WKA: IRL SoK: PRI All-Stars news 2008-12-01

Leatt-Brace to be Present At PRI All-Stars Karting Classic Before the Snap-on Stars of Karting Series National Finals in October, Leatt-Brace joined the patron list for the national level program and will now have a strong presence...

Leatt-Brace to be Present At PRI All-Stars Karting Classic

Before the Snap-on Stars of Karting Series National Finals in October, Leatt-Brace joined the patron list for the national level program and will now have a strong presence at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) All-Stars Karting Classic. Leatt-Brace will be front and center at the kart race as they will offer product for activation and trial at the prestigious event.

"We are very excited to be partnered with the Stars of Karting Series," expressed Jason McCune of Leatt-Brace. "This organization is regarded as the top series in the Nation. The series and the All-Stars Karting Classic are very good opportunities for us to showcase our new products and work with the current and future stars of auto racing."

Leatt-Brace will have a 10 x 10 display booth at the All-Stars Karting Classic where they will adjust and fit a Leatt-Brace to each and every competitor if desired. Master and Karter division drivers will be asked to present themselves to the Leatt-Brace fit area with race suit and helmet before the event begins.

"We are happy to be working with Leatt-Brace," stated Stars of Karting Jeff Swoboda. "With their focus on improving safety for our sport and promoting their product, there is no better place to do it than at the All-Stars Karting Classic."

The neck brace that drivers will have the opportunity to utilize is the MOTO KART Leatt-Brace, which has been designed for use in all go-kart and karting applications. The brace was developed to help prevent extreme forward, rearward and sideways head movement during impact. The Leatt-Brace also protects against axial loading, which is compression of the spinal column due to the effect of force on the helmet.

There is currently no other neck protection system available for karters that can effectively help prevent all of the above potential injuries. The design rationale behind the Leatt-Brace is to bring the head to a controlled stop. This is achieved by providing a padded rigid structure that acts as an alternate load path for neck forces. Helmet impacts otherwise transmitted from the helmet to skull and then to the neck are re-directed from the helmet to the brace to other body structures in a safe way.

Competing in the All-Stars Karting Classic are names like AJ Allmendinger, Max Papis, Cristiano Da Matta, Oswaldo Negri, Buddy Rice, Scott Speed, Townsend Bell, Jamie McMurray, Nelson Phillipe, Jan Heylen and Ryan Hunter-Reay in the Masters division. A series of further driver announcements are forthcoming for this prestigious event.

Anyone looking to get fitted for a Leatt-Brace and try one at the All-Stars Karting Classic are asked to e-mail their name and contact information to Snap-on Stars of Karting Director of Communications Mike Maurini at Mike@RaceTechDevelopment.com

With a host of driver announcements and news forthcoming, please stay tuned to www.StarsofKarting.com for up-to-date information. The PRI show takes place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from December 11 - 13th with the All-Stars Karting Classic taking place on the evening of December 11h. Admission to the event is free along with a PRI show credential.

Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by IndyCar Series 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 leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, diagnostics and equipment solutions for professional users. Product lines include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions which are used by technicians and professionals at vehicle dealerships and repair centers and in the marine, powersports and aviation industries. Snap-on is one of the largest non-food franchise companies in the world, selling its products through more than 4,000 franchisees worldwide and through company-direct sales and over the Internet. Snap-on Tools is a subsidiary of Snap-on Incorporated, which was founded in 1920 and is a $2.8 billion, S&P 500 company headquartered in Kenosha, Wis. For additional information on Snap-on, visit www.snapon.com.

The Indy Racing League was formed in 1994 to preserve the heritage and excitement of the Indianapolis 500 in U.S. open-wheel racing. The Indy Racing League is the sanctioning body of the IndyCar Series, the premier open-wheel racing series in the United States, and the Firestone Indy Lights Series, which serves as an essential stepping stone for drivers striving to reach the IndyCar Series. Indy Racing League events are available to a worldwide audience through a variety of multimedia platforms, highlighted by a long-term and broad-reaching partnership with ABC Sports/ESPN. The Indy Racing League is continually at the forefront of motorsports innovation with drivers, teams and tracks benefiting from major safety and technological improvements such as the SAFER Barrier, SWEMS wheel tethers, chassis enhancements, ethanol fuel and Delphi IRL Safety Team. www.indycar.com!

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Series Kart
Drivers Max Papis , Bobby Rahal , Bryan Herta , Jamie McMurray , Townsend Bell , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Scott Speed , Buddy Rice , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Jan Heylen , Nelson Philppe