WKA: Pit Board 2008-07-02

WKA's Pit Board presented by AMB i.t. - 07.02.2008 *** WKA Provides Rage Karts Speedway Pavement Series A Boost 07.02.2008 -- The World Karting Association continues to make an effort to take the next step in helping to soften the financial...

WKA's Pit Board presented by AMB i.t. - 07.02.2008


WKA Provides Rage Karts Speedway Pavement Series A Boost

07.02.2008 -- The World Karting Association continues to make an effort to take the next step in helping to soften the financial challenges that many karting competitors are facing this summer.

While many families are trimming down their extra curricular expenses, World Karting will now extend the offer to past WKA members in the Rage Karts Speedway Pavement Series. A discounted event membership at the H Roark Woodworking Grand Nationals will be offered to competitors the weekend of July 11 --13, 2008, at OCR Action Sports Park in Rougemont, NC.

This special incentive will apply to past WKA members who competed in WKA events back to the 2005 racing season. The price for the event membership will be $15, and will be offered at the H Roark Woodworking Grand Nationals event only. With a struggling economy all around, businesses around the country are trying to provide positive incentives to their consumers, hoping to survive the financial siege. The karting industry is no different.

While this continues to be a work in progress, the hope is to help alleviate the financial blow that many competitors are coming across.


Travis Firing And Margay Forge Inaugural Ironman Win

07.02.2008 - Travis Firing laid claim to the inaugural 'Ironman' title with a stellar late race charge aboard his American made Margay Brava 1.7. Firing took the lead for the final time only three corners from the end of the marathon 150 mile event at New Castle Motorsports Park.

It was Firing's first visit to America's premier karting facility and the win in Sunday's event fattened Firing's wallet by $4,000. "Thankfully it wasn't the 'Ironman 149'," said a tired but animated Firing. "We knew Tony (Loniewski) would likely be the one to beat and the way the stops played out after the rain, Tony had the advantage of running a few laps longer than we did before the last stop. Even though he came out ahead of us after his last stop, I felt pretty good about our chances. Throughout the race, the kart just kept getting better and better and Sean Cook's Leopard engine was as awesome at the end of the race as it was at the beginning. Ultimately, we just had a bit more speed at the end and I was able to catch and pass Tony on the last lap. My hat's off to Tony and Chris Larson for making it such a tough race and I look forward to running with them again at the Robo-Pong event," continued Firing.

Firing drove a factory-prepared Margay Brava 1.7 powered by a Cook Racing Engines' Leopard engine and running on Bridgestone YHC-shod Douglas wheels. The win was Firing's fifth of the year and comes on the heals of a WKA Grand National win just two weeks ago at Dousman, Wisconsin where he drove a Brava 1.8tc to claim the title. "Back-to-back wins in major events on two different chassis' not only speaks volumes about Travis's ability but also the team and equipment behind him," stated Margay President Keith Freber. "Sean Cook is a key part of our success and his technical support is invaluable. And the importance of having a champion like Randy Fulks managing the event for us cannot be understated. Sean and Randy were instrumental in making it all happen," Freber continued.

Firing and the Margay Factory Team will compete next at the WKA Manufacturers Cup event in Norway, IL on July 25-27. Factory arrive and drive programs are still available for the Norway event and the upcoming WKA event and Robo-Pong 200 at New Castle Motorsports Park. For more information, contact Margay racing at 1-800-5MARGAY.

Margay Products is the most successful kart manufacturer in the United States. Based in Saint Louis, MO, the family-owned and operated company has been a leader in the karting industry since the company's inception in 1964. Margay supports drivers in all divisions of karting and has produced the winning karts for countless local, regional and national champions. Now in their 44th year, Margay is led by third generation family member, Keith Freber.



July 4-6, 2008
Michigan Kart Supply Nationals
G&J Kartway, Camden, OH


Tennessee Dirt
July 1, 2008
Beechnut Raceway
Blountville, TN
James Tucker 423.279.7761

Road America
July 11 -- 13, 2008
Badger Kart Club (BKC)
Shirley Howard 414.328.8903

Delaware Dirt
July 12, 2008
Delmarva Motorsports Park
Seaford, DE
Jay Darling 302.363.4894

Midwest Sprint Series
July 12 -- 13, 2008
Concept Haulers Speedway
Norway, IL
Missy & Chuck Tate 704.948.9700

WKA Northeast Dirt Series
July 12, 2008
Caroga Creek
St. Johnsonville, NY
Pat O'Rourke 203.926.9096

Pennsylvania Dirt
Karting Series
July 13, 2008
Greenwood Valley Action Track
Orangeville, PA
Doug Dietrich 610.750.4501

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