WKA: Pit Board 2009-08-06

WKA's Pit Board - 08.06.2009 *** WKA racing in Indiana 3 straight weekends this August 08.06.2009 -- After the month of August, the World Karting Association may want to think about opening an office in Indiana. That's because four of the...

WKA's Pit Board - 08.06.2009

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WKA racing in Indiana 3 straight weekends this August

08.06.2009 -- After the month of August, the World Karting Association may want to think about opening an office in Indiana. That's because four of the five WKA national touring series will be in action in the Hoosier State between Aug. 14 and Aug. 30, beginning Aug. 14-16 with Round 7 of the Dunlop Tire National Road Racing Series driven by Mazda at the Putnam Park Road Course in Mt. Meridian, Ind.

The following two weekends will see the Bully Clutches Gold Cup Series, Rage Karts Speedway Pavement Series and George Kugler / Bridgestone Manufacturer's Cup Series driven by Mazda each hold events at the popular New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, Ind. Gold Cup's Coyote Motorsports Nationals and Speedway Pavement's Jammer Clutches Grand Nationals will be featured in WKA's third doubleheader weekend of 2009 on Aug. 20-23 while the stars of the Manufacturer's Cup Series will take to New Castle's sprint track Aug. 27-30 for the Show Hauler Trucks Nationals.

The Road Racing Series has been traveling to Putnam Park annually since 2002. Entry counts are normally solid at the fast 10-turn course, with a best ever of 491 in 2003's event. The Putnam National will be the third and final chance this season for WKA's strong group of Midwest road racers to compete in their home region. Races Sept. 25-27 at New Jersey Motorsports Park and Oct. 30 - Nov. 1at Road Atlanta will conclude the nine-race '09 Road Racing tour.

The Speedway Pavement and Gold Cup series will make their first ever trip to New Castle this month. The Pavement Series last ran July 17-19 at New York's Chapel Hill Raceway, where 257 entries took to the track. James Hayden, Brandon McGough and Kyle Soper each lead two national point classes on the Pavement tour, and they'll be looking to defend their leads against the country's best pavement oval racers later this month at New Castle. Bonus points will be awarded to every racer in attendance, as the event is the Pavement Series' 2009 Grand National.

The Gold Cup Series, WKA's shortest national tour with only four races, returns to action after over a month off. In Gold Cup's last outing at G & J Kartway in Camden, Ohio, top WKA sprint racers Brett Farmer and Gary Lawson each drove to four feature victories, while Zachary Deshaies and Sam Beasley found victory lane twice.

The Coyote Motorsports Nationals marks Round 3 of the four-race tour, which will be a pivotal event in the points battle. Currently, Lawson leads four classes, Farmer three, Johnny Smith two and Jacob Heavlow two. But the best battles are in the Briggs Jr classes, which feature ties for the lead in Medium and Heavy. In Medium, Dakota Bell and Beasley and deadlocked at 383 points, with Deshaies only five points back in third. In Heavy, Bell and Deshaies are tied at 406 points, with Beasley 65 back in third.

Just about the time the New Castle facility cools off from the Aug. 20-23 Gold Cup and Speedway Pavement events, WKA's Manufacturer's Cup Series will roll into town for their fourth of five 2009 national events. It will be the first race for the Manuf. Cup racers since the Zoom Zoom Nationals last month at Road America, and the last until the season closer Nov. 6-8 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

Three drivers -- Garrett Johnston, Ryan Stewart and Beasley -- lead two classes heading into the Show Hauler Trucks Nationals. Marco DiLeo leads the ultra-competitive TaG points by a comfortable 284-point margin over Chris Wehrheim. The closest margins between first and second are in HPV Jr Lite, in which Beasley leads Nick Neri by 15; HPV Sportsman, which has Garrett Johnston 15 points ahead of Kyle Kalish; and Stewart is only 20 points ahead of Tommy Anderson in HPV Lite. Stewart is close to leading three classes, however; he's only 30 points behind Jason Foley in Yamaha Supercan Heavy.

With national championships so important to racers' resumes, teams will certainly be calculating the points this August in Indiana and also the remaining 2009 nationals for each of the five WKA national touring series.

For information on all of the upcoming Indiana races, visit www.worldkarting.com.

