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2017 Ignite Dash at Daytona / WKA KartWeek Event Recap
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ST. LOUIS, MO – (November 8, 2018) – This year’s inaugural Margay Ignite Dash at Daytona at WKA’s Daytona KartWeek saw 33 Briggs & Stratton 206 powered Ignite K3s take the track over the three-day event. The Ignite Senior class proved to be a true driver's class with a heavy mix of competitors throughout the front of the field. Up front we saw a mix of new karts and old karts, National champions and Daytona newcomers along with youth and experience.

 

Spike Kohlbecker Wins Yamaha Junior

 

Spike Kohlbecker retained glory at the "World Center of Speed" by obtaining a victory and a second place finish in Yamaha Junior driving his 2018 Brava 1.17ck chassis. The lone American chassis was able to get the job done against the best of the best from Europe!

 

Ignite Senior Race 1


The teams arrived at the track to extremely damp conditions with an ongoing mist that didn’t subside until around 10am. Drivers elected to skip the morning warm-up session which would only
allow drivers 8 minutes in qualifying to quickly adapt to the track conditions. With Ignite Senior being last in the run order, classes were slowly merging from rains to slicks.
By the time the drivers hit the track, only the direct racing line was in the dry. Gabby Chaves showed his karting experience in the rain to put his #88 Ignite K3 on pole by 0.130 seconds over Daytona veteran, Jeff Jewell.

 

In the pre-final, Jewell would get shuffled back to fourth place right away as Charlotte Lalonde and Chaves would work together to split the pack. With 4 laps to go, the pair of Zach Veach and JeffJewell would close back in. On the back-stretch of the last lap, Lalondemade the inside pass to secure the lead. Chaves tried the over-under, only to find a nose on the inside heading down the front-stretch. With Veach and Jewell close behind, Chaves and Lalonde hooked bumpers which allowed Veach to take the second position at the line creating a 4-wide finish.

 

This set Lalonde and Veach to the front row for the Ignite Senior final. On the start, Jordan Bernloehr took the lead while Chaves dropped back to 11th place. Coming into the turn 1 on lap 2, Veach made an inside pass securing the top spot with Lalonde following behind. Veach and Lalonde would work together to attempt to gap the field while Bernloehr maintained his gap on the lead pack. On the last lap, Lalonde had Veach setup identical to Chaves in the pre-final. Lalonde was not able to get a good run heading onto the backstretch on the final lap which allowed Zach Veach to take his first ever WKA Manufacture’s Cup win. Jordan Bernloehr would finish third with Gabby Chaves fighting his way back to fourth place.

 

After the race Veach stated, “I knew with two to go I had to do everything I could possibly do to keep Charlotte behind me. It was an awesome run, I’ve never had so much fun behind the wheel”.

 

Ignite Senior Race 2

In qualifying for the second race event, Charlotte Lalonde would take the pole on her final lap, edging Zach Veach by 0.087 seconds. In the pre-final, Veach would unfortunately lose a chain after being involved in a first lap incident, immediately sending him to the back of the pack. This would leave Chaves and Lalonde to fight it out to the end. Chaves would take the pre-final win with Lalonde, Bernloehr and Gage Rucker close behind.

 

In the final, Lalonde would make contact with another kart on the start sending her through the grass into turn one, allowing Chaves and Bernloehr to break away from the pack. A close battle for third emerged between Justin Vancil, Jordan Missig and Gage Rucker throughout the duration of the race. Rucker would make a three-wide pass over Vancil and Missig to take the third-place position, only to hold it for a lap before Vancil could regain the spot. In the closing laps, Bernloehr would edge closer and closer to Chaves, eventually getting to his rear bumper only for lap traffic to split the top two positions coming to the checkered. Chaves would take the win at Daytona making it an “Indycar Sweep” for the weekend.

 

After the race Gabby stated, “The competition was so close all weekend, we all had a blast and we can’t wait to do it again”.

 
Spike Kohlbecker Wins Yamaha Junior at WKA Manufacture's Cup Team Empower Nationals!
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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 12:37

Only seven days after claiming victory at the Battle at the Brickyard inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Spike Kohlbecker kept the momentum rolling into the World Karting Association's Manufacturer's Cup Series last weekend. After a pair of heat wins Saturday, an unavoidable accident put an end to his drive to the top of the podium. Not to be deterred, Spike rebounded Sunday with a pole position in a stacked Junior field and put in a superb drive to capture the Yamaha Junior victory. Spike has been a #FastCat for his entire racing career, and we are proud to have our USA made product underneath him every weekend. Congratulations to Spike, Todd, Amy, Mike and the rest of the crew on a fantastic result! Indiana and July have been a memorable combination!


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Ignite Dash at Daytona - WKA Daytona Kartweek December 27-30, 2017
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The popular Margay Ignite program returns to the WKA Daytona Kartweek in 2018! The Ignite Dash at Daytona will take the green flag inside the World Center of Racing this December 27-30 as part of the WKA Manufacturers Cup Series.  Added as a local option class, Ignite Senior will utilize the same Ignite rules package racers around the Midwest are already familiar with.  With only a sprocket change to their existing Ignite kart, racers from around the country will be able to race inside the same facility that hosts the Super Bowl of racing – Daytona International Speedway.  A full field of Ignite K3 chassis equipped with Briggs 206 engines and Bridgestone YDS tires will fight to etch their names in the history books alongside other legendary Daytona champions.

Don’t know what to ask Santa for this year?  We’ve got the perfect answer.  Full Arrive & Drive packages are available, and although they won’t quite fit in your stocking, would create an unforgettable racing vacation inside one of the world’s best known racing facilities.  Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, start polishing the helmet and get ready for fast, fun, fair kart racing at the world center of speed.  Arrive & Drive packages include a new Ignite K3 package, Briggs 206 engine, Bridgestone tires, full support staff, catered lunches, all race fuel and more.  Show up to the track and race – we will handle the rest!

