WKA: SpeedNews 2004-04-12

WKA's SpeedNews - 04.12.2004 ARC Racing will be posting a $500 contingency bonus in select classes at all Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt Series National events. Next weekend at CrossRoads Motorplex in Jasper, FL, the Briggs Medium class will...

WKA's SpeedNews - 04.12.2004

ARC Racing will be posting a $500 contingency bonus in select classes at all Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt Series National events. Next weekend at CrossRoads Motorplex in Jasper, FL, the Briggs Medium class will be the first to participate in this program. ARC Decals must be displayed on karts to qualify for contingency. The winner is asked to contact ARC Racing after the event to claim the award.

Thanks to ARC Racing for their commitment to support the karters and WKA National programs.

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In 2003, the Great Lakes Sprint Series and the Ohio Sprint Series merged to become a highly successful and competitive series with a dominate force in the Gold Cup and Manufacturer's Cup Series. The GLSS proved to be the place to race with the Series finishing second for a Divisional Series for increase in entries over 2002. In 2004, the GLSS is pleased to announce the addition of Briggs Senior Sportsman Medium & Heavy to their lineup. Offering 31 WKA classes in their weekend schedule, the GLSS is sure to have the competition you need to hone your skills and ensure a divisional transfer.

The first race of the season is scheduled for Trane Motor Speedway in Norway, Illinois May 1st - 2nd. Be sure to check out their Web site at www.glsseries.com or telephone them at 815.784.6289.

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Ten high performance racing karts were donated to Victory Racing Camp by a Los Angeles, California company, providing the local Christian residence camp with national draw the ability to expand their programs for 11-18 year olds to include more campers, weekend retreats for teens and a parent, and the basis for a camp for teens that have lost limbs by disease or accident.

The company, that prefers to remain anonymous, spoke with Camp Director Dave Glass at length to make sure the program and motivation behind it was safe and effective, before deciding to participate.

"We are happy to be able to provide this support for Victory Racing Camp," said a spokesman for the company. "We believe they have the opportunity and a program and staff that will encourage and inspire kids who are going through some potentially rough years."

"We are just blown away by their generosity!" said Glass. "Not having our own fleet of karts was a major roadblock between where we are now and our plans for helping teens and their families. With the fleet in place, we are already looking at adding at least one Father-son and Mother-daughter weekend that we will use to strengthen relationships between teens and their folks. Also, we will be working with prosthetics experts to provide alternate hand or foot controls for the karts, essential for working with youth that have certain types of limb deficiencies. With the incredible support from donors like these, we are able to move our plans ahead by one or two years! Even more, it allows us to reallocate funds that were earmarked for karts to provide other support, like providing camperships for underprivileged or inner city teens to attend, who could not normally afford to."

Victory Racing Camp's summer includes six weeks of camp, from June 21 through July, racing at Pat's Acres Karting Complex in Canby, Oregon, busing the campers to the campgrounds of Camp Adams or Molalla Retreat in Molalla. Up to 45 campers per week are taught the basic skills of auto racing, which they get to practice for 4 hours each day at the track. When not at the track, they will meet professional race drivers from NASCAR, NHRA, Grand Am, and other series to hear their inspirational stories. Campers are challenged to learn to work together as a team, solving group initiatives by finding the strengths in each other. Victory Racing Camp's desire is to emotionally, spiritually, and mentally equip the teens for a life of success.

Victory Racing Camp is in its second year of operations. Last year, Portland's Monte Shelton Motor Company, Ferrari Spa in Italy, and Brand X Racing Art in Canada helped sponsor the camp.

Victory Racing Camp is the camping arm of Victory Retreat Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization registered in Washington and Oregon States. Victory Racing Camp exists to encourage and help teens find success in life through the excitement of auto racing and biblical principles.

For more information on Victory Racing Camp's high performance residence camp, please contact Victory Racing Camp via email at info@TeamVRC.org, or by phone 503-640-1199. See Victory Racing Camp on the web at www.TeamVRC.org.

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