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Ryan Norberg USPKSAn impressive run for K1 driver Ryan Norberg and Checkered Motorsports in the first round of USPKS at Gopro Motorplex. Friday’s practice started off very rough for Ryan and his Super Strillo PCR Chassis. In the first three practice sessions, Ryan had an extreme loss of power in his Woljter leopard 125 Jr. Motor due to a significant sized hole found in the engine reeds. After the repair, Ryan was off and immediately went to the top of the time charts for Friday’s practice sessions.   

            On Saturday, Ryan qualified in 6th place. Leading into the heats, Ryan was very confident that he would be able to place his PCR kart up front. In heat one, Ryan lost one position on the start, but he was able to recover and move to 3rd place with fastest lap. In heat two, Ryan once again finished in the top three with fastest lap. His two 3rd place finishes placed Ryan on the outside of the front row for the final. The final was very close. Ryan battled with the leaders for the majority of the race but when the checkered was thrown, Ryan finished second out of the 23 field of Jr. drives.

            On Sunday, the team missed the set up for qualifying and ended up 12th on the grid for the heat races. This gave him a disadvantage going into the heat because he had to come through the field. In heat one, Ryan managed to drive to a top five finish with one of the fastest laps. In heat two, Ryan was only able to finish in 7th due to contact on the start.  With these combined finishes Ryan started Sunday’s final in the 6th position. In the final, Ryan managed to pass two karts in the first couple of laps, and moved all the way up to 3rd. Unfortunately, in lap five Ryan was taken out and was not able to finish Sunday’s final.

            Ryan would like to thank sponsors K1 Racegear, Razor Image, Casaba Bujdoso, and the whole Checkered Motorsports racing team.   

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Rotax Max FlagGunskirchen, Austria, April 16, 2014 – BRP will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals (RMCGF) at Kartodromo Internacional Lucas Guerrero in Valencia, Spain from November 25 to 29, 2014.
“We are proud to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the RMCGF, especially in Spain as it will be our first time on the Spanish mainland,” said François Tremblay, marketing director, Rotax kart engines, BRP. “We hope to attract a broad audience thanks to the region’s history of motorsports racing.”

Valencia Kart Circuit
Valencia is not only famous for its historic monuments, views and cultural attractions, it is also known for its motorsport events like the Formula One Grand Prix and the motorcycle Grand Prix. Close to 300 qualified Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals racers, coming from over 50 countries, will feel the spirit of racing in Valencia’s Kartodromo Internacional Lucas Guerrero.
“Hosting the 2014 RMCGF is a great opportunity to promote internationally our brand-new facility in Chiva, which is located about 30 km from Valencia,” stated Lucas Guerrero, GT-series driver and owner of the karting circuit.
“The karting market is growing in Spain and we are confident the Grand Finals will further support the market development in that region,” said Arnaldo Frias, general manager, Korridas e Kompanhia, Spanish distributor of BRP’s Rotax kart engines and co-host of the event.
The number of participants to the RMCGF has grown steadily over the past 15 years. The 2013 RMCGF was held in New Orleans, United States, and welcomed 360 drivers coming from nearly 60 countries. At that time, BRP held a contest where participants raced to adjust a balance drive. The winner, 20-year-old racer and mechanic Matas Kiznis from Lithuania will visit Valcourt, Canada, birthplace of the Ski-Doo snowmobile, from May 7-9, 2014, to discover BRP first-hand.
“I have been using Rotax engines since 2008,” Kiznis enthused. “I entered the BRP contest because I didn't want to miss the opportunity to see how the number-one products in the world are manufactured.”
Country Flags
The Rotax MAX Challenge (RMC) is a professional kart racing series established, owned
and organized by BRP and its Rotax kart engine distributors. Approved by and in
compliance with CIK / FIA, the RMC is a "one-make-engine" formula: only Rotax kart
engines that are checked and sealed (for equal performance) are allowed. The success in
the competition is mainly up to the skills of the driver.

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By CATHERINE HOGUE

**As printed in Area Auto Racing News Vol. LII, No. 7

Kevin Nouse began his graphics business, Nouse Signs & Graphics, in 2008 with a “24-inch vinyl cutter and a dream.” Now in addition to his graphics company, he is the only authorized dealer for K1 RaceGear in Pennsylvania for his own Hotmark Custom Apparel. The closest K1 RaceGear dealers to him are in Virginia and New York. “K1 RaceGear is our main safety equipment provider because we have built a tremendous relationship with them over the past few years,” said Nouse. “We are actually their largest dealer in the USA for Custom SFI Rated Racing Uniforms, which makes me very proud.”

In addition to his businesses, Nouse is also a regular 358 sprint car driver among the Central Pennsylvania dirt tracks circuit. Balancing all three of these aspects gets a bit hectic for Nouse, who said he takes care of his sign customers year-round while during November to April he gets racers looking to purchase new safety equipment and suits for the next season. “It gets pretty crazy from December to April because I also am lettering racecars, on top of taking care of my sign customers and all of the people who ordered custom suits and safety equipment,” he said. “There are many 18-hour days during that time and it’s pretty much guaranteed that I am in the shop seven days a week.”

