WKA and EKN Partnering for Trackside Live in 2016
WKA(11/30/16, Contributor) The 2016 season is just around the corner, and sanctioning bodies, race series, promoters and clubs are all busy working on the details for the upcoming year of competition. The World Karting Association has its highly anticipated Daytona KartWeek on the schedule next month right between the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays, welcoming racers from all over the world to compete in Sprint, Road Racing and Dirt Oval competition. It’s truly one of the sport’s most unique overall events. The Manufacturers Cup Series continues to evolve year after year, helping to mold the current and future stars of the sport. 2016 will also mark the return of the partnership between WKA and eKartingNews.com – which will see the website provide its unparalleled Trackside Live coverage for the entire season.
Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XIX presented by Evinco – Sunday Report
eKarting News(11/22/16, Cole) The sun rose and set for the final time on this year’s Superkarts! USA SuperNationals, and for the 19th time, history was made in the Las Vegas desert. Over 500 of the best drivers from around the world took part in the five-day event outside the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Westgate Resort & Casino, all trying to be part of the moments and excitement that occurred on SuperSunday. The stands were packed for all nine main events, with perfect racing weather throughout the entire event. Each of the three headline categories provided its own compelling story, and the excitement and drama of the other divisions completed what was a stellar day racing.
$4 Million Go-Kart Project Could Start Soon in Brook Park
Cleveland.com (11/20/16, Segall) Two entrepreneurs hope to bring national champions, Sunday drivers and other speed lovers to a more than $4 million go-kart center in Brook Park. Cousins Brad Copley and Lee Boss, the latter a three-time national champion, hope to start construction soon on Boss Pro-Karting on the southeast corner of Brookpark Road and Ohio 237. They plan to hold national tournaments, teach the sport to newbies and host corporate events for workers and clients.
USA team claims Rotax karting Nation's Cup in Portugal
Racer(11/16/16, Contributor) BRP's 16th edition of the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals (RMCGF) has come to a thrilling and nail-biting end at the Kartodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal with the USA bringing home the Nation's Cup. The week-long event held November 8 to 14 saw 288 drivers from 52 countries compete for the top step of the podium. The drivers, considered to be the crème de la crème in their home country, demonstrated their high-class skills and talent battling against some of the most popular names of racing.
US F4: Karting team Benik to partner with Carlin
Racer(11/11/16, Contributor) Benik Kart, a prominent name in the karting industry, is partnering with UK-based Carlin Motorsport to start a U.S. Formula 4 team for the 2016 season and beyond. "We see this as a step up the ladder for our kart team," said Nick Mitchell, co-owner of Benik Kart. "We have been so successful the past few years, winning many big championships in 2014-'15, and it seemed like the right time to move forward with Formula 4." The F4 team will serve as a progression not just for Benik Kart drivers, but for anyone looking to move from karts to cars. With the Carlin partnership, Benik's Formula 4 venture will have years of success and proven results behind its efforts.
NASCAR Power Rankings: Joe Gibbs Racing is Dominant, but Kevin Harvick Remains No. 1
SB Nation (9/11/16, Bianchi) As if further evidence was needed that Joe Gibbs Racing is NASCAR's dominating force, Carl Edwards provided more proof by winning the Southern 500 Sunday at Darlington Raceway. Bookending a sizzling summer streak that begin Memorial Day weekend, JGR drivers have now combined to win eight of the previous 14 races. And with the Chase for the Sprint Cup just 10 days away, Edwards and teammates Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin each hold realistic hopes of winning the championship. Yet, as has been the case for much of the season, a JGR driver isn't atop the weekly rankings. That distinction again belongs to defending Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick, who continues to show unrelenting consistency that even JGR can't match.
