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CKI Sponsors Ten Karters

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted April 20, 2010 at 10:04 am Karting

Cadet Driver Sting Ray Robb

Cadet Driver Sting Ray Robb

Championship Karting International (CKI) announced that they will be providing free entry into a series-of-choice for 10 up-and-coming karters.  The drivers who were the chosen recipients earned the most points of all first-time entrants while competing at New Castle Motorsports Park last weekend for the opening round of the 2010 CKI WSK North American Championship.

In total, CKI plans to distribute over $5,000 back into the karting community through this first time entrant program.

The drivers receiving sponsorship are:

  • Blaine Rocha (Cadet, Mini Max)
  • Andrew Palmer (KF3)
  • Sting Ray Robb (Comer Cadet, Mini Max)
  • Colton Aldrige (TaG Senior)
  • Camden Donaldson (Comer Cadet)
  • Karl Weber (Leopard Jr.)
  • Kyle Smith (KF3)
  • Andrew Hobbs (TaG Sr.)
  • John Paul Southern Jr. (Comer Cadet)
  • TJ Koyen (TaG Sr.)

Again, this is definitely a step in the right direction by CKI.  I like the selection process, as well, because it’s pretty black-and-white, there is no bias involved.  The top-ten first time entrants who earned the most points were awarded.

All of these drivers will have free entry (for one class) in a series of their choosing.  Most of the drivers will be using their free entry at a local club or regional program– which is great news.  Without a strong local and regional program the various national series will cease to exist and it seems that CKI realizes this.

This looks to be a win-win program for everyone involved.


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