Driver News: Kyle Smith – WKA Manufacturers Cup Series PIRC Preview

Kyle Smith

Kyle Smith

After almost 14 months out of the seat, Kyle Smith will be making his long awaited debut at the national level this weekend when he heads to Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, Pennsylvania to race in the Checkered Motorsports/Zero Error Racing WKA nationals.

Smith, known around the paddock not only for his results, but his achievements in school, decided to spend his senior year of high school in Germany last year, missing the later part of the 2012 season and the first half of the 2013 season. Kyle reflected on his experience saying “It was overall an amazing experience, I couldn’t put a price on the year, I learned so much, not only a language and culture, but also a lot about myself, having to deal with real world situations all by myself. Going to school, having to make friends all over again was tough, especially when you don’t know what makes them tick, since again, it is a different culture, but all of these experiences helped make me a more sound individual, having said that, I’m back, and ready to go racing!”

Kyle Smith will compete in both TaG divisions, Parilla and TaG, aboard his familiar yellow and gold Checkered Motorsports PCR Mxk8 powered by a Comet Racing Engines prepared Parilla Leopard.

Last time the Manufacturer’s Cup came to town, Smith scored three podiums in three classes, winning one of the pre-finals.

In closing, Smith stated “I’m really stoked to get back racing against such stout competition, it’s been a while, but with a few practice sessions under my belt, I think we’ll be up front in no time. I have tested a few times at PRK (Pitt Race Karting) to get back up to speed for the event, and ran times, comparable to that of last year’s Manufacturer’s Cup event. Again, I can’t stress how happy I am to be back, and look forward to a great weekend with the Checkered Motorsports crew!”

Kyle would like to thank the following people. Everyone at Checkered Motorsports, specifically Csaba Budjoso,everyone at Comet Kart Sales and Racing Engines, GO Designs, Jeff Smith, and his family for their support.

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For more information on Comet Kart Sales and Racing Engines, go to their website: or call 317-462-3413.

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