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.

 

Deadline for Jax Winter Cup Feb 10

CONCORD, NC - The turn of the calendar into February also signifies the cranking up of kart engines for the second event of the season for the WKA Winter Cup Series. Competitors wishing to take advantage of the Pre-Entry pricing for the series 2nd stop at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida have until Friday February 10. After that, the At Track Pricing kicks into effect.

The event, scheduled for Feb 24-26, will feature 8 national classes including;

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

Fast Time Awards will again be sponsored in the event by Comet Kart Sales, with the weekends overall winner receiving an award per class courtesy of Trinity Karting Group.

Fresh off his sweep of 4 cycle competition at Daytona, Corey Towles leads the CIK LO206 Senior class standings, with Zach Linsell, Hunter Fox, Dustin Demattia, and Mike Greiner the current top 5.

Garrett Adams comes into Jacksonville, holding the advantage over William Robusto, Mateo Rubio-Luengo, Anderson Leonard, and Logan Adams in the Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman Class, while Elliott Budzinski is the current top dog in the Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior class, with Tyler Ferris, Colin Neal, Emory Lyda, and Finnegan Bayliff the current top 5.

In the OTK Kart USA ROK Shifter category, Vicenzo Sarracino has a solid lead over Jonathan Kotyk, while Ryan Lewis, Michael Stevens, and Rory Van der steur make up the top 5.

While currently third in the Yamaha Sportsman class, Mateo Rubio-Luengo holds a comfortable margin over Caleb Gafrarar in the CRPRACING.com Mini Swift class, with Calem Maloney, Alex Powell, and Ben Maier the current top 5.

The IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman class finds Ashton Chilton atop the leader board, with Santiago Trisini, Elio Giovane, Lucas Rodriguez, and Anderson Leonard the current top 5 following Daytona.

Dylan Tavella will head to Jacksonville, sporting the edge over Zane Maloney in the Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior class, with Pauly Massimino, Max Peichel, and Oliver Calvo the top 5, while AJ Myers holds the edge over Brandon Jarsocrak, Jonathan Kotyk, Braden Eves, and Austin McCusker in the KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior class.

As mentioned many times before, all champions, aside from the ROK Shifter champion, will receive a set of Bridgestone Tires, as well as a free entry to one of the remaining Bridgestone Manufacturer Cup Series events in 2017.

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

Additionally, drivers in the Pro IAME Junior and Senior classes who participate in all 3 Winter Cup events will be eligible for a drawing on Sunday April 2 at Ocala Gran Prix, site of the final Winter Cup event. The winner of the drawing will have the opportunity to travel to Lemans, France for the X30 International Finals in October. Winter Cup winners of each event will also have their name inserted in the drawing an additional time, providing more incentive for drivers to win and increase their chances to win the drawing. Aside from the travel expense, all other expenses will be paid for that weekends prestigious event.

Activities for the Jacksonville Winter Cup event get underway Friday March 24 with a full day of practice. Saturdays action features Qualifying, 2 Heat Races, and the Final, with Qualifying, 1 Heat Race, and a Final on Sunday to round out event 2 for the event.

Both online registration and paper entry blanks are available now.

To view the paper entry blank, CLICK HERE.

To register online, CLICK HERE.

Roebling Road Race Entry Blank Now Online

CONCORD, NC - Entry Information regarding the second event of the season for the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting is now available online. As has been the case the last few years, competitors wishing to enter the Roebling Road Nationals March 10-12 at Roebling Road Raceway in Savannah, Georgia in advance may fill out the entry blank by using MotorsportReg.com. You can see the link to the event page on www.southernkartclub.com.  Entries DO NOT come to the WKA Office.  All entries are submitted to Southern Kart Club through MotorsportReg.com.

WKA and SKC Officials are anticipating another banner turnout of entries, coming on the heels of a most successful Daytona KartWeek, where entries far exceeded those of the previous year.

For competitors wishing to pre-enter, there are 2 tiers for entering, with the initial deadline coming February 17. Should competitors miss the initial pre-entry deadline date, the second deadline is March 7. After that, the At Track Pricing will go into effect.

Another added perk to the weekend is the annual Awards Presentation, being held this year at The Art Gallery at The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, located in Pooler, Georgia, just a few miles from the track, and adjacent to many of the hotels on I-95 in Pooler.

A full buffet dinner will be served with doors opening at 7pm Friday March 10. Dinner will be served at 7:30 with the awards presentation getting underway at 8pm. 2016 Champions, as well as many other special recipients will be honored on that evening. Seating is limited to 120 people. So be sure and make your reservations as soon as possible.

To view the Roebling Road Entry Blank, CLICK HERE.

To view the Road Race Banquet Form, CLICK HERE.

Help Needed for Hall of Famers

CONCORD, NC - WKA recently learned of some very challenging circumstances regarding 2 members of the Karting Family. For those that have been around the karting industry for many years, the name Ron Withrow may indeed ring a bell. 

Serving in a variety of capacities within the WKA organization, including that of Race Director and Officer for the organization on many different occasions spanning decades, Mr. Withrow and his wife Carma, both WKA Hall of Fame Members, Ron in 1991, Carma in 1996, have encountered some very rough circumstances.

While residents of Kentucky for many years, the Withrows also spend quite a bit of time in Sarasota, Florida. While in Kentucky recently, Ron fell and broke his ribs, spending up to a month in the hospital. During this time, adding insult to injury, heavy rains in Sarasota, Florida led to major roof issues, in which the complete interior of the home was destroyed by water damage.

Ron is retired, and on Social Security, which doesn’t allow for a quick repair of damaged items, as many in this position can well attest. This is a couple that has bled the WKA colors for many decades in a variety of capacities.

Those wishing to help the Withrow Family in this great time of need are more than welcome to send any financial or emotional support to:

Ron and Carma Withrow

Lot 101

1919 Buccaneer Road

Sarasota, Florida 34231-3458

 

On behalf of the World Karting Association, our sincerest thanks for helping two very special members of the WKA Family.

