Briggs & Stratton to Provide Major Product to Jax Gold Cup Winners

CONCORD, NC - As the newest season for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series prepares to take to the track this weekend in the Water Medic Southeast Showdown at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida, competitors will have the chance to not only compete for the right to stand atop the podium as the weekends overall champion for the event in their respective classes, they will also be taking home a Power Washer courtesy of Dave Klaus and the folks at Briggs & Stratton.

Following last season in which Briggs was the sponsor of 4 national classes, and also providing generators, which will be given out to the 2016 Year End Champions, also this weekend at Jacksonville, the strong relationship between Briggs & Stratton and the WKA Gold Cup program continues to flourish into a new season.

The Briggs product, in the form of generators to the overall winners, will continue July 28-30, when the series makes its second, and inaugural stop at Thompson Kart Raceway in Ohio for stop #2, with products also being made available to the Grand National Champions at the season finale October 6-8 at Lamar County Speedway in Barnesville, Georgia.

But for this weekend, the quest for the Gold Cup title begins for the following classes:

Coyote Motorsports Senior Pro Gas

GT Machine Junior Pro Gas

GT Machine Sportsman Pro Gas

Target Distributing Senior LO206 Heavy

LO206 Kid Karts/ 2 Cycle Kid Karts

Junior LO206

CIK LO206 Senior

Boon and Sons Sportsman LO206

Rookie

Masters Senior

Prior to the national competitors making the run for the weekend cup and Briggs product, WKA will again be hosting the Friday Night Shootout Races, involving the Sportsman and Junior LO 206 classes, as well as the annual Money Race for the Senior LO206 Heavy class, offering a 75% payback to the top 5, based on kart count. The Shootout races will again pay $200, with 2nd receiving $100, and $50 going to third in both classes, with awards for the top 3 also available. Entry Fee for the Shootout classes is $25, a cheap price to pay for extra track time, and a shot at $200. Entry Fee for the Senior LO206 Heavy Money race is $50. Both the CIK and Traditional Gold Cup Bodyworks will be allowed in this race.

Once the Shootout Races conclude, the focus will shift back to 2016 where the national champions, as well as other award recipients will be honored in the annual awards ceremony, held again this year at the track.

The following champions will be recognized:

Water Medic Junior LO206: Jimmy Cole Jackson

Junior Pro Gas Lite: David Kalb Jr

Briggs & Stratton LO206 Senior Heavy: Sean Meier

Briggs & Stratton Masters Senior: Tim Stiefel

Bordeaux Dyno Cams/Trackside Kart Supply Senior Pro Gas Heavy: Jacob Heavlow

Coyote Motorsports/Jim’s Marine Senior Pro Gas Medium: Jacob Heavlow

L&A South Tire Sportsman LO206: Kevin Lanyi

Brad’s Heating and Cooling Sportsman Pro Gas Heavy: Elmer Edmonson

MattMillerRacing.com/Spooner General Contractor Sportsman Pro Gas Lite: Blake Boon

Briggs & Stratton Junior Pro Gas Heavy: David Kalb Jr

2016 Champions will be receiving the following:

Champions Eagle

1 set of Bridgestone Tires

Briggs Generator

Champions Sticker, Flag, and Hat

2nd place finishers this year will receive:

Gold Cup

RLV Kart Stand

Free Entry to One 2017 Gold Cup event

Bridgestone Hat

3rd Place finishers will receive:

A plaque

Free Pit Pass to Gold Cup races 2 and 3

Xeramic Power Wipes

4th place will receive:

A plaque

Free Pit Spot for One 2017 Gold Cup race

1 Pit Pass for one 2017 Gold Cup event

5th place will receive:

A plaque

Free Pit Spot for one 2017 Gold Cup event.

Other special awards include:

Manufacturers Championship Trophy

Family of the Year

Sportsmanship Award

Most Improved Junior Driver

Appreciation Awards

Doors for the awards presentation will open at 6:45, with dinner at 7:15, and the awards presentation beginning at 7:45pm. A full buffet dinner, provided by Monroe’s Catering will be served, featuring smokehouse chicken, smoked beef brisket, baked beans, mac and cheese, garlic toast, banana pudding, cookies and brownies, sweet and unsweet tea. Tickets are $20 per person.

As the season begins for the 3-race national program, it is important to note that a competitors best 5 of 6 races will be counted towards the overall national championship, with no bonus points being awarded this season. For further info regarding the points structure for 2017, you can refer to the Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes from March 7.

The excitement begins this week at 103rd Street Sports Complex!!!

To view the weekend Entry Blank, CLICK HERE

To view the Banquet Form, CLICK HERE

Holewski, Troup, Highlight Road Race Year End Awards Presentation

CONCORD, NC - In the midst of a most successful weekend of racing at Roebling Road Raceway in Savannah, Georgia for the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting, World Karting Officials held their annual awards presentation, honoring the 2016 champions, and many other special award recipients.

Using the The Art Room at The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Nearby Pooler, Georgia as a backdrop, the throng of Road Race family members gathered to enjoy a rare evening among all their friend and competitors.

With catering provided by Barnes Restaurants, a beautiful array of awards assembled by Lynne Gilder of Elite Engraving, as well as a plethora of merchandise, courtesy of series sponsor Jim Russell, the evening's festivities were well received by all in attendance.

Although unable to attend this year's festivities, WKA was proud to recognize John and Wendy Klutz of Competition Karting Inc for winning the Manufacturers Championship Trophy, given to the winningest chassis manufacturer for the season. With 41 wins, CKI claimed yet another award, topping MGM, Hatcher, Margay, and Coyote, other top chassis producers on the series in 2016.

The many sponsors on hand were also recognized, including:

Russell Karting

The Agile Group

KALL Racing

Millers Dynotime Racing

CKI

Matthai Material Handling

Kion/Linde Forklifts

Hoosier Racing Tire

Foster 4J Ranch

West Texas Outlaws

Fisher Racing Engines

Rapid Racing

Tru Stripe

Rev Clean

GM Fort Wayne Assembly

McZero Fabrication

Special thanks also went out to the two Kart Clubs that are supporting WKA through national events, Southern Kart Club and Woodbridge Kart Club.

Also on hand were Robby Harper and Rob Hindery, 2 of the members of the Road Race Competition Committee. Along with these two gentlemen, the organization also recognized the efforts of Dale Coffey, Jim Farr Sr, Clark Gaynor, Brian Fisher, Dominic Greco, and Tom Speaks for their tireless efforts with the series this past year.

While many on hand were in attendance, knowing full well what they had won, one of the many highlights of the evening, as always, are the special awards given to very deserving recipients. WKA was proud to honor the following people for their accomplishments in 2016:

Karting Family of the Year: The Holewski Family, with Amanda Holewski on hand to accept the award.

Sportsmanship Award: Jeff Troup was on hand to accept his award as well.

