WKA: IRL SoK: Memo Gidley to run at PRI All-Stars

Memo Gidley, Secrets of Speed, and Trackmagic Team up for the All Stars Karting Classic Seattle , WA -- (November 17, 2006) : Open-wheel and sports car star Memo Gidley has teamed up with his Secrets of Speed Book Series and longtime karting...

Memo Gidley, Secrets of Speed, and Trackmagic Team up for the All Stars Karting Classic

Seattle , WA -- (November 17, 2006) : Open-wheel and sports car star Memo Gidley has teamed up with his Secrets of Speed Book Series and longtime karting team Trackmagic to attack the All-Stars Karting Classic event at the PRI Show on December 14, 2006. Gidley, who has committed to the event from day one is excited to mix it up with many of his karting, open-wheel, and sports car buddies in Florida, "This is going to be big!" said Gidley. "When I was asked to do another celebrity race I was thinking--oh no--just another PR exercise that has nothing to do about racing. Then I was told about the format of this All Star Classic race where we race not only some great car drivers--but some awesome karters and I was in! It's going to be a hard, fast, and aggressive race and I can't wait to go at it!"

Trackmagic owner Andrew Alphonso was honored to have a driver of Gidley's experience and profile on-board on such a high-profile stage like the All-Stars Karting Classic, "I am excited to have a talented driver like Memo represent Trackmagic at the PRI race. I feel honored that Memo has chosen to continue his relationship with Trackmagic after Fausto Vitello's passing. Memo and Trackmagic have historically made an excellent team and I can't wait to see what happens at December's race." Memo will not only be busy on the track, but off of it as well as he will be promoting his Memo Gidley Secrets of Speed Book Series at the PRI Show. Secrets of Speed Editor Jeff Grist see the PRI Show, and the All-Stars Karting Classic as a venue to bring together a wide variety of business objectives, as well as having a little fun, "Memo and I have had a blast writing books together over the last five years and have always talked about putting some type of racing program together. I hope this is a small step towards something bigger in the future. As the most respected name in North American karting Memo brings a high level of commitment to everything that he does," states Jeff Grist from the Secrets of Speed offices outside Toronto, ON.

Gidley is included in an star-studded lineup for the race that includes Marco Andretti (IRL), Bryan Herta (IRL), Buddy Rice (IRL) Tomas Scheckter (IRL), Ron Capps (NHRA), Doug Herbert (NHRA), and Wayne Taylor (Grand-Am). The race will be organized by the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL and filmed for two separate one-hour broadcasts on the Versus Network (OLN) with Snap-on advertising support. The featured teams at the event will be the SSC East, First Kart North America, Trackmagic, Tony Kart USA, Sodi Racing USA, Grand Products-Top Kart, Champion Racing-Intrepid, and BTK-Arrow teams from the Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the IRL. The racers will utilize karts with the popular 125-cc electric start spec engines that have proliferated the marketplace in recent years. Series title sponsor Snap-on Tools has also stepped up to support the event on multiple levels as have Douglas Wheels and Alpinestars.

Racing action will start at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, December 14 on a temporary track constructed adjacent to the Convention Center. Show attendees will be able to progress straight from the PRI Trade Show's Happy Hour directly out to the racing action. Admission will be free to anyone with a PRI Trade Show badge. Those with any interest or inquiries regarding the event should contact Jeff Swoboda at jeff@starsofkarting.com. Those looking to participate in the PRI Trade Show should contact Reed Morales at ReedM@performanceracing.com. To learn more about Memo Gidley's Secrets of Speed Book Series go to www.mgspeedsecrets.com. To learn more about Trackmagic go to www.trackmagic.com.

The Performance Racing Industry Trade Show is the world's largest racing trade show, and attracts approximately 42,000 racing industry members worldwide from over 40 countries. This annual trade show provides a professional atmosphere for racing industry buyers to meet with manufacturers of hardcore racing components and shop machinery to see the products up close. The 19th Annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show will be held December 14--16, 2006, in Orlando, Florida, at the Orange County Convention Center www.performanceracing.com.

Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the Indy Racing League is based out of Seattle, Washington, sanctioned by the World Karting Association (WKA) and owned and operated by 1986 Indianapolis 500 champion and IRL IndyCar Series team owner Bobby Rahal, IndyCar Series driver Bryan Herta and veteran karting promoter Paul Zalud. www.starsofkarting.com, www.worldkarting.com.

Snap-on Tools Company, LLC is a subsidiary of Snap-on Incorporated, a leading global developer, manufacturer and marketer of tool and equipment solutions for professional tool users. Product lines include hand and power tools, diagnostics and shop equipment, tool storage products, diagnostics software and other solutions for the transportation service, industrial, government, education, agricultural, and other commercial applications, including construction and electrical. Products are sold through its franchised dealer van, company-direct sales and distributor channels, as well as over the Internet at snapon.com. Founded in 1920, Snap-on is a $2 billion-plus, S&P 500 company headquartered in Kenosha, Wis., and employs approximately 11,500 people worldwide.

Formed in 1996 by Tony George, Stars' presenting sponsor Indy Racing League provides the ultimate in wheel-to-wheel racing excitement through the IndyCar Series and Menards Infiniti Pro Series. The 2006 season marks the 11th year of competition for the IndyCar Series, the pinnacle of open-wheel racing in America. The 14-race schedule, featuring 11 ovals, two road courses and a temporary street circuit, consists of the most events in season history. The Indy Pro Series, an essential stepping-stone for drivers and teams striving to reach the IndyCar Series, will feature 12 races in 2006, including four events on road courses and two on street courses. www.indycar.com.

-credit: sok

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Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Doug Herbert , Ron Capps , Memo Gidley , Bobby Rahal , Bryan Herta , Wayne Taylor , Buddy Rice , Marco Andretti , Tony George