Excitement Mounts for 2009 Stars of Karting Season Opener MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, WA - (March 5, 2009) - The Snap-on Stars of Karting Series is set to open the 2009 national championship series this coming weekend in Ocala, Florida....
Excitement Mounts for 2009 Stars of Karting Season Opener
MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, WA - (March 5, 2009) - The Snap-on Stars of Karting Series is set to open the 2009 national championship series this coming weekend in Ocala, Florida. Racing at the Ocala Gran Prix facility, on track action will be fierce and competitive as the short layout will provide for some excellent wheel to wheel action. With multiple changes taking place in the off season, the new look Stars of Karting program will be the foundation of karting for years to come as the series looks to generate some stability within the sport.
With a lucrative prize package already announced providing competitors with over $100,000 in cash and prizes and entries greater than expected for the opening round, the future for the Snap-on Stars of Karting Series looks bright in spite of the current economic stature that we are in.
"Since the season-ending Stars of Karting Finale this past October, with the exception of a short break to promote December's PRI All Star Karting Classic, we have been hard at work preparing for everything that is Stars of Karting in 2009 and beyond," stated Stars of Karting's Kevin Williams. "Tireless hours of research and planning go into each element of our program for each of us and it will be exciting to see the fruits of that labor flourish this weekend. I am particularly interested in the advent of Stars Junior National, along with the installation of the KF Classes for 2009. With a Pre-Final/Final schedule, combined with new classes, and the famed 'East meets West' Race of the America's Event for Double Points, 2009 should shape up to be the most exciting ever."
With zero participation in Intercontinental A in 2008 and very little in Junior Intercontinental A in 2009, the introduction of the KF2 and KF3 divisions has sparked interest among several of the countries top teams. The future looks very promising for these two classes and come the New Castle Motorsports Park race of the Americas in late May, KF2 and KF3 could quite possibly be the biggest grids in the Stars of Karting Series.
Another change by series officials is the new weekend format that will see qualifying be run on late Friday afternoon at each and every round in the 2009 national championship. With heat race action scheduled for Saturday and main events for Sunday, the Stars of Karting Series has provided more track time for its competitors while keeping the dollar per lap costs down. Also, with the new weekend format, events will be completed earlier on Sunday allowing teams and competitors to get out of the track early and enjoy themselves or travel home before the beginning of the work week.
"I am very excited for the new event format, especially the Friday qualifying session and the early finish on Sunday," stated National Technical Director Scott Evans. "Friday qualifying will allow us to devote appropriate technical scrutiny to this important phase without placing undue stress on our customers. Together with the schedule expansion, release of tire impound and the re-focus on our international roots, I think that we deliver a unique value proposition to our established clientele, while also offering options in our class structure that will attract new racers and teams to come out and try our program."
Starting in Ocala this coming weekend and moving through the entire 2009 national championship, new series President Alan Rudolph will be front and center at the race track providing his time to teams and competitors. Taking the time out of his schedule to listen to the thoughts, good, bad or indifferent, of series teams and competitors will be one of Rudolph's primary roles as he looks to help grow the sport of karting and the Snap-on Stars of Karting Series. Alan will be a new chapter in the organization as his years of experience will lead to responsible actions and decision making to ensure that the karting industry will have a national program to support their own livelihood.
"I am just very excited about this first race weekend for many reasons," expressed Rudolph from his office in Arizona. "First, it's a new chapter in my career, being on this side of things is going to be much different than what I am used to doing at the track. Secondly, I can't wait to talk with everyone, here their ideas, concerns, opinions, and offer people my support. It's going to be a great weekend."
Back in 2009 will be the voice of the Snap-on Stars of Karting Series and eKartingNews.com's Rob Howden. Getting on the mic late Friday to call the qualifying sessions, Howden will pump up the adrenaline of all racers early in the race weekend. Guaranteeing he has no voice by the end of the main events on Sunday, Howden will call the action from every heat race as drivers begin to compile the grids for Sunday's pre finals. When the racing is complete, Howden will be the guy at the podium doing what he does best speaking with and interviewing karting's current and future stars as they receive their awards.
The Snap-on Stars of Karting Series is set to get underway for a fun and exciting 2009 season.