Posted on 3.25.2007
It has a new date but the same great go-kart racing is returning to historic Daytona International Speedway on April 13-15. Complete Coverage
It has a new date but the same great go-kart racing is returning to historic Daytona International Speedway on April 13-15. The tradition of go-kart racing continues at "The World Center of Racing" with three days of racing with the Horstman Gold Cup Series from the World Karting Association. On a half-mile sprint track located in the infield between Turns 3 and 4, go-karts will practice all day on Friday, April 13 and then race on both Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15. Daytona International Speedway has been hosting go-karts racing since the 1970s. Many of today's racing stars made their first foray into racing in go-karts. Among the former stars that have competed in the go-karts events at Daytona International Speedway include NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, Brian Vickers, Bobby Labonte and Jamie McMurray and most recently IndyCar Series driver Marco Andretti in 2002. "When I first started racing go-karts, it was all about having fun," said Vickers, who now races in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series with Red Bull Toyota. "It wasn't until a few years later that I realized there was the potential to make a career out or racing. "I have no doubt that future NASCAR stars will continue to come out of go-karts. They're a great first step for drivers and provide a lot of opportunities to run on various racing surfaces and at different tracks." For many of the visiting go-kart racers, this will be their first trip of what they hope are many more visits to Daytona International Speedway, one of the most famous motorsports facilities in the world. "I ran here at Daytona as a 15-year-old kid," said two-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion Tony Stewart. "I remember when we came through the tunnel with our little truck and wooden trailer with our go-kart in the back. My sister and I and my mom, we were just happy we got out of the snow of Indiana for a week let alone be at the beach and Daytona. When we pulled through that tunnel, I turned around and looked back and I wasn't quite sure I wanted to get in a go-kart and ride around." Tickets for Daytona KartWeek By Cometic Gasket are available at the gate. For more information, call 1-800-PITSHOP. Daytona KartWeek By Cometic Gasket Schedule Friday, April 13 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Practice in groups Saturday, April 14 9 a.m.: Practice in groups Noon: Qualifying with races to follow Briggs Animal Lite Briggs Restricted Jr Lite Briggs Sr Sportsman Medium Briggs Jr Spts 1 Lite Briggs Animal Heavy Briggs Jr Spts 2 Lite Briggs Restricted Jr Heavy Briggs Raptor 340 Briggs Senior Kid Karts (run during breaks) Sunday, April 15 9 a.m.: Practice in groups Noon: Qualifying with races to follow Briggs Sr Sportsman Heavy Briggs Animal Medium Briggs Animal Super Heavy Briggs Jr Lite Briggs Jr Spts 1 Heavy Briggs Jr Spts 2 Heavy Briggs Raptor 370 Briggs Jr Heavy Kid Karts (run during breaks)
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