Water Medic to Sponsor Gold Cup Southeast Shootout at Jacksonville

CONCORD, NC - The first national event of 2017 for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series received another good shot in the arm with the announcement of Water Medic of Cape Coral, Florida as the Official Race Sponsor for the Southeast Shootout March 24-26 at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida.

Serving as a sponsor for the Junior LO206 Class in 2016, Rich Jackson, the owner of Water Medic, continues to give back to the sport by virtue of his sponsorship. After joining Paul Rice and the MGM Crew as co-sponsor of the Thanksgiving Dinner last November at Carolina Motorsports Park, Jackson announced his son, 2016 Junior LO206 Champion Jimmy Cole Jackson, would be making the leap into stock cars in 2017. Despite that, the continuing theme of Family in the WKA and Gold Cup ranks once again has left its positive impact on families who climb the racing ladder, but never forget their fond memories in karting, for which WKA is very thankful.

For 18 years, Jackson has built his company based on true honesty and integrity, growing to a fleet of over 30 service trucks and well over 40 loyal employees. Based in Cape Coral, Florida, Jacksons Water Medic business deals in the service and repair of well systems and swimming pools, servicing 5 major counties, ranging from Venice to the Everglades, a pretty vast region of the state of Florida.

“There is no doubt my business has helped pay the racing bills, and I am very fortunate for that” stated Jackson. “Growing to 43 employees is a direct reflection on how I treat people, and I’m very proud of the loyal family I have built through my business, treating them as I would want to be treated”

Jackson’s approach to business also reflects on his family as well, with his son Jimmy Cole not only a 2016 WKA National Champion, but the recipient of the Sportsmanship Award in 2015, a clear indication his sons demeanor was always positive, even after a rough day at the track.

WKA is proud to have the Jackson Family and the Water Medic Sponsorship back on board for Jacksonville in 2017, and wish Jimmy the very best in his future racing endeavors.

To learn more about Water Medic, go to: www.watermedicofcapecoral.com Or you can reach them at (239) 541-2581.

To view the weekend schedule for the Water Medic Southeast Shootout, CLICK HERE.

Badger Kart Club Announces Multi-Year Partnership with Wolf Paving; Track Named Wolf Paving Raceway

DOUSMAN, WI – Badger Kart Club and Wolf Paving announced today a multi-year partnership t0 rename the historic track Wolf Paving Raceway. Wolf Paving will begin its tenure as naming rights partner on January 15, 2017 and become the second company to serve as track title sponsor in Badger Kart Club history, following Briggs & Stratton.

The Oconomowoc-based Wolf Paving is a third generation, family-owned paving contractor with locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. “We are very excited about partnering with Wolf Paving; both as the title sponsor of the track and on the expansion of our facility.” said club president Al Weisensel. “We are confident this new partnership will bring a heightened level of excitement for both the racers and spectators at our facility moving forward.” 

Briggs & Stratton has been a long-time sponsor of Badger Kart Club, a relationship that will continue in the 2017 season and beyond. “Briggs & Stratton has been a valuable partner of the club for many years. Dave Klaus and Briggs & Stratton’s Racing Division have been committed to karting and to our racers.” Weisensel said. Briggs & Stratton will continue to be a partner of Badger Kart Club, with more details to be forthcoming.

Badger Kart Club’s operation of the facility dates back to the 1960’s hosting a variety of local, regional, and national karting events annually. Racing is held most Sundays April through October. Weekly racing series spectator admission is always free. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.badgerkartclub.com

The WKA Manufacturer's Cup will make its way to the Wolf Paving Raceway August 25-27, 2017. To see all of the 2017 Manufacturer's Cup stops, CLICK HERE.

CKI Takes Early Lead in Road Race Chassis Standings

CONCORD, NC - The latest edition of Daytona KartWeek was successful to many in so many ways, one of those being the folks at Competition Karting Inc. For many years, CKI has been the dominant chassis in Road Race competition. And following Daytona KartWeek, the Welcome, North Carolina chassis manufacturer is well on their way to reaching that same goal again in 2017.

At the conclusion of the first event of the season for the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series, presented by Russell Karting, CKI holds a commanding 14-win edge over the rest of the competition, as a result of their 18 victories in the season opener at Daytona.

While it’s a big gap from first to second in the standings, it’s a literal log jam from 2nd on back, with both MGM and Margay enjoying 4 wins apiece at the World Center of Racing. Elite Chassis wound up with 3 wins at Daytona, while Owl, CRG, Ital Kart, and Parolin claimed 2 wins apiece. Single national event wins also went to PVP, Praga, and Sodi Kart.

CKI looks to maintain their momentum March 10-12, when the series moves on to Roebling Road Raceway in Savannah, Georgia for stop #2 on the national program. Ironically, the stop also includes the series annual awards presentation at The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum Friday March 10, following practice, where CKI will receive their 2016 Manufacturers Championship Award. Seating is limited to 120 people. So be sure and place your reservations as soon as possible.

To view the current Road Race Chassis Standings, CLICK HERE.

To view the Banquet Form for the Road Race Series, and make your reservations, CLICK HERE.

Gold Cup Year End Awards Presentation Set & Final 2016 Points Now Available

CONCORD, NC - The 2016 Year End Awards Presentation for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series will again be run in conjunction with the season opening event for National 4 Cycle competitors March 24 at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida, following Practice for the Southeast Showdown, stop #1 for the series in 2017.

10 Champions will be honored on that evening, with 2 of the 10 claiming double championships, that being Maryland’s Jacob Heavlow, the top dog in the Bordeaux Dyno Cams/Trackside Kart Supply Senior Pro Gas Heavy class, as well as the Coyote Motorsports/Jim’s Marine Senior Pro Gas Medium class. Ohio’s David Kalb Jr also had an incredible season in the 4 Cycle ranks, taking the Junior Pro Gas Lite title in 2017, as well as the Briggs & Stratton Junior Pro Gas Heavy top honors.

