Upon the completion of these past weekends Board Meeting at the WKA Offices in Concord, North Carolina, WKA officials are pleased to release the 2011 class structure for all 5 National Programs.
Headlining the structure for the New Year is a newly formed program for Speedway Dirt competitors, called “The Road To Daytona”. The new program will recognize 22 national classes, including 4 Clone Classes, Junior Sportsman Box Stock, Junior Box Stock, Senior Box Stock, and Builder Prepared. The Unlimited 2 Cycle class will be run as an Exhibition Only class at Daytona this year. No national points will be awarded. Instead, the program will be incentive based, affording national race winners, as well as Divisional Series Champions guaranteed starting spots at next years Daytona Dirt World Championships. Additionally, competitors in non sanctioned or non related WKA events will also be eligible, opening the door for ANY DRIVER to compete at the World Center of racing in hopes of attaining the national championship on the biggest stage for racing, Daytona!! Entry Blanks are currently online and rolling in everyday for race #1 of The Firestone Road To Daytona.
Joining the Dirt drivers at Daytona will be the 2 Cycle contingents from the George Kugler Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series driven by Mazda. While at present the most successful program of the 5 in the WKA fold, the addition of the already popular Yamaha Rookie Sportsman Class in 2011 will surely enhance an already strong field of pre entries busting at the seams for Daytona’s Margay Sprint Championships. Additionally tweaks were made to the current TaG program, with weight changes also made in a few other classes.
While not at Daytona this year due to the repaving project on the big track, the Dunlop Tire National Road Race Series driven by Mazda, fresh off completion of their 2011 national schedule, will again feature a stellar lineup of classes, starting with the February 11-13 season opener at Roebling Road Raceway in Savannah, Georgia.
Change has also occurred with the Russell Karting Gold Cup Series with the national transition of several Clone classes in 2011 as well. With an abundance of Clone competitors in the south and midwest, the 2011 national schedule, starting off at the traditional 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, Florida March 25-27 should see an increase in participation for the new year.
Just 1 week later, the Vega Speedway Pavement Series will also embark on a new year April 1-3 at OCR Action Sports Park in Rougemont, North Carolina with several changes, including downsizing the schedule to 4 events, bringing back Friday Practice, discontinuing the divisional transfer program, and running a Final1/Final 2 format for all classes.
Needless to say, several interesting moves have been made in the face of challenging global economic times, all in an effort to maintain the level of excitement and affordability to the Foundation of Motorsports. To view the class structure specific to your series, click here.