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Red Bull Kart Fight at PRI, Powered by Rotax
takes place Thursday night, December 1, 2011
on a tight, technical, purpose-built race track adjacent
to the Orange County Convention Center housing the 700,000
square feet PRI Trade Show. Past competitors include Indy
500 winners Dan Wheldon and Buddy
Rice, Daytona 500 winner Jamie McMurray,
current Indy 500 winner as a team owner Bryan
Herta, 2011 Indy 500 pole position winner Alex
Tagliani, NHRA Funny Car star Ron Capps,
Top Fuel star Antron Brown and F1 star
Bull is one of the top consumer brands active
worldwide in race sponsorship, and we're very happy to
have them take such a strong interest in this event, and
the sport of karting," said Steve Lewis,
producer of the PRI Trade Show. "Race
fans everywhere are appreciative of Red Bull for its sponsorship
investment in racing at all levels of this great sport,
from F1 to NASCAR, World of Outlaws to off-road racing.
To have Red Bull as a partner truly elevates the stature
of this great karting event."
always loved karting growing up," said Red Bull Athlete
Cole Whitt. "I first got interested
in racing because one of my cousins was racing karts at
the time and I thought it was the coolest thing ever.
I started racing karts and it's what really catapulted
my career. It's nice to be able to look back and appreciate
where you came from. I'm really excited to be a part of
Red Bull Kart Fight and give back to the karting community."
also noted that another important new development for
this year's kart race at the PRI Trade Show is the addition
of Rotax as a presenting sponsor. Rotax
is the leading supplier worldwide of kart racing engines
with a multi-configurational platform that covers racers
from ages 6 to 65.
is the single biggest brand name in kart racing worldwide,"
said Lewis. "The sport of karting continues to grow,
and Rotax is a major factor in making it easier and more
fun to go kart racing around the world, therefore expanding
the karting market for the industry as whole."
Lobaugh, Director of the Maxspeed Group (North
American distributor of Rotax) commented, "This event
is a great opportunity for us to showcase how the Rotax
program works and rewards a level playing field. Rotax
is the fastest growing segment of the karting market and
creating the equal-engine formula for this event, with
a sealed engine, putting the emphasis on driver and chassis,
will no doubt showcase that fact."
distribution and service network for Rotax kart products
covers more than 50 countries on five continents, and
over 100 dealer/service centers in the U.S. alone. All
authorized service centers are technically trained and
licensed to be able to provide the best support for service
and repairs for all Rotax kart products. Local racers
are able to compete at their home tracks and work toward
a single year end championship event to find a "true"
U.S. champion. Individuals are then featured to a final
world event competing against 60 other countries drivers
to crown a true international champion."
Siegl of BRP-Rotax commented, "The ROTAX
MAX community is by far the biggest kart racing series
in the world, with 70,000 MAX Members as of today."
Bull Kart Fight at PRI, Powered by Rotax race also is
being co-sanctioned by the nation's two largest kart racing
organizations: WKA and IKF. It is the only kart race to
have this sort of unification of the karting segment of
the racing industry
feel this event is great for the karting industry. It
has always been a huge fan favorite and we believe the
race will enhance the entire PRI Show in Orlando,"
said Buddy Long, General Manager of WKA.
Hilger, President of the IKF commented, "The
IKF has utilized the PRI Show for several years as a marketing
venue to connect with manufacturers, tracks, sponsors,
and competitors. Karting has been the starting point for
almost every auto racing superstar. We think having the
karting event at PRI is very important to showcase the
sport in front of the national motorsports industry and
IKF is excited to be a partner in this effort. We look
forward to working hard to help deliver this first-class