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. 
 

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WKA’S VEGA ROAD RACING PROGRAM HITS ATLANTA MOTORSPORTS PARK WITH NEW INCENTIVES FOR RACERS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Info@RaceTechDevelopment.com
Prepared by: RTD Media & Management

Date: April 12, 2018


April 12, 2018 - Spring means a return to the famed Atlanta Motorsports Park for the 2018 World Karting Association (WKA) Vega Tire National Road Racing Series for the third stop of the program. With the April 23 pre-entry deadline fast approaching, WKA is adding additional benefits for road racing participants.

“Our WKA family of road racers have been some of the most loyal followers of our series and sport in general,” expressed WKA President Kevin Williams. “It was long overdue that we give something back to them for their continued support.”

All pre-entries for the event will be entered into a pair random drawings that will award two lucky racers each a free entry for the 2018 WKA Daytona Kartweek this December. Racers will receive a drawing ticket for each class they pre-enter by the April 23 deadline. The more classes pre-entered, the more drawing tickets an entrant will receive. The drawings will be conducted at each of the driver’s meetings on both Saturday and Sunday in Atlanta.

Additionally, for the Atlanta Motorsports Park event, WKA is extending an invitation to new members, or members who have not renewed their membership in the past 12 or more months, with a $20 temporary membership to participate in the event. Should these new or returning members wish to turn their temporary membership into a WKA annual membership, they may do so before May 31st and apply the $20 to their annual membership application.

Williams continued, “With a sprint and road race background myself, I always enjoyed taking my normally raced sprint kart to the road races to run the same tracks I saw my heroes race their cars on, and the Atlanta Motorsports Park circuit is perfect for sprint racers to try road racing for the first time.  The track is a driver’s track, and very similar to a big sprint track.”

Echoing Williams’ remarks, WKA invites sprint racers to give road racing a try. Just a couple easy modifications that a sprint karter’s local kart shop can help them with will get them enjoying the road race event from the first green flag. What’s more, sprint racers wanting to try road racing for the first time can enjoy the same new benefits mentioned above. 

Entry forms and additional information are available by following the series link to the WKA Vega National Road Racing Series on the WKA website at www.WorldKarting.com.

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WKA ANNOUNCES VENUE CHANGE FOR JULY BRIDGESTONE MANUFACTURER’S CUP EVENT

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Concord, NC - With a Board of Trustees meeting held less than two weeks ago, one of the big items conveyed during that meeting by new President Kevin Williams was a return to growth through club, regional and national racing. The new World Karting Association (WKA) President, with support from the WKA Board of Trustees, has decided it is in the best interest of the membership and new direction to move the July 13-15 event scheduled at New Jersey Motorsports Park to Concept Haulers Motor Speedway, outside of Chicago (CHMS). 

“First, I would like to thank New Jersey Motorsports Park for the opportunity to use their facility and I hope we can work together in the future,” stated WKA President Kevin Williams. “With that said, we left a huge void with our membership in our 2018 schedule by not having a Midwest event this year and that needed to be fixed. For me, the Concept Haulers Motor Speedway decision was easy as they are a long time WKA Sanctioned Track under great management. I hope our current membership, long-time WKA supporters and non-members will see this as a positive move forward.”

“I have been here 13 years now as the owner of the facility and I have enjoyed being supportive of WKA across the Mississippi River in its quest for westward movement,” stated Les Fink, Owner of the historic facility. “We are thrilled to host a WKA National Event again this year. We now have a full-time Barbeque Shack at the track with food well above other racetrack standards. Come and join in the fun of racing against some of the best drivers in America in July.”

WKA understands that changing schedules mid-season is not ideal, but was needed to better serve the WKA Family of racers. Many competitors participated in the historic Daytona Kartweek and chose to skip the second event weekend and utilize that as a drop race in their program but are reminded that attending the balance of the series they are still championship eligible. WKA invites everyone, existing and new participants, to race its events to experience the WKA atmosphere. 

