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World Champions To Test For Superstars of Super Karts Race - January 6th 2005

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    Four of the world's all-time best motorcycle racers will be testing their Super Karts in preparation for the upcoming Superstars of Super Karts race, one of several support events at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, July 8-10, featuring round 9 of 17 of the 2005 MotoGP World Championship.

    Grand Prix motorcycle world champions Wayne Rainey, Eddie Lawson and Kevin Schwantz, along with former U.S. Superbike champion Doug Chandler, will be participating in the test day at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

    The four will be testing from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. but will take time to meet with the media during their noon-hour lunch break to discuss the Superstars of Super Karts event and the return of the MotoGP World Championship to North America for the first time since 1994.

    Rainey, who resides in Monterey, won three consecutive Grand Prix motorcycle world championships from 1990-92. Southern California-resident Lawson won four world championships (1984, '86, '88, '89). Schwantz, a native of Texas, won the 1993 world championship. Chandler is from Salinas and won the AMA U.S. Superbike Championship in 1990, '96 and '97.

    The Superstars of Super Karts features several motorcycle racing champions competing against some of the top drivers in Super Kart racing, including European and Australian/New Zealand champions, in 250cc racing karts. Super Karts feature semi-enclosed bodywork and wings and reach speeds up to 140 mph at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Aboard his Yamaha TZ-250cc-powered Super Kart, Lawson has set a fast lap time of 1:23.875, an average speed of 100.864 mph, faster than any motorcycle has gone at the circuit.

    The general public is invited to attend the Super Kart test.


    Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (1021 Monterey-Salinas Highway), an 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course.


    Wednesday, January 12, 2005. Testing scheduled from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.