Series News: Florida Karting Championship Series Set to Kick Off This Weekend
After an exciting 2012 racing season, the 2013 edition of the Florida Karting Championship Series (FKCS) is set to kick off this coming weekend in central Florida. Taking place at the Orlando Kart Center facility in Orlando, Florida, the series will look to grow to epic proportions with the addition of the Rok Cup classes as well as remaining a transfer series for the World Karting Association Manufacturer’s Cup program. Offering a wide array of classes from Kid Karts to 125cc shifter karts, the FKCS program looks to bring the fun back to the sport while providing a serious program for drivers and teams. With more than 250 entries already confirmed, the first event in Orlando is sure to be a good one, as many talented karters will descend on the Orlando facility for some serious racing action.
“It looks to be a great start to the season,” expressed new FKCS President Eddie Gennaro. “We have a strong pre entry count and drivers from not just Florida, but from states up and down the East Coast that will be attending our event. Not to mention the addition of the Rok Cup program and sponsorship support from multiple karting companies throughout Florida, we are looking to ensure the 2013 FKCS is something that people will talk about for years to come.”
With the 2013 season just around the corner, FKCS officials urge teams and competitors to sign up early as online registration and registration discounts close prior to the event on February 26th. Teams are also asked to contact the host track to request pit locations. For round one, please contact Orlando Kart Center.
The Florida Karting Championship Series will continue to support the Rotax program and will run under the 2012 rules package. With a host of new rules implemented by Rotax for 2013, FKCS officials decided to stick with the 2012 rules package until further notice.
Gennaro continued, “Implementing the new rules would have forced our competitors to spend a lot of money to get their equipment up to date. Sticking with the 2012 rules package made sense for all of us at this time.”
Other exciting news and information for the Florida Karting Championship Series includes the addition of the X30 Junior Challenge. Each FKCS event will be a qualifying race for the United States for entrance into the IAME International Finals event in Lyons, France in October of this year. Please visit http://www.FLWKASprintSeries.comfor more information and details.
2013 will also see the addition of the Rok Cup classes at the Florida Karting Championship Series. Designed to help grow the program in the United States and allow drivers to compete overseas, the FKCS program will be qualifying events for drivers to receive punches to compete in the US Rok Finals in July. With the giving away of free engines to competitors and awards and prizes of free entries to high profile events, the Rok Cup classes will be present at all FKCS events. Rok Cup event awards include a free set of tires to Rok Cup class winners each race day, free event entry to second place finishers and a free Rok Cup sweater to competitors on the final step of the podium. Also, class champions will receive free entry to the United States Rok Finals with the opportunity to receive an all expense paid trip to the Rok International Finals in Italy in October.
In 2013, the Kid Kart division will also go under a new starting procedure as all entrants will be required to pill pick for grid positions.
2013 Florida Karting Championship Series Schedule:
Race 1: March 1-3 – Orlando Kart Center – Orlando, Florida
Race 2: April 12-14 – Homestead Karting Complex – Homestead, Florida
Race 3: May 3-5 – Race Complex – Ft. Myers, Florida
Race 4: June 14-16 – Monticello – Monticello, Florida
Race 5: July 5-7 – Ocala Gran Prix – Ocala, Florida
Race 6: August 23-25 – 103rd Street Sports Complex – Jacksonville, Florida
Please remember that all news and information regarding the Florida Karting Championship Series can be found online at http://www.FLWKASprintSeries.com . Series officials would advise all teams, drivers and family to check the website often for updates and information regarding the series.