Leading race team aims to maintain early season momentum at SpringNationals
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NEWBERG, OREGON (April 10, 2013) – As the Rolison Performance Group heads to the Musselman Honda Circuit in Tucson for the opening round of the 2013 Superkarts! USA Pro Tour – fourth annual SpringNationals - it does so after completing a wildly successful run at the annual Rotax Challenge of the Americas winter program. The team scored three championships and several race wins to begin the season, and they will be focused on maintaining this momentum at this weekend’s events. RPG will bring a team of five drivers to Arizona, running in the S2 Semi-Pro Stock Motor, TaG Junior and TaG Cadet classes.
In the always-exciting TaG Junior class, Rolison Performance Group will be fielding three drivers for the SpringNationals – Luke Selliken, Blaine Rocha and Mckay Snow. Coming off of a dominant 2012 season that saw him crowned the SKUSA Pro Tour TaG Junior champion, Selliken is back to defend his title, taking the #1 number plate into battle. Selliken’s freshman efforts at the SKUSA SpringNationals a year ago were met with amazing results, as he swept the weekend and earned the national point lead. Selliken will make life tough on himself, however, as school commitments will keep him from arriving in Tucson until Saturday evening. He will miss Friday practice and the Saturday events, which will need to become his one and only drop race. A driver of Selliken’s pedigree will not likely miss a beat, especially when he will have a kart that is ready to roll come Sunday morning, fully set-up using the information gathered by the RPG crew from his teammates up to that point in the weekend.
Coming off his championship run in the Challenge of the Americas, Rocha will lead the team into the TaG Junior battle on Saturday, having made the switch from one purple to another during the off-season. The NorCal hotshoe jumped from Arrow to the Kosmic to begin the new year and has been the driver to beat to begin the 2013 campaign. Rocha’s switch to Kosmic seems to have both the team and the driver smiling already, as Rocha swept the final two rounds of the Rotax Challenge of the Americas in March and earned the Junior Max title along with his ticket to the Grand Finals later this year in New Orleans.
Utah driver McKay Snow will be wheeling a Kosmic for RPG in Tucson in the Junior class as well. Snow continues to improve his racecraft under the tutelage of the Rolison Performance Group staff and is looking for big things to come of this weekend. Last year, Snow was a top-20 driver in COTA and SKUSA Pro Tour competition, taking a pair of 12th place finishes at last year’s SpringNationals. This season, he is aiming for results in the top-10 and if his top-10 positioning for most of the COTA opener at Tucson in January is any indication, this would be a very realistic target for this weekend. Snow certainly has a top-five performance coming in the very near future.
The youngest group of racers competing at this year’s SpringNationals will be the TaG Cadet drivers. Carrying the banner for RPG in TaG Cadet will be Sting Ray Robb. The Idaho resident will be piloting a Tony Kart out of the RPG compound in Tucson, having already earned a ticket to the Rotax Grand Finals later this year, just like his teammate Blaine Rocha, thanks to his winning of the Mini Max title at the final round of the Rotax Challenge of The Americas in Fontana, CA. Robb has become one of the country’s top Cadet-aged drivers and will be looking for nothing but race wins this weekend.
While strong in TaG classes, the RPG crew knows how to bang gears as well and has one driver in the SKUSA Stock Moto classes for the SpringNationals. Making his Pro Tour debut this weekend, and carrying the RPG banner in S2, will be Kory Estell. While he is a newcomer to the national circuit, the team is expecting big things from the Washington driver.
For more information on all the products and services that the Rolison Performance Group has to offer, visit www.rolisonperformancegroup.com . RPG has arrive-and-drive opportunities for the new Rotax Can-Am ProKart Challenge in the Pacific Northwest, the entire 2013 SKUSA Pro Tour schedule this summer, along with the US Rotax Grand Nationals and Pan American Challenge. Anyone interested in being part of this winning program should contact Mike Rolison via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Luke Selliken gained the 2012 SKUSA Pro Tour TaG Junior championship with the support of Rolison Performance Group. 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.