Kyle Kirkwood Looks For More Wins in Final Round of WKA Manufacturers Championship at New Castle Motorsports Park

Kyle Kirkwood Looks For More Wins in Final Round of WKA Manufacturers Championship at New Castle Motorsports Park

Walldinger Racing Media Contact:
Matt Cleary, Sunday Group Management

New Castle, Ind. (14 September 2012) – Walldinger racer Kyle Kirkwood will be back in race action this weekend for the final round of the WKA Manufacturers Cup Series Championship – the McLaughlin Motorsports Grand Nationals at New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, Indiana.

Heading into the final round of 2012 bringing the momentum of two wins in the previous round at Norway, Kirkwood is set to contest four events again this weekend. Kirkwood was a double-winner in Norway’s Sunday events – claiming victory in both the Komet Jr. Lite and Yamaha Jr. Heavy classes. The 13-year-old karter has shown strong pace in the No. 29 Arrow all season long with four victories and 10 podium finishes on the youngster’s quickly growing racing resume.

Kirkwood will look to add to that impressive list this weekend as he also pursues the Yamaha Jr. Heavy championship title. The rules of the championship allow each racer to drop their lowest scoring race event from the schedule and when factoring in the drops, Kirkwood sits atop the Yamaha Jr. Heavy standings with a 30-point advantage. The young karter has battled Kyle Kalish throughout the entire year with Kirkwood notching one win and three runner-up finishes in the class.

And if that wasn’t enough for the Shell racer to be pursuing, the Florida karter also has a shot at the Komet Jr. Heavy championship as Kirkwood currently sits third in the division. He remains among the top-10 in Yamaha Jr. Lite and Komet Jr. Lite, currently 8th and 10th respectively.

“I’m excited to get going at New Castle this weekend,” said Kirkwood. “It’s been such a great season for me so far and I can’t thank AJ (Allmendinger), Shell-Pennzoil, Walldinger Racing and KartSport enough for giving me the opportunity to race the WKA Manufacturers Cup this year. Hopefully I can bring them a few more wins this weekend and it would just top it off to bring home a championship too!”

The McLaughlin Motorsports Grand Nationals can be followed with live timing and scoring as well as video streaming on Saturday and Sunday at

There will be a full day of practice on Friday. Saturday and Sunday will each see a format of morning practice followed by qualifying, a Pre-Final and Final.

About Shell-Pennzoil:

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with 93,000 employees in more than 90 countries. In the U.S., Shell operates in 50 states and employs nearly 20,000 people using technology and innovation to help tackle the challenges of the new energy future. The Shell downstream organization manages a portfolio of top-quality brands, including the No. 1 selling gasoline and premium gasoline brand[i] and Pennzoil®, the most trusted motor oil brand in America*. Shell’s motorsports technical alliances around the world provide a testing ground for fuel and lubricant technologies and products in demanding road conditions. The knowledge Shell and Pennzoil gain through these alliances help address tomorrow’s world mobility energy challenge with efficient solutions that power and protect motorists around the globe.

Walldinger Racing
About Walldinger Racing, Inc.: Walldinger Racing was formed in 2006 to support AJ Allmendinger’s motorsports career by developing commercial opportunities and partnership programs.

About KartSport
Formed in August 2010, KartSport is the exclusive North American importer of Arrow Racing Karts. Owned and operated by professional karting and racing veterans Justin Marks and Eric Jones, and operating out of a state-of-the-art facility in Mooresville, North Carolina, KartSport delivers to the karting industry a number of quality products and services. KartSport also designs and manufacturers it’s own line of karting tools and components.

About Sparco
Founded in 1977 Sparco is the world leader in motor sports safety equipment. More than 35 years later, Sparco’s ambition for producing the safest and innovative driving equipment possible, is still the number one priority for the company. At speeds of more than 200 mph, and temperatures above 120 degrees, a driver must be 100% confident in their safety equipment. Therefore, the world’s top professional drivers choose Sparco, more than any other brand.

About Sunday Group Management
Sunday Group Management is a leading motorsports management and communications consulting firm with clients in NASCAR, IndyCar, GRAND-AM, and ALMS.,, or




Matt Cleary
Sunday Group Management
317.908.2975 (m)

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