states as well as Canada, Bermuda, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, France, Italy, Poland, Costa Rica, the Philippines and England. Drivers will compete in 14 feature races.

Others sponsors of this year' Rock Island Grand Prix include: Zimmerman Honda; the Quad City River Bandits; CBS4 TV;; radio stations B100, 97X, Star 93.5 and Rock 104.9; The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus newspapers; Lafarge; Allied Waste Services;, Quad-Cities Online; National Kart News; and Mediacom.

Illinois Oil Products is the sponsor of VIP Hospitality Park. Other sponsors include Coors and Euclid Distributing, 61 Kartway, Briggs & Stratton, PG Racing, JET Karting, Triple E Sales, Modern Woodmen of America/Joe Schurr, HyVee food stores, Courtesy Car City,, VP Fuel, Sunbelt Rentals, Communications Engineering Corp.(CEC), CF Motorsports, Gas & Electric Credit Union, Rogan Inc., EZ Companies, JF Edwards Construction Co., County Waste, Communications and Catholic Credit Union, Damp's Tree Solutions,, J&J Camper and Full Circle Media.


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