The Passing of Mark Taylor

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It is will great sadness that we email our karting members today.  Mark Taylor was very well known and respected in our karting community and often worked for WKA at our national races and at Daytona Kartweek.  We would like to pass this newsletter onto you from our friends at the Woodbrige Kart Club which includes a message from Mark's family:

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WKC NEWSLETTER

As most of you have heard we at WKC have lost one of our very own. I received the call from Brandon Taylor on Friday telling me of this very sad news. He and I talked about a posting to FB and I wanted the family to tell me their wishes.

As the family states below. Mark was a incredible person and I will never forgot him. The personal friendship that he and I had was awesome. He always had encouraging words for me and my family.

He will be deeply missed by many and especially his extended family here at WKC. I know right now he has his foot down on the pedal and hands on the steering wheel wheeling that go kart around the track.

Rest In Peace Mark!!


Rodney Smith, President Woodbridge Kart Club

Family statement....
Family, friends, and entire karting community;

It is with the deepest regret that we inform you all of the passing of our father, Mark Taylor. He passed away peacefully while sitting in his home in Manassas on August 9. 2018. We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers during this time and, like most of you, are going to miss him greatly. Dad was living life fully until his unexpected death and loved being at a racetrack and being around people. He was especially proud of us but was even prouder and happiest when he was around his three granddaughters.

To each of you who meant something to Dad, thank you. He has made countless friends in his journey through karting and the stories he could tell were priceless. We thank you for helping to make those wonderful memories that we will never forget.

Dad was devoted to his fiancé Trina, his dog Ovi, and the rest of his family. He was a man with a kind heart that will be missed by everyone. We hope to see you at the visitation and/or funeral service.

God bless you all,

Brandon Taylor and Kendra Ballantine

WKA 2019 Tech Manual Ads Now Being Accepted

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Enhanced Pricing and Added New Advertising Opportunities For 2019

Now that the WKA Board of Trustees have updated the contents of the WKA Tech Manual for 2019, the association has opportunities for Karting Industry partners to get exposure in 2,500 copies of the 2019 Tech Manual, with enhanced pricing and new advertising opportunities for the new year.

“We looked at the way we were presenting the Tech Manual ads to our partners, and thought, ‘Let’s really give them new opportunities this year’.” stated WKA’s President Kevin Williams, “So we reduced the pricing from previous years and added a couple new bits to help the Industry gain new exposure.  The Office Team can even design custom packages based on the partner’s needs.”

New for the 2019 edition is simpler pricing structures at reduced rates from previous years, additional places to advertise that were not available before, and a whole new item to be included with the Tech Manual mailing…a 2019 Wall Calendar for karters to hang in their home, garage, or office.

Artwork deadlines for the 2019 Tech Manual is September 7.  For ad space availability, pricing, or to create your own custom ad package, contact Marie@WorldKarting.com or call 704-455-1606.

About World Karting Association- The World Karting Association has been a non-profit, Membership Organization since 1971, and has provided venues for members to enjoy all aspects of Karting in the USA, from its office in Concord, NC, including the famous Daytona Kartweek.  Providing Regulations, Instruction and Certifications, Racing Series, Insurance, and venues for fair and safe Karting on all levels, WKA has a place for everyone in Karting.   For more information, contact WKA at info@worldkarting.com, or www.worldkarting.com

 

WKA DAYTONA KARTWEEK NOMINATED FOR BEST SPORTS EVENT OF 2017

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“Vote for Karting!"

August 9, 2018 – As one of the most anticipated events on any karters calendar, the World Karting Association (WKA) Daytona KartWeek is a must attend for North American teams and drivers and just today, the event was nominated for the Best Sports Event of 2017. Nominated by the readers of SportsTravel for a 2018 SportsTravel Award, the WKA organization was the only motorsports organization of any kind that received a nod.

“Wow!” expressed Kevin Williams, President of the WKA. “We pride ourselves on good racing and putting on great events so receiving a nomination of the stature, really shows how much effort our staff puts into our events. Our goal is to ensure that every team and driver leaves at the events conclusion with a smile and wanting to come back the following year.”

With voting open until August 15th, 2018, the WKA Daytona KartWeek event can be found on the awards ballot that appears at www.SportsTravelAwards.com. The WKA Daytona KartWeek can be seen on the ballot in two separate divisions:

 - Amateur Sport - Best Sports Event, Series, or Circuit

 - Overall Best Sports Event of 2017

Williams added, “I would invite and welcome all of the karting community, including your friends and family, to vote and vote often. This is exciting news and helps promote karting to the world outside of motorsports.”

