2018 WKA Tech Manual Now Available

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CONCORD, NC - The 2018 WKA Tech Manual is now available.  To place your order, please contact the WKA office at 704-455-1606.  Here is a sneak peak of the cover...

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2017 Daytona Dirt World Entry Blank is Now Available

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CONCORD, NC- The WKA would like to thank everyone for their patience in waiting on the Daytona Dirt World Dirt Entry sponsored by Vega Tires . The entry blank is now available. We look forward to seeing you at the newly improved flat track at Daytona International Speedway starting Wednesday December 27th, 2017!

CLICK HERE for the Entry Blank

CLICK HERE to view the Event Schedule

CLICK HERE to view the Purses

CLICK HERE to view the Class Specs

Trailer storage available after Daytona KartWeek at Roebling Road Raceway

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CONCORD, NC- WKA would like to thank Roebling Road Raceway for extending the offer to our racers and making available trailer storage at their facility in Bloomingdale, GA. Interested racers may drop their trailer off for storage on the way home from Daytona KartWeek. Trailers can be stored until WKA’s next Road Racing event at Roebling Road on March 9th, 2018.

We ask that you kindly contact Jack Abbott with Roebling Road with any questions and to make arrangements at (912) 247-0472. A Storage fee of $30 applies, along with an agreement of release that must be signed.

WKA Partners with Vega Tires for Daytona Dirt World Championships

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CONCORD, NC - The World Karting Association is proud to announce their partnership with VEGA Tires for the 2017 Daytona Dirt World Championship. Vega MCS Yellows both thick or thins will be the approved spec tire for the Flat Track at this year’s Daytona KartWeek.

The engine rules will be the same as last year and keeping with No porting and polishing of heads. For further reference please refer to the 2018 WKA Tech Manual. 

To view the Dirt World Championships structure, click the button below:

Class Structure

Entry blank coming soon!

 

 

FREE KA100 ENGINE PACKAGE AVAILABLE TO THE FIRST 20 ENTRIES

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CONCORD, NC - We are nearly to our most favorite race event of the year, Daytona KARTWEEK! With only 5 weeks left until the races, it is important to contact the WKA office if you are interested in the KA100 engine package deal. Please contact Kelly to make sure you get your engine in time for Daytona! 

With the creation of the new KA100 Senior class for the 2018 Manufactures Cup series, IAME USA East is offering a free KA100 engine package to the first 20 drivers who enter the KA100 Senior class for the entire WKA Manufacturer's Cup six race season in 2018 starting with Daytona December 28-30th, 2017.

Registrants must enter though the WKA office and prepay for all six events.   IAME USA East will send a new KA100 engine package with only shipping due to the customer. 

Members of this program will sign an agreement with IAME USA East that they will participate in 5 of 6 events or they will be billed for the engine package by IAME USA East.  

This program ends after the first 20 drivers sign up, or on December 20th, 2017.  Contact Kelly at World Karting office at 704-455-1606 to register for the program.

Participants that utilized this program through IAME USA East for other series programs in 2017 are not eligible to qualify for the WKA program.

Both the online registration and paper entry blank are up and ready for you to register.  You can access both of these from the links below:

ONLINE REGISTRATION

ENTRY BLANK

Daytona Kartweek 2017 Dirt Track Update

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Concord, NC- As Daytona KartWeek is quickly approaching, the World Karting Association’s office staff is working hard to guarantee that everything is ready for Karting’s greatest tradition. WKA and Daytona International Speedway understand the flat track conditions have been less than ideal. WKA and the Speedway have made big strides to improve the track this year. Everything is falling into place; both parties have secured all equipment needed to improve last year’s track conditions. WKA has hired a full time experienced track advisor to oversee and maintain the track during the entire event.  Starting December 10th, the Speedway will begin the rebuilding process, to ensure the quality of the dirt track is where it should be for our competitors.

Keep your eyes on updated Pit Boards, as the office staff is close to finalizing entry blanks!

