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Ryan Norberg 2nd at FWT

K1 Racgear driver, Ryan Norberg, had a great showing at the second round of the Florida Winter Tour. After a disappointing first round, Norberg and team Checkered Motorsports knew they needed a top 5 finish to regain championship contention. Before morning practice Norberg said, “I know we have the speed to win. We just need to put the pieces together and have some luck on our side.”

On Friday morning, Norberg started practice of well, having some of the top lap-times. As Norberg and Mechanic Robert Bujdoso made more adjustments to the kart, his times just kept getting quicker. By the final practice, Norberg had set the fastest lap-time of the day, aboard his Super Strillo PCR powered by a BBS Vortex Rok.

On Saturday morning warmup, Norberg again set the fastest lap by two tenths of a second. Norberg had high hopes leading into qualifying, but unfortunately, Ryan fell victim to not having any clean laps and qualified six. On the start of the pre-final, Norberg was able to hold his position from the outside. Ryan worked his way into the second position by the end of the race. On the start of the final, Norberg was held on the outside of the start and fell back to the six position. Norberg was only able to move back up to fourth position by the end of the race.

On Sunday morning warmup, Norberg set the second quickest lap time. In qualifying, Norberg was not help up and qualified third. On the start of the pre-final, Norberg snuck into the second position on the start and help his position for the rest of the race. Unlike Saturday, Norberg got a great start from the outside and was able to steal the lead. Norberg led for eight laps but was then passed, and he could not regain the lead. He finished in second position.

Ryan would like to thank Checkered Motorsports, BBS engines, Rok USA, Razor Image, Waterline pools, Csaba Bujdoso, Robert Bujdoso, and K1 Racegear.

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It's now official.

Florian faces up against the USA one more time with Cape Motorsports (with Wayne Taylor Racing), for the  PRO MAZDA 2015 championship.
After his recent USF2000 title, the Cape brothers have expressed a huge desire to keep Florian in their team to win the very prestigious 2015 PRO MAZDA championship in just his second year of participation.
The challenge will be demanding and difficult but it doesn't put off Florian. The adaptation period for the new car is already over and the first official and private tests have already demonstrated that speed would be a priority.
"Thanks to Mazda, I can continue my path to Indy and I'm convinced that wth Dominic and Nicolas Cape, we are going to have great success. I think that we are going to be able to fight for the PRO MAZDA 2015 title."
Florian will join the United States for a series of private tests in mid-January and will pursue the winter championship Winterfest that takes place from the 19th - 26th February on 6 tracks. The 2015 title will be handed out after 16 races - of which 2 oval tracks and two city circuits, beginning on 28th March. Let's hope for a second consecutive title on American soil, that would open the doors to IndyLight, the final hurdle to IndyCar.
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Words from Giancarlo Tinini, CRG S.p.A. founder and president regarding the latest change of strategy in North America.

“I am pleased to announce that CRG will be adopting a new distribution and race development program for the entire North American continent with the K1 Speed organization. The choice to partner with K1 is based on the fact that they have demonstrated an exemplary and unique format on a national level like only few entities have done before them. Their system places brand awareness and service as a top priority accompanied by a well-structured program at all their locations. This is exactly what the racing segment of our business requires if we want to offer the same level of service, brand awareness and race support to all our CRG devoted clients. We will be working hard to achieve this goal through a well-structured and capillary distribution network as one of our short term objectives.”

Giancarlo Tinini
CRG S.p.A.

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Tinini-JourdainCarlsbad, California (December 24, 2014) – The K1 Group, including K1 RaceGear, Go Racing Magazine and K1 Speed the world’s largest indoor karting organization with 25 centers nationwide and growing, together with CRG, one of karting’s most prolific manufacturers,  have reached an historical exclusive importation and distribution agreement for the entire North American continent under the name CRG Nations. 

K1 together with Patricio Jourdain will be responsible for managing all importation and distribution rights for the CRG racing line karts starting January 1st, 2015.

This exclusive agreement will also include CRG’s R2R (Rent 2 Race) Centurion rental kart product line and program as another important part of this partnership offering greater structure and product awareness throughout North America. This accord marks the beginning of an historical agreement that will give the CRG kart racing community greater support and the sport of karting even more visibility.

As part of the rental agreement, the K1 Group is developing a program that will take the millions of indoor kart racers around the country and introduce them to the outdoor competition world. With the K1 Group’s expertise and success in the indoor market, this same mentality will extend into the outdoor karting world. The number one goal is to grow the outdoor karting market as a whole which will benefit racers, dealers, tracks, and manufacturers.

