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Meeting Minutes of the Trustees' Annual Rules Meeting

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CONCORD, NC - Although still reviewing a few rules, the Trustees held their annual face-to-face meeting to review the regulations in the WKA Tech Manual for 2019.  The intention is to get the book out earlier than in past years, as a benefit to the members.

Here  are some of the highlights that will take affect in 2019:

 - 2019 Manufacturers Cup Dates, Venues, and Classes

 - Kid Karts have been added to Daytona 

 - More flexible event requirements and points structure for Manufacturers Cup

 - Revise Camera Mounting Regulations on Karts to help racers

 - Addition of the Push-Back Bumpers in Manufacturers Cup

 - Clearer definition of Competition Age

 - Clearer definition of some Road Race Classes

 - Much more...

These regulation changes were reviewed and updated solely to benefit the racers, and make the Tech Manual more understandable and easier to follow.  Check back over the next couple of weeks for final 2019 Tech Manual updates as the Committees and Trustees continue to make WKA better for its members.

The meeting minutes have been posted to the documents page on the WKA website.  To access and read them now, click the button below:

BOARD OF TRUSTEES ELECTION RESULTS ANNOUNCED

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CONCORD, NC- The WKA Board of Trustees and Executive Committee is pleased to announce the addition of the two newly elected members to the Board of Trustees along with their 2 and 4 cycle representatives.

District 1

Trustee: Chris Kardashian

2-Cycle Rep: Jim Russel Jr.

4-Cycle Rep: Chris Sliden

 

District 10

Trustee: Art Verlengiere

2-Cycle Rep: Lloyd Mack

4-Cycle Rep: Rod Verlengiere

 

We would like to thank all of you who expressed an interest in serving on the board of trustees and also those who voted in the election.  

 

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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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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WKA Cancels Gold Cup Event at Thompson Kart Raceway

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

WKA Cancels Gold Cup Event at Thompson Kart Raceway

Organization to Re-Evaluate Gold Cup Program for Future Improvements

CONCORD, NC – After careful consideration, the World Karting Association has made the difficult decision to cancel its Gold Cup event, scheduled for July 28 – 30, at Thompson Kart Raceway.  Laborious planning efforts to support round two of the Gold Cup program over the past few weeks unfortunately did not generate the entries needed to ensure a successful event for everyone involved, so the tough decision was made today to cancel the event altogether.

“We appreciate the hard work of the Gold Cup planning team and the fine folks at Thompson Kart Raceway,” stated John Ferris, WKA’s President, “We simply did not get the necessary number of entries and support needed to put on an event we could be proud of, and frankly that racers expect from a National level event.  As a result, the decision was made at the Executive level to cancel the event.”

Discussions are already in the works to keep this unfortunate action from happening in the future; to include the structure and dates of WKA’s 2018 Gold Cup program.  At this time, there are no plans to alter the October event at Barnesville and WKA looks forward to seeing its Gold Cup family there this fall.  As planning continues, WKA will make public announcements as to future plans of the program.  Keep visiting worldkarting.com and read Pit Board announcements for improvements to the Gold Cup program, and all of WKA’s news.

Get to Know WKA Team Member: Jake Tretow

CONCORD, NC -  If you race in the Manufacturer's Cup or Winter Cup you definitely should be able to recognize Jake Tretow.  Jake flags the start/finish line and is probably one of the best flaggers let alone one of the biggest racing fans out there.  Jake grew up racing karts on the paved oval courses and now is a legends car racer.  He loves being at the races, watching all the battles and enjoys the jokes and camaraderie that comes with being apart of the WKA race staff. Read more about Jake, his racing and flagging life below in this interview:

How many years have you been in the racing world?

"18 years, since 1999."

Have you ever raced? If so, what and for how long?

"I raced WKA pavement oval from 2003-2007 and now I race legends cars."

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What made you want to work for the WKA?

"It was a great opportunity to learn more about karting and have a great time with some awesome people."

What does a day in the life look like at the WKA races?

"I'm at the start/finish line all weekend (Friday-Sunday) flagging and watching every race."

What is your favorite racing series to watch?

"Weekly short track racing is by far the best racing there is, whether it is on pavement or dirt."

What do you enjoy most about WKA races?

"The people are awesome and I enjoy watching large groups of karts battle for wins."

Which race has been your most memorable so far, and why?

"I have worked the races at Daytona for the past 3 years.  It's really cool having the Manufacturer's Cup, Road Race Series and Dirt Series all at the same place. "

 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

"Racing is the best addiction there is, but I'm a firm believer that if you are not having fun [at the races] you are in the wrong business."

