Chicago Ridge, Ill. (Dec. 21, 2011) - Ten-year-old David Malukas is primed for his third full season on the World Karting Association Manufacturer's Cup Series, and after a promising 2011 campaign, the young Chicago native has his sights set on national championships in 2012.
The push toward Man Cup feature wins and point championships will begin in the final days of the current year, when the 2012 WKA season opens this December 27-30 at the Daytona Int'l Speedway Sprint Course. Malukas will be one of hundreds of kart racers in attendance for the WKA's Daytona KartWeek Margay Sprint Championships, and he'll be one of the favorite in the Cadet, Yamaha and Komet Sportsman divisions when the first of two race days kicks off Thursday, Dec. 29.
Fans and followers of WKA's ultra-competitive 2-cycle sprint series may have to look twice when they see Malukas on track at Daytona. In one of the biggest offseason moves in the Junior Sportsman ranks, David has switched from the Indianapolis-based MKP Birel team to the KartSport North America group, located in Mooresville, N.C., and headed by karting champion and former NASCAR competitor Eric Jones.
The switch means Malukas will now pilot a No. 79 Arrow chassis after several formidable years on a Birel.
"We have all the respect in the world for the MKP people and thank them for many years of great service," David's father, Henry Malukas said. "The move to KartSport is exciting and we're looking forward to working with Eric (Jones) and racing the Arrow. We want to have fun and win races. I believe we will have a lot of fun this year. David is very excited for the new season."
Malukas will run five classes at Daytona. After a full day of practice on Wednesday, Dec. 28, Thursday will see the Chicago-area racer compete in Cadet Final 1, Yamaha Sportsman Heavy and Komet Sportsman. KartWeek concludes Friday, Dec. 30, a day that will see Malukas vying for wins in Cadet Final 2 and Yamaha Sportsman Lite.
Jason Birdsell will remain on as Malukas's tuner. Birdsell was David's head wrench throughout 2011 and the two share a great rapport and look forward to building on their relationship in 2012.
In addition to the exciting new season on the horizon, the Malukas's are happy to announce a new website is in production for David's racing.
DavidMalukas.com will debut in mid-January and feature new photos from Daytona KartWeek and news from the event. The website will be updated regularly throughout the 2012 season with top-shelf photos, news and results from Malukas's racing events.
David Malukas is a 10-year-old racer from Chicago, Illinois. He is a first-generation American as his parents, Henry and Daiva, are Lithuania natives who moved to the states over 20 years ago.
David races KartSport North America-prepared Arrow go-karts in the top 2-cycle sprint touring series in the country, including WKA Manufacturer's Cup, the Rotax Florida Winter Tour and WKA Great Lakes Sprint Series.
Malukas is a feature winner in the Great Lakes and Route 66 Sprint Series. He currently competes in the Cadet, Yamaha and Komet (KPV) Sportsman divisions, as well as the TaG-powered Mini Max class at Rotax events.