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Create the Next WKA Tech Manual Cover &Win a 45th Anniversary Daytona Kartweek Prize Package


CONCORD, NC - WKA needs to create a cover for the 2020 Tech Manual and would like your help! This year, WKA is offering an exciting Kartweek Prize Package for the winning designer of the newest Tech Manual cover.  The details of the Kartweek Prize Package are as follows;

  • Daytona Entry, (regardless of number of classes), if winner is not a driver, they can award the entries to the driver of their choice

  • Daytona Event Pit pass for Winner and guest

  • 45th Anniversary Daytona Event T-Shirt for Winner and guest

  • Recognition Award

  • Winner's name imprinted on the cover with their artwork

  • Social Media and website coverage for the Winner and their work


  • Entrants must be WKA Member

  • Entry Deadline August 31

  • Submit entries to

  • Winner will be selected by the Board of Trustees in their call September 4, and announced October 1

For ad space availability, pricing, or to create your own custom ad package, contact or call 704-455-1606.

About World Karting Association- The World Karting Association has been a non-profit, Membership Organization since 1971, and has provided venues for members to enjoy all aspects of Karting in the USA, from its office in Concord, NC, including the famous Daytona Kartweek.  Providing Regulations, Instruction and Certifications, Racing Series, Insurance, and venues for fair and safe Karting on all levels, WKA has a place for everyone in Karting.   For more information, contact WKA at, or

WKA Sends Their Condolences on the Passing of David Williams to President Kevin Williams & the Entire Williams Family


David L. Williams

1940 – 2019

It is difficult, at best to announce the passing of David L. Williams.  A man, who like so many others before him, truly showed his passion for motorsports, and gave so much to the best sport in the world.

His story is like so many others, starting in Drag Racing in the ‘60’s, then sports car racing with SCCA at famous tracks like Riverside International Raceway, and Laguna Seca, which eventually led to formula racing into the ‘70’s.  As a young father, when his two boys became old enough, off the Karting the Williams Family went.  All the while, David put his mechanical knowledge to use as a metal Sculptor, with a flair for Motorsports pieces, being commissioned for large sculpture projects for major clients, like the City of Sierra Madre, California, and the famed Laguna Seca Raceway.

As his boys became adults, David maintained his commitment to Karting donating his time to his local kart tracks and clubs, and establishing himself as arguably one of the most colorful, and well liked Kart Racing Announcer.  Always prepared to help Karting, David was the guy who often brought “extras” to the track; including a plunger if one was ever needed.  Bringing entertainment through his announcing at Karting Events around the USA and Canada, with IKF, WKA, Stars of Karting, and special Events, such as LaVerne Grand Prix, Redlands Grand Prix, and CalSpeed Kart Prix, in addition to numerous local clubs and tracks.  While announcing, David established his race-call “brand” with such phrases as “Knees in the Breeze”, and “You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me Loose Wheel”, often using a train-whistle to signify the train of racers battling for a win.


His most proud metal sculpting moment when David was commissioned by Laguna Seca to prepare a special sculpture in conjunction with Mario Andretti’s Arrivederci Tour, and Final Indy Car Race in 1994.  Other motorsports sculptures included tributes to Alan Kulwicki and Davey Allison, and of course cultural pieces throughout the art world, where he was a member and longtime volunteer at the Creative Arts Group. 

Forever spreading his joy, happiness, and dedication to his passions, David L. Williams’ absence from the track and the art world will truly be missed.

A celebration of life has been scheduled for Sunday, August 4, 2019, 4pm-6pm, at the Creative Arts Group, 108 N. Baldwin Avenue, Sierra Madre, California, 91024, Ph. 626-355-8350.  In lieu of flowers or gifts, the Williams Family asks that donations be made to Creative Arts which will help their art classes for young artists.  A special page has been established for donations, 

New Meeting Minutes from Electronic Vote Just In


CONCORD, NC - The meeting minutes and electronic voting record for the LO206 cadet class rule are now available. In short, the Motion passed with a majority to retract the decision of the Board made during its meeting 6/24 – 6/25 and to continue to allow the use of the left side engine chassis.