The Ignite program is designed as an affordable way to go kart racing.  Consistent with this philosophy, Ignite competitors will not be required to purchase or run new tires all weekend.  You can practice, qualify and race on the same set of Bridgestone YDS tires.  Additionally, the WKA entry fee for the Ignite class has been set at $195. Canadian drivers receive FREE WKA entry sponsored by Briggs & Stratton Racing when registered before November 1. Stop sitting in front of the fireplace sipping eggnog and get in the driver’s seat this year!

Click HERE to reserve your spot in the Dash at Daytona!

Click HERE to Dash at Daytona event info

 

 

 
Margay Racing Returns to the Rock Island Grand Prix for the Second Annual Ignite Shootout
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Monday, 18 July 2016 09:17

 

Margay Racing Returns to the Rock Island Grand Prix for the Second Annual Ignite Shootout



ST. LOUIS, MO – (July 18, 2016) – A full field of rumbling spec Ignite LO206 karts will take the green flag this Labor Day weekend for the second annual Ignite Shootout at the 22nd edition of the Rock Island Grand Prix.  After a successful inaugural event last September, the Ignite Shootout returns to ‘The Rock’ as the only spec class that will see the checkered flag.  Margay’s spec Ignite formula has put the driver back into kart racing.  Each entry will wheel a spec Margay Ignite K3 package, powered by the popular Briggs LO206 power plant. This program is designed to take aim at the grassroots level of karting and provide an opportunity for racers to get off the couch and in the seat for the most prestigious street race in the country.

 

Joining the popular Ignite Senior class this year is the addition of the Ignite Junior class, the only opportunity for racers between the age of 12 and 15 to compete at this historic event.  In both Ignite Junior and Senior, Ignite Shootout will feature a full field competitors wheeling Ignite K3 spec chassis manufactured by Margay Racing.  These chassis will be equipped with Briggs & Stratton LO206 engines and the Bridgestone YDS tire compound.  This combination is the perfect marriage between minimizing costs and maximizing competition.

 

“The Rock Island Grand Prix is one of the premier events in karting. We wanted to help open the door to a broader base of participants and allow karters to experience the event first hand, in a competitive class where the emphasis is on the driver.  Our spec Ignite program is ideally suited for those who want to ‘Arrive & Drive’ or compete with their own Ignite karts,” said Margay Racing owner Keith Freber.  “The RIGP is not only a great race, it’s a gathering…a pillar of the great karting events, its one not to be missed and the Ignite Shootout is the perfect opportunity for those from around the country and from outside of the country to ‘fly & drive’ and compete in this labor day weekend classic” continued Freber.

 

“After the success of last year’s event, we discussed the addition of a Junior Ignite class for 2016 with the RIGP team.  Collectively, we felt the addition of Ignite Junior would be an ideal way for the 12-15 year old drivers to experience the competition and atmosphere that can only be experienced at Rock Island.  We’re expecting a strong field of Junior drivers and are looking forward to crowning our first RIGP Ignite Junior Champion in 2016,” said Freber.

 

Margay Racing will provide full Arrive & Drive packages that will feature LO206 powered Ignite K3 chassis, Bridgestone YDS tires, racing fuel, tent space, catered lunches and a shared mechanic. Existing Ignite K3 owners are welcome to participate in the shootout, call 1.800.562.7429 for pricing and information. The Ignite Shootout package is the excuse you need to get in the seat for yourself and let your driving do the talking.

 

For more information on the Ignite Shootout pricing, structure and rules please visit www.margay.com/company/ignite-shootout.html or call 1.800.562.7429.

 

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Based in Saint Louis, MO, Margay Racing is the most successful sprint kart manufacturer in the United States, supporting drivers in all divisions of karting and producing winning karts for countless local, regional, and national champions.  Now in its 51st year, Margay is owned by third-generation family member, Keith Freber.  For more information about Margay, please see www.margay.com

 
Margay Ignite Kart Demo - Saturday, October 29 - Gateway Kartplex - Madison, IL
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Monday, 18 July 2016 09:17

 

Margay Ignite Kart Demo - Saturday, October 29 - Gateway Kartplex - Madison, IL


 

ST. LOUIS, MO - (October 19, 2016) - Try before you buy! For only $75, you will have an opportunity to test a race prepared Briggs & Stratton Racing LO206 powered Ignite K3 at the Gateway Kartplex in Madison, IL. Briggs LO206 racing provides an affordable, low maintenance and competitive step into karting. Tailor made for the Briggs LO206 class, the Ignite K3 is a proven race winner across North America whether it's on the national WKA circuit or your local club track!

 

Drivers will receive an instructional briefing before they are sent out for two 8-minute sessions behind the wheel. You will follow behind a Team Margay driver as they help you get comfortable and familiar with the kart. Afterwards, if you choose to purchase an Ignite K3 within 2 weeks of the demo, $75 will be credited towards the total cost of the kart! Purchase your kart the day of the demo and receive a Zamp FS-8 helmet!

Safety gear rental is included, drivers are required to wear long pants and closed toe shoes. The demo is available for drivers aged 7 and up. Drivers under 18 years old must have a parent or legal guardian with them. If you have any questions, give us a call at (314) 771-4242

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Based in Saint Louis, MO, Margay Racing is the most successful sprint kart manufacturer in the United States, supporting drivers in all divisions of karting and producing winning karts for countless local, regional, and national champions.  Now in its 51st year, Margay is owned by third-generation family member, Keith Freber.  For more information about Margay, please see www.margay.com

 
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