Here’s a look at the 2016 National Champions:

Formula 125: JC Sanders

Matthai Material Handling 100cc Piston Port: William Morsberger

KALL Racing/Millers Dynotime Racing Formula 100: Travis Miller

Fisher Racing Engines Stock Honda: Stephen Flatt

WT Racing Leopard Sprint: Robert Wimmer

West Texas Outlaws TaG Heavy: Emmit Rodriguez

The Agile Group Unlimited: Jeff Standridge

Foster 4J Ranch Yamaha Medium: Lamar Hilliard

Kion/Linde Forklifts Yamaha Heavy: Steve Gore

Junior Animal Lite: Cole Peschang

Junior Animal Heavy: Cole Peschang

WKA Sprint: Louie Magiera

Yamaha Sprint: Louie Magiera

Animal Medium: Stephen Wheatley

Hoosier Racing Tire Animal Lite: Stephen Wheatley

Yamaha Sportsman Heavy: Matt Michel

CKI Yamaha Sportsman Medium: Matt Michel

Clone LO206 Heavy: Robert Garland Sr

Clone LO206 Lite: Rob Hindery

125 Sprint Shifter: Thomas Dupont

Yamaha Sportsman Sprint: Dawn Magiera

B Stock: Duane Eberhart

Animal Heavy: Steve Johnson

100cc Controlled: Lance Yunck

On behalf of the World Karting Association, our sincerest congratulations to all champions and award recipients, and the very best of luck in an already successful 2017

 Increasing Entries, Multiple Winners Highlight Successful Roebling Weekend & Latest Meeting Minutes

CONCORD, NC - One of the many great gauges of a season from year to year is the entry count. And for the second consecutive season, the entry numbers for the Roebling Road Nationals, stop #2 for the Dunlop/ Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting are heading in a northerly direction.

On the heels of a great turnout from Daytona Kart Week, the Roebling Road Nationals, run by the fine folks of the Southern Kart Club, continued the momentum of a solid 2017 season for Sprint and Laydown competitors.

Headlining the win category was Jordan Johnson, taking down 4 wins over the weekend, including a sweep of the Junior Enduro and Junior Animal classes.

The next closest in line to Johnsons feat were Rob Hindery, Ben Thomason, and Tony Wimmer, all 3 time winners from the weekend. 2 time victors were Louie Magiera, Jason Lorang, Dan Febbroriello, Joe Cuslidge, Dingus Griffin, George Sunderland, Sean O'Shea, Randy Fulks, Charles Wilbur, and Mark Justice.

For Hindery, his success began on Saturday with a win in the all new CIK LO206 Senior Local Option class. Hindery topped past Gold Cup standout Eric Fagan, while Ross Ricart, Paul Green, and Quincy Smith rounded out the top 5. Hindery also found success Sunday in the Clone LO206 Lite class, besting Peter Mazzarella and Jody Powell, while polishing off his 3-win weekend by sweeping the CIK LO206 Senior class over Paul Greene.

Ben Thomason also found success in the 4 cycle ranks, taking the Animal Heavy main on Saturday over Robert Garland, Rob Garland, James Cartledge, and Tony Wimmer. Thomason also claimed the Hoosier Racing Tire Animal Lite victory on Saturday as well. Thomason returned on Sunday to sweep the Animal Lite class.

Not to be left out of the Animal equation, Tony Wimmer checked in for the first of this 3 wins on Saturday, taking the Animal Medium top honors over Quentin Hill. Wimmer upped his game Sunday, repeating his Animal Medium performance, as well as snaring the TaG Heavy final, topping Brad Adams, Jason Lorang, Gary Sircy, and Ashley Michel, making her return to racing after being off the circuit for a few years.

In addition to high numbers and multiple winners, the series continues to develop a good young drop of Cadet LO206 drivers. 8 competitors showed up Saturday with Jett Miller outdueling sibling Bree Miller for the top spot. Austin Harper came home 3rd, with Carter Hadden, Katie Greco, Desi Greco, Josiah Figueroa, and Amber Thomason completing the field.   

Hadden improved from a 4th place finish Saturday to lay claim to the Sunday win, topping Figueroa, Katie Greco, Desi Greco, with Jett and Bree Miller rounding out the order.

Veteran Louie Magiera continued his winning ways on the series, sweeping WKA Sprint action both days. On day 1, Magiera topped Gerard Apuzzi, Eric Stockford, George Lincoln, and Jay Ellis, while Stockford, Apuzzi, Ellis, and Lincoln made up the top 5 on Sunday.

Jason Lorang enjoyed a solid weekend of racing, taking down two wins, the first in TaG Heavy over Brad Adams, Gary Sircy, Ashley Michel, and Emmitt Rodriguez. Lorang also notched the KALL Racing/Miller Dynotime Racing Formula 100 main on Sunday, turning back Michael Tracy.

Dan Febbroriello swept action in the Yamaha Sportsman Sprint category both days, topping Levi Newman on each occasion, while Joe Cuslidge took down the 2 event wins in the Clone LO206 Heavy class, besting Robert Garland, Darren Greene, James Cartledge, and Rob Garland on Day 1. Sundays action found Cartledge improving to second, with Robert Garland, Rob Garland, and Steve Johnson rounding out the top 5.

Another sweep occurred in the 125 Sprint Shifter class, where Dingus Griffin took down the field both days, besting Thomas Dupont, Ross Ricart, Donald Santini, and Steven Rougeou on Day 1, while Tracy Phillips rebounded from a 6th place finish Saturday to take second, followed by Santini, Rougeou, and Denver Liabenow.

George Sunderland doubled up on The Agile Group Unlimited class, topping Larry Stewart for the honors, while Sean O'Shea swept the 100cc Controlled class, besting Lance Yunck both days, with Adam Myers and Michael Tracy finishing in the exact same order both days as well.

Randy Fulks made the long tow from the Midwest to lay claim to a pair of weekend wins, taking the Yamaha Sportsman Heavy and CKI Yamaha Sportsman Medium mains, both on Saturday. In the Heavy action, Fulks bested Matt Michel, Brandon Schenkel, Lamar Hilliard, and Michael Marr, while Michel and Schenkel chased Fulks in the Medium main. Amanda Holewski rolled home 4th with Lyle Trudell rounding out the top 5.

Here's a look at the rest of the weekend winners:

Vintage Final 1: Robby Harper

Clone LO206 Lite Final 1: Jody Powell

Junior Sprint Final 1: Emma Bruinsma

Vintage Final 2: Bill Anderson

Animal Limited Modified Final 1: Charles Wilbur

X30 Laydown Final 1: Gary Schenkel

Yamaha Senior Final 1: Don Johnson

Formula 125: Kyle Stevens

Fisher Racing Engines Stock Honda Final 1: Steven Rougeou

IAME Sprint Final 1: Eric Fagan

Yamaha Sprint Final 1: Mark Justice

Formula 100 Final 1: Lance Yunck

100cc Piston Port Final 1: George Lincoln

Fisher Racing Engines Stock Honda Final 2: Michael Hines

IAME Sprint Final 2: Gary Sircy

Animal Limited Modified Final 2: Charles Wilbur

Yamaha Sprint Final 2: Mark Justice

Yamaha Sportsman Medium Final 2: Amanda Holewski

Yamaha Senior Final 2: Lamar Hilliard

Yamaha Sportsman Heavy Final 2: Brandon Schenkel

100cc Piston Port Final 2: George Lincoln

X30 Laydown Final 2: JC Sanders

Animal Heavy Final 2: Wesley Thomason

Vintage Final 2: Tony Ellison

WKA would like to extend a very special thanks to the staff of the Southern Kart Club, Jackie and Ryan Bottorff, Dave Williams, Steve Jeffers, Dominic Greco, along with the many other staff and family members who helped make the weekend a true success.

