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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - For the seventh consecutive year and 11th time in the last 12 years the WKA Mazda / Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series will kick off its new season December 27-30 at the Daytona International Speedway Sprint Track, a 0.7-mile course located inside turns three and four of the DIS superspeedway.

The Man Cup Series - back from six to five national race weekends in 2014 - opens a new chapter this year, one that boasts a number of special programs and incentives that will give back to the racers and teams the five-race grind.

Announced in September, WKA and IAME have renewed their ongoing partnership to bring the "IAME Cup" to the Man Cup Series this year for the Parilla Senior and the all-new Parilla Junior divisions.

The IAME Cup is flanked by a host of big prizes and incentives, none greater than a trip to France for the IAME X30 Challenge event next fall. Each Parilla Senior and Parilla Junior points leader at the end of Man Cup round four - August 8-10 at Michiana Raceway Park - will earn an invite to the 2014 X30 Challenge, which includes a package consisting of an entry, tuner, kart, engine and tires, all free of cost.

Each Parilla Senior and Junior Manufacturers Cup national champion will win an X30 engine kit, customized IAME championship ring, and the lion's share of $1,000 in IAME personal gear that will be distributed to the top-six points finishers in each class.

While these IAME awards plus a WKA championship Eagle, set of Bridgestone tires, drivers suit and other WKA prizes will go to the year-end champions, each of the five Man Cup national event awards has been enhanced for Parilla Senior and Junior thanks to support from sponsors HYTORC of Texas and Arai Helmet / Butler Built.

HYTORC of Texas has stepped up to post $1,000 to the overall Parilla Senior winner at each Man Cup national, opening with Daytona. The $1,000 will go to the driver who accomplishes the best average finish between day one and day two's finals.

Arai Helmet and Butler Built, an authorized Arai distributor, have posted a $2,500 purse for the new Parilla Junior division in 2014. A cool $500 will go to the best average finisher in Parilla Junior.

In addition to the cash prize for each best average finisher, a crystal IAME Cup will be awarded to each winner. The Cup will be on site at Daytona and awarded at Monday's podium presentation.

Zero Error Hard Charger Awards
Zero Error Racing of Greenville, Pa., has joined forces with WKA as a major 2014 sponsor of the Man Cup. Well over $1,000 in Zero Error manufactured product will be on site at Daytona and all Man Cup events in 2014.

The Zero Error Hard Charger awards, detailed in another press release, will go to the driver who sets the fastest lap of the weekend in each of the 11 classes. The lap time can be recorded in Streeter Super Stands qualifying, pre-final or final - day one or day two - and the award will be presented at the weekend's ending podium presentation.

Zero Error manufactured product awards include axles, hubs, radiator brackets, engine plate assemblies and more.

IAME Komet Sportsman and Junior Awards
Parilla Senior and Junior are not the only IAME classes with big prizes on the line in 2014. Komet Sportsman and Komet Junior racers will be vying for a brand-new KPV engine kit in 2014. Each class's national champion will win the KPV powerplant, while second- through fifth-place points finishers in each class will earn engine part awards.

The Daytona Sprint Track only sees action once a year and drivers from around the country will come to Daytona Beach next week to challenge the low-grip, technical track.

Parilla Senior appears it will be the largest class with over 30 pre-entrants each day. The division, sponsored by HYTORC of Texas and Franklinkart.com, is open to Parilla Leopard and X30 engines and, as noted, will pay $1,000 to the overall winner (best average finisher).

Top Senior TaG racers pre-entered in Parilla Senior include Cal Stewart, Dustin Stross, Jake Duvall and Robby Seward. Junior racers who have moved up to the senior ranks and have entered Parilla Senior include 2012 Yamaha Junior national champion Brandon Jarsocrak, Austin Osborne and 2012 Komet Junior champion Austin McCusker.

NASCAR Sprint Cup star A.J. Allmendinger is pre-entered in both Parilla Senior and TaG Senior.

The new Parilla Junior class, sponsored by Arai Helmet / Butler Built and TS Racing, has had 2-cycle sprint racers abuzz since it was announced, has a solid 20 pre-entrants and looks to be a very strong division in its inaugural season on the tour. Top Junior racers such as 2012 WKA Triple Crown champion Brandon Lemke, Zach Holden, Matt Solarczyk, David Malukas and Emerson Reed are all entered.