“We are very excited to announce this partnership, also very positive to work hard and bring the CRG brand even higher than it is already. We have an incredible group of people who will be working with us to make this happen. Our main focus is to serve efficiently to everyone in need for CRG products; we understand racing and its challenges, therefore we understand very well our customer needs.” said Patricio Jourdain, Director of Operations for CRG Nations.

CRG Nations will partner with CRG USA who will be responsible for the exclusive handling of the current and new CRG dealer network in both the U.S. and Canada along with operating the Official CRG Factory Race Team in North America. The goal for both will be to establish a strong dealer network that will provide a great support system for all CRG customers.  “Our goal is to support all existing dealers and offer them a more structured approach of selling and promoting the CRG brand.” said Richard Zimmermann, General Manager of CRG Nations. “We are excited to work with Stacey Cook and CRG USA as they have done such a superb job that it only made sense to continue with CRG USA’s winning ways.” New and existing dealers can order directly from CRG Nations or CRG USA. Both companies will provide the same level of high quality service and the same pricing. The benefits will be for the proximity of the dealers to either CRG USA or CRG Nations for better shipping options.

CRG Nations will offer an extensive inventory of chassis and parts in order to properly service all CRG dealers and customers in a timely matter while offering a well-defined dealer network across both Canada and the United States. CRG Nations will work closely with its official National team, CRG USA, as the CRG brand will compete in the entire national, regional and club levels across both countries.

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About CRG S.p.A.

CRG has always been focused on quality, detail and constant product improvement thanks also to the contribution of its own racing department and Racing Team and therefore can offer a wide range of products suitable for all karting drivers (young, rookies, professionals) through a solid network of importers and distributors placed all over the world. Always directed towards performance hunt and innovation, CRG is a leading, forward-looking company in the world of karting.

For more information on the CRG product line or to become a dealer, please contact CRG Nations at by email or phone (760) 690-7178. You can also visit  You may also contact CRG USA at (855) TEAMCRG (832-6274) or email



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Ryan Norberg ROK International 2014K1 RaceGear driver, Ryan Norberg, had an amazing weekend at the ROK Cup International Final in Lonato, Italy. This was Norberg’s first ever race competing out of the United States of America, and it was an impressive run for the American.

It did not take Norberg a long time to adjust to the new European circuit and driving styles. In only four sessions on the track, Ryan was only .4 tenths of a second of off the fastest lap. Norberg knew he would be able to compete with the leaders with a couple more chassis adjustments. After Norberg’s last session of practice, he said, “I love driving on South Garda’s karting track.  The driving style here is completely different than what I am used to back in the States. I am loving the new challenge of adjusting my driving style, and I am really looking forward to qualifying!”

Ryan was placed in the first group for qualifying. He qualified 13th in his group. After the second group had driven, Norberg was 21st overall only .18 tenths of off the pole setting lap. His fastest lap placed him 11th in group A for all of the heats. After qualifying Norberg stated, “I am not disappointed with my qualifying. The competition here is so close, and I am not that far off of the fastest lap. I know I have more time in my driving. I can’t wait for my first European heat race!”

In heat #1, Norberg had a great start, avoiding a pile up in the first corner. After Ryan passed two more drivers, he started closing in on the leaders. He finished heat #1 in 6th position. In Heat #2, Ryan again had a great start. Norberg quickly closed in on the leaders and started battling for position. After the dust settled, Norberg had won his first International heat. Norberg knew he had speed to win again, but in heat #3 he was involved in an incident in turn one. He could only manage to race back to fifth, while setting the fastest lap of the race. After an impressive three heats Norberg stated, “I am really looking forward to the pre-final. I know I have the speed to win, but I just need to stay out of trouble.”

After the points were calculated, Norberg was set to start pre-final B in the 3rd position. On the start, Norberg managed to move into the 2nd position. Unfortunately, he made contact with another driver, forcing him to slide off of the track. He fell back to the 7th position. By the checked flag Norberg was able to regain two positions and finish 5th.  Norberg was set to start the final race in 9th position. In the early laps of the race, Norberg was knocked off of the track and was hit multiple time. He fell all the way back to 21st place. With laps winding down, Norberg started setting fastest laps. He managed to race back into 16th. By the final lap, Norberg caught a group of seven karts and made one more pass before the checked flag. Ryan finished in 15th. After the final Norberg stated, “It is very disappointing knowing you had a chance to win, and having it slip out of your hands. Even though I did not finish where I wanted, it was still an amazing experience. I really want to thank K1 RaceGear, Andre Martins, ROK Cup USA, my mechanic, Armand Convers, Tony Kart, Razor Image, my parents, Team Felon, and everyone who was supporting back in the USA while I was overseas!” 

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