However, K1 isn’t the only brand Nouse sells. In October 2013, he became an authorized dealer for Design 500 and Lady Eagle Racewear, which he said “are probably the most respected suit manufacturers in the industry.” He also recently fostered a partnership with another company that expanded his prospects as far as safety equipment goes. “That partnership enables me to sell entire product lines from Alpinestars, Arai Helmets, Bell Helmets, Stilo Helmets, Carbon X, G-Force Race Gear, HANS, Impact Racing, NecksGen, and Simpson Racing Products,” said Nouse.

            While Nouse is a dealer for these brands, he doesn’t actually stock any product because of the large inventory costs as well as the amount of overhead it creates. As of right now, he drop-ships orders directly from the vendor to the customer ordering the product. Someday he hopes to have a fully stocked showroom where his customers can shop and purchase in-store, but said it may be a few years down the road until that dream becomes a reality. Nouse and his wife run the business and fund everything 100 percent on their own. “We pay for everything out of pocket when we get it because we don’t want to be in debt,” he said. “I am very proud of what we have created and were able to do so far.”

 Nouse Booth

Motorsports booth, displaying K1 RaceGear suits and Pat Cannon’s sprint car. Photo courtesy of Kevin Nouse.

            Nouse went to school for graphic design and said art has been a part of his life for as long as he can remember, so the decision to start the sign business was an easy one. However, the suit and safety equipment business wasn’t something he had originally planned on getting into. Nouse said a few years ago he needed a new custom suit but couldn’t afford one. He got measured at the Motorsports Show by a company with reasonable prices and ended up becoming a dealer for them. The experience wasn’t the best, however, because of the company’s lack of customer service, so Nouse soon split from them. “That experience motivated me to find another company with a quality product at an affordable price,” he said. After several weeks of looking around, he stumbled upon K1 RaceGear. “The rest is history. Best decision I ever made in business to date because they have been wonderful to deal with and their customer service is amazing.”

            Nouse said that while he’s always felt as though Design 500 provides the best suits in the business, their prices are at the top end of the scale. “I wore them for many years and loved every one of them,” he said. “The attention to detail with every aspect of their suits is incredible.” However, for racers who might not be able to afford the higher-end prices, Nouse highly recommends K1 RaceGear suits. “They allow you to get a fully customized suit for an amazing price. I feel that is extremely important for racers, to look professional for their sponsors and fans.”

            With the two businesses working sort of hand-in-hand, Nouse has a very interesting client base. Many of his signs customers are local businesses, much of that business being concentrated into the spring and summer months. He also letters vehicles (box vans, pickup trucks, tractor-trailers, etc.) for companies and is even affiliated with a local body shop which brings them some business. In regards to racing, he letters Quarter Midgets, Go-Karts, Micro Sprints, Super Sportsman, Late Models, and Sprint Cars.

K1 RaceGear 

K1 RaceGear.

As far as his safety equipment business goes, he designs and sells custom suits to drivers in any division. “To date, we have sold K1 Custom suits to drivers in PA, MD, DE, NJ, NY, CT, MA, NH, RI, TX, VT, and AZ. And we have sold suits to many customers throughout the Midwest also.” Nouse hopes to soon expand his suit sales to the Midwest Area.

            Lately, business has been booming for Nouse on all fronts. He attributes this to three factors. First, customer service as Nouse Signs & Graphics and Hotmark Custom Apparel is top of the line. “We try very hard to provide unmatched customer service with every service we offer,” he said. They are quick to respond to customer calls and emails, which is a vital part of good customer service. Nouse said that poor customer service “is unacceptable and something that should never happen.”

Second, Nouse believes that people are attracted to the prices of the K1 RaceGear custom suits. They are able to offer the same quality suit as other brands but for half the cost of some of their competitors. Lastly, Nouse credits his successful business to their designs. “We constantly hear from potential customers that we design the nicest suits they have ever seen,” he said. “We are also very proud of our racecar designs because they are ‘clean’ and not cluttered by stripes or crazy fills. You can read sponsors from a distance with our designs, and that’s what is most important.”

 Suits in Booth

K1 RaceGear suits displayed at Nouse’s Motorsports booth. Photo courtesy of Kevin Nouse.

Anyone involved with racing knows the dangers connected to the sport, and each and every driver recognizes those potential threats every time they suit up and strap into those cars. Nouse has first-hand experience with this. Every track has their own safety regulations, but Nouse said that many tracks don’t have enough rules regarding safety equipment. “In most cases, their hands are tied,” he said. “If they mandate a rule, then there is a liability issue if someone gets hurt, and nobody likes to get sued. That’s why most tracks list things as ‘suggested’ safety equipment. It’s a terrible way to do things in my opinion, but I fully understand why it’s done that way.”

Nouse feels as though there are some safety issues that are overlooked to an extent. He said there are some rules that are just plain black-and-white but are never checked. “I can’t tell you the last time I had the date on my helmet or seat belts checked at a race track, unless I was racing in New Jersey, and that’s not acceptable,” he said. “If there are black and white rules regarding specific safety equipment, then those rules should be enforced by someone.”

