EKN Awards 2008: Team of the Year
Team Top Kart USA
With the eKartingNews.com Awards Week nearing the end, the final two honors will close out the program and the prominent Team of the Year award will take center stage today. On the strength of an amazing year filled with national championships, regional titles and races wins, all wrapped in a professional presentation, Team Top Kart USA is this year’s EKN Team of the Year.
The joint venture between the Top Kart dealers from across the country, which included Kartel Motorsports, Team PKS, Empire Karts, and their importer Grand Products, put together a strong united force that contended the top events of the 2008 season. Team Top Kart USA earned a national championship, multiple national wins, currently holds the number one spot in the EKN TaG Driver Rankings, and was honored with five nominations, including Team of the Year.
In the Stars of Karting program, the Top Kart chassis was among the lead group each weekend. Four drivers finished the year inside the top-10 of the championship standings. Chris Scribner led the way by earning the Western Division championship, finishing third overall thanks to a National Finals win. Kyle Wiegand, the number one TaG pilot according to the EKN Driver Rankings, was fourth overall with a string of podium finishes, while Chris Wehrheim ended the year fifth with two wins to his total. Rookie senior Neil Alberico had an impressive first year in TaG, placing seventh in the championship after earning his first Stars victory at the National Finals. He was also nominated for EKN Rising Star award.
The Junior squad was just a tough, adding more wins and championships by way of Brendan Phinny, Taylor Miinch, Tyler Thomas, and others. Phinny finished inside the top-five throughout the Stars of Karting season and went on to win the Junior Intercontinental A National Championship. In addition to the title, Phinny made his Senior debut at the end of the year at the SKUSA SuperNationals XII in the S3 category where he beat out a number of top talents, including NASCAR’s Jamie McMurray.
Miinch traveled all over the country, including parts of the world. It was a full 12 months of racing in 2008 for Miinch, including Florida Winter Tour, IKF Region 7, Gatorz Karting Cup, the IKF Grand Nationals, Rotax Grand Nationals, and the Stars of Karting. The Californian earned his first Stars victory at the Shawano, WI event, the same location at which he would finish second at the Rotax event to earn a spot on the Mazda America’s Team to the Rotax Grand Finals in La Conca, Italy. Miinch’s big weekend came at the IKF Grand Nationals at the Santa Maria Kart Track where Miinch would earn three Screaming Eagles as the top qualifier, three prestigious Duffys for his victories and an extra podium spot when he was honored as the Lake Speed Achievement of Excellence Award.
Thomas made the transition from the Cadet category to the Junior ranks in 2008 as was fast from the start. Thomas was among the front runners each weekend on the Stars of Karting program along with the WKA Manufacturer’s Cup Series. Thomas ended the year with a runner-up finish at the SKUSA SuperNationals XII in the competitive TaG Junior division.
A number of other drivers put Top Kart on top of the podium across the country at the regional and club levels to help them earn the Team of the Year honor. EKN would like to congratulate all the members – the drivers and the crews - of Team Top Kart USA for a solid effort in the 2008 season.
Industry News: Top Kart - 2009 Kart Line
2009 Top Kart Speedy
Top Kart, a long time leader in the karting industry continues to improve on the most successful karts in the North American market, the Top Kart Flash, and has developed an all new Top Kart Speedy for the CIK-FIA 2009-2014 homologations. The entire line utilizes Top Kart’s new self-adjusting brake system, 25mm spindles (for increased front grip), new multi positional camber/castor eccentrics, and new body work with decal kit. Both the Flash and Speedy 100cc models can be ordered with the new hand operated front brakes. Top Kart is also officially launching the Top Kart Flash 102, which comes in 30mm and 28mm versions. All karts come complete with seat, decal kit, and Top Kart Magnesium wheels.
Top Kart Flash KF and KZ: The Flash has become known as one of the most versatile karts on the market winning in 4-Cycle, junior and senior Yamaha classes to JICA, TaG, ICA, and ICC. The chassis design has not been changed from the 2008 design, which features 31mm rails and a 32mm front axle. Improvements include the new brake system, 25mm spindles, and eccentrics.
Top Kart Speedy: New for 2009 is the Speedy, which has a very similar frame design to the Flash but with 32mm rails throughout the chassis. The kart is particularly effective on soft tires and high power karts such as TaG, KF, and KZ categories.
Top Kart Flash 102: Introduced in mid 2008, the Flash 102 won two IKF Duffy’s straight out of the box. Both the 30mm and 28mm chassis are perfect for the junior and sportsman driver. The frame has the same shape as the Flash with a shorter wheelbase and narrower front and rear track. The kart is ideal for Bridgestone YHC tires.
To learn more about the Top Kart please visit http://www.grandproducts.com Grand Products is the sole distributor for Top Kart and Comer in North America along with being a main distributor for MIR race wear and Bridgestone tires.