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The World Karting Association would like to announce that beginning February 24th John “Buddy” Long will be back working for WKA. Hired back in 2001, Long, originally hired as Director of Operations, worked diligently for the next 12 years with the organization and its members, rising to the position of General Manager.

Priding himself on strong organizational and communication skills, Long created some of the best officiating teams for all the major touring series, all the while establishing a great rapport with the competitors, tracks, sponsors, and many heavyweights in the karting industry.

The World Karting Association would like to announce that beginning February 24th John “Buddy” Long will be back working for WKA. Hired back in 2001, Long, originally hired as Director of Operations, worked diligently for the next 12 years with the organization and its members, rising to the position of General Manager.

Priding himself on strong organizational and communication skills, Long created some of the best officiating teams for all the major touring series, all the while establishing a great rapport with the competitors, tracks, sponsors, and many heavyweights in the karting industry.

In conjunction with the WKA duties during this time period, Long also has established himself as one of the top motorsports announcers in the country, working as a broadcaster for the Motor Racing Network, as well as hosting a midweek show on mrn.com known as NASCAR Coast to Coast.

“ It is truly an honor and privilege to return to an organization of which I have so many wonderful memories, and look forward to creating New Great Memories! stated Long. The organization has a ton of positive energy going for it right now. And I hope my return to WKA will only enhance that level of energy!!!!”

Buddy will return to many of the duties he once accepted, fined tuned, and let blossom during his initial tenure. Those “On Road” duties will begin with the Ionic Edge Chassis Nationals for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series March 27-29 at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida.

“ I can’t think of a better place to start than Jacksonville, stated Long. The North Florida Kart Club has been awesome to work with over the years, truly making this one of the easiest events to put on. I can’t wait!!!”