The next event for the series will be the annual Summit Point Nationals June 3 and 4 at Summit Point Motorsports Park in West Virginia, run by the fine staff of the Woodbridge Kart Club. 

Entry info will be available shortly.

Latest Meeting Minutes Posted from March 7, 2017 Conference Call

To view the latest minutes, please CLICK HERE.

Pre-Entry Deadline for Ocala Winter Cup Extended to March 24

CONCORD, NC - World Karting Officials have elected to add 1 more week to the pre-entry deadline for the final Winter Cup event of 2017 at Ocala Gran Prix in Florida, thus extending the deadline to Friday, March 24.

While far from the summertime racing season, the months of January through March historically can be just as busy with the Florida Winter Tour, WKA Winter Cup, SKUSA Winter Nats, and Challenge of the Americas events covering the winter calendar.

And with many of the WKA customers running the bulk of these events, days spent at home filling out a new entry blank for an upcoming event are few and far between. Given the rigorous challenges of the travel and home schedule, officials felt another week would allow many customers the chance to catch their breath, as they head to the home stretch of the winter racing season.

The finale for the WKA Winter Cup Series will indeed be huge, with many incentives on the line for champions, as well as participants who ran all 3 Winter Cup events, Daytona, Jacksonville, and Ocala. Champions in CIK LO206 Senior, Yamaha Sportsman, Yamaha Junior, Mini Swift, Pro Swift Sportsman, Pro IAME Junior, and Pro IAME Senior will receive a free set of Bridgestone Tires, as well as a free entry to one of the four remaining Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series events.

Additionally, through the relationship that WKA has developed with ROK CUP USA, any WKA driver who races the Winter Cup in Ocala will receive free registration for the 4th and final ROK CUP USA race in Orlando the week following the Ocala Winter Cup event. Essentially, a competitor can register once, which will cover the cost of two events. For any driver who does not have a ROK Shifter engine, ROK CUP USA has a great dealer program with fantastic engine rental programs. For further info, contact ROK CUP USA at (407) 476-5635, or info@rokcupusa.com.

The 2017 ROK Shifter Winter Cup Champion will receive tires, fuel, oil, and a free entry into the ROK CUP USA Finals in Orlando in September.

The final incentive for the series goes out to competitors in the Pro IAME Junior and Senior classes. Drivers in these two classes who participate in all 3 Winter Cup events will be eligible for a drawing, with the winner gaining a trip to Lemans, France in October for the X30 Nationals. In addition to the participants who have run all 3 events, winners and overall weekend champions will have their names placed in the drawing, marking each time they won, thus enhancing their chances to win the experience. Aside from the cost of the travel to the event, all other expenses will be paid for that weekend of racing. WKA would like to thank Eric Jones of IAME USA for his efforts in putting this program together.

The drawing will be held April 2 at Ocala Gran Prix.

To REGISTER ONLINE for the Ocala Winter Cup Finale, CLICK HERE.

To view the weekend information for the Ocala Winter Cup event, CLICK HERE.

Get To Know WKA Team Member: Buddy Long

CONCORD, NC - You might recognize Buddy Long as "THE VOICE" behind the NASCAR Xfinity, Truck and Cup race series but did you know that he is a vital part of the WKA team?  As the WKA Operations Director, Buddy is a key component of planning and creating successful race weekends.  We thought you should get to know a little more about the WKA Team, so we are getting this party started by getting to know more about the man, the voice, the legend, Mr. Buddy Long!

Where are you from?

I am originally from Leonardtown, Maryland, about an hour south of Washington, DC, two hours south of Baltimore.

How did you become involved in racing?

I became interested in stock car racing when my Dad took me to my local dirt track, Potomac Speedway in Budds Creek, Maryland. I was about 12. I never had the desire to race, I just love watching and participating in other ways.  In total, I have been in racing for 37 years.

How did you get the opportunity to be a race announcer?

My inspiration for announcing came from my love for reading my racing paper out loud. It not only helped develop my announcing style, it also helped me to remember things about racing better by reading out loud.

By the age of 15, I was the track announcer. I didn’t even have a Drivers License yet. I worked at Potomac for many years and I also announced at many other tracks including Dorsey, Hagerstown, Southside, Langley, East Carolina to name a few.

I auditioned for Motor Racing Network, and have been working as a NASCAR announcer for MRN for the last 17 years, doing Truck, Xfinity, and Cup races, as well as being the PA voice at Daytona and Homestead.

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How did you get into the karting scene?

I began working at karting tracks in the mid nineties; Amelia Motor Raceway and Virginia Sports Arena, as well as pa at Richmond International Raceway. The late Ricky Carpenter of Virginia Sports Arena brought me down to be one of the announcers in 1995 to work the George Kugler Memorial at Charlotte Motor Speedway, part of the North American Karting Championships. Drivers back then included Jenson Button and Jarno Trulli, now racing Formula One.

From there, I worked various events as an announcer for WKA until 1999, when they were looking to hire a full-time Operations Director. The radio station I was working at in Maryland was about to be sold. So I made the leap to North Carolina.

Which is your most memorable race?

Karting: Introducing all the Italian drivers at the NAKC at Charlotte and butchering their names. They laughed. Also playing the wrong CD. Instead of the national anthem at this international race, I played Sugar Pie, Honey Bun. Not my best moment.

NASCAR: Announcing the starting lineup for the Daytona 500 this year on National TV. It was a great honor.

Which racing series are your favorite?

In karting, I enjoy all series.  In NASCAR, I prefer the Truck Series, and in Dirt racing I like Late Models, World of Outlaw and Lucas Oil Series---or my hometown track when I am home on a weekend!

What do you enjoy the most about WKA events?

What I enjoy the most about the WKA events is breaking through the barrier of the US vs THEM. I love my karting family very much, and there isn’t a thing I wouldn’t do for them. And they know that.  I am very approachable. In my profession, announcing and WKA, that’s everything.  I love the sport and its people.

For a glimpse into a recent MRN broadcast with Buddy, CLICK HERE.

Ocala Winter Cup Pre-Entry Deadline Friday!

CONCORD, NC - As the final few days of the winter season click by, so do the remaining days for pre-entry for the finale for the WKA Winter Cup Series at Ocala Gran Prix in Ocala, Florida. The event, scheduled for March 31- April 2, has a posted pre-entry deadline for this Friday, March 17.