Most drivers running Parilla Junior have also signed up for Yamaha Junior. The traditional Yamaha KT100-powered division has over 25 pre-entrants and looks to continue as one of the most hotly contested Man Cup divisions in 2014.

Many Rookie drivers have moved up to the Yamaha, Komet and Cadet Sportsman divisions, including Jeremy Fairbairn, Maks Kowalski, Robert Noaker III and 2012 Rookie national champion Luke Fineis. These youngsters will look to challenge drivers with a year or more experience in the full-blown Sportsman categories, including Austin Schaff, Sam Mayer, Lance Fenderson and John Paul Southern Jr.

Speaking of the Yamaha Rookie class, the division appears it will continue its growth and strength in 2014. Over 20 youngsters have pre-entered for Daytona, which continues as a great sign for the sport with families getting their children involved at such a young age. The Rookie class, open to racers age 7 to 10 who have not won a national title, should be wide open once action gets under way at Daytona.

The four-day Daytona KartWeek Margay Sprint Championships opens Friday, December 27 with a full day set aside for parking, pre-tech and registration. Most teams will spend the morning and afternoon preparing their mounts and engines for Saturday's day of practice.

Man Cup racing will be Sunday and Monday this year, December 29-30.

Go to worldkarting.com/downloads/eb-2014/daytona_mc.pdf to view the event entry form, which includes daily schedules, lodging, spec oils and other important information.

Here is a master schedule of 2013 WKA Daytona KartWeek.

Friday, December 27
8 a.m. Parking for all KartWeek events
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Dirt practice

Saturday, December 28
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sprint practice
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Road racing practice
9 a.m. Dirt practice
12:15 p.m. Dirt qualifying and races

Sunday, December 29
8 a.m. Sprint qualifying (heats/features to follow)
8:30 a.m. Road race practice
10:45 a.m. Road race events begin
9 a.m. Dirt practice
12:15 p.m. Dirt track qualifying and races

Monday, December 30
8 a.m. Sprint practice (heats/features to follow)
8:30 a.m. Road race practice
11 a.m. Road race events



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Zero Error Racing of Greenville, Pa. - manufacturer of billet aluminum parts and accessories for racing - joined the WKA Mazda / Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series as a key sponsor in 2013, giving away axles to the Zero Error Hard Charger Award winners at New Castle, South Bend, Pittsburgh and Mooresville.

Zero Error has renewed its partnership with WKA Man Cup in 2014. Derek Fitzgerald's company has a huge lineup of its own manufactured products ready for the Margay Sprint Championships at December 27-30 at Daytona International Speedway.

The driver who records the fastest lap time of the weekend in each of the 11 classes will win the following prize, to be presented at podium presentations Monday evening.

YAMAHA ROOKIE: 30mm Short Drive Hub (pair)
YAMAHA SPORTSMAN: 30mm Short Drive Hub (pair)
CADET SPORTSMAN: Cadet Motor Plate Assembly
KOMET SPORTSMAN: 30mm x 1000mm Zero Error Axle (very soft)

PARILLA JUNIOR: 50mm Long Rear Hub (pair)
YAMAHA JUNIOR: Pair of Alignment Discs
KOMET JUNIOR: 50mm Long Rear Hub (pair)

SENIOR PISTON PORT: 50mm Short Rear Hub (pair)
TAG MASTERS: Adjustable Radiator Bracket
PARILLA SENIOR: Adjustable Radiator Bracket
TAG SENIOR: Adjustable Radiator Bracket

Zero Error will continue to post similar product awards at all Man Cup nationals in 2014. Derek Fitzgerald and his representatives will be present at each WKA Man Cup show, if you have questions about the fine Zero Error products.

To learn more about Zero Error Racing, visit their website at zero-error.com.


Track owners and operators unite to bring prestige back to Midwest program

CONCORD, N.C. - With the goal to support the Great Lakes region of karting, track owners and operators have united to bring a revamped series for 2014. Dubbed the Great Lakes Sprint Series (GLSS) presented by Bridgestone, the program will have a new vision and structure in 2014 as they look to restore the prestige of karting in the Midwest from years ago.

The GLSS will remain a full World Karting Association divisional transfer series for several classes in 2014. Sticking with the traditional grassroots of karting that still utilize the Yamaha Engines, the GLSS will focus and support on the always popular IAME Junior and Senior ranks, Yamaha Rookie, Junior and Senior divisions, Cadet Sportsman as well as the ever popular Comer Kid Kart class. Providing the karting community with a series in the Midwest to attain national points, the GLSS is helping to grow the sport from the bottom up. New to the series in 2014 is the addition of the Rotax Max Challenge (RMC) classes.