Skip Barber Racing School Alumni in Contention for Championships in Mazda Road to Indy Season Finale
Racer(9/10/16, Contributor) As the Mazda Road to Indy wraps up their season this weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca it is no surprise to see Skip Barber Racing School alumni challenging for every championship. The USF2000, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights Series all see some of the best talent that has come out of the Skip Barber Racing School program over the last few years. Looking at the USF2000 field, Jake Eidson sits in second with a shot at the title. Eidson in his sophomore year has impressed many with his multiple Skip Barber Racing Series championships. Aaron Telitz currently sits P3 in the USF2000 championship, Telitz was the 2013 Skip Barber Championship Shootout winner. His season had some bad luck but on any given day he is as fast as anyone. Luke Gabin, Garth Rickards, Nikita Latochkin, and Ayla Agren look to close out successful rookie campaigns as all 4 sit in the top 10 in points going into the finale.
Why Honda Engine is a Nightmare for McLaren & the Solutions
BBC Sport (9/10/16, F1 Writer) For some months now, McLaren-Honda drivers Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button have pinpointed the Singapore Grand Prix as one of their best chances to score decent points this season. The beleaguered team's poor form in the last two races in Belgium and Italy resulted in a stormy news conference after qualifying in Monza, in which Honda F1 boss Yasuhisa Arai was given a severe grilling over his engine's lack of performance. Button, ever the politician, tried to put the situation into perspective. "In two weeks' time," he said, "we could go to a race and be fighting for fifth and sixth place and we probably wouldn't be having this conversation."
Lewis Hamilton Wins Italian Grand Prix and Doubles Formula One Lead
NBC Washington (9/6/16, Dampf) Lewis Hamilton cruised to his seventh win of the season at the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday, and doubled his Formula One lead over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, whose engine caught fire with two laps remaining. However, Hamilton's victory was under question after stewards summoned Mercedes concerning tire pressures on both of their cars. Hamilton's left rear tire pressure was 0.3 psi below the minimum, while Rosberg's was 1.1 too low. "I wasn't aware of it," Hamilton said, adding that 0.3 psi "is not really a huge amount on one tire."
21st Annual Event Hitting the Quad City Streets Once Again for the Labor Day Celebration
EKN (9/4/16, Cole) This year’s race will be like no other, as the race format is changing for the first time in its 21-year history. Competitors in all classes are going back to the old-school style of pea-picking to determine the starting spot in the new 10-lap Heat race scheduled for Saturday, replacing the qualifying session. Six classes (206 Heavy, Yamaha Heavy 1, 206 Medium, Yamaha Medium, 206 Masters, and 206 Heavy 2) will be split up by their pea-pick into two separate heat races, odd pea-pick numbers in one heat and even pea-pick numbers in the other heat for those six categories. Changing up the format more, finishing position in the heat race and new passing points will be awarded in each heat race, and combined to determine the grid positions for the Sunday main event. Passing points are determined by the difference between starting and finishing position.
Williams Confirm Massa and Bottas for 2016
Formula 1(9/3/16, Williams have announced that drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas will be retained by the team for a third season in the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship. Massa joined Williams for the 2014 season and has scored four podium finishes and one pole position with the squad, while Bottas, widely regarded as one of F1 racing’s most promising talents, has taken seven podiums over the last two seasons. “I am very happy to be a part of the Williams family,” said Massa. “I am in my second year here and am so pleased to be staying as we are working very well together as a team. They respect me a lot and the results are there, and it has been so nice to be part of the big turnaround the team has seen since the end of 2013.
Welage and Lemke Bag 2 Eagles Apiece at Pittsburgh Grand National
WKA (9/1/16, WKA Contributor) The final race of the national points season for the first of WKA’s National Series came to a conclusion this past weekend as the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series crowned their Grand National Champions for 2015 in the Top Kart USA Grand Nationals at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, Pennsylvania. Leading the way to nobodies surprise were Jason Welage and Brandon Lemke, with both drivers securing 2 Eagles each in their quest for their respective overall titles. Both competitors have found numerous successes multiple times throughout the course of the season from Daytona through the most recent event at New Castle.
