WKA: Pit Board 2009-05-20

WKA's Pit Board - 05.20.2009 *** Mid-Ohio Road Race and Dexter Dirt Grand Nationals Highlight WKA's Month of June 05.20.2009 -- July through early October is mostly jam-packed for WKA with national events scheduled nearly every weekend ...

WKA's Pit Board - 05.20.2009


Mid-Ohio Road Race and Dexter Dirt Grand Nationals Highlight WKA's Month of June

05.20.2009 -- July through early October is mostly jam-packed for WKA with national events scheduled nearly every weekend throughout four-month stretch. Only two events are scheduled for the upcoming month of June, but they are both big ones.

The month will begin with the Dunlop Tire National Road Racing Series driven by Mazda Grand Nationals at the popular Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. WKA has held national events at the 2.4-mile, 15-turn course for the past number of years, and a strong contingent of road racers has always gathered at the Midwest facility, providing the Road Racing Series' racers and supporters with competitive racing and good times.

The Ohio-based Dart Kart Club is again hosting the event. After three consecutive National Road Racing Series events in the Southeast to begin the 2009 season, the northern-based road racers will now have a few events a bit closer to home, beginning with the Mid-Ohio GN. A solid number of entries is expected for the event, which will see top Midwest and Northeast road racers challenge the WKA national series regulars in one of the most anticipated events of the season.

June will conclude with the Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt Series' Jimmy Rivers Performance Works Grand Nationals June 26-28 at Dexter Raceway in Georgia. The race will mark the second of five 2009 Speedway Dirt Series events.

Dexter Raceway is a one-fifth-mile clay oval located in Dexter -- a central Georgia town off Interstate 16, about 50 miles southeast of Macon and 125 miles directly west of Savannah.

Pre-entries are now being accepted for the event. Entry blanks with all necessary information can be found by at www.worldkarting.com/pg/series/ds/ds-main.html.

More information regarding the event will follow in the coming weeks.


Pre-registration Now Open for Mid-Ohio Road Race Grand National

05.20.2009 -- The fourth stop on the 2009 Dunlop Tire National Road Racing Series driven by Mazda is quickly approaching.

WKA road racers planning to attend the much-anticipated annual Road Race Grand Nationals June 13-15 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, should pre-register for the event as soon as possible. Pre-registration closes Friday, June 5.

Pre-entries should be mailed to the Dart Kart Club, which is hosting the event. The Dart Kart Club's mailing address is 1116 Bowers Rd; Mansfield, OH 44903. Entry blanks containing all information can be found by going to www.worldkarting.com/pg/series/rr/rr-main.html.


Championship Karting International Assembles Veteran Staff for Series Launch
Race & Operations Team in Place for 1st Race, May 29-31 at New Castle

05.20.2009 (PHOENIX) -- Building on the momentum created by the launch of this new series last week, Championship Karting International (www.championshipkartracing.com) is pleased to announce the hiring of a race and operations staff loaded with some of the best names in the karting business. Gearing up for the first race -- the Championship Karting International Grand Prix of New Castle presented by Bridgestone (May 29-31), boasting a $27,000 purse, -- CKI now has appointed their Competition and Operations Director, Race Director, two Assistant Race Directors, Technical Director, Chief Flagger and Chief Score Keeper.

Here's a look to this roster of race management veterans:

Kevin Williams, Competition & Operations Director
Recognized as one of the best Race Directors in the country, Kevin has now refocused his race and business talents on competition and series management. He brings to the CKI team over 30 years of karting experience, including a wealth of knowledge in event management and promotions. Kevin is also WKA Vice President -- 2-cycle and has been WKA District 10 Trustee for the past two years.

Marshall Martin, Race Director
With a presence in karting for more than three decades, Marshall offers a wide range of talents to the team as Race Director. He managed South Bend Raceway Park (now MRP); he has served as the National Race Director for the U.S. RMAX Challenge since 2003 and he's been an officer at local clubs and regional series throughout the Midwest.

Terry Riggins, Assistant Race Director
Terry brings many years of karting experience to CKI, from promoting and directing his own series -- the Great Lakes Pro Series -- to his longtime stint as SKUSA Operations Director and director of the world-renowned Rock Island Grand Prix. Terry's many talents and deep experience will make an impact at every CKI event.

Chuck Yoder, Assistant Race Director
Current Race Director of WKA's Gold Cup Series, Chuck is another member of the team with an abundance of knowledge and experience in the sport. Combined with Marshall and Terry, Chuck rounds out a CKI race direction team with the highest level of commitment to competition and professionalism.

Scott Evans, Tech Director
One of the most acclaimed technical directors in the country, Scott brings a wealth of experience to CKI, dating back over 15 years. From Rotax and CIK to Formula BMW worldwide, he's excelled everywhere. CKI is in good hands with Scott.

Matt Long, Chief Flagger
Regarded by many as the best in the business, Matt has performed at the highest level for events across the country and throughout WKA National programs for the past four years. He's a big race-day asset for the CKI team.

Sara Baros, Chief Score Keeper
Sara's six plus years of score-keeping experience, built from her work in IKF and WKA competition, compliments the team with 'behind the scenes' talent on race day. From qualifying heats to the finals, Sara's hard work will help ensure that results from every CKI race will be posted fast and accurately.

"The goal is to make everything about CKI top notch so our competitors have the best race experience possible -- and that starts with our people," states Phil DeLao, co-founder of CKI. "As CKI racers have success and move up the ranks of Motorsports, professionalism will be paramount. Having interaction from the start with the best organizational and management talent around will be a real bonus for the competitors. That experience will begin at our first race in New Castle on May 29th, and will run through everything we do as an organization."


New Castle CKI Event Format Announced

05.20.2009 (PHOENIX) -- In addition to the staff announcements, CKI also has unveiled the event format that the first series event May 29-31 at New Castle and all other series events will follow.

Official weekend activities will begin on Thursday with move-in, pit space assignment, registration, and technical inspection. Practice will be available for racers on Thursday, divided in sessions by Category.

Friday will consist of a minimum of four timed practice sessions per class, followed by an official drivers meeting. Official qualifying will take place after the drivers meeting, and will be followed by post-qualifying technical inspection.

Saturday will consist of three heat races for each class. A driver's point totals from the heat races will decide the starting grid for the Sunday pre-final.

Sunday will consist of any remaining heat races, Last chance qualifier (if necessary), a pre-final, and a final for each class. The starting order for the final will be the finishing order of the pre-final. Technical inspection will be held after both the pre-final and the final. Depending on the venue, a Sunday morning warm-up may or may not be offered. The podium presentation will be held at 4pm on Sunday.

About CKI
Championship Karting International is launching a WKA-sanctioned 4-event season in 2009. The first race, the CKI Grand Prix of New Castle, presented by Bridgestone, on May 29-31 will offer a $27,000 purse of cash and prizes across seven competition classes. In addition to the kickoff at New Castle Motorsports Park, New Castle, Ind.; CKI will hold races at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, N.J., June 26 -- 29; a race in August (location to be announced); and a race October 9 -- 11 (location to be announced).

For more information and registration documents, visit www.championshipkartracing.com.

-credit: wka

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