Rock Island Grand Prix

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Briggs & Stratton and Rock Island Grand Prix

ROCK ISLAND, ILL. -- The Rock Island Grand Prix, the world's largest karting street race, and Briggs & Stratton Motorsports have announced an exciting incentive program for drivers participating in the Briggs Local Option 206 classes at Rock Island this Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-4.

The Rock Island Grand Prix has organized its racing program to provide for multiple Briggs & Stratton LO206 classes to increase track time and chances to win for competitors. In the case of the Briggs & Stratton LO 206, this means offering a Masters, Medium and two Heavy races.

Briggs & Stratton Motorsports is pitching in to encourage their racers to take advantage of the format by offering a discount to competitors who sign up for two of these LO 206 classes. For the first 30 drivers entering, if a racer signs up for two classes, Briggs & Stratton will underwrite $100 of the $125 entry fee on the second LO 206 class. The first 30 racers will be able to race two classes for just $25 more than one class. Drivers will compete for the coveted Rock trophy, flag and $500 to win and payouts through five places in full classes.

Drivers who enter after the first 30 will pay the standard $125 entry fee for both classes. The offer does not apply to the Margay Ignite Shootout.

The LO 206 sealed engine is purpose-built exclusively for racing, each built by hand right in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and backed by a factory written rule set. It is quickly becoming popular because of its reasonable cost, durability, superior manufacturing quality and the fact that it levels the playing field and puts the emphasis on the driver.

"The Rock Island Grand Prix is one of the premier karting events in the country and it should be on everyone's calendar to experience," stated David Klaus, director, Briggs & Stratton Racing. "We are excited to once again help support our racers and continue our long standing commitment with the RIGP.?="

"Our event and Briggs & Stratton have a long history of working together to promote 4-cycle sprint kart racing," said Roger Ruthhart, president of the Rock Island Grand Prix. "The programs Briggs & Stratton has offered have always been committed to giving back to the Briggs racer and encourage them to take on The Rock. We hope that all LO 206 competitors will seize the challenge to race two or more classes this year, benefiting from more practice time and more chances to win. We expect these to be our biggest classes."

"For those who enjoy racing this class at their local track, this offers a great opportunity to participate in one premier national event while enjoying the festival atmosphere that Rock Island has to offer," Ruthhart added.

Sponsors of this year's Rock Island Grand Prix include Mediacom, AT&T, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Jumer?s Casino and Hotel, Jack's Brake & Alignment, MG Tires, Curry?s Transportation, Holiday Inn, ekartingnews.com, CBS4, Fox 18, QC-CW TV, The Dispatch and Rock Island Argus newspapers, Briggs & Stratton Motorsports, Courtesy Car City, G&E Credit Union, Margay Racing, McDonald?s restaurants, Schurr Power, Verizon IndyCar Series. Advanced Medical Transport, Modern Woodmen Bank, Modern Woodmen Financial - Joe Schurr, Gett Industries, Johannes Bus Service, Sunbelt Rentals, Rogan Scales.

Throughout Briggs & Stratton's century-long history, it has been involved with racing in one form or another. This involvement began almost as soon as the first engine came off the assembly line in 1919. The company's relationship with racing not only helped lay the foundation for many professional American racers, but it helped establish a reputation of reliability and dependability for its engines. In the early 1980s Briggs & Stratton's engines entered the world of sanctioned kart racing on a national level. The company formally entered the world of racing in 1991 with the introduction of its Racing Division.

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The Rock Island Grand Prix is hosted by the Downtown Rock Island Arts and Entertainment District which features retail shops, excellent restaurants, live entertainment, dinner theater, art galleries and comedy clubs all within walking distance of the host hotel. Jumer.s Casino & Hotel is just a short drive away. Rock Island is located on the Mississippi River three hours west of Chicago in an area known as the Quad-Cities which straddles the river and the Illinois/Iowa border. It is at the intersection of Interstate highways 74, 88 and 80 and is served by Quad City International Airport in Moline, Ill. ( www.ridistrict.com)