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Titles on the Line this Weekend in Ocala

CONCORD, NC - The Quest for the Cup, the WKA Winter Cup to be specific, will be attained this weekend, as the 3-race national program, now in its second season, will crown its 2017 national champions at Ocala Gran Prix. Dating back to Daytona KartWeek in December of 2016, and rolling through Jacksonville, Florida in late February, competitors have been laboring hard, in search of the title in their respective 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

When the CIK Senior LO206 Class hits Ocala, Corey Towles will be looking to cap off what has been a great early season in 4 Cycle competition. Following a sweep at Daytona, Towles maintained his consistency, garnering a runner-up and third at Jacksonville, and currently sits ahead of Hunter Fox in the standings, with Jax winner James VanDerZee, Ryan Rogers, and fellow Jax winner Sean Meier rounding out the top 5.

The Adams brothers, in the form of Garrett and Logan, come to Ocala atop the standings in the Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman class. 2 wins and a pair of 4th place finishes have Garrett leading his brother, with William Robusto, Sam Hinds, and Annie Rhule the top 5 drivers in the overall standings.

Following a somewhat tough outing at Daytona, Jack Dorsey roared back to life at Jacksonville, sweeping the weekend's events in the Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior class, and holds a healthy lead in the standings over Bryce Aron, the runner-up to Dorsey twice at Jacksonville. Elliott Budzinski, a 1 time winner at Daytona, currently sits third, with Tyler Ferris and Colin Neal rounding out the top 5.

A tight battle will be settled in the OTK KART USA ROK Shifter class, where Daytona winners Vincenzo Sarracino and Jonathan Kotyk will contend for the title. Sarracino currently holds a 45-point edge over Kotyk in the championship standings, with Ryan Lewis, Michael Stevens, and Rory Van der steur making up the current top 5.

The battle of the weekend to watch may surely be for the CRPRACING.com Mini Swift title, where Caleb Gafrarar and Christian Miles are separated by just 25 points. While Gafrarar has a Daytona win under his belt, Miles sweep of the Jacksonville event tightened the battle up big time. Ben Maier comes into the event sitting third in the standings, with Sam Corry and Sebastian NG rounding out the top 5.

Ashton Chilton may just have the best finishing percentage of all Junior drivers so far this season. With a pair of wins and runner-up finishes, Chilton holds a commanding lead over Lucas Rodriguez in the IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman class, with Brent Crews, a winner at Jacksonville, Annie Rhule, and Tyler Wettengel the current top 5.

The battle in the Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior class finds Pauly Massimino on top handily over Kaden Wharff. A pair of top fives at Daytona, combined with a sweep of the Jacksonville weekend has Massimino on the verge of the title. Following the top 2 are Gray Leadbetter, Isabella Robusto, and Dylan Tavella.

A win at Daytona, along with a 4th place finish, combined with a sweep of wins at Jacksonville are all the ingredients that have led to Brandon Jarsocrak cooking up a title in the KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior class. Ryan Raffa, in his return this year to WKA competition, is currently second, followed by Abby McLaughlin, Jonathan Yobaggy, and AJ Myers.

In addition to the Pro IAME Junior and Senior titles, here’s a look at the drivers currently eligible to win a trip to Lemans, France in October for the X30 Nationals, IF they participate in Ocala as well this weekend:

Pro IAME Junior

Pauly Massimino

Kaden Wharff

Gray Leadbetter

Isabella Robusto

Austin Morris

Nick Trumball

Gunner Bischoff

 

Pro IAME Senior

Brandon Jarsocrak

Ryan Raffa

Abby McLaughlin

Jonathan Yobaggy

Drivers eligible must run all 3 Winter Cup events. If some of these drivers listed do not make it to Ocala, that list will be trimmed down. As it stands, odds are good for all drivers at this moment. Drawing will be held Sunday, April 2nd at Ocala.

Champions in Pro IAME Junior and Senior, as well as CIK LO206 Senior, Yamaha Sportsman, Yamaha Junior, Mini Swift, and Pro Swift Sportsman will receive a set of Bridgestone Tires, as well as a free entry to one of the four remaining events in 2017 for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series.

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.

The final prize goes to any WKA driver who participates in the Ocala event. Those drivers will receive FREE registration for the fourth and final ROK CUP USA race in Orlando, Florida the week following the Ocala Winter Cup event.

For any drivers who do not have a ROK Shifter engine, ROK CUP USA has a dealer program with engine rental programs. For anyone with questions, you can contact ROK CUP USA AT (407) 476-5635, OR INFO@ROKCUPUSA.COM.

