Rock Island Grand Prix

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Roger Ruthhart (309) 736-3517; rruthhart@qconline.com
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125cc Open Shifters get another chance to win at Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix powered by Mediacom

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - The Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix powered by Mediacom has always offered great wheel-to-wheel shifter racing. The King of the Streets race sponsored by LeCont Tires has always been one of the nation's premier shifter races, but there are other great options for high speed, wheel-to-wheel slamming gears through the streets of Rock Island.

Rock Island also offers a 125 cc Open Shifter Masters class as well as a race for 80cc Shifters. But the gearbox action has been limited in recent years, which makes the trip to the Midwest for limited track time harder to justify. But this year a formula that has proven popular with Yamaha and Briggs racers has been extended to the 125cc Open Shifter class - the chance to run a second race on the same tires. This option gives drivers twice as much practice time and twice as many chances to win without having to also buy another set of tires.

Competitors will have plenty of rubber left after the King of the Streets race to compete in the second 125 Open Shifter race for a chance to win another Rock trophy.

Only 11 drivers have worn the cape and crown as King of the Streets. It was originally created as an event that would circulate. The 1998 event at the Oklahoma City Grand Prix was won by Joe Janowski. In 1999 Alan Rudolph won at Quincy in the Park. From that point, the race has had a permanent home at Rock Island and become one of the most coveted titles in kart racing. Alan Rudolph won the crown five times (1999, 2000, 2001, 2006 & 2007) and Jordon Musser won it four (2009, 2010, 2012 & 2013). It has also been won by Scott Speed (2002), Bobby Wilson (2003), Kyle Wiegand (2004 & 2005), Alex Speed (2008), Derek Crockett (2011), Connor Iseli (2014), Josh Lane (2015) and Remo Ruscitti last year.

All shifter classes at Rock Island will follow open tire brand and compound rules.

Roger Ruthhart, president of the Rock Island Grand Prix, said his team is excited to expand the racing opportunity for gearbox racers at Rock Island. "I hope the idea that there are now multiple shifter races to compete in will encourage more people to make the haul to Rock Island."

"Our event has changed over time, but has always provided a challenge for the top gearbox drivers in the sport. There is no advance practice. Just show up, learn the course and race. The street course challenges drivers in ways they are not used to," he said.

Other sponsors of this year's Xtreme Rock Island Grand Prix powered by Mediacom include AT&T, Jumer's Casino and Hotel, Holiday Inn, ekartingnews.com, CBS4, Fox 18, QC-CW TV, The Dispatch-Rock Island Argus newspapers, Briggs & Stratton Motorsports, Courtesy Car City, G&E Credit Union, Margay Racing, Rock Island McDonald's restaurants, Schurr Power, Advanced Medical Transport, Modern Woodmen Bank, Modern Woodmen Financial - Joe Schurr, Gett Industries, Johannes Bus Service, Sunbelt Rentals, Rogan Scales.

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The Xtreme Rock Island Grand Prix powered by Mediacom 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)