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02.03.2016 – Road Race Year End Awards Presentation

CONCORD, NC – With the calendar flipping quickly to February, here is just a quick reminder regarding the Year End Awards Presentation for the National Road Race Series. The 2015 national champions, as well as many other special recipients, will be honored Friday evening at the Bloomingdale Community Center, following a full day of practice for the series second national event of the season at Roebling Road Raceway in Savannah, Georgia.

Complete information regarding the Year End Awards Presentation is available by clicking on Racing Series on the WKA website, clicking Road Race, then clicking the 2015 Banquet Form.

02.03.2016 – Go Pro Mfg Cup Entry Blank Now Available Online

LO206 Senior added as Local Option Class

CONCORD, NC – As competitors from the northeast and Mid Atlantic continue to dig out from the first major snowstorm of the season, thoughts of the 80 degree weather from Daytona KartWeek are but a distant memory, as the reality of the winter months of racing kick into full gear.

Not far off in the near future lies spring, and with that, the second major event for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series April 1-3 at Go Pro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina. Race #2, the Praga North America Nationals, will also mark the first race of the season where the Manufacturers Cup Series breaks away from the Winter Cup program, as 8 national classes, headlined by the KARTSPORT North America Pro IAME Senior group, will tackle the ultra modern Mooresville facility. Also on hand for Race #2 will be:

Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman

FRANKLINKART.COM Yamaha Junior

Fullerton Karts USA Yamaha Senior

Water for a Cause Kid Karts

CRPRACING.COM Mini Swift

IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman

Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior

 

In addition to the 8 national classes, officials at Go Pro Motorplex have requested a LO206 Senior class be added as a Local Option class for this event.  Specs for the Class include:

14+ years old

CIK Bodywork/Seat Rules

Briggs Header #557045 with RLV Silencer #4110. KartSport North America will provide these for use, free of charge, for any competitor that want to participate, but don’t own this exhaust system. Participants are required to reserve these ahead of time by emailing info@kartsportnorthamerica.com

Sunoco 87 Non Ethanol Fuel, available at track

Bridgestone YLC 450X710 tires

Comet Kart Sales will also be on hand to honor the top qualifiers in competition both days, while Checkered Motorsports will again be the sponsor of the Champions Award, given to the overall top performer in each class from the weekends activities.

Pro Swift Sportsman and Pro IAME Junior competitors will again battle for the top overall prize of $500 to win, with $250 for second and a set of Bridgestone Tires for third, while Pro IAME Senior drivers will again battle for the $1,000 top prize for the weekend, with $500 going to second, and a set of Bridgestone Tires for third.

Activities for the Praga North America Nationals get underway with a full day of practice Friday from 9am- 5pm, with Practice, Qualifying, 2 heat races per class, and a Final, making up the days action on both Saturday and Sunday.

To view the Entry Blank for the Praga North America Nationals, click here.

01.28.2016 – Go Pro Winter Cup Entry Blank Online, WKA to handle Parking

CONCORD, NC – As competitors busily eye the pivotal 2nd stop for the inaugural WKA Winter Cup Series Feb 5-7 at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida, the other eye is focused on the series finale as well, March 4-6 at Go Pro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina.

With titles on the line for all 8 classes, competitors will have to remain on the top of their game to lay claim as the inaugural Winter Cup Champion. For competitors looking to get a jump on Race #3, the official entry blank is back online, with a few tweaks.

Competitors wishing to get their parking straight will do so by contacting Buddy Long with WKA at (704) 455-1606, ext 112, or buddy@worldkarting.com. Anyone needing tent accommodations should go to the Go Motorplex website, www,gopromotorplex.com/race-events.

Sponsor Parking will begin at 10am Thursday morning, with competitor parking slated to begin at noon.

To view the Go Pro Winter Cup Entry Blank, click here.

01.28.2016 – Winter Cup Champions to Receive Free Entry to Future WKA National Event

CONCORD, NC – The perks for the inaugural 2016 WKA Winter Cup Champions continue to increase with the latest announcement of all 8 champions of the first edition of the Winter Cup program receiving a free entry and pit pass into a future WKA national event in the 2016 season.

With a mix of 2 and 4 cycle classes being offered in the first year of the program, champions will have the chance to save a little money at the gate, for a future entry into either 1 of the remaining 4 Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series races, or 1 of the 4 races for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series.