To read more, click the button below.

Latest Meeting Minutes Now Available


CONCORD, NC - The latest meeting minutes from the June 24th, 2019 face to face meeting are now available on the WKA website where you can also find the Membership Meeting minutes and all the other archived minutes. To view the Minutes page, click the button below.

WKA Partnership with Phoenix Barriers and New VEGA Road Race Series Sponsor


WKA Partners with Phoenix Barriers

We are pleased to announce that Phoenix Barriers is offering a special promotional price especially for any WKA track.  For more information, see the flyer below or contact them directly at or 410-227-2988.

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New VEGA Road Race Series Sponsor

Wooster, Ohio- February 6, 2019: Full service marketing and apparel company, Expert T’s, comes on board with class sponsorship for World Karting Association Road Race Series in 2019. Currently with 3 locations in Northeast Ohio, Expert T’s is branching out their support to grassroots motorsports and beyond. Eager to get started with this elite series in karting, Owners, Joe and Jodi Kennedy want to help increase the sports exposure via their companies involvement while providing quality products and services to drivers, race teams, sponsors, and fans.

Expert T’s is the proud sponsor for WKA’s VEGA National Road Racing Series, 100cc Controlled Final 1 starting at Roebling Road in Savannah, Ga. March 8-10, 2019. As part of their involvement, a special “WINNER”  T-shirt will be given to the winner of this class for each of the remaining races on the 2019 World Karting Association Road Race Series schedule.

 “We were looking to add some new product lines and company generated brands when an employee felt our company would tie in well with kart road racing. After reviewing the sport and its competitors, we quickly agreed.  Karting seemed to be a nice fit with the number of racers nationwide, the quantity of classes and the advancement structure to help drivers and teams get to the next level of competition. We want to be a part of this growth process and feel success will be felt by all parties involved. Our ability to produce most everything in-house, from t-shirts to award jackets, enables us to provide specialized micro services from 12 pieces to thousands. Not to mention the countless promotional products we have access to. What a wonderful way for anyone to promote their team, drivers and or sponsors in an easy and professional manner.”

Any team looking for a new logo, team shirts, hats, hoodies, koozies, promotional items, decals or would like a consultation on what services and products are offered for their budget, should consider Expert T’s! 

The Kennedy’s are also auto enthusiasts with a high performance soul. Though their involvement is just starting, soon you will see their company at the track soon. Be sure to look for their vending trailer or booth at the races this season. 

About Expert T’s: 3 locations to serve customer needs. Wooster, Ohio. Wadsworth, Ohio and Orrville, Ohio. Expert T’s offers an interactive online design studio customers can use to design their own apparel or they can contact Expert T’s and have one of their inhouse graphic artists assist with their design and order needs.  All processes are done in house: embroidery, silk screen, direct to garment, sublimation, decals and more. T-shirts, hats, sweat shirts, hoodies, jackets, chairs, banners, decals, PopUp name it they have it or can get it! 

“We make grassroots motorsports look and feel like the pros!”



Phone: (330) 641-1227


The Famous WKA Trailer Could Be Yours!


CONCORD, NC- WKA is proud to announce, starting with the Go Pro Man Cup event in March, we will have our new WKA trailer ready to show off to everyone.

With that said, we are selling our United trailer listed at the link below, that has served us for many years. Please contact Marie or Sam at the WKA office for details if you or someone you know would be interested and help us find it a good home! WKA Office: 704-455-1606.



