“Company name change announced at world’s biggest event”
Article By: Race Tech Development
November 30, 2010 – Announced at the recent SuperKarts! USA (SKUSA) SuperNationals in Las Vegas, effective immediately, Position One Motorsports has been sold to new young karting entrepreneurs and renamed Maddox Kart USA. Taking over the reins for the future direction of the company will be up and coming karting businessmen Luis Martinez Jr. and TaG Senior standout Nick Johnston as they look to become one of North America’s biggest karting operations.
“With the success and growth of our stock car team, I was unable to attend karting events like I had in the past and I didn’t want that to affect our business,” expressed former owner Luis Martinez, Father of new owner Luis Jr. and former Team Manager of Nick Johnston. “These two young men have a passion for the sport and I am confident that they will continue to grow the Maddox Kart product line here in the United States.”
The elder of the Martinez family will not up and leave karting as he plans to stay with the company and help mentor the new owners. Providing them advice and help with future direction in the initial startup stage, Luis will attend races when possible but will shift the majority of his focus to his closed wheel program.
Martinez added, “I ran into the same sort of problem a few years back with our engine building department. I ended up selling it to Jesus Vasquez and he has grown P1 Engines to one of the top engine building companies. The younger generation of this sport makes me very proud as they have the heart and dedication to do what is needed for the future development.”
With the announcement being made during the SKUSA SuperNationals, Maddox Kart USA will contest a full season in 2011 and will begin their preparations immediately. Major series of focus will be Superkarts USA (SKUSA) Pro Tour, SKUSA Pro Kart Challenge South and the Los Angeles Kart Club (LAKC).
While the excitement of the announcement took a backstage to the on track action, Position One Motorsports (last event under company name) had mixed results. Competing in the TaG Junior class, Juan Garcia and Jesse Huaman would look to battle for the podium. While Garcia would qualify in the front quarter of the eighty kart field, Huaman would be forced to make his way forward from the 57th position. The Maddox Kart drivers progressed through the heat races with Huaman scoring three solid results that would transfer him directly to the main event while Garcia would be forced to compete in the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). When the dust had settled, Garcia managed a 12th place finish in the LCQ while Huaman on the strength of his tenth, eighth and thirteenth in the heats would score a 22nd place finish in the main event.
“The SuperNationals is one of the toughest events all season,” expressed Position One Motorsports owner Luis Martinez. “Not only do you need to have fast equipment, good drivers and excellent race craft, you need to somehow find the racing luck.”
Position One Motorsports would enter three drivers in the KF2 class as Bryan Wong, Nick Johnston and Jacub Smiechovski would look to take the Maddox chassis to the front of the field. Smiechovski would get the better of the two team drivers scoring a solid eighth place finish in the main event. Wong would move forward from his 23rd place qualifying position to take home a respectable 17th place result after the checkered flag flew.
Johnston looked to have a good weekend going after the qualifying runs but some bad luck in the heat races would see him start the main event deep in the field. After battling his way forward, the talented Californian pilot would take home a solid tenth place result to give Position One Motorsports two drivers in the top ten. Johnston would pull double duty in Vegas as he and his teammate Bobby Kelley would also compete in the stout TaG Senior category.
Showing the true depth of the field, Kelly and Johnston could only manage 15th and 17th results respectively after dominating the TaG Senior class on the west coast in 2010. The pair of drivers were unbeaten in countless events leading up to the SuperNationals, but the quality of the world caliber drivers coupled with racing luck, saw the duo run just outside the top ten.
For more information on MADDOX Kart USA, race team opportunities, Maddox product lines as well as information on how to get into karting, please visit Position One Motorsports online at www.position-one.com or contact them at 626.814.2008