Classes that are eligible for the program include:

CRPRACING.COM Mini Swift

Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior

Allison Racing Engines Yamaha Sportsman

Briggs and Stratton LO206 Senior

KARTSPORT North America Pro IAME Senior

IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman

Water for a Cause Kid Karts

Briggs and Stratton LO206 Junior

The second stop for the Winter Cup program will be Feb 5-7 at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida, with the titles to be decided the following month, March 4-6 at Go Pro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina.

Champions, as well as the top 3 in each class will be honored at the Go Pro finale.

Entries are still coming in for the Jacksonville event.

To view the Jacksonville Winter Cup Entry Info, click here.

01.26.2016 – 5 Winter Cup Champions to Receive Entry’s to IAME Atlantic Challenge

CONCORD, NC – As competitors on the all new WKA Winter Cup Program prepare for the 2nd round of action Feb 5-7 at103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida, yet another incentive has been placed in front of 5 potential inaugural champions. With titles to be determined March 4-6 at the season finale at Go Pro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina, champions in 5 of the 8 classes will receive a free race entry to the IAME Atlantic Challenge with Briggs and Stratton August 12 and 13 at the Go Pro facility

Classes that are eligible include:

KARTSPORT North America Pro IAME Senior

Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior

IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman

CRPRACING.COM Mini Swift

Briggs and Stratton LO206 Senior

The August IAME Atlantic Challenge with Briggs and Stratton will also afford many drivers the opportunity to tackle the demanding Go Pro Motorplex Course under the lights, truly making this event very unique in every way, with huge prizes and great purse money being placed on the line for some of Americas top 2 and 4 Cycle racers.

“ We are excited to offer support to the new WKA Winter Cup program by offering 5 of their champions a free race entry into our inaugural IAME Atlantic Challenge with Briggs and Stratton”, stated Go Pro Motorplex partner Eric Jones. Jones also noted that several major teams have already committed to attending the August event since the announcement was made just a few days ago.

Additionally, the weekends event has also been very strategically placed on an off weekend for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. With the Motorplex right in the heart of NASCAR Race Shops in Mooresville, combined with Sprint Cup drivers looking for an opportunity to race anywhere, anytime, the Go Pro staff are currently working on getting a few of the stars of NASCAR to stop by and participate on that weekend.

More details regarding the purse, as well as prizes, will be released in the coming weeks. Be sure and stay updated to the Go Pro Motorplex website, as well as their Facebook page for additional details.

For now, Round 2 of the WKA Winter Cup at Jacksonville just became a little more important, as the Frigid Series will heat up the summer nights Aug 12 and 13 for the IAME Atlantic Challenge with Briggs and Stratton.

01.21.2016 – WKA Mfg Cup Names Red Line as Official Spec Oil

CONCORD, NC – World Karting Association Officials are proud to announce the designation of Red Line Synthetic Oil as the Sole Official Spec Oil provider for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series, effective immediately.

Since 1979, Red Line Synthetic Oil has grown to manufacture more than 100 quality products, including Two-Stroke and Four-Stroke karting oils, as well as many other products, including gear oil and pre-mixed coolant for karts, motorcycles and ATVs, as well as motor oil, ATF, gear oil, assembly lube, fuel additives and WaterWetter™ coolant additive for automotive, powersports and industrial markets.

For the last several years, Red Line has been a participant in the WKA Manufacturers Cup Spec Oil program, joining several other companies, providing Two-Stroke oils for many Two-Cycle national competitors.

There are two eligible products for the WKA Mfg Cup program: Red Line Two-Stroke Racing Oil (#40603 for 16oz, #40605 for gallons) and Two-Stroke Kart Oil (#40403 for 16oz, #40405 for gallons) Both products are identical in formulation and are available from Red Line’s large distribution network of karting and traditional distributors, including Dreamworks/Franklin,  Comet, TS Racing, Cameron Karting, CKT Engines and many local shops. Many motorcycle resources (Cycle Gear, Tucker Rocky, and WPS) and automotive retailers (Jegs, Summit and Amazon) also carry the Two-Stroke Racing Oil.

Mixing Red Line’s product with Sunoco Fuel, the official fuel for World Karting, trims down the variables to create a specific and consistent baseline for tech officials to reference.

The implementation of Red Line as the official sole spec oil for the Mfg Cup Series, a two-year agreement, commenced at the Margay Sprint Championships December 27-30 at Daytona International Speedway for the latest edition of Daytona KartWeek. While the WKA National Road Race Series is also part of a spec oil program, that series will continue business as usual with competitors following the Spec Oil Program guidelines that have been in use all of 2015.

01.20.2016 – CKI’s 16 Daytona wins pace KartWeek Road Race Field

CONCORD, NC – While 11 wins by different chassis’s in 20 races on the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series was a pretty awesome start to a year, there were also at least 13 different chassis that scored a win for the first national of the year at Daytona KartWeek for the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting, led by a familiar face, CKI.