Running under full RMC rules, all Rotax divisions including Rotax Micro Max, Mini Max, Junior and Senior Max, DD2 and DD2 Masters will be offered. The Great Lakes Sprint Series in conjunction with the MRP Rotax Challenge, will offer punches to qualify for the 2014 United States Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals to be held at Miller Motorsports Park. All races from August 2013 to July 1, 2014 will count towards qualification for the 2014 USRMC Grand Nationals while all races after the 2014 Grand Nationals that are held in 2014 will count towards punches for the 2015 USRMC event.

"We are very pleased to have the Great Lakes Sprint Series as a WKA divisional transfer in 2014," expressed World Karting Association's Keith Shampine. "With the renewed focus of the series, the continued support of the traditional Yamaha classes that are the foundation of our sport, the addition of the Rotax classes and the great effort being put into the program by the track owners and operators, the 2014 racing season is looking bright."

The Great Lakes Sprint Series presented by Bridgestone is pleased to announce their 2014 racing schedule. Commencing on the May 2-4 weekend in northern Indiana with a double race weekend for all classes, the Michiana Raceway Park facility in South Bend, Indiana will help kick off the 2014 season. As one of the longtime WKA Master Tracks, MRP of South Bend has been on the rise since hosting the 2011 United States Rotax Grand Nationals. Continuous upgrades to the facility provide for even better racing on the challenging circuit.

Moving forward in the series, Rotax classes will only be offered on Saturday allowing drivers to travel and compete throughout the Midwest at already established local Rotax series, the void will be filled with some local option class or classes chosen by the host track and details will be released on the tracks entry form, also it will give the series a condensed schedule on Sunday to ensure teams and competitors can get on the road early.
Rotax divisions will count the best four out of five events while all other divisions will run double race weekends and count the best six of eight main event finishes towards the end of the year point championship.

Race two in the series will take place June 13-15 and will see teams and competitors travel east to the Pittsburgh International Race Complex (PittRace). Noted by some of the drivers as their favorite venue in the United States, the challenging layout with great elevation changes will be another obstacle in the quest for the GLSS championship.

The Great Lakes Sprint Series presented by Bridgestone will end their season with back-to-back events at the New Castle Motorsports Park (NCMP) facility in New Castle, Indiana. August 29-31 will see series competitors take to the NCMP IronMan configuration where they will be running the full circuit with lap times in excess of one minute thirty seconds. With a difficult oval portion and a tricky re-entry to the national circuit, drivers will be tested to see who can keep the speed and come out on top.

Returning to NCMP less than a month later, the GLSS will close their season on the traditional national circuit September 26-28, a week before the final round of the World Karting Association Manufacturers Cup program. With series points tabulated after the final round, the Great Lakes Sprint Series awards banquet will take place the evening of Saturday, October 4 during the WKA Manufacturers Cup weekend at New Castle Motorsports Park.

The Great Lakes Sprint Series presented by Bridgestone will complete their entire series on WKA Master Tracks showing their dedication to the World Karting Association and the support that they provide to United States karting.

Shampine added, "I would like to thank all the people that have helped restore the Great Lakes Sprint Series. A special thanks to track owners Garry Lobaugh and Mark Dismore as well as track operator Brandon Adkins. With continued support from the karting community our 2014 Class Sponsors, we need to thank MRP, CRP Racing, Grand Products, Margay Products, TS Racing.com, Haddock LTD, Top Kart USA, Comet Kart Sales, Checkered Motorsports, KartWerx/Praga Karts, HMD Trucking, OTK USA and IAME, Rok Cup USA, Max Speed and Bridgestone as well as all the teams and drivers for continuing to develop the grassroots of karting and for working together to help the Great Lakes Sprint Series thrive in 2014 and beyond."

Entry information for the Great Lakes Sprint Series presented by Bridgestone can be found on the following link: worldkarting.com/index.php/series/great-lakes-series-page

Please like the Facebook fan page www.facebook.com/pages/Great-Lakes-Sprint-Series/160581637292875 to receive update. Contact series officials at gldivisional@aol.com , Keith Shampine of the World Karting Association or one of the series Master Tracks that are hosting an even on the 2014 schedule.

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