CONCORD, N.C. – The WKA RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series is back in action this weekend at Michiana Raceway Park after a two-plus-month layoff.
The Baker Racing Engines Nationals marks the second consecutive WKA national at MRP after last weekend’s record Manufacturers Cup turnout for the MKP Nationals.
This weekend’s Gold Cup event is the fifth consecutive weekend a national-caliber karting event has been held at Michiana, a stretch that’s included the Great Lakes and Route 66 sprint series, Rotax “Shootout” and the Man Cup.
It’s the first time the Gold Cup has raced MRP since 2003 and only the third time the circuit has visited Michiana in its history. Only a handful of current series regulars were in attendance in ’03 some nine years, and while several 4-cycle teams have tested at MRP over the last few weeks, the track will pose a brand-new challenge for most Gold Cup teams once practice opens Friday morning.
Racing will kick off Friday night with another round of the touted Animal Heavy Money Race, which features 75 percent payback from entry fees and special product awards. Coyote racer Sean Meier won the Money Race at Jacksonville while MGM’s Chris Wells took home the cash at Barnesville in April.
A special free barbecue will be held Friday evening during the Money Race for fans and teams to enjoy while watching the action. The barbecue, a tradition a WKA events at MRP, is made possible by recently inducted WKA Hall of Fame member Norm DeBoever and his Target Distributing company.
Saturday and Sunday boast national racing for the series 30-plus classes, including 4-cycle Animal, LO206 Kid Kart, Box Stock Clone and X-30 TaG Junior and Senior.
View the race’s entry blank at http://www.worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2012/mrp_gc.pdf to see the weekend schedule, lodging and other important information.
If you’re in the area and are interested in coming out to watch the Gold Cup this weekend, visit http://www.jetkarting.com/ for the MRP address and other information.
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