This will be the final opportunity for competitors to stake their claim to a Winter Cup Championship in the following classes;

CIK LO206 Senior

Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman

Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior

OTK Kart USA ROK Shifter

CRPRACING.com Mini Swift

IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman

Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior

KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior

For many competing in the finale, there is quite a bit on the line in each class. 2017 Champions in CIK LO206 Senior, Yamaha Sportsman, Yamaha Junior, Pro Swift Sportsman, Mini Swift, Pro IAME Junior and Senior will receive a set of Bridgestone Tires, as well as a free entry into one of the 4 remaining Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series Events for 2017. Those events include:

May 19-21: Pittsburgh International Race Complex

July 14-16: New Castle Motorsports Park

Aug 25-27: Wolf Paving Raceway

Oct 13-15: GoPro Motorplex

Additionally, as per an agreement between ROK CUP USA and WKA, any WKA driver who races the Winter Cup in Ocala will receive FREE registration for the 4th and final ROK CUP USA race in Orlando the week following the Ocala event. So in essence, a competitor can register once, which will cover 2 events!!! For any drivers who do not have a ROK Shifter engine, ROK CUP USA has a great dealer program with fantastic engine rental programs. For further info, contact ROK CUP USA at (407) 476-5635 or info@rokcupusa.com.

As for the 2017 Winter Cup ROK Shifter Champion, that driver will receive tires, fuel, oil, and a free entry into the ROK CUP USA Nationals in September in Orlando.

1 final incentive goes out to competitors in the Pro IAME Junior and Senior classes, where drivers that participate in all 3 Winter Cup events, Daytona, Jacksonville, and Ocala, will be eligible for a drawing for a trip in October to Lemans, France for the X30 Nationals. In addition to the participants in all 3 races, all race winners and overall weekend champions of all 3 events will have their name added in the hat for each win, thus enhancing their chances for the prize. With the exception of the travel to France, all other expenses will be fully paid.

Drawing will be held April 2 at Ocala Gran Prix.

Activities for the Ocala Winter Cup get underway Friday, March 31 with a full day of practice, with 2 full days of racing taking place Saturday and Sunday.

To register ONLINE for the Ocala Winter Cup finale, CLICK HERE.

To view and download the Ocala Winter Cup entry blank, CLICK HERE.

Friday Night Shootouts Return, Boon and Sons, GT Machine, and Target Return to Gold Cup

CONCORD, NC - As the 11th hour approaches, the energy for this year’s edition of the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series continues to gain momentum into the 2017 season. With the pre-entry deadline for this year’s edition of the Water Medic Southeast Showdown at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida just 24 hours away, sponsors are signing into the program for 2017.

World Karting Officials are proud to announce the return of GT Machine, Boon and Sons, as well as Target Distributing, joining RLV, Water Medic, and Coyote Racing Chassis as sponsors for the new season. Supporting the series as the Grand National race sponsor for many years, Dave and Sue Koehler of GT Machine in Longs, South Carolina will be sponsoring the Sportsman Pro Gas class at the Jacksonville event.

Also returning is Matt Boon of Boon and Sons in Rochester, New York as the official sponsor of the fast-growing and highly popular Sportsman LO206 Class. WKA also welcomes back Joe Deboever and Target Distributing of South Bend, Indiana. For many years, Target, through the efforts of Joe, and his late brother and WKA Hall of Famer Norm Deboever, sponsored a barbeque at Michiana Raceway Park, prior to the race weekend. WKA is a proud patron of Target Distributing, purchasing many of their race products through the longtime midwest based company. Target will be the official sponsor of the Senior LO206 Heavy class in 2017.

Feeding off the sponsorship momentum, WKA is also proud to announce the return of the Friday Night Shootout races, always a driver and fan favorite at the end of the Friday Practice day. This year, the 3 classes for the shootouts will be the Sportsman and Junior LO206 classes, running for a $200 to win payday, with $100 going to second and $50 for third, with awards also available. Entry Fee for the 2 classes will be $25, with racers eligible to sign up at the track on practice day. Additionally, the Senior LO206 Heavy class will be featured in their always exciting Money Race, with a 75% payback going to drivers, based on participation. Both Traditional and CIK Bodyworks will be allowed for this class on Friday. Entry Fee will be $50.

Following the shootout races, the 2016 national champions, as well as many other deserving competitors and individuals will be honored in the annual awards presentation, to be held at the track. Doors open at 6:45pm, with dinner at 7:15 and the awards presentation set for 7:45.

Pre- Entry Deadline for the Water Medic Southeast Showdown is Tuesday, March 14. So be sure and get your entry in as soon as possible.

To view the entry blank for the Water Medic Southeast Showdown, CLICK HERE.

To view the form for the Gold Cup Awards Banquet, CLICK HERE.

Deadline Approaching for Jax Gold Cup Season Opener / First #RaceLife Spotlight Chosen

CONCORD, NC -  The beginning of the new season for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series is right around the corner, March 24-26 to be precise, with the pre-entry deadline for the Water Medic Southeast Showdown at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida set for Tuesday March 14. Entry fees for the national classes are $85, with a 1 time practice fee of $60. Competitors in the LO206 and 2 Cycle Kid Kart Classes will have a $50 pre-entry fee, with a $50 practice fee set.

With a new season comes some new changes and modifications to the program. This season, the Gold Cup Series will encompass 3 national events, starting at Jacksonville, then heading to Thompson Kart Raceway in Ohio July 28-30, followed by the season ending Grand National event October 6-8 at Lamar County Speedway in Barnesville, Georgia. Competitors will be able to count their best 5 of 6 races in their quest to win the 2017 national championship.

Additionally, awards will be given out to the weekends overall champion, based on average finish for the 2 days of competition. Awards for 2nd and 3rd will also be given out. For Kid Karts, which are not a national class in 2017, the overall winner in both the LO206 and 2 Cycle classes will receive awards, with the balance of drivers receiving participation medals.

Here are the classes that are being offered for the 2017 season:

LO206/2 Cycle Kid Karts

Rookie

Sportsman Pro Gas

Sportsman LO206

Junior Pro Gas

Junior LO206

Senior Pro Gas

Senior LO206

CIK Senior LO206

Masters Senior

Both traditional Gold Cup and CIK Bodyworks will be allowed, with the exception of the CIK Senior LO206 Class, which obviously will be CIK only.

No changes have occurred with regards to tires and rims for the new season, with the same rules intact from 2016.

WKA welcomes back Water Medic, Coyote Motorsports, and Boon and Sons as some of the initial sponsors signing back up for the 2017 season. Any additional sponsors interested in joining the 2017 season may contact the WKA Office at (704) 455-1606.

The series first stop of the season at Jacksonville will also coincide with the 2016 Year End Awards Ceremony, scheduled for Friday evening at the track. 2016 champions that will be honored include Jimmy Cole Jackson, David Kalb Jr, Sean Meier, Tim Stiefel, Jacob Heavlow, Kevin Lanyi, Elmer Edmonson and Blake Boon.