2017 Season WKA Manufacturers Cup Awards Banquet Details

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CONCORD, NC- The Awards Banquet for the 2017 Manufacturer's Cup season will be held Wednesday December 27th 7:00pm at The Plaza Spa and Resort.  The Plaza Resort and Spa has made available a special room rates for WKA members for anyone wanting to stay on Daytona’s famous beach.  See below for details:

*** The Plaza Resort & Spa WKA ROOM SPECIAL***

(Rate Expires 12/15/17)

No Resort fees Free parking!

Call 1-855-327-5292. Special Rate Code:"WORLD KARTING 2017"

600 North Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118

CLICK HERE to Book your room Online

CLICK HERE to view and print the banquet RSVP

2018 Manufacturer's Cup Update

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CONCORD, NC - Beginning with the first race of the 2018 season in Daytona, December 27-30, 2017, WKA will be introducing a tire distribution system for all their Manufacturer's Cup Series events.

The reasoning behind this plan is two-fold:

1. This eliminates any rumors about tires that may have circulated in the past.

2. It serves as a small profit center for our organization. WKA is a company that operates on a daily basis with full time employees, overhead and obligations that we incur daily.

The race tires for each event will be included in your entry fee.  Your Race tires will be available for pickup during registration pick up at each track.  Racers will still have to supply their own practice tires. The Micro Swift, Mini Swift, and Yamaha Sportsman racers that raced at The Grand Nationals at Go Pro, still will have to pay their entry fee that includes one set of race tires but for the Daytona event you will be given a free set of practice tires that you will pick up during registration pick up courtesy of Bridgestone.

Shortly, WKA will be introducing a new bar coding system for tires, engines and chassis which will make the WKA racing experience as simple, smooth and enjoyable as possible for all competitors from initial registration thru on track activities.

The Manufacturer's Cup online registration and paper entry blank are now posted on the website.

To be taken to the online registration, CLICK HERE.

To be taken to the entry blank, CLICK HERE.

Thank you for your support of the WKA and hope to see you during the 2018 season.

5 Helpful Hints for Daytona KartWeek

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CONCORD, NC - With Daytona KartWeek fast approaching, please make sure your WKA membership is current and up to date. If you plan on racing the Road Race or Manufacturer's Cup events you must be a WKA member (rule 103.0).

Temporary memberships are no longer offered through the WKA office. We recommend having your membership completed prior to KartWeek to expedite your time at registration and pre-entry pick up.

New and renewing members can find the membership application on the WKA website by clicking HERE.

Please have your WKA membership cards available to time of registration and pre-entry pick up.  

Thank you and see you all very soon!

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FREE KA100 engine package available to the first 20 entries

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CONCORD, NC - With the creation of the new KA100 Senior class for the 2018 Manufactures Cup series, IAME USA East is offering a free KA100 engine package to the first 20 drivers who enter the KA100 Senior class for the entire WKA Manufacturer's Cup six race season in 2018 starting with Daytona December 28-30th, 2017.

Registrants must enter though the WKA office and prepay for all six events.   IAME USA East will send a new KA100 engine package with only shipping due to the customer. 

Members of this program will sign an agreement with IAME USA East that they will participate in 5 of 6 events or they will be billed for the engine package by IAME USA East.  

This program ends after the first 20 drivers sign up, or on December 20th, 2017.  Contact Kelly at World Karting office at 704-455-1606 to register for the program.

Participants that utilized this program through IAME USA East for other series programs in 2017 are not eligible to qualify for the WKA program.

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Statement from WKA

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CONCORD, NC - Taking rumor out of the equation, WKA is announcing the termination of the employment of Buddy Long.

As we have in the past, we as an organization, look forward to upholding our high level of integrity and service to our racing community. 

Looking ahead to the start of 2018 race season, we look forward to seeing you at Daytona KartWeek.  The legend will continue.