Williams continued, “Also, to attract more racers in the areas our events are being held, and starting at the Manufacturers Cup event in May at Pittsburgh, then for the balance of our 2018 season, anyone who has not been a WKA member or hasn’t been a WKA member in the last 12 months will have the opportunity to purchase a $20.00 temporary membership to come and race with WKA. After racing with us and you would like to upgrade your membership to a full membership and get championship points and a WKA tech manual, the $20.00 would be credited towards the annual membership cost. We want to try and grow the Manufacturers Cup program and revive it to be the best program in the country, and this incentive to the racers is a way to do that.” 

Concept Haulers Motor Speedway replacing the New Jersey Motorsports Park event will now serve as the final round in the run for the very generous IAME USA East prize announced back in early March, of representing the USA and the World Karting Association at the IAME international Finals at Le Mans, France later this year.

Look for many more big announcements by WKA and please be reminded that paper and online entry blanks are now available online at www.worldkarting.com for the next Manufacturer's Event, the Keystone Spring Nationals at Pitt Raceway May 18-20.

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WKA Bridgestone ManCup Pitt Entry Form Now Available

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CONCORD, NC - It’s Spring.  And that means the next round of the WKA Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup is fast approaching.  The series will once again converge on the Pittsburgh International Race Complex, May 18-20, for the Spring Nationals, a favorite mid-year stop for many of the ManCup Competitors.  Mid-season events have been some of the most exciting racing in WKA’s history due to the Championship battles that start heating up, and the Pitt Spring Nationals are expected to be just as exciting as previous years.

After a successful first outing last month, WKA has once again employed its new Online Registration System, simplifying the process for all classes.  The new system, introduced for Round 2 of the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup, allows competitors to register for their classes, rent transponders, AND reserve their pit space, all in one quick and easy process.  What’s more, the process is optimized for both desktop and mobile devices!

Entry forms and additional information is available by following the Series Link to the WKA Bridgestone Manufacturer Cup Series on the WKA website, www.WorldKarting.com

World Karting Association Leadership Heading in New Direction

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Board of Trustees removes Ferris, promotes Williams as President

CONCORD, NC - On March 26, the Board of Trustees convened for a two-day meeting at the WKA headquarters in Concord, North Carolina. Among the first order of business by President John Ferris was the appointment of a restructured Officers level. With a unanimous vote by the Board, Kevin Williams was promoted from International Liaison to the sole Vice President position. Vice President, 2-Cycle Lynn Haddock and Vice President, 4-Cycle Bobby Gettys were named to the 2-Cycle Director and 4-Cycle Director, respectively.

Tuesday, March 27, a closed session by the Board of Trustees was convened. During the session, there was a general consensus for a need to create a better environment and working relationship between the Board of Trustees, the Executive Committee, and staff in the office. To help oversee, the Board of Trustees nominated and voted to name Mike Tetreault as Chairman of the Board, to assist the new President in directing the organization to its core values.  Through the Code, WKA is governed by the President and Board of Trustees and Executive Committee. The Board of Trustees proceeded to discuss the job performance of President John Ferris. At the conclusion of the discussion, the majority of the Board voted to remove Mr. Ferris as President of the World Karting Association. With his removal, the Board followed with a vote to promote Williams as President of the World Karting Association. Following the closed session, 2-Cycle Director Haddock submitted his letter of resignation from his position.

“World Karting Association’s mission is to provide a safe, fair, and consistent environment for the beginner, hobbyist, and future stars of motorsports fulfilling their racing dreams, and I think WKA can focus back on those core values.”  Stated Kevin Williams, “Additionally, our industry partners will benefit from the changes the Trustees made today, and the forward-thinking programs we have planned from the grass-roots to the top levels of all of Karting.”
 
President Williams is conducting a search to fulfil the positions of the executive committee in the near future. The full meeting minutes will be published to WKA website when approved by the Board of Trustees for publication. Continue to return back to www.worldkarting.com and make sure to follow the WKA Facebook, Twitter, Instagram accounts which you can click below.

World Karting Association Announces Partnership With Race Face Brand Development

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New Port Richey, FL, March 21, 2018 (Newswire.com) - World Karting Association (WKA) has partnered with Race Face Brand Development to offer two new programs as benefits to their members. Race Face Tel-Med and Race Face University. “We are excited to partner with the WKA not only as a Manufactures Cup Sponsor in the Jr. Yamaha Class but to be able to offer these great programs to WKA Members,” said Rod Wortham CEO Race Face Brand Development.

