WKA: SpeedNews 2003-07-16



The Red Bull Driver Search Program kicks off round #2 Wednesday, July 23rd at the famed Charlotte facility with the World Karting Association and Lowe's Motor Speedway playing host. The event, which will run from 8am to 5pm, will be on the .7-mile sprint track circuit inside the speedway, site of many high profile karting events in the past, including the annual North American Karting Championships.

After a very successful launch in 2002, the Red Bull Program has elected to broaden its horizons in 2003, opening up the competition to not just professional racers, but the general public as well. Following a successful first round of eliminations at several indoor karting facilities throughout the United States, the second stage has already begun, with former WKA Triple Crown Champion Tony Loniewski taking one of the 4 qualifying spots recently at South Bend Raceway Park in Indiana.

Loniewski, a titlelist on the George Kugler Manufacturer's Cup Series poresented by Bridgestone, could find a challenge from another former WKA Triple Crown Champion, as Travis Firing, a top competitor on the Horstman Gold Cup Series, will be looking to earn a berth at Charlotte.

The objective this year is to further open up the selection process in an attempt to find the next American born Formula One driver. Last year, the four drivers selected, including Scott Speed, Joel Nelson, Grant Maiman, and Paul Edwards, are competing in the Formula 3000, Formula Nissan, Formula 3, and Formula Renault programs respectively.

The long-term goal is to continue a steady flow of approximately 4-6 drivers each year, giving them a chance to race in Europe, with the hope of finding that next great talent.

Danny Sullivan, the 1985 Indy 500 champion and former Formula One competitor, heads up the program. For more information on the Red Bull Driver Search Program, log on to www.redbulldriversearch.com.


Known as the Foundation of Motorsports, the World Karting Association has been backing that up by producing champions in many forms of racing. Now that foundation has grown a little stronger through a partnership with On Track Ministry and Student Leadership University.

In June, On Track Ministry awarded a scholarship to Ms. Kelsi Guess to this four-day paramount leadership program in Orlando, Florida. This past week, Kelsi was introduced to time management with her very own Franklin Covey Planner, she learned corporate training methods from Mark Miller V.P. of Training and Development of Chick-Fil-A, Inc, from Pat Williams, Sr. V.P. of the Orlando Magic, plus a host of other top speakers.

Todd Shaw of On Track Ministry said, "The reason I love this aggressive learning experience is that it uses the most colorful landscape in the country, Universal's Islands of Adventure and Sea World Adventure Park, to teach leadership, thus allowing the students to get out of the classroom and into an environment of creativity. This program gives young leaders like Kelsi a mindset of organization and prioritizing their thoughts and actions. By identifying who God is calling them to be, students can then establish what God is calling them to do. Through project management techniques, students learn to balance school, church, community and personal tasks with confidence and poise. As Dr. Jay Strack, President and Founder of Student Leadership University states, 'What you are learning here will give you a 15-20 year head start on life.'"

Our congratulations to Kelsi Guess. Plans are to award another scholarship for the 2004-racing season. If you would like a scholarship form, please see one of us at the next race or e-mail for a form at OntrackTodd@aol.com. If you would like a sneak preview of SLU, check out Dr. Jay Strack, Tim Grosshams and the fine folks at Student Leadership University at www.studentleadership.net.


Briggs & Stratton's World Formula Junior (12-15) made its debut at the latest Horstman Gold Cup event in South Bend, IN. Complete with an electric starter, it is a great way to get involved in karting, at a reasonable cost. This class will run at the remaining two events of the series: BeaveRun Motorsports Complex and Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Listed are a few specifications of the class:
Weight: 320 lbs.
Tires: Bridgestone YHC (USA)
Bodywork: CIK style or Gold Cup approved
Fuel: Gas only
Pipe: RLV spec header/silencer system to be used
Engine: 15 HP
For more information on the engine, go to www.briggsracing.com.


The Target Grand Nationals will be held July 25 -- 27, 2003 at Badger Raceway in Dousman, WI. This is stop #4 for the drivers in the George Kugler Manufacturer's Cup Series presented by Bridgestone. Next weekend's event will be jammed packed with the most exciting 2-cycle sprint racing in the country, as some of the best drivers in sprint racing will be on hand vying for the '03 Grand National title. All Grand National Champions will be awarded with the prestigious Grand National "Eagle Trophy" and their choice of a Grand National Jacket or Grand National Crew Shirt. The top 5 in each divisional will be awarded with awards and merchandise. Of course, this is a bonus point's event for those competing for the year-end championship.

Don't forget, after Friday's practice, Target Distributing will be hosting a free brat's dinner to everyone attending the event. Thanks out to Bridgestone tires and Target Distributing for the contribution to the series and the sport of karting.

Make your plans to attend the 2003 WKA Target Grand Nationals! For more information on Badger Raceway, visit their web site at www.badgerkartclub.com


Millennium Technologies in Plymouth, WI who will offer cash contingencies for the winners in the CIK 125 sprint 1 & 2 classes of the Dunlop Tire Road Racing Series. Awards will be given to the top three finishers at Putnam Park and the season finale at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The breakdown of cash awards are 1st place-$250, 2nd place-$150, and 3rd place-$100. Competitors in the classes must display the Millennium Technologies decals on their karts to be eligible. Decals will be available in registration at both events.

Millennium Technologies is recognized as the industry leader in the plating and repairing of aluminum engine cylinders. "Because our product is so widely used in race engines of all kinds, we try to promote racing whenever possible. By providing these prizes, we feel that more interest in karting will be generated benefiting the racers and the supporting industry", said company owner Jim Hackl.

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Series Kart
Drivers Travis Firing , Paul Edwards , Tony Loniewski , Mark Miller , Danny Sullivan , Scott Speed , Grant Maiman , Joel Nelson
Teams Williams