WKA: IRL SoK: New Castle canceled

North American Championships at New Castle is Cancelled Seattle , WA -- (April 18, 2007) : It is with great regret that the Stars of Karting, World Karting Association, and ACCUS must announce the cancellation of the 2007 FIA-CIK North...

North American Championships at New Castle is Cancelled

Seattle , WA -- (April 18, 2007) : It is with great regret that the Stars of Karting, World Karting Association, and ACCUS must announce the cancellation of the 2007 FIA-CIK North American Championship scheduled for June 1-3 in New Castle, IN. The cancellation is due to factors that would have limited the participation of key participants needed to ensure success and also new criteria imposed on these high level and prestigious karting events. The decision was made after combined efforts of the Stars of Karting, World Karting Association, and ACCUS to make the event an international showcase. Planning is underway to hold the North American Championship event in 2008.

WKA President Randy Kugler commented, "It is extremely important that we make a great first impression on an event of this caliber. Time was no longer on our side to assure the U.S. Karting Community of the type of event they so deserved. We are looking forward to working hand in hand with both ACCUS and the CIK to complete the project well in advance of the 2008 racing season."

ACCUS Nick Craw was equally disappointed, "ACCUS is committed to providing a first class event for U.S. Karting. We look forward to working with Stars of Karting and the WKA to reach that objective."

Stars of Karting President and co-owner Paul Zalud emphasized that only the highest quality of event would justify the return of the North American Championships to the U.S. for the first time in over a decade. "After hosting several International Calendar events we look forward to stepping up to the World Calendar level. Regretfully, there was not enough time to handle all the new challenges that 2007 presented. Our goal has always been to create an opportunity for North American competitors to compete against the world's best drivers and teams here in the USA. We have to be able to do so with a common set of standards and criteria recognized by Karting's International governing body, the CIK. Anything less than a complete success achieved of our goals is not acceptable for us as organizers."

The CIK, Stars of Karting, and World Karting Association are working diligently in the planning of the 2008 North American Championships.

-credit: sok

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