Officially known as Competition Karting Incorporated, located in Welcome, North Carolina, the small shop, while located in the neighborhood with the Sprint Cup Series mega operation which is Richard Childress Racing, came to life yet again as the giant in the Road Race karting industry in its own right, netting 16 victories as part of those 13 different chassis companies, in the process, again taking a huge lead on the first lap in a race for constructors supremacy.

Led by Midwesterner Rick Fulks who pulled off wins in the Tru Stripe sponsored B Stock Class, as well as both days in 100cc Controlled competition, the CKI logos were flying in the breeze, sometimes at a clip of well over 140 mph on the backstretch of the World Center of Racing. Sharing in the triple success of Fulks was southerner Blake Beattie, taking the Hoosier Racing Tire Animal Lite class, as well as both days in the Clone LO206 Lite competition.

With 6 of the 16 wins shared by 2 drivers, Tim Linthicum added his name as a 2 time CKI winner, taking the CKI Yamaha Sportsman Medium Class, as well as the Yamaha Sportsman Heavy division of racing, giving 3 drivers half the CKI wins at Daytona.

And while the lead is good coming off the line, another chassis emerged as a solid Daytona contender, as Hatcher Chassis impressively scored 4 wins in the season opener, led by Ryan Hatcher, a winner in the Foster 4J Ranch sponsored Yamaha Medium class. Hatcher also scored a win in the Kion/Linde Forklifts sponsored Yamaha Heavy class, while fellow Hatcher drivers John Brown and Rusty Benson scored the other 2 wins, both in the respective Matthai Material Handling 100cc Piston Port Classes.

MGM, the 2014 Manufacturers Constructor Champion, registered 2 wins with Stephen Wheatley responsible for both, the Hoosier Racing Tire Animal Lite class, as well as Animal Medium.

Brian Wilhelm led the charge for Owl Chassis, taking the win in the Rev Clean sponsored Formula 125 class, while Mitch White claimed the other victory in The Agile Group sponsored Unlimited class.

Margay checked in for 2 wins for the week, with Milo Schoonover taking the Millers Dynotime Racing Formula 100 class, while Adam Trumbley took the other in WKA Sprint.

The only other chassis to register 2 wins over the Daytona KartWeek timeframe was Velocity, with wins by DJ Hoelzie in both Sprint 125 Shifter events.

Single wins were claimed by:

Intrepid: Stephen Bassham: WT Racing Leopard Sprint

Arrow: Jamey Brown: WT Racing Leopard Sprint

Dominator: Ron Miller: The Agile Group Unlimited

Phantom: Otto Vollmerhausen: WKA Sprint

Dragon: Stephen Flatt: Stock Honda

PRD: David Benham: West Texas Outlaws TaG Heavy

DR: Steven Rougeou: Stock Honda

Here’s a look at the rest of the winners in Road Race from Daytona KartWeek.

Bruce Peck sponsored Animal Heavy: Andrew Boyer

Sprint TaG Heavy: Parker Brown

Animal Jr Sprint Lite: Cole Peschang

Open Sprint 1: Spencer Payne

Yamaha Sprint 1: Louie Magiera Jr

Yamaha Sprint 2: Dennis Cole

Kall Racing Formula 100: Lance Yunck

CKI Yamaha Sportsman Medium: Zack Clark

Open Sprint 2: Louie Magiera Jr

Animal Limited Modified: Bob Iverson

Clone LO206 Heavy: Joe Cuslidge

Vintage 1: Bob Cole

Yamaha Sportsman Sprint 1 and 2: Dawn Magiera

Junior Sprint: John Parker

Junior Enduro 1 and 2: Kent Vaccaro

Yamaha Sportsman Heavy: Matt Michel

Vintage 2: John Copeland

To view the complete Road Race results from Daytona KartWeek, Click here.

The next scheduled event for the Dunlop/Xeramic National Road Race Series presented by Russell Karting is March 11-13 at Roebling Road Raceway in Savannah, Georgia. Kicking the weekend off will be the 2015 Year End Awards presentation at the Bloomingdale Community Center on Friday at 7pm. To view the Banquet Order Form, go to Racing Series, click on Road Race, and the Banquet Form will be one of the links available to click on.

To view the updated Road Race Chassis Standings, follow the same procedure as the Banquet Order Form, and click Chassis Standings instead.