Dan Wheldon Memorial Pro-Am Karting Challenge Renamed to Honor Justin Wilson
Auto Week (8/28/16, AW Contributor) The Dan Wheldon Memorial Pro-Am Karting Challenge announced Friday that the event will be renamed in honor of recently deceased IndyCar driver Justin Wilson, with proceeds also helping the Wilson family. It will now be called the Dan Wheldon Memorial Pro-Am Karting Race Honoring Justin Wilson. The third annual event will be held on Sept. 19 at New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, Ind. Wilson, an IndyCar veteran, was an ardent supporter of the karting event and gave freely of his time to honor his friend and fellow racer Dan Wheldon, who also died due to injuries suffered from a racing wreck. “In light of the recent events, we want to honor Justin and his family,” said Wheldon's widow, Susie Wheldon. “Justin was a tremendous support for the event and to me personally, and I think that there is no better way to honor his memory than to pay it forward.”
Justin Wilson, Late IndyCar Driver, Will Save 6 Lives Through Organ Donation
Bleacher Report (8/25/16, Wells) IndyCar driver Justin Wilson, who died Monday following complications from injuries sustained during an August 23 race, has saved six lives by donating his organs. The 37-year-old Wilson was struck by a piece of debris following a single-car crash by fellow driver Sage Karam on the 180th lap at Pocono Raceway. He was airlifted to Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest Hospital, per IndyCar's official Twitter. Hulman & Co., which is the parent company of IndyCar, CEO Mark Hulman said on Monday night that Wilson died as a result of the accident, per IndyCar.com:
National Points Titles On The Line This Weekend at Pitt
WKA (8/25/16, WKA Contributor) Following a most successful season, the curtain will be drawn this weekend on the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in the Top Kart USA Grand Nationals. And while many points leads could be deemed safe, Bonus Points always play a key factor, sometimes throwing a wrench into what appeared to be a title in hand for some competitors. The tightest battle is in one of the newest classes to the Mfg Cup program. Unfortunately, the IAME Swift Cup is considered a Local Option Class for the 2015 season. But if all Local Option classes grew like this one in its maiden year, life would indeed be great. Local Option aside, competitors in this class are going for bragging rights in the inaugural year for this most popular class. At present, Jason Welage holds a slim 10 point advantage over Connor Ferris with Pauly Massimino just 20 points back in third. The top 5 consist of Tyler Ferris and Luca Mars with Owen Mahle, Eli Trull, Nick Snell, Kyle Thome, and Robert Noaker III still jockeying for positions in the top 10.
Michai Stephens: Racing Into the Future
Team USA Scholarship (8/25/16, Team USA Contributor) Skip Barber Racing School came back swinging with a fantastic opportunity to instruct with them. A Three-Day Racing School was first in line, and a Two-Day Advance course was right on its heels. Over those five days a lot of things came to mind. First, I noted this opportunity as a grateful gesture towards my development. Having spent only a year in cars, I was quick to check myself before opening my mouth! But I soon became comfortable with what I was seeing, and confident with what I was saying. The challenge for me was to connect my eyes with my mind’s perception of what was going on. I had to find the vocabulary that would help me articulate to the student what was happening on track, and what changes needed to be made.
F1: Lewis Hamilton Extends Points Lead with Victory in Belgium
FOX Sports (8/23/16, AP) Lewis Hamilton won the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday from pole, easily holding off Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg and padding his lead in the Formula One championship standings. The defending champion finished two seconds ahead for his sixth victory of the season in 11 races. "An amazing weekend," Hamilton said. "I had great pace in the car. I was cautious at the end because of tires but I brought it home." Hamilton's 80th podium pulled him level with the late F1 ace Ayrton Senna in fourth on the all-time list. Rosberg has 36, level with two-time champion Graham Hill. It was the seventh 1-2 finish for Mercedes this season. Rosberg had a poor start and dropped from second to fourth before regaining the second position. "I completely messed up the start," Rosberg said. "Then I fought my way through and gave it everything, we were both really on the edge all the time. Lewis did a great job and deserved the win.
