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Old June 23rd, 2001, 12:34 PM   #1
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Russell Racing Karting program

Anybody interested? I'm going.

For Immediate Release - June 23, 2001

Contact Kjell Kallman
800-733-0345
kjell@russellracing.com
Sears Point and Jim Russell Announce Karting Partnership

SONOMA, CA - The Jim Russell Racing Drivers School will be the principal
operator of programs at the new Sears Point Karting Center, which is
scheduled to open in early 2002. The Russell organization will offer a
diverse menu of activities ranging from schools and corporate programs to
club and league racing. The new Sears Point Karting Center will begin
construction this fall as part of the raceway's overall $35 million
modernization project.

"This new karting center will be a world-class, state of the art facility
and we could not have a more creative and professional organization than the
Russell group to oversee the karting programs," said Steve Page, Sears Point
president and general manager. "This is a natural extension of an already
thriving business relationship."

The Russell School has been a primary tenant at Sears Point since 1996,
offering racing and performance driving instruction and competition programs
at the existing raceway facilities

The Karting Center is currently being designed and is scheduled to open in
early 2002. It is planned to be an internationally recognized karting
facility. "We plan to make this track and center a showcase," said Ken Ude,
president of Jim Russell. "It will have a state-of-the-art track, a full
karting center, a wide variety of schools and courses, an arrive-and-drive
racing series and a very active Group and Corporate Karting Adventure
program. While we need to wait for the track to be built to conduct the
full racing series, our Group and Corporate Karting Adventure Program is
open now in the new Turn 7 complex."

Lisa Caceres has joined Jim Russell as general manager of the karting
operation. Lisa has over 15 years experience in karting in Northern
California and has had an active racing career. Also joining Jim Russell in
an advisory role will be Memo Gidley. Memo is a graduate of the Jim Russell
Racing Drivers School mechanics training and racing series. He is currently
an active Champ Car driver driving for Target / Chip Ganassi Racing Team and
has been involved in the TrackMagic factory kart racing team.

"We plan to use Russell's 40 years experience in teaching racing and
performance driving to help develop American racing talent," said Caceres.
"In addition, through our schools and group karting programs we will
introduce a wide variety of people to karting. From little league age to
seniors - almost anyone can have fun karting."

Jim Russell International Karting has announced plans to offer a wide
variety of karting services:
* Beginning and advanced karting schools
* Arrive-and-Drive racing series
* Racing leagues
* Group and corporate entertainment programs
* Kart sales, storage and repair
* Karting Club
* Regional, National and International karting championship races

Jim Russell International Karting is a division of the Jim Russell Racing
Drivers School. Jim Russell founded the racecar driving industry over 40
years ago in the United Kingdom. Today, Jim Russell has operations in the
United States, England, Canada, Brazil and in Japan. The School conducts a
series of racecar driving courses and racing series. In addition, Jim
Russell has high performance and defensive driving programs. They also
offer a wide variety of Group and Corporate Driving Adventure programs.
Interested parties may contact the new company at 1-800-831-KART (5278).
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