Here’s a look at the other 2016 champions:

Water Medic Junior LO206: Jimmy Cole Jackson

Briggs & Stratton LO206 Senior Heavy: Sean Meier

Briggs & Stratton Masters Senior: Tim Stiefel

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

Quite a bit of merchandise from RLV Tuned Exhaust Products, Briggs & Stratton, Bridgestone, and much more will be handed out to the champions and many other recipients who finished in the top 5 and 10, based on amount of races run.

Many other special awards, including the Manufacturers Championship Trophy, honoring the winning chassis for 2016, Family of the Year, Sportsmanship, and much more, will be presented that evening.  

Activities for the Year End Awards Presentation will begin with the door opening at 6:45pm, dinner at 7:15, and the awards presentation beginning at 7:45. Cost for the buffet style dinner will be $20 per person.

To view the final 2016 points, CLICK HERE.

To view the Gold Cup Banquet Form, and make your reservations, CLICK HERE.

Jax Gold Cup Entry Blank Now Available Online! Southeast Showdown slated for March 24-26

CONCORD, NC - Competitors gearing up for a new season for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series can now view the entry info for the series 1st event of the 2017 season. The Southeast Showdown, slated for March 24-26 at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida, will be yet another busy weekend, as competitors from the 2016 season will also be honored Friday evening following practice in the 2016 Awards presentation, with merchandise from RLV, Bridgestone, Briggs & Stratton, and much more to be handed out to the 2016 champions, as well as top finishers in their respective classes.

10 classes will make up the 2017 season for the National 4 Cycle Series, with the format very similar in 2017. Competitors will be running qualifying, a heat race, and final each day. However, awards will be given out on the final day only to the highest overall finisher in each respective class, with the top 3 receiving awards. The LO206 and 2 Cycle Kid Kart Classes, which will be combined, will run for a separate award for the winner over the weekend, with participation medals going to the balance of drivers in each engine category. The Kid Kart Classes will not be national points classes in 2017.

Here is a breakdown of the national classes for 2017:

Rookie

Sportsman Pro Gas

Sportsman LO206

Junior Pro Gas

Junior LO206

Senior Pro Gas

Senior LO206

CIK LO206 Senior

Masters Senior

Entry Fees for the season will be set at $85 for Pre-Entry, and $100 at the track for all national points classes, with a 1-TIME PRACTICE FEE for the weekend set at $60 with your pre-entry, and $75 at the track. Kid Kart Competitors will pay $50 for their pre-entry, and $65 at track, with Practice Fees set at the same price for pre-entry and at track.

Deadline for pre-entries has been set for March 14th, giving competitors plenty of time to get their info straight for the 2017 season.

WKA and North Florida Kart Club Officials are excited to once again be starting the Gold Cup season off at 103rd Street, something that has become somewhat of an annual tradition.

For more info on the Southeast Showdown for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series, CLICK HERE. 

2016 Road Race Awards Presentation Set

CONCORD, NC - Following a most successful Awards Presentation, combined with stronger numbers at the seasons second event in 2016 at Roebling Road Raceway in Savannah, Georgia for the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting, WKA Officials are proud to announce the 2016 Awards Presentation will again be returning in March to the Savannah, Georgia area. The event will again be run in conjunction with the Roebling Road Nationals March 10-12, the second stop for the 2017 series.

Champions for the 2016 season, as well as many other award recipients and special honorees, will have a chance to reminisce on Friday March 10 at The Art Gallery at The National Museum of The Mighty Eighth Air Force. With an overflow crowd on hand last year, officials elected to move the awards presentation to a more spacious area, allowing for more attendees.

A full buffet dinner, catered by Barnes Restaurants and Catering, will be available, along with a Cash Bar, as alcohol will not be allowed to be brought into the hall.

To reserve seating, call the WKA Office at (704) 455-1606, mail, scan or fax the Banquet Form to WKA.

To view the Banquet Form, CLICK HERE

Jacksonville Winter Cup Entry Blank Now Available Online

CONCORD, NC - With very little time to lift off the gas pedal, following the latest edition of Daytona KartWeek, the next round for the WKA Winter Cup Series is just around the corner, as the entry blank for the 2nd stop of the series, coming to 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida, is now available online.

With no drops in the series this season, the return of 2 cycle competition to Jacksonville for the second straight year should provide an overflowing pit area and great competition on the historic long backstretch of the 103rd Street Complex.

Both an electronic online version, as well as a paper version of the entry blank are available for the series event, which again will consist of the following classes:

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

While the 2 cycle competitors have the chance to return for the second straight year to 103rd Street, the LO206 Senior drivers also are afforded the chance to get a leg up on the track, with the February event a good tune-up prior to the season opening Southeast Showdown for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series, scheduled for March 24-26.

The Jacksonville event will also mark the second round for the major incentive program for eventual champions, as well as competitors who participate in all 3 Winter Cup Events, the finale being March 31-April 2 at Ocala Gran Prix.

2017 Winter Cup Champions, aside from the ROK Shifter Class, will receive a set of Bridgestone Tires, as well as 1 free entry into 1 of the 4 remaining Bridgestone Manufacturer Cup Series events for 2017, including Pittsburgh, New Castle, Briggs and Stratton Raceway Park, and GoPro Motorplex.

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

For competitors in the Pro IAME Junior and Senior classes, drivers who compete in all 3 events, including race and overall event winners, will be eligible to win a trip to Lemans, France in October for the X30 International Finals. The incentive for drivers is the more you win, the more times your name will be placed in the drawing, increasing your odds to be chosen for the trip. Aside from the travel cost, all other expenses will be paid for that weekends prestigious event.