Selection Process, Judges Announced for 2015 Driver Advancement Program
USF2000 (8/21/16, USF2000 Contributor) After a successful program in 2014 that saw four Rotax drivers awarded a one-day test in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, Mazda Road to Indy (MRTI), Andersen Promotions and MAXSpeed Group are pleased to announce more details for the 2015 edition of the Driver Advancement Program as well as the panel of four judges that will select this year’s test winners. Josef Newgarden, a two-time Verizon IndyCar Series race winner in 2015 for Carpenter Fisher Hartman (CFH) Racing with deep roots in karting, and Simon Pagenaud, a multi-time Verizon IndyCar Series winner who drives this year for Team Penske, along with Andersen Promotions COO Michelle Kish and MAXSpeed Group President Richard Boisclair will comprise the panel of judges to select four qualified and deserving drivers into the 2015 Driver Advancement Program.
California ProKart Challenge Heads to Adams Motorsports Park
SKUSA (8/21/16, SKUSA Contributor)It has been over two months since the California ProKart Challenge was trackside for the 2015 season. After the long break following the Sonoma round in June, the Superkarts! USA flagship regional program returns to action on August 28-29 at the historic Adams Motorsports Park in Riverside, California. The challenging 3/4-mile course has a long history with the sport of karting, and has welcomed the California PKC a number of times. Series competitors are excited to return to action with the penultimate round in the championship chase setting up the storylines heading into the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix at the end of September.
Bonus Points Up for Grabs in Pittsburgh Grand National
WKA (8/18/16, WKA Contributor) With just a little over a week till the end of the 2015 national points season for the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series at Pittsburgh International Race Complex, competitors involved in tight points battles are reminded of the Bonus Points on the line for the Top Kart USA Grand Nationals August 28-30. Drivers who enter in their respective classes and race their event will be eligible for 50 bonus points, which could conceivably be the difference in a championship or a runnerup finish, based on the tight points battles. Many classes will be coming right down to the wire next weekend. So be sure and make your plans to be a part of the final event of the 2015 points season on the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series.
Haas F1 Team Close to Announcing 2016 Driver Lineup
FOX Sports (8/17/16, GMM Newswire) The new American Haas F1 Team could announce their first driver lineup within the next two weeks. Team boss Gunther Steiner said on Monday that he has drawn up a list of about 10 potential candidates for the new, Ferrari-linked team. "It was a good response when we contacted them," he said. "No one said, 'hey, this is new, I don't want to go there.' "We are talking with about 10 people. Some are higher up the list, some are lower. But we want to see who is out there." Recent reports have said Ferrari test drivers Esteban Gutierrez and Jean-Eric Vergne are high on the list, as is Force India's Nico Hulkenberg. Californian GP2 driver Alexander Rossi, and IndyCar race winner Josef Newgarden have also been mentioned, but says F1 experience is key.
WKA Manufacturer's Cup - Daytona Kart Week 2017
Now the final was totally packed with action and anxiety as there were so many great racers and position changes throughout the event. It was clear that anything could happen. So Arman shook off the pre-final and was able to give his best performance yet. He made a couple passes before being held behind a driver till mid race. He put two wheels in the dirt while attempting an outside pass but kept control throughout the corner. He then quickly caught up to the feild to make two more passes in the last corner before the checkered flag! P23 finish! What a show....well done. We have the speed...46 seconds!
As always, we had a great time with our karting families and friends. Special thanks to the Bruno Perkins, Eli Trull Racing, Grim Racing Team, Caleb G Racer, and Allison Racing Engines for their support.
Arman had an excellent race at Daytona on Day #2 for the final. He qualified P27 on the grid after coping with cold track conditions. For the Pre-Final, he quickly advanced through the field by gaining four positions at the start and then passing three more in the first half of the race. He was punted off the track and lost a couple laps but was able to retain his 27th position for the Final.