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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.”
Carlsbad, 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.
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 sales@CRGnations.com by email or phone (760) 690-7178. You can also visit www.CRGnations.com. You may also contact CRG USA at (855) TEAMCRG (832-6274) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
K1 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!”
Carlsbad, CA – K1 RaceGear the leader in custom safety apparel has now expanded into the data acquisition market. RaceCloud and K1 RaceGear have come to an agreement that K1 RaceGear is the exclusive North American importer for Canada, Unites States, and Mexico.
RaceCloud is a new high tech data acquisition system that includes live telemetry, similar to the systems used by the top levels of auto racing. With this announcement K1 RaceGear has expanded from safety apparel to the data acquisition market. “Being the North American importer of RaceCloud is a natural progression of K1 RaceGear as we further expand to meet the needs and service the karting community.” Said Richard Zimmermann, General Manager of K1 RaceGear.
RaceCloud is a unique system that includes split times or sector times much like in Formula 1. The data from the kart is computed and transferred via the RaceCloud over the 3G or 4G, network or using WiFi. The information is then streamed wirelessly to your iPad. The system provides drivers and tuners with the most powerful tools on the market to better the driver’s skills and karts handling, as well as educate the drivers and tuners with the use telemetry before moving up the racing latter. The telemetry saves time as the tuner can see what the kart and driver are doing on the track and determine the changes before the end of the session.
“We have had an overwhelming amount of interest in RaceCloud. People are asking if the system is legal for different series and I can say yes it is. Simply disconnect the telemetry for official track sessions and the display will show a message showing this. For non-official sessions or test days we encourage the use of the telemetry.” Continued Richard.
K1 RaceGear is offering a pre-order special for 10% off the RaceCloud system. Normally $1099 but now $989 until the end of November. The units are selling fast so make sure you are one of the first to have this new high tech system.
For more information or to order your RaceCloud visit K1 RaceGear at www.K1RaceGear.com or contact us via email at Support@K1RaceGear.com or Sales@K1RaceGear.com You may also call 760-268-0710 or 1-888-514-3277