The winners of the 2018 SportsTravel Awards will be announced at TEAMS ’18 in Louisville, Kentucky during the week of October 1 – 4, 2018. More information about TEAMS ’18 can be found at http://teamsconference.com/

About World Karting Association- The World Karting Association has been a non-profit, Membership Organization since 1971, and has provided venues for members to enjoy all aspects of Karting in the USA, from its office in Concord, NC, including the famous Daytona Kartweek.  Providing Regulations, Instruction and Certifications, Racing Series, Insurance, and venues for fair and safe Karting on all levels, WKA has a place for everyone in Karting.   For more information, contact WKA at info@worldkarting.com, or www.worldkarting.com

For information on press releases or other media services offered by Race Tech Development, please contact Mike Maurini via e-mail at Info@RaceTechDevelopment.com or 317.270.8723. Race Tech Development can also be found on Twitter at @ RTDMediaAndMGMT as well as Facebook at their Race Tech Development Fan Page.

WKA Mourns the Loss of Pete Michel

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Pierre “Pete” Jules Michel, 70, passed away unexpectedly on August 3rd, 2018 at his home in Perry, Georgia. Pete’s funeral service will be held on Friday August 10th, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at McCullough Funeral Home, 417 S. Houston Lake Road Warner Robins, Ga 31088.

Pierre Michel was born on July 21st, 1948 in Manchester, New Hampshire to the late Eugene and Marie-Jeanne Michel.

Pete has been widely known in the karting industry beginning with the opening of Michel’s Kartway, Inc. on October 1st, 1967 in Miami, Florida. Pete started racing himself in 1958 and building motors for other racers since 1967. On March 12th, 2016 Pete was inducted in the World Karting Association’s Hall of Fame. He has since passed down his love of racing to his children, Matthew and Ashley Michel.

Pete is survived by his beloved wife, Linda Michel; Children: Collette Baglia, Matthew Michel, Ashley Michel, Tina Romaine, Teri Rionda (George). Grandchildren: Kayla Rionda, Geovanni Romaine, Nicole Romaine, Victor Romaine, Noah Romaine and Jordan Rionda. Siblings: Andy Michel and Paul Michel (Cookie).

The family asks in Lieu of flowers to please donate to this Go Fund Me account:

https://www.gofundme.com/pete-michel-memorial.

If it is easier, you can send checks to the WKA office payable to Matt Michel and we will be glad to forward all donations to the family.

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WKA ADDS A TON OF FIRSTS FOR NEWCASTLE MANUFACTURERS CUP EVENT

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New Title Sponsor, New Local Class, New TV, New Electric Karting

CONCORD, NC - Giving back to the racers once again, WKA has brought new enhancements to the upcoming Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Event at Newcastle, September 14-16 that will surely appeal to a vast array of Karters.
 
New Title Sponsor
Continuing with their rapid growth, Nitro Kart has stepped up as title sponsor of the event, now known as the Nitro Kart Fall Nationals.  In their 2+-year existence, Nitro Kart has already covered podiums all around the country. 
 
“WKA has been great friends of Nitro Kart since their existence a few short years ago,” stated Kevin Williams, WKA’s President, “We are thrilled to help them expand their presence with this title sponsorship, and thankful for their continued support and participation of the various WKA Programs.  I encourage anyone to stop by their paddock during the event.  They’d be happy to talk to racers about their programs.”
 
Local Option LO206 Cadet Added
In preparation for the class to be added Nationally in the 2019 Manufacturers Cup, LO206 Cadet has been added as a Local Option at Newcastle.  The class will run the same schedule as the National Classes, with Friday Practice, and Races both Saturday and Sunday.
 
Electric Karting Series Added on the East Track
Continuing its support of the Collegiate and High School Electric Karting Series, WKA will be bringing the program to Newcastle, running parallel with the Manufacturers Cup Event.  The Series will Practice Friday and Race Saturday on Newcastle’s East Track. 
 
TV Production for Manufacturers Cup
Stadium View Network will return the film the Manufacturers Cup Race Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, filming the finals to air on their distribution network, made up of over 6,000 restaurants, sports bars and entertainment venues across the country; some LIVE and some recorded playback.  More information to follow.
 
Special Pricing Returns for Yamaha Sportsman and Yamaha Senior Classes
For the second event this year, WKA extends special pricing to enter the Manufacturers Cup event at Newcastle for basically the cost of race tires.  Yamaha Sportsman only pay $195 for the weekend, while Yamaha Senior drivers will only pay $415.
 
