"Top Kart product line to be distributed by McLaughlin Motorsports crew"
Article By: Race Tech Development
October 8, 2012 - After many successful years as the top Birel dealer in the United States, Indianapolis, Indiana's McLaughlin Motorsports and Motorama Kart Parts will now take on a new challenge within the karting industry. Forming 'Top Kart USA (McLaughlin Motorsports DBA Top Kart USA) and working closely with Grand Products, one of the Midwest's leading programs will become the new warehouse and distribution site for the Top Kart product line. With chassis' and components already on order, many of Motorama Kart Parts customers will be on a blue kart come the SuperKarts! USA (SKUSA) SuperNationals in November and the opening round of the 2013 World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturer's Cup Program in Daytona Beach, Florida in late December.
"On behalf of ownership of Comer Spa (parent company of Top Kart) and Grand Products, we welcome the partnership with McLaughlin Motorsports. We couldn't think of a better group of people to work with from the operation of a professional team but also their ability to support the karting market to their level of expectations," explained Mike Tetreault, owner of Grand Products and importer of Top Kart. "Together we will be able to market and distribute the Top Kart brand with customer service, support and distribution. As well, we will be able to promote the McLaughlin Motorsports name in the United States to a whole new population by the creation of a ladder system from karts to cars with the focus and dedication on customer service."
"Though we will begin to distribute the Top Kart product line, we will continue to support our long time Birel customers," explained Bill McLaughlin. "The Birel group has been a close-knit family and they have treated myself and my company with nothing but respect and support since day one. From Garry Lobaugh and his MRP Motorsport crew to Roni Sala and Birel Srl., we have made great memories and won multiple events and championships along the way."
With the exciting news, it should be noted that Grand Products will remain the importer for the Top Kart line of products. McLaughlin Motorsports DBA Top Kart USA will become a distributor for these products and look to set up dealerships around the country in areas that do not already have established dealers.
Tetreault added, "Having Bill and his crew on board is a great way to break into the midwestern market with more product and visual exposure at local and regional events in the area. MKP also houses the largest race team in the WKA Manufacturer's Cup program and having the extra drivers and data available at these national events will further elevate our success."
In 2012, Top Kart has proven to be very successful. Claiming event wins and championships from coast-to-coast, Phil De La O Jr. and Mason Chelootz stood atop the podium in very different platforms. Winning aboard a Rotax powered Top Kart, De La O utilized Mojo tires at the Gatorz Challenge of the Americas to claim the Rotax Senior title and ticket to join Team USA. Chelootz battled the stout fields at WKA claiming numerous victories aboard his TaG package on the soft Bridgestone YLB tires while matching his performance in the Komet powered class on the harder YLC tires. The Ferris brothers stole the show in TaG Masters throughout the Manufacturer's Cup season and the Johnston twins ran upfront in the junior divisions. With their results, Top Kart claimed 24 victories towards the WKA Manufacturers Cup and were in contention for the series long title throughout 2012. Next on the assault list for Top Kart will be the annual 200-mile Robopong Endurance event and the race for the Dan Wheldon Memorial Cup. Competing aboard a Top Kart will be 2012 WKA champion Mason Chelootz, multi-time Grand National and SKUSA SuperNationals S2 race winner Nick Neri and 2012 Rock Island Grand Prix and 2010 Robopong champion Billy McLaughlin Jr.
McLaughlin continued, "The Top Kart really rose to the occasion this year and they were up front almost every weekend no matter what chassis, engine and tire combination. We are happy to be on board and are looking forward to the first event."
Please note the information below for McLaughlin Motorsports DBA Top Kart USA:
McLaughlin Motorsports DBA Top Kart USA
2333 Executive Dr
Indianapolis, IN 46241
With the new company, along comes the tasks of a new website and online store for the Top Kart product line. While a website is already under construction and will be done in the coming weeks, further information on Top Kart USA, McLaughlin Motorsports and Motorama Kart Parts can be obtained by contacting their offices at 317.858.8888.
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