Parolin brand showing success across the globe
Celenta dominant at CIK-FIA European KZ2 event in Spain, new drivers added to Parolin roster in United States. The Parolin chassis continues to add victories and podiums to its resume around the world and in the United States. The name Parolin has been part of karting for over three decades now, establishing its own branded chassis in the 1990s. Parolin Racing was formed and has continued to grow from its Italy-based operations to different markets all over the world, including the USA with the famed Russell Karting Specialties stable. Parolin’s work with the CIK-FIA Academy Trophy program has helped to develop young drivers into today’s motorsports stars, and the success has transferred over to the Parolin chassis brand in other categories.
Parolin was front and center during the recent CIK-FIA event in Zuera, Spain. The race served as the second round of the European Championships for both KZ and KZ2, with the Academy Trophy program competing in their first event of the 2015 season. Parolin has been a strong supporter of the Academy program since its inception, providing 50 identical chassis and 50 FIM engines to the entrants from 35 different countries around the world. In KZ2, NGM Motorsport driver Francesco Celenta showed the capabilities of the Parolin Le Mans chassis. Securing a heat race win, the Italian stayed in the top-five through the remaining qualifying races to line up third for the Prefinal. Taking over the lead on the second lap, Celenta won the race by a comfortable margin. Starting on the pole position for the Final, Francesco gradually increased his lead as the laps went on and crossed the line almost two seconds ahead of his opponents. Celenta was recognized for the win, but penalized five seconds for a jumped start. Despite the consequences, the level of competitiveness the Parolin chassis showed was remarkable.
The Parolin brand continues to gain notoriety here in the United States behind Russell Karting Specialties. A legendary name in the sport, RKS has been a Parolin importer for a number of years, and the brand is steadily growing from coast to coast at all levels. The highlight in the past few seasons was the victory at the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals in 2013 by Jim Russell Jr. in the TaG Master division, utilizing the Le Mans for the first time here in the United States. Kansas driver Nick Martin has carried the Parolin brand across the country, and at the regional level in TaG Senior competition. Martin was a winner and podium finisher last year at the Texas ProKart Challenge to end the championship in the third position. The rising young driver won nearly all the heat races at the Gulf Coast Kartway in Katy, Texas at the opening event of the season, finishing runner-up in both features on the same Le Mans model design.
The younger categories is an area the Parolin brand is expanding into, and showing success here in the United States. Florida driver Jade Hubert is among the top drivers at the Rok Cup USA and Rotax competitions in Florida. The 10-year-old is aboard the Parolin Mini model, which is a 950mm wheelbase chassis. Parolin is leading the World Karting Association Manufacturers Cup Series Kid Kart division following the third round this past weekend at the Briggs & Stratton Raceway Park in Dousman, Wisconsin. Young driver Caleb Gafrarar scored a third straight podium finish with his second runner-up result of the year. The North Carolina driver earned his first ever national victory at his home track in wet conditions back in April. Gafrarar is racing aboard the Parolin Baby chassis.
Russell Karting Specialties has a busy summer of events scheduled for the 2015 season. RKS and the Parolin chassis will be at the remaining United States Pro Kart Series events, including the upcoming US Air Motorsports Raceway on June 19-21 in Shawano, Wisconsin. In July, the operation is set to return to the Superkarts! USA Fikse Wheels Pro Tour, competing at the SummerNationals event at the New Castle Motorsports Park on July 24-26 in Indiana. Also on the schedule are road racing events with the KART Mid America Road Racing Series, including the October 23-25 race with the WKA National Road Racing Series at the new NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The year will end with the annual trip to the SKUSA SuperNationals in Las Vegas this November.