Introductory Temporary Membership Pricing
New to WKA?  Haven’t renewed your membership with WKA in 12-or-more months?  Special membership pricing is available at Newcastle just for you at the special price of just $20.
 
“Everyone at WKA wants the racers to feel welcome with new and exciting programs, and this event is no different,” stated WKA President Kevin Williams, “We are already making plans for a great Daytona Event this year with new ideas, and the team thought, ‘let’s throw out some fun ideas for this year too’.  I have to agree with them.”
 
Entry Forms and information are available at www.WorldKarting.com or accessed from the buttons below.  More information to follow in the near future.
 
About World Karting Association- The World Karting Association has been a non-profit, Membership Organization since 1971, and has provided venues for members to enjoy all aspects of Karting in the USA, from its office in Concord, NC.  Providing Regulations, Instruction and Certifications, Racing Series, Insurance, and venues for fair and safe Karting on all levels, WKA has a place for everyone in Karting.   For more information, contact WKA at info@worldkarting.com, or www.worldkarting.com

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Michel Puts the Icing on the Cake at VIR/Updated Points Now Posted

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CONCORD, NC - With rain in the forecast many were wondering if they would even get to race at Virginia International Raceway, but that didn’t seem to stop the dedicated racers from showing up and bringing their (A) game.  As we entered into the 5th race of the season at VIR many had never raced at this track and were excited to see what it had to offer.

Since this is only the 2nd time WKA has ran at this track in quite some time, here is a little background.  Virginia International Raceway originally opened August 3, 1957 but closed in 1974 and then reopened in March of 2000.   VIR offers six track configurations, of which two can be run simultaneously. The "Full Course" is 3.27 miles in length while the "Patriot Course" stretches for 1.1 miles entirely inside the Full Course. The "North Course" is 2.25 miles long and the "South Course" covers a distance of 1.65 miles. Both consist of a portion of the "Full Course" and short connecting sections that connect to portions of the "Patriot Course" to produce the two courses that can run simultaneously.

After a full day of practice and fine tuning many racers felt prepared for the next 2 days of racing.  Some came with brand new karts never to have touched a race track and others came with seasoned karts ready to take home 1st place. 

Starting out in the 1st race of the day was the CIK LO206 Sr class which brought 14 racers to the grid.  One particular racer who made a special appearance in this race was Woodbridge Kart Club’s very own president Rodney Smith.  He, along with the father/son duo of Clark Gaynor Sr and Jr, Greg Heberle, and Scott Clark made up the lead pack for this class.  A few laps later JC Sanders had made his way up to the pack while Gaynor Sr fell back to the 2nd pack along with Mark McNaught, Todd Horton and Jon Tedder. These 2 groups continued to battel for position through out the entire race.  In the end Clark Gaynor Sr. took home the 1st place finish on Saturday but came in 5th on Sunday’s race.  Jon Tedder came in a close 2nd along with Scott Clark, Clark Gaynor Jr. and Greg Heberle rounding out the top 5.

The Yamaha Sportsman Heavy class brought some tough competition with the likes of Randy Fulks, Matt Michel, Chad Dokken, and Bill Holder.  With Matt Michel leading in points, he was going to do whatever it took to take home the 1st place finish to make sure he stayed on top.  Starting out Fulks, Dokken, Clark and Michel drove away from the rest of the class.  About halfway through the race Clark fell out and came in with an 8th place finish.  That left Fulks, Dokken and Michel heading up the lead pack.  Throughout the race the lead changed several times between Randy Fulks and Chad Dokken but in the end the Fulks pulled out the win with a 1 sec lead over Dokken with Michel bringing home a 3rd place finish.

IAME Sprint class also brought a large number of racers to VIR.  There were 14 racers that would battle for the 1st place finish.  Clark Gaynor Jr would be fighting on his own in this race as Sr did not race.  Gaynor Jr would battle the lead pack which consisted of Robert Wimmer, Greg Heberle, Walter Troup, Sebastian Bushney, Chase Speacht, and Indy Kassy.  By the halfway mark the lead pack had dwindled down to only 5 with Gaynor Jr. still leading the way.  He would go on to win the race by one tenth of a second over Robert Wimmer. Heberle, Bushney, and Speacht rounded out the top 5.

