PHOENIX, Arizona — The Championship Karting International Series is pleased to announce Corsa Racing Kart America’s driver lineup for the fourth annual PRI/CKI Karting All-Stars Classic. Competing with the Florida based company will be IndyCar drivers Justin Wilson and Ed Carpenter as they will look to do battle with a host of today’s motorsports stars.
Wilson, who is currently teamed with Dale Coyne Motorsports, scored one victory and two podiums in the 2009 IndyCar Series. Taking the victory on one of the most challenging road courses, Watkins Glen, Wilson will look to get back to his roots of karting and score the win at the PRI/CKI All-Star Classic. Wilson has been a big name in the world of motorsports as he competed in the Formula One World Championship back in the early 2000’s and claimed the Greg Moore Legacy Award in both 2006 and 2007.
Wilson’s teammate under the Corsa Kart tent will be fellow IndyCar Series star Ed Carpenter of Vision Racing. The Indiana resident joined the IndyCar Series in 2004 after two complete seasons in the Firestone Indy Lights, formerly the Infiniti Pro Series. In 2009, Carpenter claimed six top ten results and a 12th place position in the overall championship chase.
Joining Wilson and Carpenter in the All-Stars Classic will be Josh Hurley, Stefan Wilson and Kris Haase racing in the Karter Division. Hurley, who has plenty of karting experience, claimed the 2008 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Championship and is a current pilot in the Grand-American Koni Challenge. Joining Hurley will be McLaren BRDC winner and Firestone Indy Lights driver Stefan Wilson, who had the opportunity to test a McLaren Formula One Car earlier in November, as well as Corsa Italy factory pilot Kris Haase.
“Corsa Racing Kart America is new to the PRI show for 2009, and we are glad to have them on board,” expressed event organizer and Director of Operations Kevin Williams. “This event is quickly becoming one of the premiere karting events in North America and with the exposure we are getting worldwide, we expect more drivers from Europe to attend.”
“Corsa Racing Kart has been a force to reccon with in Europe and the PRI show will mark Corsa’s official launch in America. We just coldn’t imagine a better opportunity to demonstrate our chassis’ capabilities than the PRI/CKI All-Star Classic. The importance of the event prompted Haase/Corsa Racing Kart founder Jorn Haase himself to come from Italy and oversee our team’s effort,” explained Sven Schele from Corsa Racing Kart America.
More information on the Corsa Racing Kart chassis can be found at www.corsakart.com.
The PRI/CKI Karting All-Star Classic will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net affiliation of cable networks. Both the Karter and All-Star Divisions of the race will have their own dedicated half-hour broadcasts that will air in a minimum of 86 million households. Last year’s PRI event, with re-air dates, was viewed in more then 700,000 households helping bring karting to the mainstream media. The Karter division from the 2009 event will air on Monday January 11th, 2010 at 4:30pm local time while the All-Star division will be broadcast on Monday January 18th, 2010 at 4:30pm.
The 2009 PRI/CKI Karting All-Stars Classic will take place at the annual Performance Racing Industry trade show in Orlando, Florida. With the event taking place on the evening of Thursday, December 10th, Fox will be in attendance producing an hour long broadcast bringing karting to the mainstream medium of television early in 2010.
Stay tuned to www.championshipkartracing.com for up-to-date information, photos and results. The PRI show is held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from December 10th – 12th with the PRI/CKI Karting All-Stars Classic taking place on the evening of December 10th. Admission to the event is free for PRI attendees and exhibitors with PRI show credentials.