Pre-Entry deadline for Round 2 of the Winter Cup Series is February 10. TO REGISTER ONLINE, CLICK HERE. To view the info for the Jacksonville Winter Cup event, CLICK HERE.

Also, there was a new TECH UPDATE posted on January 9th.  You can view that update by clicking HERE. 

Parity Reigns Supreme in Daytona Manufacturers Cup Season Opener

CONCORD, NC - With 10 different chassis scoring wins in the 18 races for the season opener for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series during Daytona KartWeek at Daytona International Speedway, that pretty much signified many different faces on the top shelf of the podium for the Margay Sprint Championships at the World Center of Racing.

Aside from the stout sweeping performance of Corey Towles in the LO206 Senior category, no other driver found themselves with the #1 below their feet when it came time to crown the weekend winners.

For the second straight season, a strong turnout of LO206 Senior drivers began the opening ceremonies for the 4 Cycle Sprint portion of Daytona Kartweek, with Towles, the national runnerup in the LO206 Senior Class on the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series, beginning the 2017 season with a vengeance, taking down the field in the first 20 lap final of the week. With an all star lineup of 4 cycle drivers, all sporting the new CIK Bodyworks on hand, Towles turned back the field, with Gold Cup and Road Race veteran Zach Linsell coming home second on Day 1, followed by Hunter Fox, Jeremy Warren, and Eric Fagan.

Rounding out the top ten were Mike Greiner, Patrick O’Neal, Zack Skolnick, Dustin Demattia, and Robby Mott. Day 2 found a little more pressure on Towles, to no avail though, as Demattia chased the 2 time winner across the stripe, followed by Linsell, Greiner, and Fox, with Jordan Bernloeher, O’Neal, Jason Lavere, Drew Lansing, and Ryan Rogers making up the top 10. For his efforts, Towles, piloting a Comet Eagle Chassis, was also the weekends overall champion, sponsored this year by Trinity Karting Group, one of the new sponsors on the series this year.

Next to take the track was the Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman class, with William Robusto striking first on Day 1, flying the Comp Kart colors enroute to the win over Mateo Rubio-Luengo. Making up the top 5 were Anderson Leonard, Garrett Adams, and Brent Crews, with Sam Hinds, Nikita Johnson, Annie Rhule, Nick Snell, and Logan Adams making up the top 10. Day 2 found the Adams brothers improving from their 4th and 10th place finishes, by making it a 1, 2 knockout for the win. Snell also improved on Day 2, taking third, with Robusto and Leonard rounding out the top 5. Rounding out the top 10 were Luengo, Aiden Baker Crouse, Hinds, Thomas Schrage, and Crews. Adams consistency on his FA Chassis also netted him the Trinity Karting Group overall weekend title.

Parity continued in the Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior class where Colin Neal became the first Tony Kart driver to park in the winners circle, topping Tyler Ferris, Emory Lyda, Elliott Budzinski, and Arie Venberg. The top ten were made up of Finnegan Bayliff, Jack Dorsey, Gavin Bayliff, Madison Campeau, and Matthew Mockabee. Budzinski maintained his top 5 consistency on Day 2, climbing the ladder up to the top spot, also on a Tony Kart, topping Spike Kohlbecker, Ferris, Finnegan Bayliff, and Lyda. Top ten were Day 1 winner Neal, followed by James Lynch, Mockabee, Campeau, and Venberg. Budzinski’s pair of top fives also netted him the Trinity Karting Groups Overall weekend title

Senior time on the track on the 2 Cycle side began with the FranklinKart.com Yamaha Senior class where Minnesota hotshoe Alexander Kardashian gave Top Kart their first win of the week, as he fended off 2 time 2016 Champion Braden Eves, with Jake Venberg, Chris Slinden, and Marina Walters rounding out the top 5. Making up the top 10 were Carter Pease, Josh Fierke, Kindra Hurlburt, and Emily Hurlburt. After struggling mightily on Day 1, former champion Dakota Pesek displayed his champions colors, taking the Day 2 win on his Top Kart, with Eves, Kardashian, Fierke, and Venberg rounding out the top 5. Top 10 were made up of Slinden, Pease, Derek Hughes, Walters, and Emily Hurlburt. For his 2 day effort, Kardashian claimed the Trinity Karting Group Overall weekend title.

An added element to Daytona KartWeek, and the combined Mfg Cup/Winter Cup season opener was the appearance of the OTK Kart USA ROK Shifter class. Long time a favorite for 2 cycle fans over the years in Mfg Cup racing history, the return of the Shifter class with their traditional standing starts brought the crowd to the frontstretch fence both days. Taking the win on Day 1 was longtime WKA regular Jonathan Kotyk on his Top Kart, with Vincenzo Sarracino, Rory Van der steur, John Perry Hilton V, and Andres Ceballos making up the top 5. Day 2 found Sarracino edging up one spot in the order on his Tony Kart chassis, while Ryan Lewis rebounded from a last place finish on Day 1 to claim runnerup honors, followed by Michael Stevens, Kotyk, and Ceballos. Sarracino’s consistency netted him the Trinity Karting Group Overall weekend title.

Keeping people glued to the fence, the CRPRACING.com Mini Swift class took to the track next with Caleb Gafrarar turning back a stout field of competition, flying the Parolin Chassis colors, topping Mateo Rubio-Luengo, Calem Maloney, Alex Powell, and Christian Miles. Rounding out the top ten were Jakub Kolar, Frankie Iadevaia, Sam Corry, Ben Maier, and Christian Rutty. Following a top 5 and top 10 in the Yamaha Sportsman class, as well as a runnerup in Mini Swift on Day 1, Luengo finally got the monkey off his back, taking down the field on his Kosmic Chassis, topping Powell, Maloney, Maier, and Jorge Ortiz. Gafrarar rebounded from early race issues to race back to 6th, followed by Kolar, Elliott Cox, Prevail Perkins, and Sebastian NG. Luengo’s top 2 finishes also allowed him to claim the Trinity Karting Group Overall weekend title.