The WKC Vintage Open (LO) class also brought an impressive 12 racers to the grid.  As soon as the green flag dropped Louis Mageria took off like The Flash and ran away with the lead.  He continued to dominate all the way to a 1st place finish with a 12 sec lead over 2nd place Rodney Garrison.  Phillip Copeland, Arthur McKenny and Terence Armstrong rounded out the 5 top for the LO class.

The Yamaha Sportsman Medium class also brought out a whopping 15 racers ready to take the checkered flag.  Coming into the 5th race of the Vega Road Race Series racer Justin Greene was leading the class points with a 200-point lead over 2nd place Donald Dump.  The lead pack was soon established with the veteran racers of Randy Fulks, Chad Dokken, Matt Michel and Zack Clark on the lap one.  Throughout the race there were a few lead changes between Fulks and Dokken with Clark and Michel battling in the 3rd and 4th positions.  With only a few laps to go the 3 main contenders continued to be Fulks, Dokken and Michel.  Then on the last lap Michel and Dokken teamed up to pass Fulks which helped Michel go on to take the Checkered flag and Fulks and Dokken coming in 2nd and 3rd. Matt would walk away with three 1st place finishes, one 2nd place finishes and one 3rd place finish for the weekend.

This win for the Matt Michel was just the icing on the cake for the Pete Michel racing team as it was the patriarch’s 70th birthday on Saturday. The name Pete Michel has been synonymous with the karting industry for many decades. Pete himself started racing in 1958 and then started building motors for other racers in 1967.  He has since pass down his love of racing to his children Matt and Ashley.   They too have added many wins to the racing team and tradition will continue when Pete himself starts racing again in the Vintage Sprint class in the near future.

The last race of the day featured Stock Honda and TaG Heavy which brought in an impressive 30 go karts to the International Raceway.   The lead pack consisting of Torres, Rothenhoefer, Waddell, Harding and Bushney made their presence know as they pulled away from the rest of the Stock Honda class.  The top four continued to battle through out the race leading Pascal Torres to a 1st place finish. He finished the weekend with two 1st place wins both in Stock Honda.  Rothenhoefer, Waddell, Harding and Eller rounded out the top 5 positions.

TaG Heavy also proved to be a class of warriors with 16 racers ready to do battle.  As the racers took off at the drop of the green flag, Brad Adams, Indy Kassy, and Robert Wimmer quickly made their presence known by pulling out to take the lead.  John Bryant and Ashley Michel quickly followed suit.   Adams continued to hold onto the lead all the way to a 1st place finish.  He would also take home the win in TaG Heavy on Sunday.  Wimmer, Bryant, Michel, and Sircy would finish out the top five for this class.

On behalf of the World Karting Association, we would like to thank all who participated in the 5th race of the Vega Road Race Series, the drivers, families, sponsors, crew members, officials, and so many other people that make this series so special!

Here’s a look at all the of the winners over the weekend:

Saturday:

Cadet LO206: Mac Harrison                              CIK LO206 Senior: Clark Gaynor Sr.

Formula 100: Travis Miller                                Junior Enduro (LO): Ryan Harrison

WKC Classic Controlled: Chuck Morgan        WKC Vintage Piston Port (LO): Arthur McKenny

Yamaha Sportsman Heavy: Randy Fulks

Clone Sprint 390: James Cartledge                  IAME Sprint: Clark Gaynor Jr.

LO206 Sprint 390: Trey Kelley                           TaG Jr: Ajay Sotolongo

WKA Sprint: Adam Meyers                                Yamaha Sprint: James Crawford

Unlimited: Andy Kiker                                         WKC Open Sprint: April Danals

125 Sprint Shifter: Pascual Torres

Jr. Enduro: Ryan Harrison                                    WKC Vintage Open (LO): Louis Magiera

WKC Vintange USA (LO): Dennis Griffith          Yamaha Sportsman Medium: Matt Michel

100cc Controlled: Adam Meyers

Animal Sprint 390: Robert Garland                    Formula 125: Allen Hollinger

Jr. Animal: Croix Beason                                       WKC KA100 Jr. (LO): Levi Holt

WKC KA100 Sr (LO): David Dalton Jr.