November 23, 2018 – Looking to combine multiple World Karting Association (WKA) events at one venue, karting will make its return to the Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2019 over the June 21-23 weekend. With the Vega Road Racing Series utilizing part of the Roval and Speedway made famous by NASCAR, the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup will also use a portion of the Roval in a sprint race style setting while the Maxxis Speedway Dirt Series will compete at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

"Everyone at WKA is thrilled to host an event back on our home soil, and even more excited to bring all three of our National Racing Series together the same weekend,” explains Kevin Williams. “The folks at Charlotte Motor Speedway have been amazing partners with WKA to make this historic event happen." 


Maxxis Speedway Dirt Series

With the first ever Speedway Dirt Race at the Dirt Track at CMS, careful consideration was needed for track design and track prep. Maxxis Tires and the WKA staff have brought on veteran dirt track manager Mackey Flood to prepare an awesome track.


Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup

With the added Charlotte event, the 2019 schedule will experience some changes as noted below. Huge thank you to Pitt Race Complex and Concept Haulers Motor Speedway for making room on their calendars for 2019, but the addition of the Charlotte venue will result in the Manufacturers Cup program having to cancel these event venues with hopes to return to these amazing facilities in the very near future. 

Other exciting news from WKA is the confirmation that the Manufacturers Cup will return to Road America on the May 17-19 weekend. Huge credit is given to Badger Kart Club in helping secure the date and additionally, they have gracefully agreed to change their race date to the August 23-25 weekend.


Revised Final Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup 2019 Schedule:

·       Daytona Kartweek, Daytona International Speedway - December 27-30, 2018

·       GoPro Motorplex, Mooresville, NC - March 29-31, 2019

·       Road America Karting Motorplex, Elkhart Lake, WI - May 17-19, 2019

·       Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC - June 21-23, 2019

·       Badger Kart Club Wolf Paving Raceway, Dousman, WI - August 23-25, 2019

·       New Castle Motorsports Park, New Castle, IN - October 11-13, 2019**

**WKA Grand National Event


Other changes to the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup include a change to Motul 2T Kart Oil for all 2-cycle categories as it becomes the spec oil for the series. 

Additionally, at the most recent Trustee Meeting, some changes were made to the 2019 Regulations to make participation more member-friendly, as recommended by the Manufacturers Cup Competition Committee. After sampling many of the members to discuss the program's two finals per event format for each class, the drops allowed for 2019 Manufacturers Cup have changed from two entire event drops to four daily drops. 

Also, to assist Mini drivers with their transition to the Junior ranks, WKA has added the KA100 Junior category to allow drivers to gain more experience before they move to the popular IAME X30 Junior class. To further assist, WKA will allow drivers with the attained age of 11-years old to advance to KA100 Junior for 2019.



Vega Tires Road Race Series Schedule:

With the addition of a return to the historic Charlotte Motor Speedway and racing on the famed Roval, the 2019 race schedule is now complete:

·       Daytona Kartweek, Daytona International Speedway - December 27-30, 2018

·       Roebling Road Raceway together with the Southern Kart Club, Bloomingdale, GA - March 8-10, 2019**

·       Gateway Motorsports Park, together with C.E.S., Madison, IL, - May 10-12, 2019

·       Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval, together with Woodbridge Kart Club, Concord, NC - June 21-23, 2019

·       Heartland Park, together with K.A.R.T., Topeka, KS - August 16-18, 2019

·       NCM Motorsports Park, together with K.A.R.T. and CES, Bowling Green, KY - November 8-10, 2019


WKA Vega Tires Road Race Series Banquet

Also, after polling many of the road race members, the decision was made to celebrate the 2018 Vega Road Race Series Champions Banquet at Roebling Road in March 2019, as has been in previous years. 

"I've said from the beginning of my short time as President that we wanted to make WKA more member-focused,” adds Williams. “These program enhancements and schedules for our 2019 national campaigns bring the excitement and experience meter way up for our members. Special thank you to our committees, office team, trustees, and especially the support of our partners for making all this happen. 2019 promises to be one of our most exciting years yet."

