The 2010 International Kart Federation (IKF) 2-Cycle Sprint Grand Nationals are just around the corner as TiMi Promotions and Willow Springs Kart Club are working diligently to prepare for the prestigious event. Set for June 22-26, 2010, the Willow Spring Kart Track in Rosamond, California will be packed with karters from the West Coast and across the country, all fighting to earn their own IKF ‘Duffy’ award and to become a Grand National champion.
The 2010 Grand Nationals will be presented by the Willow Springs International Motorsports Park, the host site of event. The Rosamond, California facility features three road courses (2.5-mile, 1.8-mile, and 1-mile), a 1/4-mile paved oval, a 3/8-mile dirt oval, and the 6/10-mile karting circuit that will be used for the Grand Nationals event.
Action at the Willow Springs facility will begin on Monday, June 21 with the first day of controlled practice. The following day will be the official practice day for the event. Wednesday, June 23 will be the first of four race days, with five classes scheduled each day for a total of 20 IKF Duffys to be awarded on the week. Also scheduled for the opening day of racing will be a free barbeque for all the drivers and crew. Other events are in the planning process for the remaining nights.
The exciting part of the Grand Nationals in 2010 will be racing under the lights. The Willow Springs facility is equipped with lighting to hold races at later hours of the day. This will allow competitors and attendees to avoid the hot conditions during the day hours and enjoy the racing action as the sun goes down. Events are scheduled to begin with the track open at 3:00 pm and ending near the 10:00 pm mark.
Thus far, nine companies have stepped up to support the event as class sponsors. AIM Sports, BKS, Courtney Concepts, Italian Motors, Mike Manning Karting, PKS, RLV, Scribner Plastics, and TNR Motorsports are the current class sponsors and will present the IKF Duffy for their respective classes. TiMi Promotions and WSKC are currently accepting any interested companies that would like to put in their support for the event and these individuals are encouraged to contact Mike Manning or Tim Holden.
Key staff positions have been named for the 2010 IKF 2-Cycle Sprint Grand Nationals. Dave Brant will be the Race Director for the event. A race director in the 4-cycle categories, Brant is moving over to the 2-Cycle division and current holds the same position for the IKF Region 11 Super Series. The Tech Director for 2010 will be John Motley. As a member of the organization’s Tech Committee, he and his staff are expected to be very fair and thorough during the week. The voice on the microphone for the Grand Nationals will be Chris Scribner. A long-time NorCal karter, Scribner will return as the event’s emcee throughout the week and provide a live web cam during the action with details to be released at a later time.
Leading up to the Grand Nationals, the Willow Springs Kart Club instituted a mini-series within the club championship. In a best four of five points chase, the club will be awarding a free entry to the Grand Nationals to nine classes that will compete at the June event. Those who participated in the minimum of four races in the mini series and a member of WSKC in 2010 will also have a chance at a number of prizes courtesy of Bridgestone, Douglas Wheels, RLV, Scribner Plastics, Burris Racing, and TRP. Also included will be a drawing for a GPS system for the MyChron 4 from AIM Sports and one class at the Cory Kruseman’s Sprint Car and Midget Driving School, certainly a club racing prize package like no other.
Another factor that will help boost entries, aside the prestige of the event, will be the change in the punch rule. IKF has lowered the punch rule from three races (3) to two (2), welcoming those drivers who have not been able to achieve three-race requirement before the June event. To download an entry form for the 2010 IKF 2-Cycle Sprint Grand Nationals, click over to www.timipromotions.com/docs/GN_Pre-Reg_Form.pdf
TIMI Promotions, directors of the Willow Springs Kart Club, launched the redesign of the club website - www.timipromotions.com - which contains all the information you need on the club as well as the IKF 2-Cycle Sprint Grand Nationals. Those who have questions or would like to find out more information about the Willow Springs Kart Club or the June 22-26 Grand Nationals event are asked to contact Mike Manning at 661.256.7500 and Tim Holden at 818.701.7151.