Get to Know WKA Team Member: David Coates

PORTAGE, IN - If you didn't know David Coates and I had to describe him to you using only three words; energetic, positive and passionate would immediately come to mind.  David is absolutely on fire for working WKA Manufacturer's Cup races, not to mention all the other cool hobbies he participates in like playing percussion in a band, photography, and hiking to name a few.  David raced for 12 years and continues to hold the same enthusiasm for karting as he had when he was racing in his younger years.  If you ever come across David at the races, he is easy to spot because he always has a huge smile and kind words to say to all the drivers.  Read more about David below in his interview:

How many years have you been in the racing world (Either a racer, fan, working for a racing organization)?

"Getting close to 50 years that I have loved the sport of racing. My passion for racing began at an early age, [probably around 4 or 5 years old] My dad would take us to Illiana Motor Speedway, one of the Midwest premier paved half mile ovals. The love for the smell of race fuel, rear end grease, hot brakes, burnt rubber and peanuts will forever be etched in my mind. Saturday nights were always the best when we were “going to the track!"

Have you ever raced? If so, what and for how long?

"I raced for 12 years at Club Level at MRP [Michiana Raceway Park] in South Bend Indiana from 1992-2004. I also ran in all four Portage IN. GP’s and all three South Bend Regional Airport GP’s. I ran Yamaha Pipe and HPV 4- Pipe my entire career. I met a lot of great people during those days that I still call friends today."

What made you want to work for the WKA?

"I had worked multiple WKA events at MRP [as an MRP employee] and really liked the camaraderie I saw in the WKA staff. Dennis Long, a long time flagman for WKAand multiple other series, took me under his guidance when it came to flagging races knowing I was very interested in his position, and led me to Buddy Long. The rest is history. Buddy, as well as the entire WKA organization have welcomed not only me, but my son [Alec] to my multiple positions with the Man Cup Series which I am grateful for."

What does a day in the life of you look like at the WKA office?

"Well I am not in the WKA office, LOL but a day in the life of me can have a lot of variables! I live my life on “10”! I have multiple hobbies….I am a musician and play percussion every chance I get weather it is in my shop or with a band. I love Photography, I cannot get enough camping in, in a season, I love the beach, sunset’s and hiking. My wife and I enjoy working in our yard. And more important than anything, I have a beautiful wife, three amazing kids and two totally awesome grandkids [that are into all kinds of fun stuff] that I enjoy more than anything previously mentioned! Life is GREAT, just crazy busy."

What is your favorite racing series to watch?

"Well I would think the appropriate answer would be the WKA! ;-) But since I can’t watch it for the enjoyment of it all, I will have to go to series “B”, I LOVE USAC SPRINTS AND MIDGETS as well as INDY CAR!! Saturday night short track, Late Models and Modified’s……….Well, it don’t get better than that either!!!"

What do you enjoy most about WKA races?

"The family atmosphere. Not only amongst our officiating team, but I am a “people person”, and the relationships that I have, and continue built around the paddock with not only the racers,  but the families makes the long days and weekends on your feet worth it!"

Which race has been your most memorable so far, and why?

"2016 Man Cup at New Castle. Three 100 degree days in a row set a president for any and all races to follow!! Makes all of the others a cake walk! That was nothing short of BRUTAL!!"

 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

"I would just like to thank Buddy Long and the entire WKA Organization for not only believing in me, but also for allowing my son to be a part of this Great Series. Being able to enjoy and share a passion for racing as a national race official with my son……Well work cannot describe! VERY BLESSED, AND VERY APPRECIATIVE FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY!! THANK YOU!"

Get To Know WKA Team Member: Erik Graham

JACKSON, NJ- If you race in the WKA Manufacturer's Cup but you have never had the joy of meeting one of our officials, Erik Graham, you are definitely missing out.  Erik is not only an official, but a racer who has experience in driving legends cars, factory stock cars and karts.  He has a great sense of humor and is not afraid to join in on jokes with our younger racers. More than anything, he enjoys being apart of developing the future race car drivers of the world. Read more about Erik in his interview below:

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

"I am from Jackson, NJ. If you draw a line between New York City and Philadelphia you will find Jackson in the middle."

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HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE RACING WORLD? 

"Pretty much my whole life. My first memories are of my home track (Wall Stadium) and racing. When I was a child my Uncle ran in the Demo Derbies that were a very big deal back then. So my Saturday's were spent with my Grandmother at the races and my Sunday's would involve my whole family supporting my Uncle." 

HAVE YOU EVER RACED? IF NOT, WHAT SPORTS OR HOBBIES DO YOU ENJOY?