To view the entry info and weekend schedule for the Ocala Winter Cup finale, CLICK HERE.

Pre-Entry Deadline for Ocala Winter Cup Extended to March 24

CONCORD, NC - World Karting Officials have elected to add 1 more week to the pre-entry deadline for the final Winter Cup event of 2017 at Ocala Gran Prix in Florida, thus extending the deadline to Friday, March 24.

While far from the summertime racing season, the months of January through March historically can be just as busy with the Florida Winter Tour, WKA Winter Cup, SKUSA Winter Nats, and Challenge of the Americas events covering the winter calendar.

And with many of the WKA customers running the bulk of these events, days spent at home filling out a new entry blank for an upcoming event are few and far between. Given the rigorous challenges of the travel and home schedule, officials felt another week would allow many customers the chance to catch their breath, as they head to the home stretch of the winter racing season.

The finale for the WKA Winter Cup Series will indeed be huge, with many incentives on the line for champions, as well as participants who ran all 3 Winter Cup events, Daytona, Jacksonville, and Ocala. Champions in CIK LO206 Senior, Yamaha Sportsman, Yamaha Junior, Mini Swift, Pro Swift Sportsman, Pro IAME Junior, and Pro IAME Senior will receive a free set of Bridgestone Tires, as well as a free entry to one of the four remaining Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series events.

Additionally, through the relationship that WKA has developed with ROK CUP USA, any WKA driver who races the Winter Cup in Ocala will receive free registration for the 4th and final ROK CUP USA race in Orlando the week following the Ocala Winter Cup event. Essentially, a competitor can register once, which will cover the cost of two events. For any driver who does not have a ROK Shifter engine, ROK CUP USA has a great dealer program with fantastic engine rental programs. For further info, contact ROK CUP USA at (407) 476-5635, or info@rokcupusa.com.

The 2017 ROK Shifter Winter Cup Champion will receive tires, fuel, oil, and a free entry into the ROK CUP USA Finals in Orlando in September.

The final incentive for the series goes out to competitors in the Pro IAME Junior and Senior classes. Drivers in these two classes who participate in all 3 Winter Cup events will be eligible for a drawing, with the winner gaining a trip to Lemans, France in October for the X30 Nationals. In addition to the participants who have run all 3 events, winners and overall weekend champions will have their names placed in the drawing, marking each time they won, thus enhancing their chances to win the experience. Aside from the cost of the travel to the event, all other expenses will be paid for that weekend of racing. WKA would like to thank Eric Jones of IAME USA for his efforts in putting this program together.

The drawing will be held April 2 at Ocala Gran Prix.

To REGISTER ONLINE for the Ocala Winter Cup Finale, CLICK HERE.

To view the weekend information for the Ocala Winter Cup event, CLICK HERE.

Ocala Winter Cup Pre-Entry Deadline Friday!

CONCORD, NC - As the final few days of the winter season click by, so do the remaining days for pre-entry for the finale for the WKA Winter Cup Series at Ocala Gran Prix in Ocala, Florida. The event, scheduled for March 31- April 2, has a posted pre-entry deadline for this Friday, March 17.

This will be the final opportunity for competitors to stake their claim to a Winter Cup Championship in the following classes;

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

For many competing in the finale, there is quite a bit on the line in each class. 2017 Champions in CIK LO206 Senior, Yamaha Sportsman, Yamaha Junior, Pro Swift Sportsman, Mini Swift, Pro IAME Junior and Senior will receive a set of Bridgestone Tires, as well as a free entry into one of the 4 remaining Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series Events for 2017. Those events include:

May 19-21: Pittsburgh International Race Complex

July 14-16: New Castle Motorsports Park

Aug 25-27: Wolf Paving Raceway

Oct 13-15: GoPro Motorplex

Additionally, as per an agreement between ROK CUP USA and WKA, any WKA driver who races the Winter Cup in Ocala will receive FREE registration for the 4th and final ROK CUP USA race in Orlando the week following the Ocala event. So in essence, a competitor can register once, which will cover 2 events!!! For any drivers who do not have a ROK Shifter engine, ROK CUP USA has a great dealer program with fantastic engine rental programs. For further info, contact ROK CUP USA at (407) 476-5635 or info@rokcupusa.com.

As for the 2017 Winter Cup ROK Shifter Champion, that driver will receive tires, fuel, oil, and a free entry into the ROK CUP USA Nationals in September in Orlando.