B-Stock: Robby Harper                                           Formula 100: Allen Hollinger

X30 Laydown: Brandon Schenkel                         Yamaha Sr.: Brian Ellis

Stock Honda: Pascual Torres                                 TaG Heavy: Brad Adams

Sunday:

Cadet LO206: Mac Harrison                              CIK LO206 Senior: Greg Heberle

Formula 100: Travis Miller                                Junior Enduro (LO): Ryan Harrison

Yamaha Sprint: James Cartledge                     WKC Vintage Euro (LO): Phillip Copeland

Yamaha Sportsman Heavy: Matt Michel

Clone Sprint 390: Darren Greene                      IAME Sprint: Indy Kassy

LO206 Sprint: Trey Kelley                                   TaG Jr: Ajay Sotolongo

WKA Sprint: Adam Meyers                                Yamaha Sprint: James Crawford

Unlimited: Allen Hollenger                                

125 Sprint Shifter: Pascual Torres

Jr. Enduro: Jordon Johnson                                  WKC Vintage Open (LO): Louis Magiera

Yamaha Sportsman Sprint: Kyler Febbroriello  Yamaha Sportsman Medium: Matt Michel

Animal Sprint 390: Clark Brittingham                   

Jr. Animal: Croix Beason                                       WKC KA100 Jr. (LO): Makena Rice

WKC KA100 Sr (LO): Victoria Helm                      Formula 100: Travis Miller

X30 Laydown: Paul Wyzga                                     Yamaha Sr.: Brian Ellis

Stock Honda: Pascual Torres                                 TaG Heavy: Brad Adams 

 

To view the updated series points, click the button below and scroll down the series page:

Next up in the Vega Road Race Series is Heartland Park Topeka Raceway in Topeka, Kansas.  Hope to see you all there! Click the button below to see the entry blank for Heartland Park for next weekend:

Meeting Minutes of the Trustees' Annual Rules Meeting

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CONCORD, NC - Although still reviewing a few rules, the Trustees held their annual face-to-face meeting to review the regulations in the WKA Tech Manual for 2019.  The intention is to get the book out earlier than in past years, as a benefit to the members.

Here  are some of the highlights that will take affect in 2019:

 - 2019 Manufacturers Cup Dates, Venues, and Classes

 - Kid Karts have been added to Daytona 

 - More flexible event requirements and points structure for Manufacturers Cup

 - Revise Camera Mounting Regulations on Karts to help racers

 - Addition of the Push-Back Bumpers in Manufacturers Cup

 - Clearer definition of Competition Age

 - Clearer definition of some Road Race Classes

 - Much more...

These regulation changes were reviewed and updated solely to benefit the racers, and make the Tech Manual more understandable and easier to follow.  Check back over the next couple of weeks for final 2019 Tech Manual updates as the Committees and Trustees continue to make WKA better for its members.

The meeting minutes have been posted to the documents page on the WKA website.  To access and read them now, click the button below:

WKA AND GOLDSPEED USA ANNOUNCE 3 YEAR PARTNERSHIP FOR DAYTONA KART WEEK

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“Maxxis Tires Named the Official Tire of the Daytona Dirt World Championships”

CONCORD, NC- Continuing their pledge to keep their members informed in a timely manner, the World Karting Association, together with Goldspeed USA, are pleased to announce a 3-year partnership for the use of the Maxxis Dirt tire for the Daytona Dirt World Championships, beginning this December. 

“This is a huge announcement for the dirt Industry, letting people know what is happening over the next 3 years,” stated WKA President Kevin Williams, “Rather than keeping the dirt oval racers in the dark each year with our tire announcement, we felt it imperative to give the racers our commitment to them for 3-years.  Goldspeed is a great partner and we look for forward to working with them.”

“WKA’s three-year commitment to the Maxxis brand for their speedway dirt program will produce great rewards for the future of kart racing.  Goldspeed USA is happy and honored to be part of the prestigious event at Daytona,” stated Goldspeed USA’s Patti Owens.

Further announcements will be out shortly from WKA and Goldspeed USA for the amazing Class Structure with a possible new twist in the event format.                                                                      

About World Karting Association- The World Karting Association has been a non-profit, Membership Organization since 1971, and has provided venues for members to enjoy all aspects of Karting in the USA, from its office in Concord, NC.  Providing Regulations, Instruction and Certifications, Racing Series, Insurance, and venues for fair and safe Karting on all levels, WKA has a place for everyone in Karting.   For more information, contact WKA at info@worldkarting.com, or www.worldkarting.com

WKA ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE, CLASS STRUCTURE WITH FRESH IDEAS FOR THE 2019 SEASON

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WKA ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE, CLASS STRUCTURE WITH FRESH IDEAS FOR THE 2019 SEASON

July 17, 2018 – Being prepared and proactive to help its members, the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturers Cup program is pleased to announce their 2019 racing schedule and class structure along with a new point program as they prepare for the future. Taking the customers travel planning and costs of racing into consideration, a six race schedule over eleven months provides teams and competitors with a great platform.