About World Karting Association: The World Karting Association has been a non-profit, Membership Organization since 1971, and has provided venues for members to enjoy all aspects of Karting in the USA, from its office in Concord, NC, including the famous Daytona Kartweek.  Providing Regulations, Instruction and Certifications, Racing Series, Insurance, and Venues for fair and safe Karting on all levels, WKA has a place for everyone in Karting.   For more information, contact WKA at or

For information on press releases or other media services offered by Race Tech Development, please contact Mike Maurini via e-mail at or 317.270.8723. Race Tech Development can also be found on Twitter at @RTDMediaAndMGMT as well as Facebook at their Race Tech Development Fan Page.



103.2.1 Competition Age

Change "December 25, 2018" to "December 27, 2018"

104.4.3 Driver if Record - Speedway Division

Delete the words, "104.4.4 Replacement Driver and"

104.4.4 Replacement Driver Approval Prior to Event- Delete

104.4.5 Replacement Driver Approval At Event

Change to: A Replacement Driver may be used if a driver cannot compete in the event as a result of injury from that event.  The Race Director must approve the replacement driver.  Replacement drivers cannot be WKA National Champions in the past two comepetition-years. The replacement drver may qualify his/her own kart, but must start at the rear of the field.

104.4.6 Releife Drivers - Road Race

Delete the words, "104.4.4 or"

104.4.7 Additional Replacement Driver Provisions: Delete

212.1.5 Overall Class Champion-Delete

801.1  Manufacturers Cup---Change To: A competitors best eight out of twelve daily (Final) results at Manufracturers Cup Events count towards the National Championship.

All Photos & Products including Custom Laser Cut Karting Ornaments on Sale Now Through Cyber Monday on


Are you looking for some special karting gifts this holiday season? Shawn Barney, our Manufacturers Cup Photographer, is having a huge sale starting now until the end of Cyber Monday. You can get 15% off anything on the website! There are over 50 custom products, digital images, designs and more including new acrylic laser cut ornaments of your favorite driver. All you have to do is visit and during checkout use the code: turkey .

If you have any questions about a product or the order process, please contact Shawn at Phone: 317-804-1675 or Email:

The Passing of Mark Taylor


It is will great sadness that we email our karting members today.  Mark Taylor was very well known and respected in our karting community and often worked for WKA at our national races and at Daytona Kartweek.  We would like to pass this newsletter onto you from our friends at the Woodbrige Kart Club which includes a message from Mark's family:



As most of you have heard we at WKC have lost one of our very own. I received the call from Brandon Taylor on Friday telling me of this very sad news. He and I talked about a posting to FB and I wanted the family to tell me their wishes.

As the family states below. Mark was a incredible person and I will never forgot him. The personal friendship that he and I had was awesome. He always had encouraging words for me and my family.

He will be deeply missed by many and especially his extended family here at WKC. I know right now he has his foot down on the pedal and hands on the steering wheel wheeling that go kart around the track.

Rest In Peace Mark!!

Rodney Smith, President Woodbridge Kart Club

Family statement....
Family, friends, and entire karting community;

It is with the deepest regret that we inform you all of the passing of our father, Mark Taylor. He passed away peacefully while sitting in his home in Manassas on August 9. 2018. We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers during this time and, like most of you, are going to miss him greatly. Dad was living life fully until his unexpected death and loved being at a racetrack and being around people. He was especially proud of us but was even prouder and happiest when he was around his three granddaughters.

To each of you who meant something to Dad, thank you. He has made countless friends in his journey through karting and the stories he could tell were priceless. We thank you for helping to make those wonderful memories that we will never forget.

Dad was devoted to his fiancé Trina, his dog Ovi, and the rest of his family. He was a man with a kind heart that will be missed by everyone. We hope to see you at the visitation and/or funeral service.

