DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona KartWeek wrapped up on Thursday at Daytona International Speedway in a very memorable fashion for one Daytona International Speedway employee. Early Thursday morning, 34-year DIS veteran David Reep was inducted into the World Karting Association Hall of Fame for his contributions to KartWeek throughout his long career. Reep joins a prestigious line of inductees which include William H.G. "Big Bill" France and other legendary racing dignitaries.
“This is a tremendous honor and a great surprise,” said Reep. “I’m thankful for my career at DIS and for working with the WKA for so many years. My induction has been a very humbling experience and I look forward to working with WKA for years to come.”
Reep, the speedway’s Operations Track Supervisor, joined DIS in 1976 and has worked on the WKA events since 1977, back when the series raced at the dirt track in the old Memorial Stadium in Daytona Beach. He helped construct the dirt track at Municipal Stadium when the series’ events moved there in 1988. Reep was also instrumental in the design of the Daytona Flat Track, where the WKA currently hosts its Dirt World Championships.
WKA General Manager Buddy Long summed up Reep’s contributions over the years. “He’s the man. David has been a humongous help in getting our events set up for more than three decades and ensuring they all run smoothly. More importantly, he is a tremendous friend.”
The annual holiday event at the “World Center of Racing” showcased hundreds of karters from the World Karting Association on two different courses – the George Kugler/Bridgestone Manufacturer’s Cup Series on the .700-mile sprint track located in Turns 3 and 4 and the Dirt World Championships on the quarter-mile dirt track outside Turns 1 and 2.
Besides attracting hundreds of karters from across the country, Daytona KartWeek also featured 2010 Daytona 500 champion Jamie McMurray and fellow NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger on the sprint track.
Next up at Daytona International Speedway is a busy month of January testing beginning with the Roar Before The Rolex 24 on Jan. 7-9.
Also on the testing schedule for January is the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards (Jan. 11-13), AMA Pro Racing (Jan. 17-18) and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Jan. 20-22).
Tickets are available online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.