The remaining 3 classes for the week involved the Pro Classes, beginning with the IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman Class, where Ashton Chilton drew first blood, taking the win on his Tony Kart over Santiago Trisini, Aiden Baker Crouse, Lucas Rodriguez, and Nicholas Terlecki. Jamie Newton came home 6th, followed by Connor Zillisch, Nikita Johnson, William Robusto, and Elio Giovane. From 10th to first, Giovane made a huge statement on Day 2, putting his Benik chassis in victory lane, with Chilton, Leonard, Granger Perra, and Brent Crews making up the top 5. Trisini led the next 5, followed by Robusto, Zillisch, Johnson, and Rodriguez. By picking up the Trinity Racing Group Overall weekend title, Chilton not only received the award, but a $500 payday, with Trisini netting a check for $250, and Giovane getting a set of Bridgestone Tires.

Zane Maloney began his quest for the Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior title on Day 1, taking the win on his FA Chassis, topping Dylan Tavella, Max Peichel, Oliver Calvo, and 2 time 2016 champion Pauly Massimino. Rounding out the top 10 were Tahlon Yockel, Luke Wallace, Kaden Wharff, Caleb Bacon, and Tyler Maxson. Probably the biggest comeback of the weekend was for Tyler Gonzalez. After a disastrous Day 1, Gonzalez roared through the field to claim the Day 2 win over Tavella, Massimino, Calvo, and Peichel, with Colin Gasparini, Maloney, Cody Krucker, Connor Ferris, and Gage Rodgers completing the top 10. With his pair of runnerup finishes, Tavella netted the Trinity Karting Group Overall weekend top honors, as well as a check for $500, with Day 1 winner Maloney getting a check for $250 and Massimino earning a set of Bridgestone Tires.

The finale for the week came in the form of the KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior class. With $1,000 on the line for the weekend, AJ Myers stormed to the Day 1 win on his TB Kart, besting Braden Eves, Austin Garrison, Brandon Jarsocrak, and Jonathan Kotyk, while Jacob Donald, Blake Hunt, Austin McCusker, Bradley Zillisch, and Mick Gabriel rounding out the top 10. Day 2 results found Jarsocrak improving from 4th to take the win for Praga, with Kotyk also improving up to second, followed by McCusker, Myers, and Donald for the top 5, while Alexander Kardashian cracked the top 10 on Day 2, followed by Eves, Zillisch, Hunt, and Gabriel. In the end, the $1,000 top prize went to Jarsocrak, with Myers claiming $500, while Kotyk earned a set of Bridgestone Tires.

In addition to the class and Overall Weekend Champions Sponsor, special thanks to Margay for the continued support of the Daytona Margay Sprint Championships. Also thanks to Comet Kart Sales, proud sponsor of the Fast Time Awards both days, to New Jersey Sprint Series for providing the new lineup of Champions Flags, and to Tillotson for providing Generators to one lucky winner each race, as well as Miller Welders, for providing a welder to one lucky recipient at the latest year end awards presentation.

With one of the more successful Daytona KartWeek events in the books, the focus now turns to the next Winter Cup event, taking place February 24-26 at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida. Entry information will be available shortly.

With Daytona also serving as a Winter Cup event, all drivers are still eligible for the multitude of bonuses. With the exception of the ROK Shifter class, all 2017 Winter Cup Champions will receive a free entry to one of the remaining 2017 Mfg Cup events, as well as a set of Bridgestone Tires. 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.

Additionally, competitors in the Pro IAME Junior and Senior classes who compete in all 3 Winter Cup events, as well as all race and overall weekend winners, provided they also compete in all 3 events, will be eligible for a drawing, possibly earning a lucky driver a chance to attend the X30 International Finals in Lemans, France in October. So the more you participate, and the more times you win, the better the odds of heading to one of the most hallowed grounds in international motorsports history. Aside from travel, all other expenses will be taken care of for the winner.  

For those strictly following the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series, the next event will be May 19-21 at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, Pennsylvania.

On behalf of the World Karting Association, our sincerest thanks to all for a most successful edition of Daytona KartWeek!

Boyers 4 wins leads all Daytona Road Race Winners & Michel exercises Demons in return to the High Banks

CONCORD, NC - The beginning of a new year for the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting also ushered in great new momentum to the series, as over 500 entries packed Daytona International Speedway for the latest edition of Daytona KartWeek. Peppered with a great combination of 2 and 4 cycle racers, not to mention new Local Option classes, led by the Cadet LO206 Class, the new season couldn’t have started out better.

While at least 19 drivers found their way to victory lane more than once, Andrew Boyer staked his claim to Daytona’s Gatorade Victory Circle, notching 4 national event wins during the week, sweeping the Animal Heavy, as well as Clone LO206 Heavy classes. Next in line to celebrate 3 times during KartWeek was Margays own Keith Freber. While his crew was busy thrashing at the neighboring Sprint Track in the Margay Sprint Nationals for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series, Freber was putting his own thrashing on the competition, sweeping the Yamaha Senior action, while also taking the Yamaha Sportsman Heavy Final on Day 2. The event also marked a welcome return for Matt Michel. Involved in a very hard racing incident just one year ago, Michel returned to the World Center of Racing, conquering the high banks twice, taking the McZero Fabrication Yamaha Sportsman Heavy main on Day 1, then returning to edge Keith Freber in the Yamaha Sportsman Medium Final later in the day.

Other multiple winners included Dawn and Louie Magiera, Dan Febbroriello, Ella Brown, Tracy Phillips, Jason Lorang, Rick Fulks, Logan Nedelka, Ricky Taylor, Patrick Olsen, Brian Wilhelm, Gary Schenkel, and Nicholas Martin.

