CONCORD, NC - With the 2016 season for the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting just a few weeks old, World Karting Officials have been busy gearing up for the series most prolific race of the season, as competitors can now view the 2017 national classes and options for the 2017 edition of Daytona KartWeek at the World Center of Racing, Daytona International Speedway.
With a new season comes some changes, additions, and deletions of classes from the previous year, with 22 national classes being offered, 11 in Sprint, 11 in Laydown, with 4 Local Option classes that will be offered regularly, in addition to a few others that will be offered at specific venues.
National Laydown classes returning in 2017 include B Stock, Junior Enduro, Yamaha Sportsman Medium, Yamaha Sportsman Heavy, Yamaha Senior, 100cc Piston Port, 100cc Controlled, Formula 100, Formula 125, and Unlimited, with the addition of the new X30 Laydown class. This class will feature the IAME X30 Engine, and will be available to drivers 15 and older. With the exception of B Stock, Formula 125, and Yamaha Senior, all other laydown classes will run the Final 1/Final 2 format.
The majority of changes came on the Sprint side, where a streamlining of the 4 Cycle classes, in an effort to strengthen entries took place. Classes returning for 2017 are Junior Animal, Junior Sprint, Yamaha Sportsman Sprint, Yamaha Sprint, WKA Sprint, TaG Heavy, Stock Honda, and 125 Sprint Shifter. The Leopard Sprint class will also be returning, but under a new name, IAME Sprint, with the Stock Parilla Leopard and X30 engine packages available, as well as a specific weight for both engine packages. The class will be available for drivers 16 and older.
The Animal and Clone classes will take on a new look this year, with 1 class available per day for each engine package. Animal Lite, Medium, and Heavy will be condensed into an Animal 385 class, with the Clone LO206 Lite and Heavy classes also following the same path, running a Clone LO206 385 as well. One of the many issues was the number of classes, and finding enough of a gap between races for drivers running all these classes, virtually making for a Race Directors nightmare. Creating these two classes not only cuts down on multiple classes with small entries, but also provides officials the chance to fairly separate the 2 classes, affording a driver that runs both engine packages, but on the same chassis, the opportunity to have time to make the switch in plenty of time.
4 Non National Local Option classes will be made available in 2017, beginning with the Cadet Sportsman LO206 for drivers 8-12. For the 2nd straight year, the TaG Junior class will also be offered for drivers 13-16, with the newest additions this season being Junior LO206, for drivers 13-15, as well as a CIK/LO206 Local Option Class for drivers 15 and older.
Additionally, the Daytona event will offer Local Option opportunities for the following classes:
Animal Limited Modified
Pre Entry will open November 1st for Daytona KartWeek, with a 3-tiered system back in place again. Competitors will have from November 1st to Nov 25 to take advantage of the initial pre entry price of $100 per class, with the 2nd tier running from Nov 26 to December 14, at a cost of $120, with the At Track fees set at $140, same as last year. Entry Fees for the Cadet, Junior LO206, and CIK/LO206 will be set at $65.
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To view the entry information, as well as respective time schedule for the Road Race portion of Daytona KartWeek, click here.