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

Anybody interested? I'm going.

For Immediate Release - June 23, 2001

Contact Kjell Kallman
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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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Old June 23rd, 2001, 02:34 PM   #2
"Foosball" Brian Harrington (SJ,CA)
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arrive and drive series... I'm there!

it's gotta be a lot cheaper than the Russell Racing Series arrive and drive program, and karting is such a kick. Too cool
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Old June 23rd, 2001, 04:06 PM   #3
dale (Carlsbad)
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Kart Racing

Karting is the biggest bang for your racing dollar. I have been into if for the past 12 years and am now looking to sell two fully sorted 130mph karts with all the extras.
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Old June 23rd, 2001, 06:36 PM   #4
"Foosball" Brian Harrington (SJ,CA)
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What do those go for, roughly? *NM*

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Old June 24th, 2001, 01:07 PM   #5
dale (Carlsbad)
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Karting costs

The 100cc (16,000 rpm) Enduro Kart races on all the major tracks(Willow Springs, Buttonwillow, Thunderhill, PIR, Vegas, Sears Point, etc.). The $80 weekend entry fee gets you 8-hours of open practice and a 45-minute race. That is a lot of track time!
I have over $5,000 invested which includes all the extras...selling price $2,500.

The 125cc (water cooled, 6-speed) Shifter Kart runs on the above tracks as well, plus shorter asphalt sprint tracks and SCCA Auto-cross. Depending on gearing these Karts do zero to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, or 125+ mph on the big tracks. I have $10,000 invested with no expense spared. Will sell for $4,600.

A complete week-end of racing including a set of new tires, race gas, and entry fee is less than $300. Concidering the amount of seat time....you can't beat Karts. Every F1 and Champ Car driver will confirm that no other form of motor sport comes closer to the real thing.
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Old June 24th, 2001, 05:11 PM   #6
"Foosball" Brian Harrington (SJ,CA)
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Re: Karting costs

Thanks for the info. Clearly I'm in over my head. But I can definitely see a future for myself in this.
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Old June 24th, 2001, 09:16 PM   #7
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0-60 in 2.5 seconds and 125mph?! Is that possible? Damn tempting new hobby.

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Old June 25th, 2001, 04:43 AM   #8
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Fast & Fun

Unforunately....Karting seems to be one of the "best kept secrets" around.

There are a lot of dedicated people in the local clubs keeping the sport going, but we are always looking for new members as the cost of renting tracks has gone up through the years. There are a variety of classes to race in, and one should not be intimidated as the 100cc novice class is a great way to get into this sport.

If anyone has ever wanted to get into road racing, but thought it too expensive....this is the way to go. When racing an Enduro Kart, your laying down in the seat and eye level off the pavement is about 18 inches. from this perspective 130mph seems more like 200mph. It's a blast!
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Old June 25th, 2001, 01:22 PM   #9
Brian Harrington
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How do you get started?

Do you need a competition license? Are there different classes depending on the vehicle? Are there racing series? Is there an SCCA of karting? Please, tell us everything! This sounds like WAY too much fun to be missing out on.
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Old June 25th, 2001, 04:21 PM   #10
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Re: What?!

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