Russell Karting Specialties Gives Parolin First SuperNationals Victory

Parolin drivers Russell and Gafrarar land on TaG Master podium, Russian Isaakyan fast in S2 Stock Moto

Jim Russell Jr., Nerses Isaakyan, Marco Parolin, Caleb Gafrarar, Chuck Gafrarar and Brent Lyman enjoy the podium ceremonies at the SKUSA SuperNationals XVII
(Photo: Parolin Racing)

Russell Logo2The Parolin chassis continued to add victories and podiums to its resume here in the United States under the guidance of the Russell Karting Specialties operation. The historic program based in Raymore, Missouri has shown the potential of the Italian manufactured brand over the last few years, with 2013 becoming one of its more successful seasons. Following success in a number of different programs and special events throughout the year, Russell Karting Specialties and Parolin recorded its best results ever at the SKUSA SuperNationals in Las Vegas. The 17th annual event witness the first ever victory for Parolin and veteran Jim Russell Jr. in the TaG Master category, along with the first ever podium for Parolin in a shifterkart category thanks to Nerses Isaakyan.

Russell was consistent through the challenging conditions that hit the SuperNationals this year, bouncing back from tough starts to earn a solid starting spot on SuperSunday. Qualifying eighth, he improved to sixth in the opening heat race, but was caught up in trouble in the last two. Dropping to 38th after contact, he muscled his way to 10th to salvage major points in his final point tally. It was déjà vu in heat three, suffering a similar drop back, this time down to 34th. Showing poise and speed, Russell drove back to the 11th position after nine laps aboard his Parolin/Russell Karting Specialties Parilla Leopard machine. Those two comebacks kept him in the top-10 for the main event grid, going from P9. After a clean start, Russell was fighting for a podium position when the leaders made contact. This opened the door for the veteran to take over the lead. He would eventually get run down, and crossed the line second but the provisional winner was deemed illegal after engine inspection, handing the win to Russell. The win was the first for Russell at the event, along with a first victory for the Parolin brand.

Fellow RKS/Parolin drivers Chuck Gafrarar and Brent Lyman battled strong throughout week, earning top-10 finishes. Gafrarar struggled with the rain conditions, and could not break into the top-10 throughout qualifying and the heat races. Starting 22nd, the USPKS champion fought his way forward in dry conditions to cross the stripe seventh, getting promoted to a fifth place after tech inspection for his first trip to the podium since 2010. His result propelled him to third in the Pro Tour standings, and will carry the SKUSA #3 plate in 2014. Lyman improved his position in each of the three heat races to place himself in P16 for the main event. With the goal of a top-10 in mind, Lyman was classified ninth in the final results to earn his career best SuperNationals finish. In total, three Parolin/IAME Parilla Leopard packages prepared by Russell Karting Specialties finished in the top-10.

The Parolin brand experienced its best results in the shifterkart category in the United States. Factory Parolin driver Isaakyan was among the contenders out of the box in the S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto category, as the young Russian driver qualified third overall. Isaakyan put that to work quickly, winning his opening heat race. A mistake at the green light cost the driver a chance at the pole position, as he stalled on the grid and caused a major pile-up on the front straight. Recording the DNS, Nerses bounced back after repairs to drive to a victory in his third heat, claiming an 11th starting spot. From there, he showed the same speed in the dry conditions that he did in the wet weather. A slow start put him 19th at the start but climbed up to fourth and earned Parolin a third podium finish at the SuperNationals XVII.

Two drivers carried the Parolin brand in the competitive TaG Senior category. Nick Martin continues to make great strides as he wrapped up his rookie Senior season in Las Vegas, nearly qualifying for the SuperSunday main event. With two front-half results in two of the heat races, one DNF in the other dropped him into the Last Chance Qualifier, starting 19th. He pushed his way through the fanatical opening corners of the race, eventually finishing 12th but showed good pace. Belgian professional driver Bruno Vermeeren also struggled under the tough conditions throughout the week, making the wrong tire decision for the Last Chance Qualifier. Gambling to go on slick tires, the track never dried enough for optimal grip on the non-grooved rubber and Vermeeren was unable to qualify for the main event.

To view the on-board footage of Jim Russell’s main event, head to the following Video on the RKS Facebook Page.

RKS is focused on expanding the Parolin brand across the United States while also welcoming in additional customers to its championship engine service program. Those who are interested in the first-class RKS engine service program or IAME engine rentals are encouraged to contact Russell Karting Specialties today. Find out more about RKS or the Parolin chassis brand – in addition to Dunlop tire, IAME engines, and the many other product lines available, visit or contact Jim Russell, Jr. via phone 816-322-3330 and by email to . You can also ‘Like’ them at Facebook.

About Russell Karting Specialties:

Russell Karting Specialties opened its doors in 1959 in Kansas City, Missouri – founded by George Russell. The company has grown to be one of the largest suppliers for karting products in North America. Now based in Raymore, MO, Russell Karting Specialties is the exclusive Dunlop Kart Racing tire importer and distributor for Parolin chassis, IAME engines, IBEA carburetors, Semel Tire Machines and many other products to get you on the track. Learn more about the products and services – including IAME engine rentals along with Parolin Arrive-and-Drive packages – visit

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