Many other special awards will be handed out that evening, as well as some great product from RLV, Briggs, Bridgestone, WKA, and much more!!!!

Doors Open at 6:45 with dinner at 7:15 and awards beginning at 7:45. A full buffet dinner including smokehouse chicken, smoked beef brisket, baked beans, mac and cheese, garlic toast, banana pudding, cookies and brownies, sweet and unsweet iced tea will be available.

It's a great time of year, with the North Florida Kart Club and 103rd Street Sports Complex serving as the backdrop for a great new season for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series.

To view the Water Medic Southeast Showdown Entry Blank, CLICK HERE.

To view the Gold Cup Awards Banquet Form, CLICK HERE.

 

FIRST WKA #RACELIFE SPOTLIGHT CHOSEN

MEET: GRAY LEADBETTER

The #RaceLife Spotlight is open to WKA racers of all series.  Interested? Email Nicole at shift.counseling@gmail.com for more information.

 

To read more about Gray, CLICK HERE to visit the WKA website.

Pre-Entry Deadline for Ocala Winter Cup Finale Approaching Quickly!

CONCORD, NC - The battle for the prestigious WKA Winter Cup Championship is quickly coming to an end, with the deadline for pre-entries for the season finale at Ocala Gran Prix set for March 17.

With competitors fresh off of the series second event at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida, there is no time to waste to get prepared for a run at the respective lucrative titles in the series second season.

Activities for the Ocala Gran Prix, scheduled for March 31- April 2, will get underway Friday with a full day of practice, followed by 2 solid days of intense racing, as drivers vie for championships in the following classes;

CIK LO206 Senior

Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman

Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior

OTK KART USA ROK Shifter

CRPRACING.com Mini Swift

IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman

Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior

KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior

 

PRIZES

Champions in all classes, with the exception of ROK Shifter, will receive a free set of Bridgestone Tires, as well as a free entry into one of the four remaining Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series events for 2017, including;

May 19-21: Pittsburgh International Race Complex

July 14-16: New Castle Motorsports Park

August 25-27: Wolf Paving Raceway

Oct 13-15: GoPro Motorplex

The 2017 ROK Shifter Winter Cup Champion will receive tires, fuel, oil, and a free entry into the ROK Cup USA Nationals in September in Orlando, Florida!!

Adding to the allure of the Winter Cup Program is the major incentive for competitors in the Pro IAME Junior and Senior classes. Drivers in these classes who will have competed in all 3 Winter Cup events will be eligible for a drawing, with the winner receiving a trip to Lemans, France in October for the X30 International Finals!!

In addition to participants who have run all 3 events, race winners, as well as overall weekend champions in the 3 events will have their name placed in the drawing for each win or overall title they accrued through Daytona, Jacksonville, and Ocala, thus enhancing their chance to win the trip!! Aside from the travel to the X30 Finals, all other expenses will be paid for that weekends prestigious event.

Special thanks to Eric Jones of IAME USA for his hard work and efforts in this program.

REGISTER TO RACE IN THE WINTER CUP SEASON FINALE TODAY! 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

To view the Ocala Gran Prix Entry Blank, CLICK HERE.

Important Info for Winter Cup Sponsors

CONCORD, NC - Sponsors planning on attending the season finale for the WKA Winter Cup Series event March 31-April 2 at Ocala Gran Prix and intend on utilizing their sponsor parking spots are asked to contact the track directly, ensuring they have the proper amount to satisfy their needs.

The contact for Ocala Gran Prix is Frank Foden. You can either reach Frank by calling (352) 291-0600, or you can reach him at frank@ocalgranprix.com.

Doing this will indeed ensure your spots for the finale for the Winter Cup Series. Thank you!

Road Race Competitors Gear Up for Roebling Road Nationals

CONCORD, NC - The long gap between December and March has finally concluded for competitors on the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting, as Roebling Road Raceway in Savannah, Georgia allows drivers a chance to return to the track for stop #2 on the WKA Road Race circuit this weekend.

Leading the way is Four-time Daytona winner Andrew Boyer, leading both the Animal Heavy and Clone LO206 Heavy classes, following his stellar performance during Daytona Kart Week. Some of the challengers for Boyer in the Animal class will be Rob Garland, Wesley Thompson, Robert Garland Sr, and Toni Alexander, while the Garland duo, as well as Joe Cuslidge and James Cartledge will be some of the competition for Boyer in the Clone LO206 Heavy class.

The female contingent will be well represented, with both Amanda Holewski and Dawn Magiera coming to town as leaders in their respective classes. For Holewski, the season has started off with the lead in the CKI sponsored Yamaha Sportsman Medium class, with past champion Matt Michel, David Lee, Brandon Schenkel, and Lyle Trudell just some of the stiff competition she will face. Magiera leaves Daytona, leading the Yamaha Sprint class over Al Gierz, Louie Magiera, Tory Kamerling, and Mark Justice.

Another multiple winner in the form of Midwest ace Patrick Olsen leads the KALL Racing/Millers Dynotime Racing Formula 100 class over 2016 champion Lance Yunck, with Scott Stauffer, Brian Morse, and Jason Lorang expected to mount a serious challenge.

Lorang comes to Roebling leading a class as well. Following success in the West Texas Outlaws TaG Heavy class at Daytona, Lorang will be challenged by Jim Snyder, Brian Cherry, Jeff Salak, and John Brown, to name a few.

Stephen Wheatley comes to Savannah leading the Hoosier Racing Tires Animal Lite class over Ben Thomason, while Brian Wilhelm is looking to defend 2 classes, as the leader in the Formula 125 class over Mitch White, Allen Hollinger, Anthony Turco, and Darrin Cuthbertson, while also leading The Agile Group Unlimited class over Cuthbertson, Turco, Hollinger, and Scott Hodges.

Margay Racings Keith Freber again enjoyed Daytona, leaving the World Center of Racing as the leader in the Yamaha Senior class over John Brown, Adam Trumbley, Chad Dokken, and Bill Trumbley, while Tim Linthicum brings the lead in the Yamaha Sportsman Heavy standings to town with him, leading Austin Henry, Amanda Holewski, David Lee, and John LaRue.

Road Racing would not be complete if a Fulks wasn’t leading the standings in SOME category. For both Randy and Rick Fulks, they have again found that early season success, with Randy leading the B Stock class over Scott Goodman, Robby Harper III, Dusty Dean, and Robby Harper, while brother Rick holds the lead in the 100cc Controlled class over Gary Mikusch, Lance Yunck, Michael Tracy, and Scott Stauffer.

In the 125 Sprint Shifter class, Tracy Phillips comes to town as the leader over Donald Santini, Jim Russell Jr, Denver Liabenow, and April Danals, while steady veteran Louie Magiera holds court in the WKA Sprint class over Al Gierz, David Bruinsma, Otto Vollmerhausen, and Adam Trumbley.