But for Boyer, it was a dream come true, first knocking down the Clone LO206 Heavy Final on Day 1, topping Joe Cuslidge, James Cartledge, Rob Garland, and Robert Garland Sr. Boyer returned to the track later in the day to top Rob Garland in the Animal Heavy final, with Wesley Thomason, Robert Garland, and Toni Alexander making up the top 5. On day 2, Boyer went right back to work, besting Cuslidge, Rob Garland, Steve Jeffers, and Robert Garland, while again returning to victory lane to sweep the Clone LO206 Heavy final, getting the better of the Garland tandem, Rob and Robert, followed by Thomason and Alexander.

Frebers wins came on the 2-cycle side of the Road Racing fence, first topping Nate Grindell, John Brown, Bill Trumbley, and Adam Trumbley in Yamaha Senior competition. Freber topped Chad Dokken on Day 2 in the same class, with Brown, Adam Trumbley, and Rick Queen making up the top 5. It was again Freber and Dokken in the Yamaha Sportsman Heavy Final on Day 2, with Austin Henry, Tim Linthicum, and Bill Holder making up the top 5.

Florida product Ricky Taylor also checked in for 3 wins on the weekend, notching his first win in the new CIK LO206 Local Option class, which boasted 8 entries for a first-time Local Option Class on the high banks. Taylor topped Rob Hindery, Seth Gordon, Wayne Lee, and Jesse Holt for the top 5 on Day 1. Taylor returned to sweep the class, while also taking Day 2 of the Clone LO206 Lite class as well.

While the series leans mostly on the veteran side as far as level of competition goes, it was great to see the youth movement make their way to Daytona and a new season, as 11 Cadet Racers took to the speedway on Day 1, with Madison Wheatley taking the monumental win over Bree Miller, Austin Harper, Jace Park, and Darryl Lea Moglia. Day 2 found 9 drivers making the return to the speedway, with Austin Harper taking down the win, followed by Wheatley, Moglia, Bree Miller, and Jett Miller. The Cadets, a Local Option Class, will continue as a part of the National Road Race program all season long, next heading to Roebling Road Raceway in Savannah, Georgia March 10-12 for stop #2 on the series.

Other winners during the week included Darrin Cuthbertson in The Agile Group Unlimited Class on Day 1, topping Brian Wilhelm, Scott Hodges, Roger Lockey, and Anthony Turco. Day 2 Unlimited action found Wilhelm scoring the first of his 2 wins on the weekend, besting Robby Harper III, Allen Hollinger, Anthony Turco, and Joey West. Wilhelm also claimed the Rev Clean Formula 125 class, topping Mitch White and Allen Hollinger.

Jason Lorang also checked in for 2 wins during KartWeek, sweeping the West Texas Outlaws TaG Heavy finals. Lorang bested Jim Snyder, Alex Laughlin, Brian Cherry, and Jean Brown on Day 1, with John Brown, Jamey Brown, Tim Snyder, and Jeff Salak making up the top 5 on Day 2.

It wouldn’t be a Road Race if a Fulks wasn’t in Victory Lane. And that’s where Rick Fulks stepped up to the plate, taking the Tru Stripe 100cc Controlled event, topping Lance Yunck, Gary Mikusch, Michael Tracy, and Scott Stauffer for the top 5. Fulks returned for the curtain call on Day 2, besting Stauffer, Mikusch, Tracy, and Adam Myers for the top 5.

And where there is 1 Fulks, another lingers, as Randy Fulks took the GM Fort Wayne Assembly B Stock action on Day 1 over Scott Goodman, Robby Harper III, Dusty Dean, and Robby Harper.

Andrew Boyer wasn’t the only 4 Cycle driver with multiple success during KartWeek, as Stephen Wheatley checked in for the win in the Hoosier Racing Tire Animal Lite class, bettering Ben Thomason, while taking the Animal Medium class on Day 2 over Quentin Hill.

Brian Fisher claimed Day #1 in the Fisher Racing Engines Stock Honda Class, besting Benjamin Eberhart, Steven Rougeou, Keith Buffo, and Jason Park on Day 1, while Stephen Flatt rebounded from a 10th place finish on Day 1 to score the win on Day 2 over Alex Laughlin, Fisher, Rougeou, and Eberhart.

The WT Racing IAME Sprint class was also well attended, with Nicholas Martin sweeping the weekend action, first over Paul Bachman, Stephen Bassham, Walter Troup, and Donald Nelson, then returning on the second day to top Alex Laughlin, Nelson, Lee Curtis, and AJ Ellis.

Known quite a bit for his tuning capabilities, Patrick Olsen traded spots at Daytona, the end result being a sweep in the KALL Racing/Millers Dynotime Racing Formula 100 class both days, topping Lance Yunck, Scott Stauffer, Brian Morse, and Jason Lorang on Day 1, while Michael Tracy, Travis Miller, Lorang, and Morse chased Olsen across the stripe on Day 2.

Here’s a look at many of the other Daytona KartWeek winners:

Day 1:

WKA Sprint: Louie Magiera

Rapid Racing Vintage: Robby Harper

Yamaha Sportsman Sprint: Dan Febbroriello

Animal Medium: Wayne Moffat

Clone LO206 Lite: Rob Hindery

Junior Sprint: Ella Brown

125 Sprint Shifter: Tracy Phillips

Open Sprint: Jerry Revely

Junior Enduro: Logan Nedelka

TaG Junior: Zander Taylor

Junior Animal: Jordan Johnson

X30 Laydown: Gary Schenkel

Yamaha Sprint: Dawn Magiera

100cc Piston Port: John Brown

Junior LO206: Dylan Amundsen

Day 2:

Yamaha Sprint: Dawn Magiera

TaG Junior: Zander Taylor

Junior Animal: Jordan Johnson

Junior Enduro: Logan Nedelka

Junior LO206: Devin Taylor

125 Sprint Shifter: Tracy Phillips

Open Sprint: Adam Myers

X30 Laydown: Gary Schenkel

Vintage: Dick Charest

Animal Lite: Ben Thomason

Junior Sprint: Ella Brown

WKA Sprint: Louie Magiera

Yamaha Sportsman Sprint: Dan Febbroriello

Congratulations to all Daytona KartWeek winners! Before the next checkered falls at Roebling Road Raceway March 10-12 in Savannah, Georgia, the series will crown their 2016 national champions at the year-end awards presentation, following the day long practice for the Roebling Road Nationals Friday March 10. Final preparations are being placed on the Year End Awards presentation, as well as the entry blank for the series second stop for 2017. Be sure and stay connected to the WKA website for the information regarding both events. 

