CENTENNIAL, Colo. (February 27, 2002) - In the wake of February 23 announcement which brought SCCA Pro Racing, Ltd. and the World Karting Association (WKA) together to form the WKA/SCCA Pro Racing Constructors Championship, the karts to cars scholarship program has already been extended from the senior level down to those participating in junior level competition.
The Championship, which provides a distinct ladder for karters to move into a variety of race cars through the Sports Car Club of America's Club and Pro Racing programs, now boasts a scholarship program spearheaded by Primus Racing to add more incentives for junior karters.
The program will provide each Champion from the three junior classes (Cadet K80 or Yamaha Jr. Sportsman 1, WKA, ages 8-12, World Formula Jr.; CIK Formula Mondial, ages 12-15; and Formula Yamaha Jr., WKA, ages 12-15) a certificate good for redemption, upon the driver's 16th birthday, for a test in a Primus Racing Formula Ford.
With the additional incentives for junior karters, Primus Racing builds on their existing program that awards the winner of the 2002 Constructors Championship with a fully funded ride in eight SCCA Club Racing National events in a Van Diemen Formula Ford racecar, including the 2003 Valvoline Runoffs® National Championship event. Primus Racing will select a second driver for the program from a shootout at the end of the 2002 season. Should either driver win the Valvoline Runoffs, he or she will be awarded a fully funded ride with Formula Ford Zetec Championship stalwart Cape Motorsports for 2004.
"It's very encouraging to see how quickly the scholarship programs are developing," said Mitch Wright, SCCA Pro Racing Vice President and General Manager. "We believe that the Constructors Championship will provide endless opportunities for karters to move up through the ranks, in all forms of motorsports.
"Primus Racing has been outstanding in terms of its contribution to this effort. We know this is a major stride for the recently-conceived Championship and will increase the incentives for junior-level karters."
"The dreams of eight to 15 year-old karters are just as great as those of senior karters," said Randy Kugler, World Karting Association President. "Primus Racing fully understands that reality and will give these individuals a chance to plan for a future in Motorsports."
"Van Diemen and Primus Racing have always tried to support the junior formulas as much as possible in the past," said Jon Baytos, Primus Racing and Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship Owner. "So we figured, 'why not get some support down to the real juniors in the sport?'
"It's a great idea from Randy [Kugler] and hopefully we can expand on it in the future."
The 2002 WKA/SCCA Pro Racing Constructors Championship is a four-race Championship at premier venues, beginning July 28 at Road America for the Cadet K80 or Yamaha Jr. Sportsman 1, World Formula Jr., Formula Yamaha Jr., ICA (CIK, Intercontinental A), ICC (CIK, Intercontinental C) and Formula 125 Senior (CIK, Intercontinental C, 35 years old and older) classes. Other events on the 2002 schedule include Norway, Ill. on September 15; Marshalltown, Iowa on October 13 and Lowe's Motor Speedway November 1-3. The 2003 season will feature approximately 16 races in four divisions nationwide, with a final National Championship race to close off the season.