Pro drivers Max Papis, Townsend Bell, Jan Heylen, Scott Speed, Bryan Herta and Matt Smith have made plans to participate in the 4th Annual PRI CKI All-Star Karting Classic, to be held Thursday night, December 10, at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show, in Orlando, FL. Papis, Bell and Herta also competed in last year’s event.
In one of the most unique races anywhere, the PRI CKI All-Star Karting Classic features great drivers from a diverse array of professional racing series, including NASCAR, NHRA, IRL, ALMS, Grand-Am and ARCA. A second feature race offers the best of the next generation of drivers, the future stars of motorsports, competing in the new Championship Karting International (CKI) series.
The race starts at 7 p.m., on a tight 6-turn track adjacent to the Orange County Convention Center which will house the 22nd Annual PRI Trade Show. Show attendees and exhibitors will be able to enjoy the PRI Happy Hour Sponsored by Budweiser in the South Lobby of the Convention Center starting at 6 p.m., and then head over with industry friends to the big kart race. There is no admission charge for Thursday night’s karting thunder, and food and beverage stands will be available around the kart track. The general public will be encouraged to attend as well.
Last year¹s race was won by open wheel standout Jay Howard, driving for the Screaming Talent team. Taking second in the All-Star Division race was Grand-Am driver Joey Hand (Kartel Motorsports) and former F1 driver and current NASCAR Sprint Cup competitor Scott Speed, of Tony Kart, finished third.
Dan Wheldon, Buddy Rice, Marco Andretti, Ron Capps, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Will Power, Anton Brown, Cristiano Da Matta, AJ Allmendinger, Vitor Meira, Michael Valiante and Ed Carpenter were among the All-Star competitors in 2008. Many are expected to return for this year’s exciting race.
Over 2,500 spectators filled the grandstands and lined the entire track last year. The race was taped and later televised in two 30-minute episodes airing on the Fox Sports Network. Production was handled by Masters Entertainment, a long-time exhibitor at the PRI Trade Show, while Fox indicated more than 700,000 race fans watched the race on TV.
Championship Karting International, organizer of the race, in conjunction with PRI, is a new, national kart series launched earlier this year by a group of motorsports professionals and businessmen led by Richard Valentine and Phil DeLaO. To learn more about CKI, go to www.championshipkartracing.com
The PRI CKI All-Star Karting Classic also places a huge spotlight on the growing number of karting chassis and racing products on display inside the world¹s largest racing trade show, as well as showcases the tremendous amount of new talent working up the racing ladder.
“PRI does a super job with the show and the kart race,” said Valentine. “It¹s always one of the best events of the week We¹re looking forward to working with Steve Lewis and his team to make this year another big hit, and also putting the CKI stamp on the event with some fresh ideas.”
The PRI Trade Show has been recognized as the 45th largest U.S. trade show, according to Tradeshow Week magazine, in its annual analysis of the top 200 trade shows in America.
Media can continue to preregister and receive PRI Trade Show credentials in the mail prior to the start of the show. Please go to www.performanceracing.com/tradeshow , or call 949-499-5413.