1 final incentive goes out to competitors in the Pro IAME Junior and Senior classes, where drivers that participate in all 3 Winter Cup events, Daytona, Jacksonville, and Ocala, will be eligible for a drawing for a trip in October to Lemans, France for the X30 Nationals. In addition to the participants in all 3 races, all race winners and overall weekend champions of all 3 events will have their name added in the hat for each win, thus enhancing their chances for the prize. With the exception of the travel to France, all other expenses will be fully paid.

Drawing will be held April 2 at Ocala Gran Prix.

Activities for the Ocala Winter Cup get underway Friday, March 31 with a full day of practice, with 2 full days of racing taking place Saturday and Sunday.

To register ONLINE for the Ocala Winter Cup finale, CLICK HERE.

To view and download the Ocala Winter Cup entry blank, CLICK HERE.

Pre-Entry Deadline for Ocala Winter Cup Finale Approaching Quickly!

CONCORD, NC - The battle for the prestigious WKA Winter Cup Championship is quickly coming to an end, with the deadline for pre-entries for the season finale at Ocala Gran Prix set for March 17.

With competitors fresh off of the series second event at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida, there is no time to waste to get prepared for a run at the respective lucrative titles in the series second season.

Activities for the Ocala Gran Prix, scheduled for March 31- April 2, will get underway Friday with a full day of practice, followed by 2 solid days of intense racing, as drivers vie for championships in the following classes;

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

 

PRIZES

Champions in all classes, with the exception of ROK Shifter, will receive a free set of Bridgestone Tires, as well as a free entry into one of the four remaining Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series events for 2017, including;

May 19-21: Pittsburgh International Race Complex

July 14-16: New Castle Motorsports Park

August 25-27: Wolf Paving Raceway

Oct 13-15: GoPro Motorplex

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!!

Adding to the allure of the Winter Cup Program is the major incentive for competitors in the Pro IAME Junior and Senior classes. Drivers in these classes who will have competed in all 3 Winter Cup events will be eligible for a drawing, with the winner receiving a trip to Lemans, France in October for the X30 International Finals!!

In addition to participants who have run all 3 events, race winners, as well as overall weekend champions in the 3 events will have their name placed in the drawing for each win or overall title they accrued through Daytona, Jacksonville, and Ocala, thus enhancing their chance to win the trip!! Aside from the travel to the X30 Finals, all other expenses will be paid for that weekends prestigious event.

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

REGISTER TO RACE IN THE WINTER CUP SEASON FINALE TODAY! 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

To view the Ocala Gran Prix Entry Blank, CLICK HERE.

Important Info for Winter Cup Sponsors

CONCORD, NC - Sponsors planning on attending the season finale for the WKA Winter Cup Series event March 31-April 2 at Ocala Gran Prix and intend on utilizing their sponsor parking spots are asked to contact the track directly, ensuring they have the proper amount to satisfy their needs.

The contact for Ocala Gran Prix is Frank Foden. You can either reach Frank by calling (352) 291-0600, or you can reach him at frank@ocalgranprix.com.

Doing this will indeed ensure your spots for the finale for the Winter Cup Series. Thank you!

Miles, Dorsey, Massimino, Jarsocrak Double Up in Jax Winter Cup / New Tech Update

CONCORD, NC - The WKA Winter Cup Series officially wrapped up the second national event of the season, with the ultra-long back stretch and technical turns of 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville serving as the battle ground for the series penultimate event, with the finale coming March 31-April 2 at Ocala Gran Prix.

Making the most of their weekends were Christian Miles, Jack Dorsey, Pauly Massimino, and Brandon Jarsocrak, all doubling up in the win category for the weekend. Dorsey’s wins came in the Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior Class both days, while Miles swept the action in the CRPRACING.com Mini Swift Class. Massimino mastered the Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior class. And for Jarsocrak, his double success came in the KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior category. Here’s a look at the balance of the weekends winners.

CIK LO206 Senior: Sean Meier, James VanDerZee

Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman: Garrett Adams, Sam Hinds

IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman: Ashton Chilton, Brent Crews

3 classes found different winners both days, one of which was the CIK LO206 Senior class, in which Jacksonville veteran Sean Meier claimed the top honors on Day 1, turning back Daytona winner Corey Towles on the first day, with Hunter Fox, James VanDerZee, and Michael Clark rounding out the top 5. On Day 2, it was VanDerZee’s turn to stand atop the podium, topping Meier in the finale, with Towles, Fox, and Jorge Ruiz making up the top 5. Meier and Towles took the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time awards respectively.

The Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman class also found parity in the first position, with Garrett Adams and Sam Hinds sharing wins on the weekend. Adams fended off brother Logan Adams on the first day of action, with Hinds, Will Robusto, and Adam Maxwell completing the top 5. Hinds improved 2 notches in the order on Sunday, turning back Logan Adams, while Annie Rhule roared her way into a top 3 finishing position on the final day. Completing the top 5 were Garrett Adams and Adam Maxwell. Sebastian NG and Logan Adams were the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time winners for the weekend.

The beginning of a weekend sweep first came for Jack Dorsey in the Comet Racing Engines Yamaha Junior class, as Dorsey won a great battle with Bryce Aron on both days enroute to the sweep of weekend activities. The 2 drivers also split the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time awards for the weekend as well.

Christian Miles was the next candidate for a double event win for the weekend, taking the highly competitive CRPRACING.com Mini Swift class. After taking the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time award for Saturday, Miles proceeded to top Sebastian NG, Sam Corry, Jorge Ortiz, and Caleb Gafrarar. Miles had a little more work to do Sunday, wrestling the lead away from Comet Kart Sales Fast Timer Sofia D’Arrigo, then eventually fending off Gafrarar for the win, with Bryce Sanders improving from a 7th place run Saturday to finish third. D’Arrigo came home fourth with Ben Maier rounding out the top 5.    

The IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman class was also loaded with talent, with points leader Ashton Chilton taking down the Day 1 honors. Comet Kart Sales Fast Time winner Lucas Rodriguez came home second, followed by Annie Rhule, Tyler Wettengel, and Jeremy Fletcher. Day 2 found Brent Crews coming to life, sweeping the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time honors, as well as the win, topping Chilton, Rodriguez, Wettengel, and Garrett Adams.

Pauly Massimino was next in line to snare a pair of wins, taking the Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior class, as well as the Comet Kart Sales Fast Time efforts both days. Massimino was trailed by Gray Leadbetter, Kaden Wharff, Isabella Robusto, and Alex Yankowski on Saturday, while Madison Campeau improved from 6th to 2nd on day 2, followed by Robusto, Leadbetter, and Gunner Bischoff.

Brandon Jarsocrak rounded out the Four Horseman who took double event wins, taking the KartSport North America Pro IAME Senior honors on day 1, followed closely by Comet Kart Sales Fast Time winner Ryan Raffa, Lance Fenderson, Abby McLaughlin, and Jonathan Yobaggy. On day 2, Jarsocrak fended off Fenderson, the Fast Time winner, with Raffa, McLaughlin, and Yobaggy making up the top 5.

With 2 events in the books, it’s down to the third and final event of the winter season to see who the 2017 Winter Cup Champions will be, as focus now turns to Ocala Gran Prix March 31-April 2.

Champions in all classes, with the exception of the ROK Shifter class, will receive a set of Bridgestone tires, as well as a free entry into one of the remaining four Bridgestone Manufacturer Cup Series events, those including Pittsburgh, New Castle, Wolf Paving Raceway, and GoPro Motorplex.

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

Additionally, any drivers in the Pro IAME Junior and Senior classes who participate in all 3 Winter Cup events will be eligible for a drawing for a trip in October to Lemans, France for the X30 International Finals. The drawing is open to drivers who have participated in all 3 events. Additionally, race and overall event winners from Daytona, Jacksonville and Ocala, will have their names placed in the drawing again, giving those drivers an even better chance to win the trip. Aside from the cost of travel, all other expenses will be paid.

To Register Online for the Ocala Winter Cup, CLICK HERE.

For those who wish to print out the entry blank and send it to WKA, the paper entry blank is available by CLICKING HERE.  

TECH UPDATE

212.1.4       Add:  Ties to be broken by qualifying. 

212.1.4.1    When only one heat race is being run, the line-up will be based on points scored in qualifying and the heat race (0,2,3,4 etc) -- ties to be broken by qualifying.

214.3 and 214.4    Delete 5.30 to 1 minimum gear ratio.

601.9    Blowdown checking procedure -- # 6 -- effective 4/17/2017 --  the value must be between 0.390" and 0.420"

Figure 609 -- TAG Spec's -- page 108-- All IAME Leopard and X30 Max Bore Spec's -- change from 54.30 to 54.35 effective 4/17/2017.

402.1   Add: Maximum width on any tire and wheel assembly -- 10.375"

609.9.2   First cone length of 10.375" --  change to 7.5"

Ocala Winter Cup Registration Now Online!

CONCORD, NC - As the second race for the WKA Winter Cup Series takes to the track this weekend at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida, the entry information for the series third and final event at Ocala Gran Prix March 31-April 2 is now available to view online.

The series will again provide the following classes:

  • 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

To register online, click here.

To view the Entry Blank, 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