Pacific Northwest operation to guide 10 drivers in seven categories at five-day event in Las Vegas
NEWBERG, OREGON (November 8, 2012) – The Rolison Performance Group has traveled across the country, working with drivers of all ages toward their goals for the 2012 season. For many, the final journey comes next week as the operation heads to the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour finale – the SKUSA SuperNationals XVI. From Rotax Max Challenge, to Pacific Northwest local and regional events, RPG has reached a wide variety of accomplishments on and off the track. From November 14-18, all attention will be centered on the 10 drivers representing the RPG banner outside the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
A championship could be on the horizon come Sunday evening following the action in the TaG Junior category. Rolison Performance Group driver Luke Selliken enters Las Vegas as the SKUSA Pro Tour point leader. By a slim 15 point margin, Selliken has little room for error at the biggest karting event in the world. All the hard work Luke and the entire RPG staff put in throughout the 2012 season comes to this point. A strong list of drivers will join Selliken in the category, including season-long teammate Jake Preston. The Renton, Washington driver is currently ranked #1 in the eKartingNews.com US Rotax Driver Rankings for Junior Max. If his top-five performances at the SummerNationals are any hint to what he’ll do in Vegas aboard his RPG Kosmic, we should see Preston fighting for a podium finish on SuperSunday.
Fellow Washington driver Davey Manthei Jr. has worked with the RPG staff at regional events in the past, and is making the full commitment with Rolison and the Kosmic brand for the SuperNationals. Manthei enters Vegas sixth in TaG Junior title chase with a strong chase of finishing the year inside the top-five following a solid outing at the SuperNationals. Northern California driver Blaine Rocha, a former teammate of Manthei, is making the switch to RPG and Kosmic for the SuperNationals and the 2013 season. Rocha is seventh in the Pro Tour standings and claimed the Northern California ProKart Challenge TaG Junior title in 2011.
Representing and working with Rolison Performance Group during the morning sessions are Bruce McKean, Andrew Evans and Brody Zink. McKean is making his second start in the S4 Master Stock Moto class at the SuperNationals, placing eighth in TaG Masters four years ago. After 10 years in the sport, he’s gained a number of local and regional titles along the way, looking to improve on his performance SuperNats performance from last year. Evans is a young driver looking to take in the knowledge from Rolison and the entire staff. Placing eighth last year and entering the Pro Tour finale eighth in the championship standings, Andrew is hoping the move under the RPG tent and a move to the Kosmic chassis takes him to the podium. Zink is another young gun looking to step up his talents behind the wheel. Finishing up his rookie Senior season, the Nevada pilot is taking on the challenging TaG Senior field for the first time aboard a RPG Kosmic machine.
Parker McKean – a winner this winter at the Rotax Challenge of the Americas with Rolison Performance Group – will round out the shifterkart roster for race team in Las Vegas. He made his SKUSA Pro Tour debut at the SummerNationals this year with impressive seventh place finishes both days. He’s set to improve on his 20th place finish in the S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto category from a year ago. Rounding out the drivers working with the RPG staff is TaG Master pilot Robby Mott and TaG Cadet star Sting Ray Robb. Mott will join the Rolison Performance Group tent aboard his personal kart, which clinched the Texas ProKart Challenge championship. Robb has been working with the RPG staff all season, and is hoping to climb up the standings of the Pro Tour standings with a solid finish to the year.
Rolison Performance Group operation is geared around each and every customer. From Arrive-and-Drive packages, driver coaching opportunities or kart transportation and tent space, RPG can provide the service you need. 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.