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2018 Tech Manual Available in November

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CONCORD, NC - The 2018 version of the World Karting Association Technical Manual is currently  at the printer, and will be available in the month of November. While Master Members will be receiving their latest edition in the mail, those wishing to purchase a Tech Manual are more than welcome to contact the WKA Office at anytime to place your order.

Anyone wishing to call now may contact the WKA Staff at (704) 455-1606. 

Reminder to IAME Junior and Senior Participants

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CONCORD, NC - Per the WKA Board of Trustees Meeting in May of 2017, beginning with the season opening Manufacturers Cup Series event at Daytona in December, the IAME Junior Restricted Header Size will be changed to 26mm. The 29mm header that was used in the 2017 season will no longer be valid.

Additionally, for both the IAME Junior and Senior classes, the only spark plugs that will be accepted are the NGK-6252K-105 and the NGK-6254E-105. The only exception to this is for a declared rain event, in which the NGK-B10EG and NGK-BR10EG are also acceptable.

2018 National Road Race Schedule Released

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CONCORD, NC - As preparations for the latest edition of Daytona KartWeek approach, WKA Officials are happy to release the 2018 version of the National Road Race Schedule. As a long standing participant in Daytona KartWeek, the Road Race Series will again kick off what will amount to a 7 race national schedule beginning at the World Center of Racing.

The national schedule gets the increase in events as a result of successful discussions with the KART organization in the midwest, returning a much needed midwest venue to the national fold for WKA. Events at Heartland Park Topeka, as well as a return to the National Corvette Museum facility will enhance a national schedule that features a great mix of national venues, including continued relationships with Southern Kart Club and Woodbridge Kart Club. 

Additionally, preparations are also in the works for the 2017 National Road Race Awards Presentation to be held in conjunction with the annual awards presentation for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series on December 27. Location and time of the festivities is still being finalized, and will be anounced shortly.

Once the series departs Daytona, competitors get a couple months off before heading to Roebling Road Raceway in Savannah, Georgia for stop #2 with the Southern Kart Club March 9-11. 

The third stop on the series will be a change from the past 2 years, as WKA Officials will switch the annual September event at Atlanta Motorsports Park to the weekend of May 4-6. 

Stop #4 will be a return to the freshly repaved Summit Point Motorsports Park in West Virginia June 2 and 3. The Woodbridge Kart Club is currently looking into the ability to host a Friday Practice Day, with details coming shortly.

WKC will be the host of the 5th stop on the series, as competitors hopefully find a little cooler weather this year at the famed Virginia International Raceway July 20-22. Strong numbers in the series return to the facility this past year were greeted by incredibly hot temperatures, but fantastic racing. 

The insurgence of midwest flavor on the schedule takes center stage for the remaining 2 events with stop #6 at Heartland Park Topeka Raceway in Kansas August 10-12.

From there, the series has a chance to catch its breath, as many tracks will be wrapping up regional programs. The Grand National finale will take place at NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky November 9-11.

With an increased schedule, competitors will be able to count their best 5 of 7 races for season points, with a minimum of 4 races required to be run to qualifyfor year end awards. For Final 1/Final 2 formatted races, it will be best 9 of 14 races, with a minimum of 8 races run for year end awards.

Here's a look at the 2018 National Road Race Schedule:

Dec 27-30: Daytona International Speedway

March 9-11: Roebling Road Raceway

May 4-6: Atlanta Motorsports Park

Jun 2, 3: Summit Point Motorsports Park

July 20-22: Virginia International Raceway

Aug 10-12: Heartland Park Topeka Raceway

Nov 9-11: NCM Motorsports Park

If you would like to reserve your number for 2018, CLICK HERE to be taken to the form.

Lloyd, Dyszelski, Williamson, Van Cleve, Meier, and Barthelemy Pull Out The Brooms at Barnesville

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CONCORD, NC - The local hardware store in Barnesville, Georgia is stocking back up on brooms this week, following the sweep by 6 drivers this past weekend, as the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series stormed into the Lamar County Speedway for the Barnesville Bash, fending off the challenges of Hurricane Nate, and ending the season on a most positive note.