God bless you all,

Brandon Taylor and Kendra Ballantine

WKA 2019 Tech Manual Ads Now Being Accepted


Enhanced Pricing and Added New Advertising Opportunities For 2019

Now that the WKA Board of Trustees have updated the contents of the WKA Tech Manual for 2019, the association has opportunities for Karting Industry partners to get exposure in 2,500 copies of the 2019 Tech Manual, with enhanced pricing and new advertising opportunities for the new year.

“We looked at the way we were presenting the Tech Manual ads to our partners, and thought, ‘Let’s really give them new opportunities this year’.” stated WKA’s President Kevin Williams, “So we reduced the pricing from previous years and added a couple new bits to help the Industry gain new exposure.  The Office Team can even design custom packages based on the partner’s needs.”

New for the 2019 edition is simpler pricing structures at reduced rates from previous years, additional places to advertise that were not available before, and a whole new item to be included with the Tech Manual mailing…a 2019 Wall Calendar for karters to hang in their home, garage, or office.

Artwork deadlines for the 2019 Tech Manual is September 7.  For ad space availability, pricing, or to create your own custom ad package, contact or call 704-455-1606.

About World Karting Association- The World Karting Association has been a non-profit, Membership Organization since 1971, and has provided venues for members to enjoy all aspects of Karting in the USA, from its office in Concord, NC, including the famous Daytona Kartweek.  Providing Regulations, Instruction and Certifications, Racing Series, Insurance, and venues for fair and safe Karting on all levels, WKA has a place for everyone in Karting.   For more information, contact WKA at, or





“Vote for Karting!"

August 9, 2018 – As one of the most anticipated events on any karters calendar, the World Karting Association (WKA) Daytona KartWeek is a must attend for North American teams and drivers and just today, the event was nominated for the Best Sports Event of 2017. Nominated by the readers of SportsTravel for a 2018 SportsTravel Award, the WKA organization was the only motorsports organization of any kind that received a nod.

“Wow!” expressed Kevin Williams, President of the WKA. “We pride ourselves on good racing and putting on great events so receiving a nomination of the stature, really shows how much effort our staff puts into our events. Our goal is to ensure that every team and driver leaves at the events conclusion with a smile and wanting to come back the following year.”

With voting open until August 15th, 2018, the WKA Daytona KartWeek event can be found on the awards ballot that appears at The WKA Daytona KartWeek can be seen on the ballot in two separate divisions:

 - Amateur Sport - Best Sports Event, Series, or Circuit

 - Overall Best Sports Event of 2017

Williams added, “I would invite and welcome all of the karting community, including your friends and family, to vote and vote often. This is exciting news and helps promote karting to the world outside of motorsports.”

The winners of the 2018 SportsTravel Awards will be announced at TEAMS ’18 in Louisville, Kentucky during the week of October 1 – 4, 2018. More information about TEAMS ’18 can be found at

About World Karting Association- The World Karting Association has been a non-profit, Membership Organization since 1971, and has provided venues for members to enjoy all aspects of Karting in the USA, from its office in Concord, NC, including the famous Daytona Kartweek.  Providing Regulations, Instruction and Certifications, Racing Series, Insurance, and venues for fair and safe Karting on all levels, WKA has a place for everyone in Karting.   For more information, contact WKA at, or

For information on press releases or other media services offered by Race Tech Development, please contact Mike Maurini via e-mail at or 317.270.8723. Race Tech Development can also be found on Twitter at @ RTDMediaAndMGMT as well as Facebook at their Race Tech Development Fan Page.

WKA Mourns the Loss of Pete Michel


Pierre “Pete” Jules Michel, 70, passed away unexpectedly on August 3rd, 2018 at his home in Perry, Georgia. Pete’s funeral service will be held on Friday August 10th, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at McCullough Funeral Home, 417 S. Houston Lake Road Warner Robins, Ga 31088.

Pierre Michel was born on July 21st, 1948 in Manchester, New Hampshire to the late Eugene and Marie-Jeanne Michel.