Chassis Battle Heats Up Early Following Daytona Mfg Cup

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CONCORD, NC- As the title claimed for the 2016 Manufacturers Championship Trophy was claimed by the slightest of margins, the 2017 battle for the top chassis on the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series appears to be headed in the same direction. On the heels of the 2016 edition of Daytona KartWeek, which also kicks off the 2017 season for the series, 11 different chassis scored wins in the 18 Final events run during the Margay Sprint Championships at Daytona International Speedway Dec 28-30.

Leading the way was 2016 runner-up Tony Kart, checking in with 4 wins at the World Center of Racing, followed closely by defending champion Top Kart with 3. The Comet Eagle Chassis, as well as Kosmic, were the only other chassis that scored more than 1 victory in the season opener.

The wealth for Tony Kart was spread amongst 4 drivers, with Ashton Chilton scoring one of the wins in the IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman Class. Joining Chilton in the win category for Tony Kart were Colin Neal, the top dog in the Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior class, while Elliott Budzinski took Day 2 honors in the same class, with Vincenzo Sarracino taking the win in the OTK Kart USA ROK Shifter class.

For Top Kart, again 3 different drivers led the way, with Alexander Kardashian taking the Franklinkart.com Yamaha Senior class. Joining Kardashian for Top Kart were Jonathan Kotyk in the ROK Shifter class, while Dakota Pesek claimed the second day of Yamaha Senior competition.

Kosmic cashed in on their 2 wins on day 2 with Mateo Rubio-Luengo taking the CRPRACING.com Mini Swift competition, while Tyler Gonzalez laid claim to the Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior category.

The addition of the LO206 Senior class to the Mfg Cup fold this year led to Corey Towles drawing first blood not once, but twice, leading the charge for the Comet Eagle camp. The two wins were significant also in the fact that Towles was the only repeat winner all week long in national competition, leading to quite a bit of parity for the first national event of the season.

Scoring 1 victory a piece were Comp Kart, TB Kart, Parolin, BTK, FA, Praga, and Benik. Here’s the list of winners per chassis:

Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman: William Robusto: Comp Kart

KARTSPORT North America Pro IAME Senior: AJ Myers: TB Kart

CRPRacing.com Mini Swift: Caleb Gafrarar: Parolin

Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior: Zane Maloney: BTK

Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman: Garrett Adams: FA

KARTSPORT North America Pro IAME Senior: Brandon Jarsocrak: Praga

IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman: Elio Giovane: Benik

A complete recap of the Margay Sprint Championships will be coming shortly. In the meantime, for a look at the updated Chassis Standings to begin the 2017 season: CLICK HERE.

Major Incentives on The Line For 2016 Winter Cup Participants

CONCORD, NC - On the threshold of entering its 2nd season of national competition, beginning at Daytona International Speedway for Daytona KartWeek December 27-30, the WKA Winter Cup Series has received a HUGE injection of incentives, thus adding to the appeal of the sophomore program.

The series will consist of the following classes; Mini Swift, Pro Swift Sportsman, Yamaha Sportsman, Yamaha Junior, Pro IAME Junior and Senior, LO206 Senior, and ROK Shifter.

Except for the ROK Shifter Class, all 2017 Champions will receive a free entry to a 2017 Mfg Cup event and 1 set of Bridgestone Tires. The 2017 Mfg Cup events drivers will be eligible to receive an entry in include Pittsburgh, New Castle, Badger, and GoPro.

The 2017 ROK Shifter Winter Cup Champion will receivetires, fuel, Oil, and a free entry into the ROK Cup USA Nationals in September in Orlando, Florida.

To make things even sweeter, any competitor in the Pro IAME Junior and Pro IAME Senior Classes who compete in all 3 events, including Daytona, Jacksonville, and Ocala, as well as all event and overall weekend winners, will be eligible to win a trip in October to Lemans, France for the X30 International Finals. Participants who compete in all 3 events will have their name placed in a hat. All race and overall weekend event winners will also have their names placed in the hat, provided they ran all 3 events. The incentive for the winners will be, the more you win, the more times your name will be placed in the hat, thus increasing your odds to win the trip. Aside from the travel to the X30 International Finals in France, all other expenses will be paid for that weekends prestigious event.

Drawing for the X30 International Finals will take place at the March/April weekend finale at Ocala Gran Prix.

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

Here’s a look at the 2017 WKA Winter Cup Schedule:

Dec 27-30: Daytona International Speedway,

Daytona Beach, Florida

Feb 24-27: 103rd Street Sports Complex

Jacksonville, Florida

March 31-April 2: Ocala Gran Prix

Ocala, Florida

Helpful Hints for Customers Coming to Daytona KartWeek

CONCORD, NC - In advance of the latest edition of Daytona KartWeek, scheduled for December 27-30 at Daytona International Speedway, WKA would like to provide some Customer Friendly Items, that hopefully will make your experience at The World Center of Racing a little more enjoyable this holiday season.