Race Face Tel-Med is a medical and lifestyle benefit program including Teladoc. Teladoc gives you access to a doctor 24/7 via phone, online or mobile app. Anytime, anywhere with no fee per visit. You can get a diagnosis, treatment options and a prescription if medically necessary saving you hundreds of dollars and valuable time when treating yourself or your child when you are traveling with your race team. Plus, it includes discounts on dental, vision, prescriptions and much for as little as $19.95 per month for up to 5 members of your household. “After attending several races last year and talking with hundreds of parents it was clear there was a need for a program that would give access to a doctor 24/7 whether at home or on the road as long as it was affordable. We believe that we have delivered that with Race Face Tel-Med,” said Wortham.

Race Face University (RFU) is an online training program designed to maximize a driver’s marketability and brand. A semester is an 8-week course-of-study that includes training videos, live weekly webinars, and interactive content training about important branding resources like: Hero Cards, Media Decks and Sponsorship Proposals. Additional important marketing and branding training topics include: Social Media, Building a Fan Base, Performance vs Results, Goal Setting and so much more. “In today's world of racing the amount of money that it takes to compete is overwhelming. For those competitors who want to move on to pursue a professional racing career you need sponsors and creating a Brand is a necessity. Young drivers and their parent need to have a Blueprint in place to even have a chance to attract a marketing partner in today’s world with the amount of competition that is in the marketplace.” said Wortham.

"At Race Face University, our mission is to give young racers a competitive advantage on-the-track, and parents a marketing and branding advantage, off-the-track." 

“Being a Membership Organization, WKA is always looking for ways to provide benefits to our awesome membership.” Stated John Ferris, President of the World Karting Association, “Providing methods of activation within Karting to Race Face for their Tel-Med and University programs is yet another way WKA brings value and benefits to Karters that are rarely seen at this level of motorsports. We are thrilled to be a part of these programs.”

How to get started, go online to:

Race Face Tel-Med: http://racefacetel-med.com/ (Use Invite Code WKA)
Race Face University: http://www.racefaceuniversity.com/ (Use Invite Code WKA)

About Race Face Brand Development

Race Face Brand Development is made up of a staff and an advisory team of well-established leaders in the auto racing world: Rod Wortham, Lorin Ranier and Tom Baker. Together this group has nearly 100 years of combined experience and successes in driver coaching, media, marketing, and branding from the kart level right up through the crown jewel — NASCAR. In addition, Rod Wortham is the CEO and founder of Race Face Brand Development, Lorin Ranier of Ranier Racing Development is considered as the premier driver development adviser in the motorsports industry and Tom Baker is the personal development instructor and owner of Race-Chaser Online.

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

IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT CADET LO206 AT GOPRO MOTORPLEX & IAME INTERNATIONAL FINALS

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CONCORD, NC - With the growing numbers in the LO206 cadet class at GoPro Motorplex it has been requested that WKA run this class as a local option next week at the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup race March 23-25th . Please register online on the WKA website by clicking HERE. Entry fee of $430.00 includes one set of Bridgestone450 YLC race tires. GoPro Muffler is required.

The WKA office has been receiving questions on what the ticket to the 2018 IAME International
Finals includes. Here is the response from IAME USA East:
-Guaranteed entry spot and race tires package
-Use of engine
-3,000 Euros towards arrive/drive fee with a team

ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES MARCH 14th/IAME INTERNATIONAL FINALS DRAWING

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CONCORD, NC - Attention!  Online registration closes at midnight on March 14th. for the second round of Manufactures Cup series.   The event is being held at Go Pro Motorplex, Mooresville, NC.  On line registration saves each racer $100.00 per class over registering at the track.

Last week WKA announced One lucky racer would receive a ticket to the 2018 IAME International Finals with info to follow.  Here is the information and criteria.

