WKA: Pit Board 2008-11-20

WKA's Pit Board presented by AMB i.t. - 11.20.2008 *** WKA Celebrates Its Champions 11.20.2008 - With the 2008-racing season now complete, the World Karting Association is announcing the year-end banquets. The Daytona 500 Club will play...

WKA's Pit Board presented by AMB i.t. - 11.20.2008

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WKA Celebrates Its Champions

11.20.2008 - With the 2008-racing season now complete, the World Karting Association is announcing the year-end banquets. The Daytona 500 Club will play host to the George Kugler/Bridgestone Manufacturer's Cup Series driven by Mazda champions the night of December 28th while the Dunlop Tire National Road Racing Series driven by Mazda champions will be honored on December 29th. This years Daytona banquet attendees will be greeted under a new format with a Reception from 6:30 - 8:30 followed by the awards presentations.

The three WKA 4-cycle based series will celebrate their 2008-season in conjunction with WKA's KartFest the weekend of January 23-24, 2009. The Hickory Metro Convention Center's spacious banquet facilities will provide the perfect setting for all the champions to celebrate in between visiting with the karting industries best at KartFest 2009. The Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt Series champions will be honored with a dinner on Friday night, January 23rd. The Horstman Gold Cup champions will kick off the day on Saturday with a morning breakfast buffet celebration and the Rage Karts Speedway Pavement Series champions will close the weekend with their dinner banquet on Saturday night.

Advance ticket purchases are requested for the Manufacturer's Cup and Road Race banquet receptions and reservations are required for the Speedway Dirt, Gold Cup and Speedway Pavement banquets.

To download the reservation form go to www.worldkarting.com/downloads/temp/Banquet-Seminar.pdf.

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WKA Announces 2009 SFI/WKA Certified Technical Inspector Program

11.19.2008 - WKA and the SFI Foundation, Inc. (SFI) continue to work together to develop and administer WKA's Technical Inspector Training and Certification Program. This is the fourth year of the SFI/WKA Technical Inspector Training and Certification Program. The program is designed to ensure consistency in technical inspection at our National and Divisional/Regional Series events and at participating Master Tracks. It also recognizes our technical inspectors for their proficiency and experience.

This year's training will include all of the latest rule changes, specification updates and tech inspection procedures. It will also include more information on the role of the tech inspector, tech room procedures and the protest and appeal process.

In addition to being trained and certified to conduct technical inspection, there are added benefits to becoming certified. Contact information for all SFI/WKA Certified Technical Inspectors is available to all WKA Divisional Series and Master Track officials. This helps series and track officials identify inspectors for their events.

New in 2009 will be an E-mail information distribution service available for all SFI/WKA Certified Tech Inspectors. This service will provide the latest Tech Updates well before they are published in the Karting Scene magazine. In addition, the service will distribute tech tips and provide an information exchange.

Following is the initial schedule for training and certification:

January 24: Hickory, NC -- 4-cycle (At KartFest) For the reservation form go to www.worldkarting.com/downloads/temp/Banquet-Seminar.pdf.

February 8: Englishtown, NJ -- 2-cycle and 4-cycle (At Raceway Park)

February 23: St. Charles, IL -- 2-cycle (At KMI Kart Expo)

Additional seminar locations and dates will be added based on demand. For those interested in scheduling a seminar, contact WKA Technical Director, Dan Stowell at dan@dmstowell.com.

These seminars are open to all WKA members in good standing. To register for a seminar, contact Marie Borsuk with the WKA Headquarters at marie@worldkarting.com or 704.455.1606 ext 11. The cost of the seminar and certification examination is $125. The registration fee must be paid in advance.

Members who wish to become certified as WKA Technical Inspectors will take the SFI/WKA Certification Examination at the conclusion of each seminar. Those passing the open book examination will receive a 2-year WKA/SFI Technical Inspector certification. (Those not passing the examination will have one additional opportunity to take the test.) Based on their technical inspector experience, those who pass the exam will be assigned a certification level.

Level 3 - Certified to lead technical inspection at WKA national, divisional and local events
Level 2 - Certified to lead technical inspection at WKA divisional and local events
Level 1 - Certified to lead technical inspection at WKA local events

WKA/SFI Technical Inspectors are certified for two years. Those inspectors who received their certification in 2007 must attend a seminar and take the examination again in 2009.

Inspectors who are certified at Level 1 and Level 2 may apply to move up a level at any time. To move from Level 1 to Level 2, inspectors must have some technical inspection experience. They must also attend at least two Divisional or National events and demonstrate their skills by completing a full engine technical inspection under the supervision of a current Level 2 or 3 Inspector. They must also demonstrate their ability to deal with competitors and show their knowledge of the protest and appeal process.

Level 2 Technical Inspectors can also apply to move up to a Level 3 at any time. To move from Level 2 to Level 3, inspectors must have extensive technical inspection experience at Level 2. They must attend at least two National events and demonstrate their skills under the supervision of a Level 3 Inspector. They must also demonstrate their ability to deal with competitors and show their knowledge of the protest and appeal process.

It is important to note that the use of WKA/SFI Certified Technical Inspector credentials is limited to WKA sanctioned events and WKA Master Tracks only. Although WKA/SFI certified inspectors may work at non-sanctioned events, they may not use their credentials or their affiliation with WKA as part of their work at the non-sanctioned event. Promotion or use of the WKA/SFI certification at non-WKA sanctioned event may result in the loss of certification.

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Attention WKA Road Race Participants

11.20.2008 - Once again, WKA will award year-end finishing positions with Dunlop Tires of your choice. Please go to www.worldkarting.com/pg/series/rr/rr-other/2008_tireaward.pdf and download the order form if you placed in the top 3 positions and qualified for year-end awards. A complete list of award recipients is included with the order form. Deadline to return to WKA is December 5, 2008. Thanks and congratulations!

-credit: wka

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