Nicholas Martin will look to maintain his lead in the WT Racing IAME Sprint class, leading Donald Nelson, Walter Troup, Stephen Bassham, and Jeff Salak, while Brian Fisher leads the ultra-competitive Fisher Racing Engines Stock Honda class over Benjamin Eberhart, Steven Rougeou, Stephen Flatt, and Jason Park.   

Jordan Johnson currently leads 2-time 2016 champion Cole Peschang in the Junior Animal category, with Dan Febbroriello leading the Yamaha Sportsman Sprint class this weekend over Mandy Doles, Levi Newman, Ashley Crawford, and Tommy Young.

Rob Hindery is the early leader in the Clone LO206 Lite class over Ricky Taylor and Peter Mazzarella, while Gary Schenkel leads JC Sanders in the all new X30 Laydown Class.

In addition to the many national classes on hand this weekend, the Roebling Road Nationals will also offer a plethora of Local Option classes, including:

Cadet LO206

Junior LO206

CIK LO206

Animal Limited Modified

TaG Junior

Vintage

Open Sprint

Activities for the Roebling Road Nationals get underway Friday March 10 with a full day of practice beginning at 8am, with 2 full days of racing to follow Saturday and Sunday.

WKA will also be honoring their 2016 national champions, as well as other special award recipients Friday evening March 10 at The Art Gallery of The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum.

To view the weekend activities for the Roebling Road Nationals, CLICK HERE.

To view the Banquet form for the Road Race Awards Presentation, CLICK HERE.

WKA TO FEATURE RACERS ACROSS ALL KARTING SERIES IN #RACELIFE SPOTLIGHT

CONCORD, NC- Are you a WKA racer or a parent of one? We would like to hear from you.  WKA will be featuring two racers a month on the worldkarting.com website and across all WKA social media channels.  The #RaceLife Spotlight is open to WKA racers of all series; Manufacturer's Cup, Gold Cup, Road Racing Series and Speedway Dirt.

TO BE FEATURED:

  1. Email Nicole to receive your interview questions.
  2. Get creative! If you want to make a video of your interview or a short clip of you racing, great.  If you just want to type your answers and send them back in, that is fine as well. 
  3. Include photos of you on and off the track.

The purpose of the WKA #RaceLife Spotlight is to showcase the uniqueness of each racer and get to know each of our racers better.  The karting community is a family and what better way to share that passion for racing than to feature our kart racers.
 

To receive your #RaceLife Spotlight interview questions, email Nicole at shift.counseling@gmail.com

Jacksonville, Thompson, Barnesville Headline 2017 Gold Cup Schedule

CONCORD, NC - World Karting Officials have recently released the 2017 national schedule for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series.

3 national events will define the series for 2017, with the first stop being the traditional venture to the popular 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida March 24-26. Run in conjunction with the North Florida Kart Club, the Water Medic Southeast Showdown will set the stage for what should be another great season for the top 4 cycle competitors in the country.

The Jacksonville event will also play host to the 2016 Year End Awards Presentation, which will be held at the track, following the Friday Practice Day. 2016 Champions will be honored with their traditional championship Eagles, as well as product from Bridgestone, RLV, Briggs & Stratton, and much more!! Many other recipients will be honored on that evening. Doors open at 6:45pm, with dinner at 7:15 and the awards presentation at 7:45. A full buffet dinner will be provided.

Once the series departs Jacksonville, the second stop will serve as a new venue for World Karting, as competitors will head to Thompson Kart Raceway in Ohio July 28-30 for the Summer Nationals. Headed by Doug Marsh and the Championship Kart Racing Association, WKA is excited to place the series on new soil for the Gold Cup program.

A change comes in the third and final venue, as the series will crown its Grand National Champions October 6-8 at Lamar County Speedway in Barnesville, Georgia. Recently, the Georgia Sprint Karting Association opened their doors for one of their first practice sessions of the season, with a plethora of new faces coming out for the season’s first crack at the fabled facility.

The format for this seasons events will be very similar to that of last season, with competitors participating in qualifying, 1 heat race, and a final each day. However, in 2017, awards will be issued on Day 2 ONLY, to the highest overall finisher of the classes they participate in, with the top 3 receiving awards. Kid Kart participants in both LO206 and 2 cycle will run together, but scored separately, with an award going to the overall winner in both categories, and participation medals going to the balance of entrants. The Kid Kart Class will not be a national class in 2017.

Both the traditional Gold Cup bodyworks, as well as CIK bodywork will be allowed in all classes for one more season. Simply stated, competitors may run a Gold Cup nose with a Gold Cup column fairing, or a CIK nose with a CIK column fairing.  Additionally, a CIK LO206 Senior Class has been added, for those wishing to run CIK Bodyworks solely.

Specs on wheels, tires, and seat rules have not changed from 2016.

Entry Fees for this season will be set at $85 per pre-entry, and $100 at the track for all national classes, with a 1 time practice fee of $60 with pre-entry, and $75 for any at track entry. Kid Kart competitors will pay $50 for their pre-entry, and $65 at the track, with Practice Fees set at the same price as well.

WKA has also incorporated a new Rookie Class for 2017, with the age group set at 6-9 years old. This being a national class affords parents of 6-9-year-old competitors a smooth transition from the Kid Kart Class.

As the season nears, those wishing to take part in any sponsorship opportunities can call the WKA Office at (704) 455-1606.

To view the Water Medic Southeast Shootout Entry Blank, CLICK HERE.

To view the Gold Cup Year End Banquet Form, CLICK HERE.

To view the 2017 Gold Cup Class Specs, CLICK HERE.

 

Miles, Dorsey, Massimino, Jarsocrak Double Up in Jax Winter Cup / New Tech Update

CONCORD, NC - The WKA Winter Cup Series officially wrapped up the second national event of the season, with the ultra-long back stretch and technical turns of 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville serving as the battle ground for the series penultimate event, with the finale coming March 31-April 2 at Ocala Gran Prix.

Making the most of their weekends were Christian Miles, Jack Dorsey, Pauly Massimino, and Brandon Jarsocrak, all doubling up in the win category for the weekend. Dorsey’s wins came in the Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior Class both days, while Miles swept the action in the CRPRACING.com Mini Swift Class. Massimino mastered the Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior class. And for Jarsocrak, his double success came in the KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior category. Here’s a look at the balance of the weekends winners.

CIK LO206 Senior: Sean Meier, James VanDerZee

Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman: Garrett Adams, Sam Hinds

IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman: Ashton Chilton, Brent Crews

3 classes found different winners both days, one of which was the CIK LO206 Senior class, in which Jacksonville veteran Sean Meier claimed the top honors on Day 1, turning back Daytona winner Corey Towles on the first day, with Hunter Fox, James VanDerZee, and Michael Clark rounding out the top 5. On Day 2, it was VanDerZee’s turn to stand atop the podium, topping Meier in the finale, with Towles, Fox, and Jorge Ruiz making up the top 5. Meier and Towles took the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time awards respectively.

The Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman class also found parity in the first position, with Garrett Adams and Sam Hinds sharing wins on the weekend. Adams fended off brother Logan Adams on the first day of action, with Hinds, Will Robusto, and Adam Maxwell completing the top 5. Hinds improved 2 notches in the order on Sunday, turning back Logan Adams, while Annie Rhule roared her way into a top 3 finishing position on the final day. Completing the top 5 were Garrett Adams and Adam Maxwell. Sebastian NG and Logan Adams were the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time winners for the weekend.

The beginning of a weekend sweep first came for Jack Dorsey in the Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior class, as Dorsey won a great battle with Bryce Aron on both days enroute to the sweep of weekend activities. The 2 drivers also split the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time awards for the weekend as well.

Christian Miles was the next candidate for a double event win for the weekend, taking the highly competitive CRPRACING.com Mini Swift class. After taking the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time award for Saturday, Miles proceeded to top Sebastian NG, Sam Corry, Jorge Ortiz, and Caleb Gafrarar. Miles had a little more work to do Sunday, wrestling the lead away from Comet Kart Sales Fast Timer Sofia D’Arrigo, then eventually fending off Gafrarar for the win, with Bryce Sanders improving from a 7th place run Saturday to finish third. D’Arrigo came home fourth with Ben Maier rounding out the top 5.    

The IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman class was also loaded with talent, with points leader Ashton Chilton taking down the Day 1 honors. Comet Kart Sales Fast Time winner Lucas Rodriguez came home second, followed by Annie Rhule, Tyler Wettengel, and Jeremy Fletcher. Day 2 found Brent Crews coming to life, sweeping the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time honors, as well as the win, topping Chilton, Rodriguez, Wettengel, and Garrett Adams.

Pauly Massimino was next in line to snare a pair of wins, taking the Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior class, as well as the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time efforts both days. Massimino was trailed by Gray Leadbetter, Kaden Wharff, Isabella Robusto, and Alex Yankowski on Saturday, while Madison Campeau improved from 6th to 2nd on day 2, followed by Robusto, Leadbetter, and Gunner Bischoff.

Brandon Jarsocrak rounded out the Four Horseman who took double event wins, taking the KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior honors on day 1, followed closely by Comet Kart Sales Fast Time winner Ryan Raffa, Lance Fenderson, Abby McLaughlin, and Jonathan Yobaggy. On day 2, Jarsocrak fended off Fenderson, the Fast Time winner, with Raffa, McLaughlin, and Yobaggy making up the top 5.

With 2 events in the books, it’s down to the third and final event of the winter season to see who the 2017 Winter Cup Champions will be, as focus now turns to Ocala Gran Prix March 31-April 2.

Champions in all classes, with the exception of the ROK Shifter class, will receive a set of Bridgestone tires, as well as a free entry into one of the remaining four Bridgestone Manufacturer Cup Series events, those including Pittsburgh, New Castle, Wolf Paving Raceway, and GoPro Motorplex.

The ROK Shifter Winter Cup Champion will receive tires, fuel, oil, and a free entry into the ROK Cup USA Nationals in September in Orlando.

Additionally, any drivers in the Pro IAME Junior and Senior classes who participate in all 3 Winter Cup events will be eligible for a drawing for a trip in October to Lemans, France for the X30 International Finals. The drawing is open to drivers who have participated in all 3 events. Additionally, race and overall event winners from Daytona, Jacksonville and Ocala, will have their names placed in the drawing again, giving those drivers an even better chance to win the trip. Aside from the cost of travel, all other expenses will be paid.

To Register Online for the Ocala Winter Cup, CLICK HERE.

For those who wish to print out the entry blank and send it to WKA, the paper entry blank is available by CLICKING HERE.  

TECH UPDATE

212.1.4       Add:  Ties to be broken by qualifying. 

212.1.4.1    When only one heat race is being run, the line-up will be based on points scored in qualifying and the heat race (0,2,3,4 etc) -- ties to be broken by qualifying.

214.3 and 214.4    Delete 5.30 to 1 minimum gear ratio.

601.9    Blowdown checking procedure -- # 6 -- effective 4/17/2017 --  the value must be between 0.390" and 0.420"

Figure 609 -- TAG Spec's -- page 108-- All IAME Leopard and X30 Max Bore Spec's -- change from 54.30 to 54.35 effective 4/17/2017.

402.1   Add: Maximum width on any tire and wheel assembly -- 10.375"

609.9.2   First cone length of 10.375" --  change to 7.5"

Final Tier Deadline for Roebling Road National Approaching

CONCORD, NC - The deadline for pre-entries for the second race of the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting is fast approaching. Competitors wishing to take advantage of the final pre-entry price for the Road Race Nationals at Roebling Road Raceway in Savannah, Georgia March 10-12 have until Tuesday March 7 to submit their entry. After that, At Track pricing will go into effect.

Pre-Entry Forms may be filled out by using MotorsportReg.com, which is available on the Southern Kart Club website, www.southernkartclub.com.

The weekend event at Roebling will also include the 2016 Year End Awards Presentation Friday March 10, being held this year at the Art Gallery at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, right on the track exit.

Doors to the function will open at 7pm, with dinner at 7:30 and the awards presentation beginning at 8pm. A full buffet dinner, consisting of green salad with all dressings, baked boneless chicken breast with herb seasoning, sliced roast beef, green beans, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls, banana pudding, apple cobbler, sweet and unsweet tea will be provided.

Be sure and get your entry in for the Roebling Road Nationals, as well as your reservations for the awards presentation, as WKA honors the 2016 national champions, as well as many other award recipients.

To view the Roebling Road Entry Blank, CLICK HERE.

To view the 2016 Year End Awards Banquet Form, CLICK HERE.

Ocala Winter Cup Registration Now Online!

CONCORD, NC - As the second race for the WKA Winter Cup Series takes to the track this weekend at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida, the entry information for the series third and final event at Ocala Gran Prix March 31-April 2 is now available to view online.

The series will again provide the following classes:

  • CIK LO206 Senior
  • Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman
  • Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior
  • OTK KART USA ROK Shifter
  • CRPRACING.com Mini Swift
  • IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman
  • Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior
  • KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior

To register online, click here.

To view the Entry Blank, click here.

February Trustee Meeting Minutes Available Online

CONCORD, NC - The minutes of the first WKA Board of Trustees Conference for 2017 have been approved and are now online for review by the WKA Membership.

One of the many topics discussed were the results from the most recent edition of Daytona KartWeek, involving the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series, the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series, and the WKA/Maxxis Speedway Dirt event.

The next Board of Trustees Meeting will be held in early March. Once approved, the minutes of that meeting will be made available to the membership online.

To view the February Meeting Minutes, CLICK HERE.

Women in Motorsport Commission Partners with CIK-FIA and Academy Trophy

CONCORD, NC - The FIA Women in Motorsport Commission (WiMC) is pleased to announce the renewal of partnership with the CIK-FIA. The aim is to designate one young female driver between 12 to 14 years old to be granted a kart out of the 51 allocated for the 2017 edition of the CIK-FIA Academy Trophy.

