Capps, Legge Join Karting All-Stars The Motorama Kart Parts – Birel team will field NHRA star Ron Capps, Champ Car front runner Katherine Legge, and former NASCAR driver and world karting champion Lake Speed for the Masters class at the 2nd Annual Snap-on All-Stars Karting Classic. The MKP – Birel team In addition, the MKP – Birel team will also field Bill McLaughlin Jr. for the Karter class.
Don Schumacher - Brut Racing NHRA Funny Car standout Ron Capps is a driver who is always looking for new worlds to challenge. Whether it is in a sprint car, on a motorcycle, or in a go-kart, Capps has a passion for competition in multiple motorsport disciplines. The opportunity for Capps to challenge himself against some of the best road and oval track racers was too much to resist. Look for Ron to surprise many with his abilities to turn left, right, and brake.
Dale Coyne Racing Champ Car driver Katherine Legge is very familiar with the harsh confines of closed course urban racing environments, after two seasons in the Champ Car World Series.
In the world of karting, Lake Speed is a legend. While many American NASCAR fans are aware of his successful 19-year career in the top level Cup series, his record in karting is still talked about with reverence in the American karting community. Lake Speed remains the only American to ever win the World Karting Championship in 1978. This achievement places him in a very small fraternity of motorsports that many drivers of great fame were never able to achieve. Mr. Speed will be out to show the young guns that he still has what made him world champion in karting.
“Motorama Kart Parts – Birel has certainly brought a tremendous lineup to this year’s event,” said Stars of Karting Series President Paul Zalud. “The team’s diversity will highlight the fact that karting is a great sport for anyone to compete. Racing is a sport of great personalities and stories, this team is a great example of the melting pot that our event creates.”
The PRI show takes place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from December 6-8, with the All-Stars Karting Classic taking place on the evening of December 6 featuring some of the top names in North American racing battling it out in the Masters Division, and the top drivers from the Snap-on Stars of Karting Series squaring off in the Karter Division. Drivers confirmed to be participating in the Masters Division of the event include Jamie McMurray (NASCAR), A.J. Allmendinger (NASCAR) John Andretti (NASCAR / IndyCar), Marco Andretti (IndyCar), Bryan Herta (ALMS), Joey Hand (Grand-Am), Buddy Rice (IndyCar), Eddie Lawson (MotoGP), Scott Speed (F1 / Stock Car), Jan Heylen (Champ Car), Tomas Scheckter (IndyCar), Wayne Taylor (Grand-Am), Michael Valiante (Grand-Am), Steve Johnson (NHRA) and many others to be announced in the coming weeks. Admission to the event is free. The event will be filmed for two separate television broadcasts on SPEED Channel's Lucas Oil on the Edge program thanks to support from Snap-on and Bridgestone.