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4-cycle tech updates, information

08.06.2009 -- WKA's 4-cycle Tech Committee met recently and three items came out of the meeting of which 4-cycle racers should be aware moving forward. They are the following:

6) Oil hole between lifters in crankcase

Currently, there is no spec on the oil hole between the lifters in the crankcase. Preliminary measurements show that the dimension is less than 0.250" new. The committee asked that WKA Tech Committee Chairman Bobby Gettys check the size of the hole during tech inspection to gather information on which the committee can base a specification. WKA plans to advise WKA members that the Tech Committee is going to set a standard for the hole size in the near future, which will be enforced beginning July 1, 2010.

This applies only to the Briggs & Stratton Stock Animal, not the Modified. Stay tuned for the official specification for the hole size in an upcoming Pit Board announcement.

8) Animal oil ring expander

The committee reviewed a recent Animal engine disqualification that was based on the oil expander being broken into four pieces. The committee reviewed the decision and the rule on which the disqualification was based. The committee reached the conclusion that the expander is part of the ring set, must be in place and must not be broken.

9) Porting Animal heads

Several engine builders have recently asked the 4-cycle Tech Committee to consider allowing Animal heads to be ported. After a thoughtful discussion of the proposal, the committee voted unanimously to deny the request to allow Animal heads to be ported.

Tech Committee Chairman Bobby Gettys offered his thoughts on why the committee reached the decision to not permit Animal head porting.

"The main reason is to keep the (Animal) motor as stock as possible," Gettys said. "A few years ago, we kept changing rules on the Raptor and it got out of hand. We want to keep the Animal as close to stock as possible. This will help keep costs down to where racers can buy a new motor and not have to spend a bunch more money on it to be competitive. About five years ago we allowed the Raptor to go from a $500 motor to an $1800 motor and our intent is to not let that happen with the Animal. To keep the best interests of our members, we don't want to make any more rule changes than we have to."

As always, continue to read WKA's Pit Board for future tech announcements. All Pit Board news releases also may be viewed on WKA's home page (www.worldkarting.com). Past Pit Boards can be read on the archives page of the WKA Web site, which can be found at www.worldkarting.com/pg/news/archives.html.

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Carolina Motorsports Park breaks ground on kart track

KERSHAW, S.C. (08.06.2009) Keeping true to their promise of extensive track expansions and renovations, Carolina Motorsports Park has unveiled plans for a state-of-the-art kart track.

The multi-directional track will be 26 feet wide and have countless configurations, including 16 turns and a 760-foot straightaway on a 26-foot wide polymer enhanced surface. Along with being one of a mere handful in the Southeast, and the only one in South Carolina, the track will also be sanctioned by the World Karting Association.

Kart racing is the perfect compliment to the facility's existing 2.3 mile, 14-turn road course for the reason that almost every successful pro driver in the world today got their start in karting, where the dynamics of driving are amplified and in turn, better understood. According to track manager, Jochen Tartak, "Karting is the easiest and most affordable way to get started in motorsports and we are thrilled to put a national caliber track in your backyard. We want everyone to have the opportunity to experience the indescribable stimulation we offer here at CMP and feel that the kart track is just one more way we can do that."

Paving is under way and the track is expected to open to the public September 1, 2009. No one is precluded from enjoying the track. Available to the public will be: children's karting (ages 6 and up), corporate events, concession karts for beginners, group functions, and local and national racing series.

For a map of the new kart track and construction pictures, please go to: www.carolinamotorsportspark.com

About Carolina Motorsports Park

Located just an hour from Charlotte in Kershaw, S.C., Carolina Motorsports Park is the only purpose-built road racing facility in the Carolinas. Sanctioned by The Sports Car Club of America and designed by famed track designer, Alan Wilson, the track offers a challenging 2.23-mile, 14-turn road course. It was built in 1999 by a small group of investors, led by driving enthusiasts Joe Hooker and Bob Humphreys. Carolina Motorsports Park's clientele includes organizations such as the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), National Auto Sport Association (NASA), Porsche Club of America (PCA), BMW Car Club of America (BMWCCA), WERA, NESBA, CCS, and Historic Sportscar Racing. Teams competing in NASCAR, AMA Superbike, American Le Mans Series, Grand AM, Koni Challenge and World Challenge also utilize the track for testing.

For more information please call 803-475-2448 or e-mail: info@carolinamotorsportspark.com

-credit: wka

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Drivers Chris Wehrheim , Bob Humphreys , Zachary Deshaies , Nick Neri