01.20.2016 – Gold Cup Series Finalizes 2016 National Schedule

CONCORD, NC – The final piece to the puzzle for the 2016 National Schedule for the RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series has been put into place, as WKA Officials have announced a return to the Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina for the series finale, as well as the Grand National event October 7-9.

The completion of the schedule for the 4 Cycle competitors caps off what has already been a great start for the LO206 Junior and Senior classes, following a phenomenal start at Daytona for KartWeek in the first annual Winter Cup Series event, in which 40 Senior competitors took to the track, along with a strong field of 17 Juniors.

While that momentum will continue Feb 5-7 at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida, and March 4-6 at Go Pro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina, the season will just be beginning a month and a half later when the Gold Cuppers hit Jacksonville for the season opener April 15-17. Adding the 2 events at Kershaw, as well as a return for the 4-cycle contingent to the Midwest at New Castle Motorsports Park in Indiana, the run for the Gold Cup crown will be tougher than ever.

In addition to the April Jax event serving as the season opener, the event will also mark a return for the Year End Awards presentation, once held at the track, and at other times during the course of history at other locations in the area. The Awards Presentation will follow the Friday Afternoon Money Events, which will again return to the lineup, headlined by the pair of $200 to win Sportsman and Junior Pro Gas Shootout races, along with the annual Senior Pro Gas Money Race to wind down the Friday on-track action.

As many have seen quite a few months ago, the Class Structure for 2016 has changed a bit, with this year serving as the first year in many without any Methanol classes. In its place will be an all-new Masters Senior Class for LO206 competitors age 40 and older. The class will run a Final 1/Final 2 format each race weekend. A change has also occurred with the Senior Pro Gas Class, as competitors will run a Medium and Heavy class in 2016, again running a Final 1/Final 2 format. All totaled, the daily class count will remain at 11 per day with a mix of LO206 and Pro Gas Classes offered in Sportsman, Junior, and Senior. The Kid Karts will also run the LO206 package again this year.

The Entry Blank for the Jacksonville event is currently under construction, and should be available next week, along with a Banquet Form for competitors wishing to make their reservations for the 2015 Year End Awards Presentation.

With the 2016 schedule now in place, work has already begun on 2017 dates and venues, which will indeed be out much earlier for people to view. Additionally, there are also some exciting new twists to the 2017 schedule that will include even more of a variety of tracks in different locations, thus helping to balance out the definition of National Schedule.

Here is a look at the 2016 RLV Tuned Exhaust Products Gold Cup Series National Schedule:

April 15-17: 103rd Street Sports Complex, Jacksonville, Florida

June 24-26: Carolina Motorsports Park, Kershaw, South Carolina

Aug 5-7: New Castle Motorsports Park, New Castle, Indiana

Oct 7-9: Carolina Motorsports Park, Kershaw, South Carolina, Grand National

01.19.2016 – David Cole Joins WKA as District 6 Trustee

CONCORD, NC – The World Karting Association is proud to announce the addition of David Cole as the newest member to the Board of Trustees, following the most recent election. Cole, a resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan his entire life, will be serving as Trustee in District 6, covering the states of Michigan and Ohio.

Coles background in karting has been very extensive. From being a fan at a very early age, to getting behind the wheel at the age of 10, Cole’s experience that he brings to the board spans many avenues of the karting industry, helping to not only provide knowledge from a competitors standpoint, but also from the aspect of clubs and regional touring series, as the Michigan native also volunteered his time in the nineties and early 2000’s, working with the Michigan Kart Club and Mid State Super Series.

Since 2005, Cole has managed the largest karting website in the country, ekartingnews, thus adding yet another angle from which to help and promote the sport. Attending numerous events in the US and Europe, Coles vast travel schedule allows him to also bring the many different perspectives from a track promoter and owners standpoint to the table as well, further making him a well rounded choice for a Board seat.

Like many in the industry, Cole is hoping to find a way to help the sport where it is lagging the most, the grass roots level, local racing specifically, as well as club and regional levels of the sport, hoping to re-stabilize the true foundation of the karting industry, assuring the top levels of the sport, the national events, remain healthy as well.

Joining Cole on his team are his 4 Cycle Representative David Kalb from Cleveland, Ohio, as well as Bob Cole, his 2 Cycle rep. Kalb also brings a ton of experience with him, with a son, David Jr, who is currently successfully competing in both the WKA Mfg Cup and Gold Cup programs, as well as many other programs in karting, and who also recently came away with one of the LO206 Junior wins at Daytona in Round 1 of the all new WKA Winter Cup program. A graduate of Ohio State University, David also is no stranger to operating a facility, having been the president of Thompson Kartway in 2011, wearing all the hats that go with the title, including that of Race Director.