Pete has been widely known in the karting industry beginning with the opening of Michel’s Kartway, Inc. on October 1st, 1967 in Miami, Florida. Pete started racing himself in 1958 and building motors for other racers since 1967. On March 12th, 2016 Pete was inducted in the World Karting Association’s Hall of Fame. He has since passed down his love of racing to his children, Matthew and Ashley Michel.

Pete is survived by his beloved wife, Linda Michel; Children: Collette Baglia, Matthew Michel, Ashley Michel, Tina Romaine, Teri Rionda (George). Grandchildren: Kayla Rionda, Geovanni Romaine, Nicole Romaine, Victor Romaine, Noah Romaine and Jordan Rionda. Siblings: Andy Michel and Paul Michel (Cookie).

The family asks in Lieu of flowers to please donate to this Go Fund Me account:

If it is easier, you can send checks to the WKA office payable to Matt Michel and we will be glad to forward all donations to the family.


Meeting Minutes of the Trustees' Annual Rules Meeting


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:



Calling All WKA Members, Vote for WKA Daytona Kartweek!

Sports Travel Magazine conducts its National Sports Travel Awards each year, and the time has come to submit nominations by June 30.  

Sports Travel Magazine is an organization that WKA participates in, and pairs Venues with Sports Organizations and offers event assistance for each party to ensure that events are the best they can be for everyone.  Each year they recognize the best Sports Events and it is time the WKA Members show the rest of the Sporting Event world that Karting is a relevant sport.  

WKA is asking its members to cast a nomination vote for WKA's Annual Daytona Kartweek as the Best Single-Sport Event each year, the only Karting event that hosts Sprint, Dirt Oval and Road Racing all in one event week. 

Voting is simple, simply click on Sports Travel Awards link,   click Nominate, then type in WKA Daytona Kartweek in the Category of Best Single-Sport Event to bring Karting to the forefront of the Sport Event world.

Let's promote one of the best Karting Events of each year by voting WKA's Daytona Kartweek!

World Karting Association Leadership Heading in New Direction


Board of Trustees removes Ferris, promotes Williams as President

CONCORD, NC - On March 26, the Board of Trustees convened for a two-day meeting at the WKA headquarters in Concord, North Carolina. Among the first order of business by President John Ferris was the appointment of a restructured Officers level. With a unanimous vote by the Board, Kevin Williams was promoted from International Liaison to the sole Vice President position. Vice President, 2-Cycle Lynn Haddock and Vice President, 4-Cycle Bobby Gettys were named to the 2-Cycle Director and 4-Cycle Director, respectively.

Tuesday, March 27, a closed session by the Board of Trustees was convened. During the session, there was a general consensus for a need to create a better environment and working relationship between the Board of Trustees, the Executive Committee, and staff in the office. To help oversee, the Board of Trustees nominated and voted to name Mike Tetreault as Chairman of the Board, to assist the new President in directing the organization to its core values.  Through the Code, WKA is governed by the President and Board of Trustees and Executive Committee. The Board of Trustees proceeded to discuss the job performance of President John Ferris. At the conclusion of the discussion, the majority of the Board voted to remove Mr. Ferris as President of the World Karting Association. With his removal, the Board followed with a vote to promote Williams as President of the World Karting Association. Following the closed session, 2-Cycle Director Haddock submitted his letter of resignation from his position.

“World Karting Association’s mission is to provide a safe, fair, and consistent environment for the beginner, hobbyist, and future stars of motorsports fulfilling their racing dreams, and I think WKA can focus back on those core values.”  Stated Kevin Williams, “Additionally, our industry partners will benefit from the changes the Trustees made today, and the forward-thinking programs we have planned from the grass-roots to the top levels of all of Karting.”
President Williams is conducting a search to fulfil the positions of the executive committee in the near future. The full meeting minutes will be published to WKA website when approved by the Board of Trustees for publication. Continue to return back to and make sure to follow the WKA Facebook, Twitter, Instagram accounts which you can click below.