The Snap-On Champ Car Stars of Tomorrow national karting series has unveiled an exciting 2004 schedule that includes some of the most legendary race tracks in America as well as new facilities and a special international marquee event.

"We believe we have developed an outstanding list of races and venues for the 2004 Snap-On Champ Car Stars of Tomorrow schedule," said Bobby Rahal, a principal in the national karting series, "We have a couple of the most famous tracks in America like Road America in Wisconsin and Infineon Raceway at Sears Point. And we have new facilities like the sensational Moran Raceway in California and BeaverRun in Pennsylvania and the temporary circuits in Reno, the Freedom Festival in Windsor, Canada and Disney World in Orlando for the series championship event.

"I think the karting community will enjoy the variety of venues on the Stars schedule this year."

As in 2003, the Snap-On Champ Car Stars of Tomorrow series will have four events in each of the regional divisions - Eastern and Western - with the Stars Karting Championships combining the two regions in the finale.

"The 2003 Stars season had some of the best racing seen all year throughout North America," said Bryan Herta, founder of the Stars of Tomorrow karting series, "Now, the 2004 schedule has added facilities that should even be bigger and better for our racers and sponsors. The scope of the venues will make for sensational racing in all
classes. Plus these tracks will help develop the driving skills of our talent young competitors."

The Stars Western Division schedule will open on 18 April at Moran Raceway in California, the site of this year's hastily re-arranged Stars Karting Championships that produced some spectacular karting action. On 6 June, a temporary circuit will constructed in Reno for the second Western Division event, while Infineon Raceway at Sears Point will stage the third round as part of the 16-18 July American Le Mans Series weekend. CartBC in Canada will round out the Western swing on 8 August.

The new BeaverRun Motorsports Complex in north-western Pennsylvania will play host for the Eastern Division Stars opener on 9 May, followed by the highly-attended Freedom Festival that straddles the end of June and beginning of July on the streets of Windsor, Ontario. The third Eastern race is set for 1 August at a site to be
determined, with the possibility of a refurbished well-known facility. The legendary Road America in Elkhart Lake, serves as the venue for the final Eastern race on 22 August, again as part of an ALMS event.

The Stars Karting Championships will be held on the grounds of Walt Disney World in Orlando, over 24-26 September, when the series champions will be crowned on a specially prepared circuit.

In 2004, the Stars series also will introduce a special international marquee karting spectacular - the Race of the Americas - set for 19-21 November at an international site to be determined in the near future. This race, a non-points event, will be on the World Karting Calendar and be promoted throughout North and South America as well as having extended European participation.

Class structure for the 2004 Stars season will be ICC (125cc Shifter), ICA (100cc direct drive), 80cc Junior Shifter, JICA (junior direct drive) and Cadet Comer (ages 8-12). The sixth class has been dropped to allow for more track time for the 2004 categories. The Cadet class will have a reduced cost for entering all events.

 

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