Bob Cole also brings a wealth of years and experience to the table, serving as the 2 Cycle Rep. With roughly 42 years under his belt in the racing industry, Bob’s focus will include the Road Race program, as the recently retired motorsports veteran has plenty of time to chat with the people in the industry, as well as continue to attend many races in the midwest.

WKA welcomes the 3 newest members to its Board of Trustees Table, and looks forward to working with each of them, as the momentum in the karting industry continues to get stronger as of late.

Additionally, WKA would like to also extend its sincerest thanks and appreciation to Jerry Cole, the most recent Trustee in District 6 the past several years. Through his business, Michigan Kart Supply, Cole has served as sponsor, racer, Director of the Great Lakes Sprint Series, and has spent countless hours working with both the Gold Cup and Road Race programs, helping to enhance them year after year.

01.19.2016 – 2 time Daytona Winner Bertagnoli Heads Jax Winter Cup Entry List

CONCORD, NC – As entries begin to pour into the WKA Office for the second stop of three for the all new WKA Winter Cup Series Feb 5-7 at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida, the list is a virtual Who’s Who in 2 and 4 cycle competition. Headlining the entry list on the 2 cycle side is 2 time Daytona KartWeek winner Alex Bertagnoli, winner of both the Franklinkart.com Yamaha Junior, and Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior classes. Bertagnoli leads the Merlin Chassis Camp, fresh off of 3 wins at Daytona, while fellow Merlin driver and defending Pro IAME Class champion Brandon Lemke has also filed his entry for the weekends activities.

The Top Kart camp will be lead into battle with additional Daytona KartWeek winners as Dakota Pesek and Connor Ferris have filed their respective early entries. Pesek, the 2015 Yamaha Senior Pipe winner on the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series, continued his winning ways, taking one of the two Fullerton Karts USA Yamaha Senior wins at Daytona, while Ferris impressively took down the field in the IAME USA East Pro Swift Sportsman class. Other Top Kart drivers already filing early entries include 3 time 2015 champion Jason Welage, Kaden Wharff, Karsyn Walters, Austin and Emil Schulz, not to mention defending Kid Kart Champion Ben Maier, as well as 2015 5th place points driver Danny Dyszelski, both drivers now moving up into the CRPRACING.COM Mini Swift class this season.

A couple of the top Tony Kart drivers to be on the watch for include Ty Gibbs, fresh off of top 10 runs at Daytona. Gibbs will be running the Pro IAME Junior class, while chassis teammate Rylee Engel will be another young gun to be aware of, running both Yamaha Sportsman and Pro Swift Sportsman.

A top five run at Daytona will make Nicholas Terlecki one of the heavyweights on a Birel chassis, while Checkered Motorsports will be out in full force, lead by one of the top young female racers in Annie Rhule. A top 10 performer last year in the Swift Cup, Rhule will be challenging all in the Yamaha and Pro Swift Sportsman classes.

But while this will mark a welcomed return to Jacksonville for 2 cycle competition, the Winter Cup isn’t confined to just the 2 cycle racers. Following a more than impressive event at Daytona, the Briggs and Stratton LO 206 Junior and Senior classes will be loaded for bear, with Daytona winner Corey Towles leading the charge. Also joining Towles in the Senior ranks includes Coyote racers Sean Meier and Matt Mayes, with drivers such as Jimmy Cole Jackson, Cale and Cody Hall, and many others trying their hand at both 2 and 4 cycle competition.

Entry information for the Jax Winter Cup is online, as is the entry blank for the series third and final event March 4-6 at Go Pro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina.

Competitors should be reminded there is very little difference in the Class Structure from the Daytona event to Jacksonville. With Daytona serving a dual purpose, as the first race for both the Winter Cup and the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series, with the exception of the Yamaha Junior and Senior classes, all other classes will be running, making a grand total of 8 classes per day, with the top 3 receiving awards each day, and an overall weekends champion per class recognized with special awards, courtesy of Checkered Motorsports. Prior to the heats and mains, drivers will go through the qualifying effort, with Fast Time awards being sponsored by Comet Kart Sales. Here’s a list of the Winter Cup classes at Jacksonville.

CRPRACING.COM: Mini Swift

Woltjer Racing Engines: Pro IAME Junior

Allison Racing Engines: Yamaha Sportsman

Briggs and Stratton: LO206 Senior

KARTSPORT North America: Pro IAME Senior

IAME USA East: Pro Swift Sportsman

Water for a Cause: Kid Kart

Briggs and Stratton: LO 206 Junior