“We have been working hard to not only finish our 2018 program strong, but also plan for our 2019 racing season,” explained WKA President Kevin Williams. “We want to provide our customers the opportunity to plan well in advance, thus being able to save on travel costs and put the Manufacturers Cup schedule on their upcoming calendar.”

Kicking the season off as always in Daytona Beach in December, the series will then make their trek Northward to Mooresville, North Carolina in March. The third event weekend of the series will be schedule in Dousman, Wisconsin in May while the same can be said about the June event in Wampum, Pennsylvania. Making a return trip to Norway, Illinois in August, the Manufacturers Cup will conclude with their Grand Nationals at the famed New Castle Motorsports Park in October.

Schedule 2019

Daytona International Speedway – Daytona Beach, Florida - December 27-30 2018

GoPro Motorplex – Mooresville, North Carolina - March 29-31 2019

Badger Raceway – Dousman, Wisconsin - May 17-19 2019

Pittsburgh International Race Complex- Wampum, Pennsylvania - June 28-29 2019 – *Tentative

Concept Haulers Motor Speedway – Norway, Illinois - August 23-25 2019

New Castle Motorsports Park – Spiceland, Indiana – “Grand Nationals” - October 11-13 2019

The 2019-point structure will start at a base of 200 points with 20 bonus points available for both Daytona and New Castle event weekends. The per entry bonus points have been removed for 2019. The change in the point structure will also allow competitors to drop two full event weekends, allowing them to be flexible with their 2019 racing schedule. 

Williams added, “In the past, the series forced racers to compete on a more strict structure. The new approach allows more flexibility for WKA Members to select the dates and venues that work best for them, without much penalty, and still have fighting chances in Championship Points. Coming to the end of the season at our Grand National in New Castle, a racer from the Northeast can meet their competitor from the Midwest to race for the Championship.”

“The 2019 WKA Manufacturers Cup class structure has also been altered,” explained Williams. “Our thought process is to offer venues, dates, and classes that are popular among WKA's membership base to better serve the WKA Members. The points/drop schedule allows racers to tailor their competition year with more flexibility on the calendar and the locations we are visiting. This was a great effort of contributions from our Competition Committee, made up of strong industry experts, which include Chuck Gafrarar, Bill McLaughlin, Eric Jones, Pat Slattery, Jamie Sieracki, and Nick Tucker.”

The 2019 WKA Manufacturers Cup class structure will include IAME Micro Swift and Mini Swift as well as the 206 Cadet program. For the junior ranks, competitors will have the choice to compete in KA100 and IAME Junior while Senior competitors will have the same option in KA100 Senior and IAME Senior. Looking out for the future of the sport, WKA will also offer the Kid Kart category at all event weekends, which includes Daytona, while the Ignite “Dash at Daytona” will return to Daytona this year.

Other notable enhancements to the Manufacturers Cup Program is the return of tire sales back to our valued industry retail partners and shops, starting with the first event of the year at Daytona.  Also new for 2019 is the implementation of the push-back bumper program, with video review officiating available for the new regulation.

Stay tuned for more information coming from WKA in the very near future.

For information on press releases or other media services offered by Race Tech Development, please contact Mike Maurini via e-mail at Info@RaceTechDevelopment.com or 317.270.8723. Race Tech Development can also be found on Twitter at @RaceTechDvlp as well as Facebook at their Race Tech Development Fan Page.

IAME KA100 Senior Throwdown Sword Award Returns

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CONCORD, NC - After a short hiatus from the National Karting Scene, the popular KA100 Throwdown returns, July 14 and 15 at Concept Haulers Speedway in Sheridan, IL.  WKA, together with Franklin Motorsports, will host the competition during the fourth stop of the 2018 Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup.  In additional to huge bragging rights that comes with this historical event, KA100 Senior Drivers will fight for a cash purse of up to $800 Saturday, July 14, and the all-important, one-of-a-kind  Throwdown Sword Award Sunday, July 15.  Previous editions have treated spectators to amazing racing, and this year's edition will certainly not disappoint.  

WKA President Kevin Williams added, “The IAME KA100 Throwdown Sword was a popular award that drivers strived for in Midwest competition. I think it is important that we renew this special award and provide some fun for our senior level drivers. Offering cash awards for KA100 Senior drivers on Saturday, the premier field will race for ‘The Sword’ on Sunday in an all-out wheel-to-wheel battle.”

