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Team driver Chuck Gafrarar continues successful run in Superkarts! USA Pro Tour season championship
RAYMORE, MO (December 19, 2011) - Parolin is a world-wide leader in chassis and component manufacturing, and the brand continues to grow within the United States under the guidance of Russell Karting Specialties. A long-time industry leader, the Missouri-based operation has found success with the Parolin chassis over the past two seasons and is prepared to take it to the next level for 2013. The RKS/Parolin race team will be entering the new season riding on the success of its TaG Master group, namely Chuck Gafrarar who earned the Superkarts! USA #3 plate.
The past two seasons, Gafrarar and RKS owner Jim Russell Jr. have shown to be among the most talented drivers in the Masters category - each aboard a Parolin chassis powered by the popular Parilla Leopard. Both have garnered a Florida Winter Tour TaG Master championship - Russell in 2011 and Gafrarar this past year. The duo have combined to finish top-seven in the SKUSA Pro Tour TaG Master point standings in 2011, improving this year to see three RKS/Parolin drivers inside the top-10 for 2012. With the success over the past two years, Russell Karting Specialties/Parolin is aiming to develop the results into the other TaG categories. The team is once again contesting the Florida Winter Tour and SKUSA Pro Tour for 2013, along with the newly created United States Pro Kart Series.
The race team expanded to a larger number for the recent Superkarts! USA SuperNationals with a total of 11 drivers piloting Russell Karting Specialties Parolin karts, with all TaG Senior and TaG Master drivers utilizing RKS-prepared IAME Parilla Leopard engines. The team found its best results behind Gafrarar and Russell. The duo was contenders all season on the SKUSA Pro Tour, and continued their run near the front in Las Vegas.
Russell led the squad at the beginning of the event, qualifying seventh. He improved on his position during the heat races to start the Final in the fifth spot. Unfortunately, he was shuffled back due to contact on the opening lap and fell to 10th. He fought back and was able to eighth against the very competitive field. Gafrarar was not able to break into the top-10 in qualifying, and it cost him during the heat races as contact in two of the runs dropped him down to a 27th starting position for the main event. Quick moves and aggressive passes advanced the North Carolina driver into the top-15 after the opening lap. Away from trouble, Gafrarar was able to show the race-pace he possessed all week and drove to seventh after 20 laps. The finish secured Chuck G the SKUSA #3 plate for 2013 after placing third in the final series standings. Russell finished out the year fifth.
Chris Koster and Phil Kirby rounded out the TaG Master squad for RKS, both improving as the event went on. Koster worked his way up to a 19th starting position for the main event but contact took him out of contention for the second straight year. Despite the result, the Arkansas driver finished 10th on the season standings. Kirby, the Ocala Gran Prix class champion, advanced his position but was unable to finish the 20-lap event. The TaG Senior contingent battled strong but was unable to provide the results that were anticipated. RKS team driver Aaron Telitz was joined by Canadians Devon Sandeen and Marcus Brodie, along with international drivers Bruno Vermeeren and Sergio Lopez, along with Kansas driver Nick Martin making his Senior debut. None of the drivers were able to qualify for the main event against a challenging 90-driver field, but all made strides on the week and positives were taking away from their experiences. TaG Cadet driver Brayden Cromwell piloted the Parolin MINI model as one of the youngest drivers in the class and overall at the event. He showed great progression during the week but was unable to make the Final for his first SuperNationals event.
Putting the 2012 into the books, Russell Karting Specialties is focusing on expanding the Parolin brand across the United States while also welcoming in additional customers to its championship engine service program. Arrive-and-Drive options for the Florida Winter Tour, SKUSA Pro Tour and the United States Pro Kart Series are available, with RKS able to develop a special program around your needs. Those who are interested in the first-class RKS engine service program or IAME engine rentals are encouraged to contact Russell Karting Specialties today.
Find out more about Russell Karting Specialties or the Parolin chassis brand - in addition to Dunlop tire, IAME engines, and the many other product lines available, visit www.russellkarting.com or contact Jim Russell, Jr. via phone 816-322-3330 and by email to jimjr@russellkarting.com . You can also ‘Like’ them at www.facebook.com/RussellKarting
About Russell Karting Specialties:
Russell Karting Specialties opened its doors in 1959 in Kansas City, Missouri - founded by George Russell. The company has grown to be one of the largest suppliers for karting products in North America. Now based in Raymore, MO, Russell Karting Specialties is the exclusive Dunlop Kart Racing tire importer and distributor for Parolin chassis, IAME engines, IBEA carburetors, Semel Tire Machines and many other products to get you on the track. Learn more about the products and services - including IAME engine rentals along with Parolin Arrive-and-Drive packages - visit www.russellkarting.com

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