"Yes! I actually started out in karts at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ. After doing that for a few seasons I was able to accomplish a life long dream and race stock cars (Legends and Factory Stocks) at Wall Stadium. After racing for a while I became a Karting official, then a Stock Car official. I'll get more into how that came to be later. As far as other sports, growing up the son of a sports writer I love pretty much all stick and ball sports. My favorite sports team is the Philadelphia Eagles."

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO WORK FOR THE WKA? 

"Once I left karting to race stock cars I found myself at the kart track on Sundays anyway. You meet so many amazing people in karting I couldn't stay away. One day on a whim I asked John Ferris (Race Director / Promoter at Englishtown) if he needed any help on the track. He gave me my first opportunity as a race official and I fell in love with it. Having many years in management under my belt after a season I was directing club races. Later on, I was asked to direct the New Jersey Sprint Series. I also became the Assistant Race Director at Wall Stadium after I retired from behind the wheel in 2013. In early 2016 I was given the honor of becoming a co-director for the WKA Manufacturers Cup. It's amazing how many great people I've met and places I have been thanks to the WKA. I couldn't ask for a better organization to work for."

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE RACING SERIES TO WATCH? 

"Working with NASCAR style modifieds, weekly of course I love the NASCAR Modified Tour. A few of our weekly competitors actually race on the tour so it's fun to watch them on TV. As far as road racing goes I love the Supercars Championship in Australia. Their races are amazing, if you have never watched I highly recommend it."

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WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WKA RACES?

"The people by far. Getting to see the country is great but the people you meet through the WKA are amazing. It's also a wonderful and humbling feeling to know I am a small part in developing the future race car drivers in the world." 

WHICH RACE HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SO FAR?

"This has a two part answer. 

As a driver, my most memorable race was getting to race in front of my Grandmother. She wasn't doing too well when I started racing. Somehow she was up to coming to see me race one day and my Uncle was able to get her there. I was so emotional knowing she was there I actually got into a wreck. 

As an official, I think this is an easy one. By far getting to Officiate a race in Daytona was a life changing experience for me. Plus having my Cousin Sam (also a WKA official) there was the icing on the cake. It's crazy how far I've come after just asking John if he wanted some help at the track one day. I can't thank the WKA enough for the opportunity."

Get To Know WKA Team Member: Kelly Frazier

CONCORD, NC - You might not be able to recognize Kelly from the wild skydiving picture above, but if you have raced a WKA event in the past year you definitely would have met her.  Kelly Frazier is the newest face working out of the WKA office in Concord, NC.  Being part of the WKA administrative team, she often; manages your calls to the office, creates the entry blanks for every race, takes registrations, plans and coordinates all awards banquets and helps Marie put together all those race packets that you get at each race.  She loves being a part of the WKA family and did we mention she loves 'Hermit crab racing?!' You can read more about "The Amazing Kelly" from her interview below:

Where are you from?

"I was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina."

How many years have you been in the racing world?

"I guess since I was a teenager. My family owned a foundry in Charlotte Called Carolina foundry, and they made the Coca Cola 600 trophy, My grandfather and I would always go to that race and I became a Nascar fan. Then as you get older a lot of your friends work in the racing industry in some way shape or form so you are always connected to it."

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Have you ever raced? If not, what sports or hobbies do you enjoy?

"I have never raced. I played soccer until a car accident injured my knee. I have always been a baseball fan. My passion is scuba diving, but I don’t get to do that as much as I would like."

What made you want to work for the WKA?

"Having been in the medical field for 20 some odd years I was ready for a 'fun' job. Having friends who have raced in with WKA and meeting people over the years, I heard of the opening in the office and thought that it would be a fun and cool job, challenging and something different."

What does a typical day in the life of you look like at the WKA office?

"Each day differs. We are always prepping for the next race, whether it's creating entry blanks, preparing for banquets, race entries, memberships, and then there are other office administrative duties to attend to. And of course, the most important part of the day is playing with Abbey the office rescue cat!"

What is your favorite racing series to watch?

"Hermit Crab racing......If you ever go to the US Virgin Islands, make sure you catch Tito and Sues crab racing, it's so much fun! You pick a crab, name it and see if it wins you prizes.....again, it's so much fun!"

What do you enjoy most about WKA races?

"Hands down, the best part about the WKA races is meeting the families.  We are lucky to have some really nice people and amazing kids coming to the races."

Which race has been your most memorable so far?

"Go Pro Motorsports back in March of 2016, was my first race I actually worked, so that stands out in my mind. Getting to meet the families and being on the backend to see how the races come together from start to finish was great.  Daytona 2016 was my first time actually working a Daytona race. I have been there as a spectator, watching friends race, but it was pretty awesome to be a part of it and to experience the Dirt Racing, Road Race and Sprint Series all at one event."

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.

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.