“I am happy to bring KA100 Throw Down and the Sword back into competition,” explained Franklin Motorsports’ Jamie Sieracki. “Not that the Sword has any monetary value, but the bragging rights of winning this award is priceless.”

In Saturday’s competition, KA100 Senior drivers will be shooting for:

First Place - $200.00

Fastest Lap - $100.00

Oldest Entered Driver - $100.00

Youngest Entered Driver - $100.00

Prior to the main event, a random draw for a kart number entered for the weekend will take place. If your number is drawn, that driver will receive an automatic $50.00. If that kart number wins the race, the driver will also receive a $250.00 bonus on top of their $200.00 winner’s purse.

WKA will be offering its temporary membership once again for the balance of the 2018 season. For only $20.00 for any person who has not been a member in the last twelve months or have not been a member in the past. At the conclusion of the event, any temporary members can become a WKA member can apply the $20.00 fee to a full membership. 

Entry forms and additional information are available by following the series link to the WKA Manufacturers Cup on the WKA website at www.WorldKarting.com or by clicking the buttons below:

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WKA ANNOUNCES NEW YAMAHA PRICING FOR MANUFACTURERS CUP AND THE RETURN OF THE POPULAR MIDWEST AWARD FOR KA100

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Date: May 31, 2018

May 31, 2018 – As the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturers Cup returns to the Midwest, series officials are pleased to announce discounted entry pricing for two of the Yamaha powered classes and the return of a popular award. While Yamaha Sportsman and Yamaha Senior drivers will receive entry, tires and two days of racing at a steep discount, KA100 Senior competitors will battle for the popular ‘Sword’ in the KA100 Senior Throw Down at Concept Haulers Motor Speedway.

“We are working hard to make racing more affordable,” explained Kevin Williams. “The Yamaha classes have had such a rich history in the WKA Manufacturers Cup Program, especially in the Midwest region, we wanted to recognize and reward those drivers still participating with the Yamaha motor package. We have come up with a program that will see Yamaha Sportsman and Senior drivers receive entry, tires and two days of racing at a fraction of the cost to help support our current national level entries as well as local drivers looking to compete in the WKA Manufacturers Cup.”

In place for both events at Concept Haulers Motor Speedway in Norway, Illinois and New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, Indiana, Yamaha Sportsman competitors will receive entry for two days of racing and one set of Bridgestone YLC race tires for $195.00. Yamaha Senior drivers will receive entry for two days of racing and two sets of Bridgestone YLC Tires for $415.00.

Not to be out done, the KA100 Senior class will be vying for money and ‘The Sword’ at the upcoming Illinois event.

WKA President Kevin Williams added, “The IAME KA100 Throw Down Sword was a popular award that drivers strived for in Midwest competition. I think it is important that we renew this special award and provide some fun for our senior level drivers. Offering cash awards for KA100 Senior drivers on Saturday, the premier field will race for ‘The Sword’ on Sunday in an all-out wheel-to-wheel battle.”

“I am happy to bring KA100 Throw Down and the Sword back into competition,” explained Franklin Motorsports’ Jamie Sieracki. “Not that the Sword has any monetary value, but the bragging rights of winning this award is priceless.”

In Saturday’s competition, KA100 Senior drivers will be shooting for:

First Place - $200.00

Fastest Lap - $100.00

Oldest Entered Driver - $100.00

Youngest Entered Driver - $100.00

Prior to the main event, a random draw for a kart number entered for the weekend will take place. If your number is drawn, that driver will receive an automatic $50.00. If that kart number wins the race, the driver will also receive a $250.00 bonus on top of their $200.00 winner’s purse.

Online entry for the KA100 Senior class will include two days of racing and race tires. All drivers must be pre-entered to be eligible for Saturday and Sunday awards. All Yamaha drivers must pre-enter online to take advantage of Yamaha class pricing discounts.

WKA will be offering its temporary membership once again for the balance of the 2018 season. For only $20.00 for any person who has not been a member in the last twelve months or have not been a member in the past. At the conclusion of the event, any temporary members can become a WKA member can apply the $20.00 fee to a full membership. 

Entry forms and additional information are available by following the series link to the WKA Manufacturers Cup on the WKA website at www.WorldKarting.com.

For information on press releases or other media services offered by Race Tech Development, please contact Mike Maurini via e-mail at Info@RaceTechDevelopment.com or 317.270.8723. Race Tech Development can also be found on Twitter at @RaceTechDvlp as well as Facebook at their Race Tech Development Fan Page.