Regardless of how the tracks handle their safety regulations, each driver has a responsibility to protect themselves, and Nouse’s apparel company can help them do just that. “We have every type of safety equipment for every type of racer, on any budget,” he said. Nouse Signs & Graphics/Hotmark Custom Apparel is located in Carlisle, PA.

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Mason MitchellMooresville, N.C. —- Mason Mitchell and newly formed Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) will make their on-track debut this weekend at the famed Daytona International Speedway, with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards for the Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAV TV American Real.

 

Daytona History: “Heading to Daytona always gives me goosebumps because of the rich history. Winning here can make a drivers career and help him or her get to the next level in racing.”

Daytona Preparation“I can’t thank everyone at MMM enough, they have put in countless hours on the car for us to be successful this weekend. Brad Parrott has done a great job leading this crew in the shop, now it’s my job to get it done on the track.”
Notes

New Colors And Number: The Sophomore driver from West Des Moines, Iowa will debut a new sponsor and number at Daytona, the number 98, Thermal Technology Services, Inc. Ford Fusion. Thermal Technology Services will serve as the full-time sponsor of Mason Mitchell and MMM for the entire 2014 ARCA schedule.

Mitchell at Daytona: Last year Mitchell made his superspeedway debut at Daytona starting in the 23rd position. Quick thinking allowed Mitchell to avoid a lap 20 accident by maneuvering through the grass on the frontstretch. Mitchell would bounce back to a respectable 13th place finish.

Top 10 Streak: Mitchell finished off the 2013 season as one of the hottest drivers in the ARCA garage, earning nine straight top-ten finishes to end the season. Mitchell finished the 21 race schedule with back-to-back runner-up finishes at Kentucky Speedway and Kansas Speedway.

Chassis: Mitchell will pilot chassis No. 994 which will be making its debut this weekend at the Daytona International Speedway.

Mason Mitchell Motorsports: Is a late model/ARCA development team based out of Mooresville, North Carolina. http://www.masonmitchellmotorsports.com

Source: Mason Mitchell Motorsports

- See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/2014/arca/02/11/mason-mitchell-set-debut-mason-mitchell-motorsports-daytona/#sthash.sAP4RFMR.dpuf

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The 2014 racing season in Central Pennsylvania has begun and the battles for track point championships are underway.  No driver in the pit area is more excited about it than Kevin Nouse.  Driving the R&R Motorsports #4R, the 2013 Williams Grove Speedway 358 Sprint Car Point Champion explained his excitement in two short words…  “We’re ready.”

The 2013 season was a good one for Nouse as he dominated the competition at Williams Grove, picking up 3 wins and the track championship by nearly 500 points over the second place finisher.  He also collected a victory at Lincoln Speedway bringing his season total to 4 wins.  And while 4 wins in a season may not be impressive to some, the consistency of the team’s finishes is.  In just 22 races, Kevin and the R&R team recorded 4 wins(18%), 16 top 5 finishes(73%) and 20 top 10 finishes(91%).  In addition to these impressive stats, the team only had 2 DNF’s the entire season.

As we head into 2014, Kevin expects more of the same.  “We have a very good race team.  My pit crew, led by Tracy Barrick, prepares a car better than anyone at the track.  When we unload, there is no doubt in my mind that the car has been gone over very well and is ready to compete.  Their maintenance program is phenomenal and it shows in the results we get at the track”, stated Nouse.  When asked what he expects for the upcoming season, Kevin said “We need to get better results than last season.  Although we had a great year, I was a bit conservative at times and didn’t push the issue to pick up an extra spot or two.  That will change this season.  I am focused on being a more aggressive driver than last year and plan to charge to the front every night, rather than lay back and waiting to see what happens for a few laps.  I would like to see our numbers increase to at least a 25% win percentage, 75% top 5 percentage and a 100% top 10 percentage.  After last season, I know it’s possible so now we just need to make it happen.”

While Kevin has set some high goals for this season, none is higher than repeating as the 2014 Williams Grove Speedway Track Champion.  “That is goal number one” stated Nouse.  “I’ve had some people tell me that we lucked into the championship last season, and that has motivated me more than ever to repeat it again this season.”

Kevin and the R&R team will start their season this Saturday, March 22 at Lincoln Speedway and will begin their Williams Grove title defense on Friday, March 28.  These two events will be part of an expanded 31 race schedule in 2014, that will see the #4R race at Williams Grove 15 times, Lincoln 13 times and Susquehanna Speedway Park 3 times.

Kevin was quick to explain that they have added races to their schedule for 2014 due to the commitment from their great sponsors.  Returning sponsors to the team from 2013 are Bulls-Eye Express, Robert Yockin Financial Planner, Highlands’ Powersports, Factory Kahne Shocks, Maxim Chassis, K1 RaceGear, Ultra-Shield Race Products and Nouse Signs & Graphics.  New sponsors that have come onboard for 2014 are Jack Gaughen Realtor – Carlisle, Thompson’s Lawn Care, J.L. Souders Mechanical and Safety Kleen.

You can keep up with Kevin and the #4R team checking your favorite racing websites often, or by following Kevin Nouse on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

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