Red Line Oil to Sponsor Karting Championship at Infineon Raceway

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Red Line Oil announces sponsorship of 10-race Red Line Oil Karting Championship at Infineon Raceway's Jim Russell International Karting Center in Sonoma, California, beginning March 21, 2010.

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The focus on the rules for this class will be to try and help keep the costs down for the club racers and allow close competition, we will institute a spec gear/weight rule to help achieve this

With a 30-year history of creating high-quality oils for karting, Red Line Oil is proud to announce its sponsorship of the 10-race Red Line Oil Karting Championship at Infineon Raceway’s Jim Russell International Karting Center, beginning March 21. Several changes to the successful racing series include a new promoter in Cameron Karting, a switch from Saturday races to Sunday, and a new IAME Parilla class for those popular engines.

Red Line’s Two-Stroke Racing Oil and Two-Cycle Kart Oil (both products have the same chemistry) will be the spec oils for the series, yet the specified oil from the prior year (Motul 800 2T) will be allowed for the first events to allow racers and tuners to become more comfortable with the switch.

“Most oil companies force kart racers into using their products as a spec oil, but we don’t operate that way,” said Red Line president Tim Kerrigan. “We want the give racers time to adjust. Our Two-Cycle Kart Oil will be offered at a discount to the racers with each entry. This product is one of the best in the world and offers less friction, flexible tuning, more wear protection, and cleaner operation. Testing has shown that issues in kart tech inspection come from varying fuels, not oil, as proven over the years by the strong use of our products in CIK races and the WKA Manufacturers Cup. We have worked with Steve Cameron for many years and look forward to supporting the series.”

In a very recent development, Cameron Karting will be the series promoter with the decision of Jim Russell Racing Driver Schools choosing to focus their expertise on the race car and karting school business. Cameron Karting president Steve Cameron will bring his racing experience and enthusiasm for karting to the series. “This is an exciting opportunity; we hope to grow from the strength of the 2009 season which was based around the Rotax classes and 80 Shifters. Adding the IAME Parilla class will give local club racers another great venue.”

Ric Shaw will be returning for his 9th year of coordinating and race directing the series. Marin Karting and Cameron Karting will partner in the administration of the Northern California Rotax Challenge Series, one of the largest regional Rotax series in the country.

Another change will be moving the series to a Sunday race day schedule. “We will be able to expand the classes and track time for all the racers by making the move to Sunday,” said race director Ric Shaw. “The Saturday prior to the race day will be a full day at the Infineon track with the Jim Russell Arrive and Drive program in the morning and a 4-hour practice session available to all karters in the afternoon. The racers will no longer have to take time off work to run the Friday practice days of the past.”

For 2010, the series will have 8 races at Infineon’s Jim Russell International Karting Center. For the 80 Shifters and IAME TaG classes, the series championship will be a best 7 of the 8 races. For the Rotax classes, 8 of the 10 planned races of the Northern California Rotax Challenge Series will be at Infineon with 2 races to run at the Dixon kart track. For the Rotax Challenge series, the championship will be determined on the best 8 of the 10 races.

The complete line up of National Rotax classes will run again in 2010. Micro Max and Mini Max classes for the Junior 1 driver, Junior Rotax, Senior Rotax, Rotax Masters and the 2-speed Rotax DD2 class. The regional Rotax Masters Light class will run again in 2010.

Three 80 Shifter classes will run with a special focus to build the numbers back to the Infineon track. Formula 80, 80 Masters and 80 Heavy will give variety for all 80 driver/equipment combinations with rules and tire selections that follow those used throughout Northern California. At the beginning of the year, all three classes will run together in the same race group, but if the number of entries grow, splitting the race group up will be considered.

The new IAME Parilla class for 2010 will allow both NorCal-modified 08 spec engines as will as Stock prepared 08 and 09 engines. Significant prize support from Italian Motors USA will be announced shortly. “The focus on the rules for this class will be to try and help keep the costs down for the club racers and allow close competition, we will institute a spec gear/weight rule to help achieve this,” said Cameron.

For more additional information, contact Race Director Ric Shaw at racedirector-ric(at)hotmail(dot)com or go to To find a Red Line dealer or order online, log onto Contact: Red Line Synthetic Oil Corp., 6100 Egret Court, Benicia CA, 94510, (800) 624-7958

2010 Race Dates
March 21 – Infineon Raceway
April 11 – Infineon Raceway
May 23 – Infineon Raceway
June 27 – Infineon Raceway
July 25 – Infineon Raceway
August 22 – Dixon Track (Rotax Classes)
August 29 – Infineon Raceway
September 19 – Dixon Track (Rotax Classes)
September 26 – Infineon Raceway
October 24 – Infineon Raceway

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