SKUSA: No license restrictions at Rock Island GP

The Rock Island Grand Prix announced today that effective immediately, the inaugural running of the FIA/CIK Intercontinental C class at the Rock Island Grand Prix will not have any national license restrictions. The Rock Island Grand Prix and ...

The Rock Island Grand Prix announced today that effective immediately, the inaugural running of the FIA/CIK Intercontinental C class at the Rock Island Grand Prix will not have any national license restrictions.

The Rock Island Grand Prix and Superkarts! USA also announced that the Formula IC portion of the Rock Island Cup Series would be suspended. The Formula G1 Rock Island Cup Series will be run to its conclusion with the exciting final East meets West showdown at the Rock Island Grand Prix, August 31-Sept. 1.

In issuing the statement, Roger Ruthhart, RIGP president, said that the Grand Prix's original goal this year was to work within the framework of existing rules for the FIC class. In that regard only SKUSA homologated motors will be legal.

Jim Murley, president of Superkarts! USA, said that although his organization had originally worked with the Rock Island Grand Prix to promote the Rock Island Cup Series, SKUSA's only official involvement in the Rock Island Grand Prix is with the King of the Streets race for SuperPro drivers.

``However, a one-off, open license race for drivers of all levels at an independent event like Rock Island, offers a tremendous barometer for SKUSA to measure where we might be going in the future. We support what they are doing,'' Murley said.

The Rock Island Grand Prix and Superkarts! USA have enjoyed a 5- year relationship. Besides co-sponsorship of the King of the Streets the past 3 years, SKUSA has been a contractual partner providing timing and scoring services at Rock Island with its national race team, Ruthhart said.

``Many of SKUSA's SuperPro drivers will already be in town for King of the Streets. Some of these drivers have the IC motors sitting in their trailers. It doesn't make sense to not let them race. Running an open license race at The Rock will give us all a chance to see how far this class has come in its first year of competition,'' Ruthhart said.

The Rock Island Grand Prix is on Labor Way Weekend, August 31- September 1, 2002, and this year will feature 15 classes of 2-cycle, 4-cycle and gearbox karts. SBC/Ameritech and Bi-State Home Improvement are Presenting Sponsors of the Rock Island Grand Prix. Jumer's Casino Rock Island and Kart Expo International are also major event sponsors.

Questions concerning the Rock Island Grand Prix should be sent by email to grandprix@qconline.com, call (309) 292-8133, or visit the web site at www.rockislandgrandprix.com .

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