Junior Max driver places third at international Rotax event competing with professional race team
Article By: Rolison Performance Group
NEWBERG, OREGON (September 27, 2012) – Professional race team Rolison Performance Group journeyed to the Rotax Pan American Challenge Championship event, held at The Track at Centennial in Englewood, Colorado on September 20-23. After success this past winter at the Challenge of the Americas international Rotax series, two championships at the United States Rotax Grand Nationals, and titles at the regional level in the Pacific Northwest, RPG reached the podium once again at the Pan American event with Junior Max driver Luke Selliken scoring a third place finish against a stout field of international drivers.
Selliken was among the quick drivers during the official practice rounds Friday and converted that to a pole position in qualifying later that afternoon. His 54.360-second lap put his RPG Kosmic entry on the P1 grid spot for all three qualifying heat races on Saturday. Selliken began heat one with the lead but was shuffled back to fourth on the following lap. Come lap five, Selliken was pushed off track and was unable to continue, giving him a DNF. After making repairs and setting up for heat two, Luke came back with vengeance. He led wire-to-wire in the 12-lap event to score the win by one-second. He matched the same feat in heat three, driving to another one-second advantage for his second win of the day. With the DNF, he was classified sixth in the heat race point total, lining him up outside row three for the Prefinal. Gaining one spot on the opening circuit, Selliken ran fifth for much of the 16-lap race until the final circuit, working up to the fourth position before the checkered flag. Luke began the main event from outside row two, not the best spot for a start. He was shuffled back to the sixth position after the opening circuit with work ahead. By lap four, Selliken was back up to fifth and looked for his way to move forward. The final two laps saw heavy shuffling for position with Selliken benefitting, jumping up to the third position and earned a podium finish.
McKay Snow joined Selliken under the Rolison Performance Group tent, also competing in the Junior Max division. The weekend was a challenge for Snow, learning the circuit as the event unfolded as he made his first visit to The Track. McKay qualified 26th and improved his position in each heat race, recording a best finish of 20th in heat one and heat three. His results place him 22nd on the Prefinal grid. More improvement in speed put him 20th at the checkered flag of the Prefinal race and continued in the main event, scoring an 18th position.
“Luke did a great job once again, we just came up just short of our ultimate goal of winning this weekend,” commented Mike Rolison of Rolison Performance Group. “Selliken has become one of the top Junior drivers in the country, and his performance in Colorado proved it. Now we can turn our attention to clinching the SKUSA Pro Tour title in November. McKay improved each and every session on-track. The Track is very challenging with a wide variety of elevation and technical sections. Not having made any laps here before, Snow never quit and got faster as the weekend progressed. That’s all we can ask for each of our drivers.”
Rolison Performance Group is now preparing to close out the 2012 season. The final event will be the SKUSA SuperNationals XVI at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on November 14-18, 2012. Rolison Performance Group currently has spots open for Arrive-and-Drive packages, driver coaching opportunities or kart transportation and tent space. Those looking to get a jump start on the 2013 season are suggested to contact Rolison now for driver development and coaching programs today. To learn more about the Rolison Performance Group, visit www.rolisonperformancegroup.com for more about their services and products available or find them at www.facebook.com/RolisonPerformanceGroup
About Rolison Performance Group:
Rolison Performance Group is a leading race team and prep shop in American karting, and is also a Rotax Service Center and a Kosmic chassis dealer. Owner Mike Rolison, known as “Roli” at the racetrack, has built a career coaching some of the best kart racers on the West Coast. Over the past decade, he has helped 100's of drivers and mechanics improve their craft. Mike brings world class driving and coaching experience to every racer he works with. Whether you are competing on the local, regional, national or world stage Roli’s driving and tuning instruction will improve your abilities and results. RPG provides trackside support and arrive-and-drive programs for many series, including the Challenge of the Americas, US Rotax Grand Nationals, Pan-American Challenge, SKUSA Pro Tour, Northwest ProKart Challenge and the SKUSA SuperNationals. The team is a Kosmic chassis and product line dealer and is proud to campaign karts on the regional and national stage. Bookmark www.rolisonperformancegroup.com today.