CONCORD, N.C. – The WKA VEGA / TS Racing National Road Racing Series driven by Mazda is set for its fifth round of the 2014 season this weekend at the scenic VIRginia International Raceway in Danville, Va.
Racers from around the eastern half of the country will travel to southeast Virginia this weekend for the annual mid-summer event. The Woodbridge Kart Club and WKA officials will welcome road racers to the country-club-style speed plant for the national series’ return to the east coast after two races in the Midwest at Michigan’s Grattan Raceway and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in June.
A freshly paved paddock and track will welcome karters to VIR. The paving was done this past winter.
This year’s edition of the VIR Road Race Nationals marks the 12th WKC-hosted national event at VIR since the track was reopened in 2000. The event has been run mainly on the North Course with a couple rounds recently on the 3.27-mile Full Course. This year’s karters will compete on the North Course.
Here are some important items to keep in mind in regards to this weekend’s VIR Nationals.
1. The no long pants rule has been lifted on hot pit lane. Shorts are permitted.
2. No children are allowed on hot pit lane under the age of 16 unless they are a participant. All viewing of the race for children under the age of 16 will have to be behind the fence.
3. Trailer jack stands and stabilizing feet MUST have a board under them to support the weight. Any holes placed in the asphalt by a competitor will be charged by the track for repair.
4. If there are any fuel spills in the paddock area the competitor will be charged a $500 fee/incident. If you have a spill they ask that it be reported immediately so that it can be properly taken care of by track maintenance to avoid the fines.
5. The old start/finish tower has been removed and moved further down the track. The start/finish line is now down past where the old tree was (that’s right, was the old tree is no longer there)
6. All canopies must be behind the designated fire lane yellow lines.
7. The North Course section beyond the bridge was not repaved. The section in the back will still be on the old racing surface.
8. Pit out and pit in areas have been painted. We must stay out of the painted transition areas.
This weekend’s event is the first of two summer WKA National Road Racing events within about 100 miles of each other. On August 22-24 the series will make its debut at the North Carolina Center for Automotive Research (NCCAR), at track located just outside of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., about 115 miles east of VIR.
Competition is known to be very strong at the WKC-hosted VIR Nationals. Divisions that normally draw strong fields include Stock Honda, Yamaha Sportsman laydown and Briggs Animal.
Click here for the event entry form, which includes the weekend schedule, direction, lodging and other important information.
Friday will feature a full day of practice and 13 class groups – seven Saturday and six on Sunday – will make up the event.