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Margay Racing, Rock Island Grand Prix and MavTV partner to present the Ignite Shootout

Published By Roger Rock Island Grand Prix     July 15, 2015    
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The 21st edition of the legendary Rock Island Grand Prix on September 5-6 will feature a new class, designed to take aim at the grassroots level racer and provide them the opportunity to get in the seat for the most prestigious street race in the country.  United States chassis manufacturer Margay Racing has partnered with the Rock Island Grand Prix and MavTV to introduce the new, spec Arrive & Drive ‘Ignite Shootout’ class that will provide competitors with equal equipment, shifting the focus from equipment advantages to driver ability.  The Ignite Shootout will utilize the already successful Ignite rules platform to create a class where the driver is the determining factor in the results. 

“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.

The Ignite Shootout will feature a full field of competitors wheeling Ignite K3 spec chassis manufactured by Margay Racing.  These chassis will be equipped with LO206 engines and the Bridgestone YDS tire compound.  This combination is the perfect marriage between minimizing costs and maximizing competition.  No former RIGP winners are permitted to compete in this category, and it is reserved for racers age 16 years and older.

Margay Racing will provide Arrive & Drive packages that will feature new LO206 powered Ignite K3 chassis, Bridgestone YDS tires, racing fuel, tent space, catered lunches and a shared mechanic.  This package can be rented for the weekend for $995.  The Ignite Shootout package is the excuse you need to get in the seat for yourself and let your driving do the talking.

If close racing and low costs aren’t enough, the MavTV film crew will be on hand filming for a broadcast for their Motorsports Road Trip TV series.  The film crews will be present on both days of competition compiling racing coverage, on board video and driver interviews.

“Motorsports Road Trip will bring its entire production crew and the MavTV Road Trip Bus to Rock Island,” said Aaron Carotta, better known as Adventure Aaron. “Our staff will sign autographs, hand out swag and interact with all of the racers as we tape the episode.”

For more information on the Ignite Shootout structure and rules, please visit or call 800-562-7429. Head over to to register or to find out more about this Labor Day weekend event.


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