For competitors arriving in the Daytona Beach area, prior to December 27, the official parking day for KartWeek, the speedway is providing an area in the West Lot of the facility to drop your trailer off, since many hotels in the area do not have adequate parking for a trailer. The early drop off for trailers begins December 23, and is open from 7am-7pm daily.

Once the 27th arrives, customers will be asked to go to Gate 70, which is the official sign in location on Parking Day. If you are coming to the speedway off of I-95, turn right at Williamson Blvd, which is on the Turn 1 and 2 end of the speedway. From there, proceed to your first stop light, which is Midway Blvd. Turn left at Midway, and proceed to Gate 70. Depending on the series you will run, or your status, there are windows for the WKA/Maxxis Dirt, the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series, the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series, as well as a Comp Pass window for sponsors and workers.

If you are arriving on the 28th and beyond, you will turn at the Gate 40 entrance off of Williamson Blvd, and proceed past the Guard Shack to the 3 way stop. Turn left at the stop and proceed to Ticket Booth E, which will be at your right. Again, there will be windows for all 3 groups, as well as a Comp Pass Window.   Pit passes are available depending on your length of visit. Event Passes, 2 Day, and 1 day passes are available, as well as a $10 pass for spectators who arrive after 4pm for the Daytona Dirt World Championships.

Anyone who needs to ship any items to the speedway, need to ship in this manner:

Your Name

WKA Competitor

c/o Daytona International Speedway

1801 West International Speedway Blvd

Daytona Beach, Florida, 32114

HOLD FOR PICKUP

For those competitors running in the Road Race and Manufacturers Cup Series, a Sunoco Fuel Truck will be on the property beginning Tuesday Dec 27 at noon, and will be there till 5pm. The truck will return on the 28th and 29th, from 8am-5pm. The truck will not be at the track on the 30th. So competitors are urged to get the bulk of their fuel for the weekend by the 29th. The truck will staged at the Manufacturer Cup Series pits, with a fuel shuttle service provided by WKA to take care of the Road Race competitors on a daily basis.

Competitors attending the Mfg Cup Awards presentation, and are staying at the Lake Lloyd RV site at the speedway, are urged to make arrangements with a Cab or Uber, assuring they have a way back to the track, in the event the rv is their only form of transportation. The address for the Ocean Breeze Club is 640 N Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach, Florida 32118. Toll Free number is 855.212.3224 The Awards presentation will be Tuesday Dec 27. Doors open at 7, with dinner at 7:30 and the award presentation at 8pm.  

For Mfg Cup Series Competitors who use Tillotson Carbs, Andrew Fallon with Tillotson will be on hand to offer support during the event.

We hope these helpful hints will be of great benefit to all who are attending the latest edition of Daytona KartWeek. If anyone has additional questions, feel free to contact the WKA Office at (704) 455-1606.

Thanks so much for attending Daytona KartWeek. We wish you a safe and Happy Holiday Season!!!!

Bridgestone Mfg Cup Series Prepping for Monster Daytona Event

CONCORD, NC - As part of the 3 major events taking place at the same time at Daytona International Speedway during Daytona KartWeek, the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series is busting at the seams, as several major teams and manufacturers prepare for one of the most notable 2 Cycle Events in the country, the Margay Sprint Nationals at the World Center of Racing.

The series first stop at Daytona also doubles as the first event for the WKA Winter Cup Series, now beginning its second season of competition. As a result, 9 major classes will be featured at the season opener, including the very impressive Mini Swift class, boasting some of the best new, young talent in 2 cycle racing in America. In addition, the Pro Swift Sportsman class will be returning for 2017, as well as Yamaha Sportsman, Yamaha Junior, Yamaha Senior, Pro IAME Junior, and Pro IAME Senior, and LO206 Senior, which boasted 40 entries at Daytona 1 season ago. 1 additional class will be featured that will be a part of the 2017 Winter Cup Program, that being the very popular ROK Shifter Class.

In addition to the wealth of classes features, many sponsors, new and existing, will be a part of the 2017 season, including:

Bridgestone

Margay

Allison Racing Engines

Comet Kart Sales

FranklinKart.com

OTK Kart USA

CRPRACING.com

IAME USA East

Woltjer Racing Engines

KartSport North America

Sunoco


New Jersey Sprint Series

Trinity Karting Group

Grand Products

Top Kart USA

McLaughlin Motorsports

Tillotson

Prior to the 2017 season getting underway, Champions, as well as many other special honorees will have the chance to claim their awards and merchandise from the 2016 season with the annual Awards Presentation taking place the evening of December 27 at the Ocean Breeze Club, on the shores of Daytona Beach.

Following Daytona, the series will head to Pittsburgh International Race Complex in May for stop #2 of the season, followed by the traditional July run at New Castle Motorsports Park in Indiana, then on to dairy country, with an August stop at Briggs & Stratton Raceway Park in Dousman, Wisconsin, culminating with the season finale in October in Race City USA, GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina.

The Winter Cup Program will remain in Florida for all 3 events, next heading to 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida in late February, ending with a stop at Ocala Gran Prix at the end of March. Here’s a look at the respective 2017 Schedules.

Bridgestone Mfg Cup Series:

Dec 27-30: Daytona International Speedway

May 19-21: Pittsburgh International Race Complex

July 14-16: New Castle Motorsports Park

August 25-27: Briggs & Stratton Raceway Park

Oct 13-15: GoPro Motorplex

 

Winter Cup Schedule:

Dec 27-30: Daytona International Speedway

Feb 24-26: 103rd Street Sports Complex

March 31-April 2: Ocala Gran Prix

 

Lastly, if you haven't visited TECH UPDATES under the main UPDATES tab, check it out. Whenever there is a new ruling or a clarification made by the trustees, this section will highlight and help communicate it to our WKA members.

To view the Margay Sprint Nationals schedule for Daytona, CLICK HERE.

To register ONLINE for the Margay Sprint Nationals, CLICK HERE.

To view the latest Tech Update, CLICK HERE.