Seattle, WA -- November 8, 2007 - The Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by IndyCar Series and SSC East are pleased to announce the SSC East - CRG driver lineup for the 2007 Performance Racing Industry All-Stars Karting Classic to be held in ...
Seattle, WA -- November 8, 2007 - The Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by IndyCar Series and SSC East are pleased to announce the SSC East - CRG driver lineup for the 2007 Performance Racing Industry All-Stars Karting Classic to be held in Orlando, Florida. Competing in the Masters division will be Nextel Cup standout Jamie McMurray, one of the most versatile drivers in motorsports in John Andretti, and former Stars of Karting driver and current NASCAR Nextel Cup driver for Team Red Bull A.J. Allmendinger.
"This event is really starting to gain some momentum," said Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by IndyCar Series President Paul Zalud. "These three drivers have an extensive karting background and should all be contenders in the Masters division. It's great to see them return to their roots and take part in our event."
McMurray, who currently competes in the Nextel Cup Series with Roush Fenway Racing, will get behind the wheel of a completely different machine at the PRI show next month. The Joplin, Missouri native will team with SSC East and look to steer a CRG kart to the victory.
Joining McMurray will be long-time motorsports star John Andretti. With one of the more familiar names in racing, Andretti has won in the 24 Hours of Daytona, the Nextel Cup, and the CART Champ Car World Series. Showing that he will drive just about anything that has a steering wheel, Andretti drove an NHRA Top Fuel dragster in 1993 making it to the semi-finals in his first ever national event. This season he has competed in both the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and the Indianapolis 500.
Both McMurray and Andretti are involved in karting on a regular basis with McMurray driving a CRG earlier in the year at the World Karting Association Manufacturer's Cup event at BeaveRun Motorsports Complex. Living in central Indiana, Andretti can be spotted at the New Castle Motorsports Park facility often and has helped put together the annual 'Race for Riley'.
Nextel Cup driver A.J. Allmendinger will complete SSC East's lineup in the Masters category. The current Toyota driver will get back to his karting roots and will pilot a CRG chassis with Red Bull backing. A former Stars of Karting standout, the North Carolina resident claimed the Barber Dodge Pro Series Championship in 2002 and went on to win the Champ Car Atlantic Championship in 2003. In 2004, Allmendinger progressed to the Champ Car World Series where he took five victories in 2006, then made his way into the NASCAR Nextel Cup with Toyota and Team Red Bull in 2007.
Joining McMurray, Andretti, and Allmendinger under the SSC East banner will be reigning Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by IndyCar Series Intercontinental C (ICC) national champion Gary Carlton, Intercontinental A (ICA) pilot Jacob Neal as well as Victor Pedrosa and Michael Lewis all competing in the Karter Division of the event. The national champ Carlton will trade his 125cc six speed gearbox kart for a TaG package and due battle with several of the nation's best 100cc drivers at the second annual event.
The PRI show takes place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from December 6 -- 8th with the All-Stars Karting Classic taking place on the evening of December 6th and will feature some of the top names in North American racing battling it out in the Masters Division, and the top drivers from the Snap-on Stars of Karting Series squaring off in the Karter Division. Drivers confirmed to be participating in the Masters Division of the event include Jamie McMurray (NASCAR), A.J. Allmendinger (NASCAR) John Andetti (NASCAR / IndyCar), Marco Andretti (IndyCar), Bryan Herta (ALMS), Joey Hand (Grand-Am), Buddy Rice (IndyCar), Eddie Lawson (MotoGP), Wayne Taylor (Grand-Am), Steve Johnson (NHRA) and many others to be announced in the coming weeks. Admission to the event is free. The event will be filmed for two separate television broadcasts on SPEED Channel's Lucas Oil on the Edge program thanks to support from Snap-on and Bridgestone.