This Academy Trophy is a competition in which the equipment will be identical for everyone (Exprit-Vortex-Bridgestone), allocated by drawing lots and placed at the disposal of the participants free of charge. Although the Trophy is a genuine competition based on the usual format of international karting events (free practice, qualifying practice, qualifying heats and final phase), there will be an educational program for the drivers. This pedagogical program will address topics related to safety, the code of driving conduct on circuits, the anti-doping code, the patrimony of karting, and more.

It is the fifth year of an ambitious project in which the WiMC is working with the CIK-FIA. Drivers from all over the world will submit their resume to be part of this prestigious championship program.

Conditions of participation:

- Payment of a deposit of €600 (the season entry fees of €2,095 are taken care of by the WiMC)
- Provision, free of charge, of the paddock structure and provision of overalls and gloves by the CIK
- Provision, free of charge, of a complete kart by the official supplier designated by the FIA for the season (3 events and 1 day of official tests); except for the training tyres, fuel, service team and any damage to the equipment.

Criteria required by the Sporting Regulations

1) Year of birth: 2003 to 2005* (Article 14 of the Sporting Regulations attached)
2) The driver must hold a Grade C Junior International Karting Licence
3) Nationalities: all
4) Competition history: sporting CV to be submitted with the candidature
* Among the candidatures, priority will be given to drivers aged 12/13 years, in order to give them the opportunity to take part in two consecutive seasons.

2017 CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy Schedule

May 11-14: Genk, Belgium (including a testing day on May 11)
July 21-23: Alahärmä, Finland
September 8-10: Wackersdorf ; Germany

To find out more about the program, karters are asked to contact Kevin Williams - WKA CIK-FIA Commissioner - at worldkarting.com.

Tier One Deadline for Roebling Road Race Nationals Feb 17

CONCORD, NC- Competitors gearing up for the second race of the season for the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting, scheduled for March 10-12 at Roebling Road Raceway in Savannah, Georgia have just 1 week left to take advantage of the Tier 1 Pre-Entry pricing.

The deadline for Tier 1 is slated for Friday February 17. Between now and that date, competitors can take advantage of the $90 pre-entry price. After the 17th, the Tier 2 pre-entry pricing will move to $100 per class, with that deadline in place until March 7. After that, At Track pricing will kick in. Pre-Entry Pricing for the Cadet Class remains at $65 through both pre-entry tiers.

Those wishing to pre-enter for the event can either download the WKA Entry Blank, or fill out the pre-entry form using MotorSportReg.com, of which a link to the event page is available at www.southernkartclub.com. It is important to note that ALL entries are processed through the MotorSportReg.Com site, as no entries come to the WKA Office.

In addition to the Roebling Road Nationals, those wishing to attend the annual Year End Awards Presentation Friday March 10 need to fill out their Awards Banquet Reservation Form, and return it to the WKA Office as soon as possible.

This year’s awards presentation will be taking place at The Art Gallery at The National Museum of The Mighty Eighth Air Force, located right on the Pooler, Georgia exit, same as the track. The festivities will take place following Friday practice, with doors opening at 7pm, dinner at 7:30pm, with the awards presentation beginning at 8pm.

A full buffet dinner, catered by Barnes Restaurant and Catering will feature Green Salad with all dressings, Baked Boneless Chicken Breast with herb seasoning, Sliced Roast Beef, Green Beans, Mac and Cheese, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Rolls, Banana Pudding, Apple Cobbler, with Sweet and Unsweet Tea.

Cost for the buffet and awards ceremony is $35 per person. The Hall seats 120 people. So, make your reservations now!!!

To view the Roebling Road Entry Blank, Click Here.

To view the Year End Awards Ceremony Form, Click here.

 

Results of Annual WKA Trustee Elections

CONCORD, NC- World Karting Association recently concluded its annual election process, tending to the needs of the 3 Districts that were up for re-election. The 3 Districts were the following;

District 2, representing the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi

District 5, representing the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia

District 8, representing the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania

WKA welcomes back Robby Harper of Pell City, Alabama, the new trustee in District 2. Harper, who has served on the WKA Board in previous years, still actively competes as a driver in the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series, also serving as Race Director at the annual KartWeek event in Daytona Beach, Florida. His time served as a driver, race director, and past trustee, completely enhances his ability to serve on the Board, as well as serve the needs of competitors and members in his district. Harper has designated Rob Hindery of St Augustine, Florida as his 4 Cycle Rep, while Robby Harper III of Pell City, Alabama will serve as the 2 Cycle Rep. Both gentlemen currently are competitors on the Road Race Series as well.

In District 5, Randall Lyles of Chilhowie, Virginia has retained his seat for another term. Lyles, a well-known and very well respected Tech Inspector in 4 Cycle racing, has a most extensive background in both the Dirt industry, as well as serving as part of the technical inspection team for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series. Lyles also brings a wealth of knowledge and respect in the form of his 2 and 4 Cycle Representatives, with Lynn Haddock of Chattanooga, Tennessee returning as the 2 Cycle Rep, and Brandon Taylor of Roanoke, Virginia again serving as Lyles 4 Cycle Representative.

Mike Tetreault of Warminster, Pennsylvania returns for another term as Trustee in District 8. In addition to his duties as Trustee in one of the quadrants of the northeast, Tetreault has also worked most diligently in the role as Treasurer for the organization. Tetreault has retained the services of Scott Ferris of Brick, New Jersey as his 2 Cycle Rep, while Zach Linsell, a well-respected Road Race and Gold Cup competitor from Pennsylvania will sign on as Tetreault’s 4 Cycle Rep.

The new board of trustees met via phone conference Tuesday February 7, discussing the most recent agenda items, including a most successful review of Daytona Kart Week. The minutes of the February meeting will be made available, upon approval by the board.

While the board is set for 2017, the rotational process of elections continues each year, with Districts 1, 4, 7, and 10 up for re-election in 2018. Here are the states that these 4 Districts represent.

District 1: Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota

District 4: Georgia, South Carolina

District 7: Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin

District 10: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

For those interested in becoming more involved with the organization as trustee, the first step in the process is to nominate qualified trustee candidates. You can participate by completing and returning the nomination ballot, which is mailed out to all WKA Master Members in good standing. The person nominated must be 18 years or older, and reside in the district for which they would like to represent.

The 3 members receiving the most nominations from each district will be asked to submit theircandidates for 2 and 4 Cycle Representative, providing a team of qualified people for which they feel will best represent the interests of the WKA Membership.

Individuals interested in the position will be placed on the official election ballot, along with their 2 and 4 Cycle representatives from their district. The ballots for valid Master Members are then sent to an independent accounting firm for membership verification. You will then have the opportunity to vote for the team in your district you believe to be the most qualified.

To view the current list of trustees in the respective regions of the country, go to the WKA Main page and click contacts, giving members the opportunity to view the 2017 Board of Trustees, as well as their respective 2 and 4 Cycle Representatives. Or CLICK HERE.