The first of 6 drivers to begin the cleanup process was Austin Williamson, who swept the action in the GT Machine Junior Pro Gas Class. Coming into the weekend, Williamson held the points lead over Elmer Edmonson and Brian Van Cleve. And with both those drivers on hand, there was little room for error, which Williamson prevented, taking the class both days, with the end result on the track, the same as that in the points, with Edmonson and Van Cleve chasing the Georgia driver across the stripe.

Well traveled 2 and 4 Cycle driver Danny Dyszelski used an open weekend on his schedule to come to Barnesville as well, taking both the Saturday and Sunday wins in the GT Machine Sportsman Pro Gas Class over Georgian Owen Lloyd. Dyszelski will now focus on his 2 cycle kart this weekend, running the Yamaha Sportsman and Mini Swift classes for the season ending Top Kart USA Grand Nationals for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series at GoPro Motorplex.

With winners from Georgia and North Carolina in the books, it was time for the state of Florida to come to the front, with veteran Sean Meier taking down the Target Distributing Senior LO206 class,  fending off the efforts of Jim Lipari and Tim Clark both days.

For Clark, his day was just starting, as the veteran racer pulled double duty in Senior competition on a very humid weekend, also running the Masters Senior class, with local product Bob Barthelemy taking down the field on both occasions. Jacksonville competitor Brad Farmer chased Barthelemy on both days to snare a pair of runnerup honors, with Clark third on day 1, while Steve Kiker made a return to competition, taking third on Day 2.

Brian Van Cleve also joined the ranks of the double threats over the weekend, sweeping the Water Medic Junior LO206 Class both days, taking down Austin Williamson and Kevin Lanyi each day. Like Williamson, Van Cleve came into the event with the points lead, and needed to maintain his win status to stay in front, which he did.

The most exciting events of the weekend came in the Boon and Sons Sportsman LO206 Class, where Georgia driver Owen Lloyd, the points leader coming into the event, had to deal with a 14 kart field, peppered with national and local competition. Lloyd was up to the task, taking down the field both days, topping Danny Dyszelski, Lane Littleton, Peyton Bridges, and Blake McGinnis on Day 1, while McGinnis, Bridges, and Clay Thompson chased Lloyd and Dyszelski across the stripe on the second day of competition.

Prior to the weekends points action, the Sportsman and Junior LO206 Classes participated in their annual Shootout races on Friday afternoon, with Kevin Lanyi topping Brian Van Cleve, Austin Williamson, and Elmer Edmonson in Junior action, while local product Peyton Bridges took down the field in the Sportsman LO206 Shootout, thus winning $100 for his efforts, while Danny Dyszelski and Owen Lloyd each earned a $50 payday by virtue of their 2nd and 3rd place finishes. Very special thanks to Arnold Lloyd for providing the special purse money for the drivers.

The Barnesville Bash officially concluded the 2017 season for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series. Special thanks to so many, including:

RLV Tuned Exhaust Products: Art and Rod Verliengre

GT Machine: Dave and Sue Koehler

Coyote Racing Chassis: Mark and Jim Lipari

Boon and Sons: Matt and Dan Boon

Target Distributing: Joe Deboever

Briggs and Stratton: Dave Klaus

Water Medic: Rich Jackson

A very special thanks to all the competitors, fans, moms and dads, and so many others who always make a weekend at a Gold Cup event a most memorable occasion. On behalf of the World Karting Association, our sincerest thanks, and wishes for a wonderful holiday season!

WKA AND BRIDGESTONE ANNOUNCE MORE FREE TIRES FOR WKA MANUFACTURERS CUP

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“Free tires for all that enter the event at the GoPro Motorplex”

CONCORD, NC - With the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturers Cup finale set to take the green flag this coming weekend, series officials extend entry deadline while Bridgestone Tires announce free tires for all competitors that are entered.