Summit Point Road Race Fast Approaching

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CONCORD, NC- The beginning of Summer means the next stop of WKA’s Vega Tires Road Race program.  Hosted by the Woodbridge Kart Club, the series stops at the newly paved Summit Point Motorsports Park, June 1st-3rd.   Championship battles are heating up in all classes, which will make the new racing surface of Summit Point the perfect venue to settle the scores.

Entry forms and information are still available, on both the WKA website, worldkarting.com, and Wood Bridge Kart Club’s website @ www.Woodbridgekartclub.com.   Entrants are also reminded to review their pre-race tech inspection, found here

For more information, visit worldkarting.com or contact WKA at 704-455-1606, info@worldkarting.com

Road Racing at Summit Point Motorsports Park Registration Now Available

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CONCORD, NC - After an exciting weekend of Road Racing in Atlanta, WKA’s Vega Tires Road Race program keeps the momentum going by setting its sights on the famed Summit Point Motorsports Park, for stop four of the National Program, June 1st-3rd, 2018, organized in association with the Woodbridge Kart Club.   In past years, the stop at Summit has produced some of the best racing action, and fun weekends that the track and Woodbridge has been known for.

Entry forms and information are available now and can be found on both the WKA website, worldkarting.com, and Wood Bridge Kart Club’s website @ www.Woodbridgekartclub.com.   

For more information, visit worldkarting.com or contact WKA at 704-455-1606, info@worldkarting.com

To register, click the button below to be taken to the VEGA Road Racing page on the WKA website:

REGISTRATION

WKA WANTS YOUR VOTE FOR BEST SPORTS EVENT TO HIGHLIGHT KARTING

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Calling All WKA Members, Vote for WKA Daytona Kartweek!

Sports Travel Magazine conducts its National Sports Travel Awards each year, and the time has come to submit nominations by June 30.  

Sports Travel Magazine is an organization that WKA participates in, and pairs Venues with Sports Organizations and offers event assistance for each party to ensure that events are the best they can be for everyone.  Each year they recognize the best Sports Events and it is time the WKA Members show the rest of the Sporting Event world that Karting is a relevant sport.  

WKA is asking its members to cast a nomination vote for WKA's Annual Daytona Kartweek as the Best Single-Sport Event each year, the only Karting event that hosts Sprint, Dirt Oval and Road Racing all in one event week. 

Voting is simple, simply click on Sports Travel Awards link, https://www.sportstravelawards.com/   click Nominate, then type in WKA Daytona Kartweek in the Category of Best Single-Sport Event to bring Karting to the forefront of the Sport Event world.

Let's promote one of the best Karting Events of each year by voting WKA's Daytona Kartweek!

COMPASS MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS TAKES ON WKA MAN CUP HOTELS FOR 2018

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“CMS to be official travel agency for series in 2018”

 
Compass Management Solutions (CMS) and the World Karting Association Manufacturers Cup have partnered up for 2018 racing season. CMS will setup and maintain hotel room blocks for the remainder of the 2018 season as the WKA program changes leadership to work towards a common goal to promote karting.
 
“Compass Management Solutions is in place is to save racers time and money when booking hotel accommodations,” explained Kevin Williams, President of the WKA. “Travel expenses can add up quickly in a season full of racing but we have worked with CMS in the past and they have been a great asset.”
 
“Compass Management Solutions is happy to partner with the World Karting Association Manufacturers Cup for the remainder of the 2018 season,” added Mike Maurini. “We are happy to assist racers by providing time and communication to aid the efforts in setting up and maintaining hotels during the season.”
 
Booking through CMS is simple: head to their website www.compassmanagementsolutions.com. All available hotels will be listed under the “Bookings” tab and are sorted by series, making it easy for customers to find the hotels they are looking for. Customers then fill out a short form with their information, check in and out dates, and room preference, and a confirmation number will be emailed within 48 business hours.
 
CMS offers the service to organize and book rooms or room blocks for teams and series throughout the country. In addition to travel accommodations, CMS also offers business and personal assistant services.
 
For more information, visit the CMS website at www.compassmanagementsolutions.com and follow CMS on Facebook at www.facebook.com/compassmanagementsolutions and on Twitter @CompassMS. 
 

For information on press releases or other media services offered by Race Tech Development, please contact Mike Maurini via e-mail at Info@RaceTechDevelopment.com or 317.270.8723. Race Tech Development can also be found on Twitter at @RaceTechDvlp as well as Facebook at their Race Tech Development Fan Page.