“WKA’s largest United States regional series adds several new elements for 2014”
Looking forward to the 2014 Florida Karting Championship Series (FKCS), series officials have solidified several of the details for the upcoming season. With a six race schedule, the addition of the Kid Kart divisions for both days of competition as well as the announcement of the spec Bridgestone Tire program, the final details are being put in place for the World Karting Association’s (WKA) largest regional program in the United States.
Working hard to continue the success of the series and to continue to attract competitors from the national level as well as different portions of the United States, the FKCS continues to evolve, as does the karting industry. To attract out of state drivers and Florida Winter Tour competitors to the series and bring the competition of the FKCS program to a new level, series President Eddie Gennaro is offering any competitor that lives outside the state of Florida, 50% off registration for the first event.
“Our goal is to attract new drivers to the series and what better then inviting the best of the best from the Floirda Winter Tour,” explained Eddie Gennaro. “I want to make the FKCS program the best regional karting series in the United States.”
Vice President Brand Sanders added, “We are pleased to announce that the Bridgestone Tire will be the spec tire for all series classes other than Rotax, while Mojo will be the tire of choice for all Rotax divisions. We were accepting bids from several different tire manufacturers but chose to follow in the footsteps of our national series and utilize the Bridgestone Tire. Working under the Rotax Max Challenge rules for all Rotax divisions, we will run the Mojo branded tires. All classes other than Rotax will utilize the Bridgestone YLC tire, while shifter drivers will enjoy the luxury of the softer YLB compound.”
Bridgestone and Mojo Tires will need to be purchased from series sponsors on site at FKCS events. All drivers will be required to purchase a new set of tires for the first event, but can use these tires for as many series events as the desire. Series sponsors will have tires that are specially branded and will be the only tires allowed for use in the 2014 Florida Karting Championship Series.
Gennaro continued, “We are keeping the money being spent within the series and allowing our sponsors to enjoy the benefits of supporting the series.”
Always looking to grow the series and attract customers from across the state of Florida and the United States, FKCS will continue to run a variety of different divisions. Starting with the Kid Kart ranks that will now run during both event days on each and every race weekend, competitors will be able to move to the Sportsman classes of Cadet Sportsman, Vortex Mini Rok, Rotax Micro and Mini Max. The junior classes will consist of Rotax and Rok Junior, Parilla Junior, Junior Shifter and Box Stock Junior while Senior will see the inclusion of Rotax, TaG and Rok Senior, Box Stock Senior, TaG Masters/Heavy and all Shifter divisions. The senior shifter classes have also been moved to Saturday’s schedule to allow competitors running in only the gearbox division to head back home Saturday evening.
“In the last few years, our Kid Kart count has dropped in our series and we are looking to turn that around this season. These kids are the future of our sport. They were not being scored and did not run in the rain,” explained Series President Eddie Gennaro. “The FKCS board has decided that to increase the Kid Kart participation and get the kids the skills that are required for the Sportsman classes, they need to be run in the rain and competitively be scored. This is already being done in most of the WKA series around the United States and we will implement this in the FKCS program in 2014.”
Gennaro continued, “The Kid Kart divisions will run both days and have qualifying, prefinal and main events just like everyone else in the series. At the end of the year, we will also award a championship to the competitors attaining the most points throughout the year.”
The Florida Karting Championship Series will run a six-event schedule that will crisscross its way across the state of Florida. Beginning March 29-30 in Monticello, Florida, event two of the weekend will head south to the Orlando Kart Center in Orlando, Florida on April 19-20. Further south to the Homestead Karting facility on May 17-18, the series will then begin its trek north for round four. Taking place at the Ocala Gran Prix facility in Ocala, Florida June 7-8, series competitors will enjoy one month off before competing at the 103rd Street Motorsports Complex on the July 12-13 weekend. The final event of the 2014 FKCS season is yet to be finalized but will take place in August. Series officials are working hard to solidify a track and will make an announcement in the coming weeks.
2014 Florida Karting Championship Series Schedule:
March 29-30 - Monticello
April 19-20 - Orlando
May 17-18 - Homestead
June 7-8 - Ocala
July 12-13 - Jacksonville
August – TBD
Florida Karting Championship Series has opened online registration for the first event via the www.MotorsportsReg.com website. Drivers that are pre entered before the deadline date, will have their names entered into a draw to win one of multiple free sets of Bridgestone Tires.
2014 FKCS Supplementary Rules have been posted on the website and can be found HERE
2014 FKCS Class Specifications have been posted on the website and can be found HERE
2014 FKCS Race Day Schedules have been posted on the website and can be found HERE
Vice President Sanders added, “We have really worked hard in this off season to put together an exciting program. We welcome questions, comments or concerns from our series members as we continue to make the FKCS program the market leader in the state of Florida.”
Please remember that all news and information regarding the Florida Karting Championship Series can be found online at www.FLWKASprintSeries.com. Series officials would advise all teams, drivers and family to check the website often for updates and information regarding the series.
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