ORLANDO, Fla. -- Trade Show The names of the drivers, who have thus far committed to the Snap-on All-Stars Karting Classic to run Dec. 11, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, in conjunction with the 21st Annual PRI Trade Show, reads like a 'who's who' of contemporary racers. With two Indy 500 winners, an NHRA champion, and IndyCar, NASCAR, ALMS, Grand-Am and NHRA newcomers and veterans alike, the entry list continues to grow on a daily basis.
The drivers ready to compete in this year's All-Star event:
* Dan Wheldon, 2006 Indy 500 winner * Buddy Rice, 2004 Indy 500 winner * Ed Carpenter, IndyCar * Michael Valiante (last year's All-Stars winner), Grand-Am * Will Power, IndyCar * Marco Andretti, IndyCar * Antron Brown, NHRA * AJ Allmendinger, NASCAR * Max Papis, sports cars * Cristiano Da Matta, sports cars * Oswaldo Negri, Jr., open wheel * Raphael Matos, open wheel * Scott Speed, stock cars * Bryan Herta, sports cars * Townsend Bell, IndyCar * Jamie McMurray, NASCAR * Nelson Phillipe, open wheel * Jan Heylan, open wheel * Joey Hand, Grand-Am * Alex Lloyd, IndyCar * Vitor Meira, IndyCar * Ron Capps, NHRA * Ryan Hunter-Reay, 2008 Indy 500 Rookie-of-the-Year
"We are very excited to have the All-Stars Karting Classic return," noted Steve Lewis, producer of the PRI Trade Show. "Kart racing is where many of the drivers now enjoying successful careers at upper-level auto racing series began. The All-Stars line-up last year featured a tremendous array of pro drivers, and everyone can look forward to another stellar group of Stars karters and great racing action."
In addition, this year's race will be televised on Fox Sports. With support from Bridgestone Tires, Masters Entertainment and the PRI Trade Show, karting will once again be brought to the forefront of the mainstream media with a half-hour televised broadcast in April of 2009.
"Having this exciting Stars of Karting event being produced to be shown on Fox Sports really shows the magnitude and scope of this exciting race," added Lewis. "All of the excitement seen by thousands at the event will be viewed by millions worldwide on television." With eKartingNews.com's Rob Howden as part of the on-air color commentary team, karting will be prominently displayed on one of the biggest television networks in all of North America.
Racing begins at 7:00 p.m. Thursday night, with two big races: the Masters (Pro) Division and the Karters Division, featuring many of North America's hottest young karters. Expanded grandstands, and food & beverage stands will be available to accommodate PRI's race audience as well as many local Orlando fans. A special 44-page race program will be provided to all attendees free of charge.
"The All-Stars Karting Classic also helps put the spotlight on the steadily growing number of kart supplier exhibits, buyers and participants in the PRI Trade Show," Lewis added, "making the show an important central point for all karting businesses."
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