“Due to a logistical issue with the shipper of the container, YLC rear tires will not arrive in time for the Mooresville event, therefore Bridgestone is unable to supply enough rear tires for the YLC classes.  Bridgestone contacted the series on the morning of Friday, October 6 to put a plan in place,” explains WKA President John Ferris.

All drivers in Yamaha Junior, Yamaha Senior, IAME Junior and IAME Senior will receive two sets of race tires and one additional set of practice tires of the YNB compound. If you are in LO206 or the KA100 classes you will receive two sets free of charge, one for practice and one for race competition. Additionally, seeing that the KA100 class is only going to be run on Saturday and the tires for that class are now free the entry fee has been reduced to $140.00 but still includes Friday practice and Saturday race fees as well as the tires.

“I understand the circumstances are not perfect but one thing has to be said about our sponsorship with Bridgestone and the people in Nashville,” continues John Ferris. “They have stepped up for WKA and their members; this is one of the reasons myself andprevious WKA presidents have chosen to work with Bridgestone. Dealing with such a large company that has its full recourses at our disposal, that is a true partnership we both share.”

Bridgestone understands the need to help all the WKA members that have entered the Mooresville, North Carolina event. Bridgestone will be giving all the drivers in Yamaha Sportsman, Pro Swift and Mini Swift a free set of tires at Daytona Kart week that are pre-entered this weekend, keeping to their word, “Free for All!” And to clarify, the Cadet classes will still be on YLC for Mooresville.  

WKA is keeping its online entry open until 11:59pm Tuesday, October 10 and the offer of free tires will only apply to pre-registered entrants. WKA urges competitors to not waste their time getting entered for the event and welcome them to come get a few free sets of tires as well as enjoy the Friday evening cookout.

To enter the WKA Manufacturers Cup event this weekend at the GoPro Motorplex, CLICK HERE.

Ferris concludes, “With the free tires available and the extended entry deadline, we are hoping to attract even more drivers to one of WKA’s best facilities.”

In summary, if you are in Yamaha Junior, Yamaha Senior or IAME Junior and IAME Senior that were announced to receive free tires in a media release three weeks ago, all will receive three sets of YNB tires at no charge. Competitors in LO206 or KA100 will receive two sets for free while KA100 will receive two sets and a reduction in the entry price. All the drivers in Yamaha Sportsman, Pro Swift and Mini Swift will receive a free set of tires at WKA Daytona Kart Week that are pre-entered this weekend.

Congrats to Jonathan Kotyk on TEAM USA Scholarship

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(Original story by: FORMULA RACE PROMOTIONS)

Salem, NH - Formula Race Promotions and F1600 Championship Series driver Jonathan Kotyk was announced as one of two winners of the 2017 Team USA Scholarship. The 23-year-old from Atlantic Beach, Florida, was one of six finalists, and will now travel to England to race in the Formula Ford Festival and the Walter Hayes Trophy.

“I couldn’t be more excited to represent the Team USA Scholarship,” said Kotyk, who drives for Team Pelfrey. “With its history of past champions like Josef Newgarden, it’s something I’m honored to be a part of and look forward to bringing home a great result. I would like to thank Jeremy Shaw and the entire team behind the Team USA Scholarship for giving me this amazing opportunity.”

Kotyk has five wins thus far this season in F1600 Championship competition, and sits in Championship contention heading into this weekend's triple-header season finale at New Jersey Motorsports Park. 

“I can honestly say that this year’s candidates provided the judges with some of the toughest decisions in the history of this program which dates back to 1990,” said Team USA Scholarship Founder and President Jeremy Shaw. “The selection process began with 10 talented youngsters being interviewed by an illustrious panel of judges during the Verizon IndyCar Series/Mazda Road to Indy weekend at Mid-Ohio in late July. We had a hard time whittling the group down to six for a shootout at the M1 Concourse facility in suburban Detroit, and an even tougher task in selecting our two winners.

Kotyk will fly to England next week to begin preparations for the Formula Ford Festival on October 21/22.