Criteria for 2018 IAME International Finals drawing. Courtesy of IAME USA East and WKA

One entrant will be awarded the ticket selected from class winners from Mini Swift, IAME Jr. and IAME Sr.

CRITERIA

Entrant must compete in all three of the next 2018 events at Go Pro Motorplex, Pittsburgh International Raceway and New Jersey Motorsports Park.

1.     The class winners from each day in the three classes, will have their names placed into a drawing.

2.     A maximum of 18 tickets will be placed into drawing. Entrants that did not compete in all 3 events will be removed from drawing.

3.     During podium presentation at New Jersey Motorsports Park the winner will be drawn.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL WKA ENTRANTS

1 Rule Updated to Correct a Typo

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To correct a techbook typo:

801.1 MANUFACTURERS CUP:

A competitor’s best nine out of twelve points-paying finishes (final 1 and final 2) at Manufacturers Cup events count toward the national championship.

REGISTRATION, TICKET TO THE IAME INTERNATIONAL FINALS, BRIDGESTONE YNP RAIN TIRE

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CONCORD, NC - Attention!  Online registration closes at midnight on March 14th. for the second round of Manufactures Cup series.   The event is being held at Go Pro Motorplex, Mooresville, NC.  On line registration saves each racer $100.00 per class over registering at the track.

Other exciting news:   Starting at this event, Go Pro Motorplex (event #2) and concluding at New Jersey Motorsports Park (event #4) One lucky driver from IAME Jr. or IAME Sr. or Mini Swift will be receiving a trip to the IAME INTERNATIONAL FINALS.  Thank you IAME USA East.   More information to follow.

Back in September 2017 Bridgestone announced the release of their new Bridgestone YNP rain tire via Bridgestone’s Distributors Product Press Release, published on WKA’s pit board September 19, 2017.  WKA has been advised that the YNP rain tire is available in ample supply at all Bridgestone Kart tire dealers.

Rule 212.14.1 states rain tires must be Bridgestone no specific compound and any quantity allowed. If you would like to purchase the new compound, contact your favorite dealer.  WKA does not supply rain tires.  

TO REGISTER ONLINE FOR THE MANUFACTURERS CUP ROUND #2: CLICK HERE

Latest Meeting Minutes Posted

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CONCORD, NC -  The latest conference call meeting minutes have been posted to the WKA website.  Click the button below to be taken to the minutes from the February 13th call.

Parking Information for Upcoming Manufacturer's Cup Race at GoPro Motorplex

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CONCORD, NC- As we get geared up for the upcoming Manufacturers Cup race at GoPro Motorplex, March 23-25,2018 we wanted to clarify Pit Parking.

Due to the limited parking in the pit area, there will be no RV/camper parking in the pit area. Camping will be located on the outside of the gated area.

Please refer to the Parking Map for your pit selections. If you have special parking request, we will try to honor them as much as possible. Payment is required at time of reservation.

Road Race Awards Banquet RSVP Deadline Approaching

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CONCORD, NC - We are only three short weeks away from the upcoming Roebling Road Nationals, March 9th-11th. We will kick off the weekend honoring the 2017 National Road Race Champions with the Awards Banquet, following Fridays practice.

Reservations must be made and received in the WKA office by Friday March 2nd, 2018. The Reservation form can be found on the WKA website or by clicking HERE.

We look forward to a fun weekend of racing with the Southern Kart Club and honoring our 2017 National Road Race Champions!

REGISTRATION FOR MAN CUP AT GOPRO MOTORPLEX NOW AVAILABLE

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CONCORD, NC - The online and paper entry blank is now available for the upcoming Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, NC, March 23rd-25th, 2018.

When registering online you may notice a new registration system. The new system will stream line the registration process moving forward, allowing each driver the ability to save their information for future transactions, so you do not have to enter your information in each time when registering for an event.
The new system will also sync with the new barcoding scanning system for tires, engine and chassis seals, that will be implemented at the GoPro event and throughout the remainder of the 2018 season.

All mail in Pre-Entries must be received in the office by Wednesday March 14th, 2018. On-line registration ends at midnight March 14th.  At track registration is an additional $100 per class.

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Online Registration

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Entry List

Schedule