PHOENIX, Arizona — Championship Karting International and WSK North America are pleased to announce an enormous prize package for the premier edition of the WSK Florida Cup Series that will take place at the Homestead Karting Complex just south of Miami, Florida. A brand new 2010 Mazda 3 car will be awarded to the champion of the Rotax Senior as well as over $130,000 in cash and prizes will be given out throughout the series to all classes. Rotax class champions will also receive transfers and travel to the 2010 US Rotax Grand Nationals. The WSK Florida Cup has also released its race format for the 2010 campaign as the series looks to set the precedent in North American karting.
“The prize package that we have come up with is truly something special,” stated WSK Florida Cup Director of Operations Kevin Williams. “A car, courtesy of a partnership with Mazda USA and South Motors of Miami, cash prizes and invitations to events are confirmed, along with some special incentive awards. More prizes are currently in the works and will be announced in the very near future.”
For the KF2 division, a $3,000 cash purse will be awarded to podium finishers each and every weekend while TaG Senior podium winners will split a total purse of $1,750. KF3 drivers will be battling for their share of a $1,200 purse. Also on the docket for the TaG Senior Florida Cup series champion will be free entry for the entire 2010 WSK North America Series, to include Race Tires; a prize totaling $6,000. KF2 and KF3 class champions will receive free entry to the WSK World Series Round #2 at the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey.
The Rotax divisions will also battle for cash and transfers to the US Rotax Grand Nationals. With a partnership with the Rotax Max Challenge, Florida Cup Series Champions and US residents in Rotax Mini Max, Rotax Junior, Rotax Senior and Rotax Masters will be invited to participate in the Grand National event while non-residents that claim a championship will receive $1,000 Cash.
Cash Prize Package each event for the Rotax Categories will also be awarded. Rotax Mini Drivers each event will be competing for a prize purse of $525 in cash, Rotax Juniors, Seniors, and Masters, each $1,200 in cash.
The Rotax Senior class will have something extra to battle for as on the line for the series Champion will be a brand new 2010 Mazda 3. Working with Mazda USA and South Motors of Miami, the WSK Florida Cup will award a brand new car to the deserving champion at the end of the series. The 2010 Mazda 3 will be on display at all three events at the Homestead Karting Center with the Rotax Senior champion being awarded the keys and vehicle at the final podium presentation of the 2010 WSK Florida Cup program.
“The prizes for the Florida Cup don’t stop there,” stated series co-founder RJ Valentine. “We have initiated some ‘Team Incentive’ awards for the series as the WSK North America program looks to give back to the teams that contribute so much to our sport.”
Competitors competing in the Florida Cup will not only be listed by chassis, engine and tires, but will also be associated with a team, providing that operation a chance to claim $10,000 in cash prizes. $7,500 will be awarded to the team whose drivers make it to the podium the most during the Florida Cup Series while $2,500 will go to the team that has the most drivers during the entire Florida Cup Series. Another $2500 will be awarded to the driver attaining the most top ten finishes throughout the three weekend series bringing the prize fund in excess of $130,000.
Valentine continued, “Our program understands what the costs of running a national level race team are, and we are looking to help those teams out wherever possible. Giving something back to our customers is something that we feel can be beneficial for all parties involved. This package offers something for each Category, at each Event, in addition to series Champions.”
Details on the WSK North America Florida Cup prize package and payouts are available online at www.ChampionshipKartRacing.com
The Florida Cup will capitalize on building the excitement of competition throughout each and every event weekend, offering qualifying, prefinal and finals on both Saturday and Sunday of each weekend. Drivers will accumulate points in prefinals and finals on both Saturday and Sunday, and the drivers with the most points each weekend in each division of competition will be crowned the class winner for that event. The drivers with the most points over the course of the Florida Cup will be awarded the class champions and the prizes noted above.
Florida Cup entry forms are now online and are available at www.ChampionshipKartRacing.com. Entries include everything competitors will need for the official elements of the weekend including two sets of race tires, except Rotax Mini Max which will be one set race tires, fuel, Motul oil and driver pit pass. Friday practice and pit space parking fees are included with every entry. Practice and rain tires are the responsibility of the driver, however they can be obtained from CKI/WSK North America if desired.
Also available from the fine people at Homestead Karting will be complimentary trailer parking for the length of the series for all entrants.
Next up for CKI in 2009 is the annual PRI Trade Show for the PRI/CKI Karting All-Star Classic. 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.