Successful Series Finale for Rolison Performance Group
Podiums, championships, and grand finals tickets
The final round of the Can-Am Karting Challenge in Canby, Oregon brought success for Rolison Performance Group (RPG). The Oregon based team secured 10 podium finishes, three championships, and two grand finals tickets over the weekend, adding to their already stout resume.
RPG drivers set the pace for the weekend in the Masters Max category. Drivers Billy Cleavelin and Mike Groff dominated the field. Cleavelin took the pole in qualifying with Groff following in a close second. Cleavelin continued to dominate the field throughout the weekend, taking home the win in the final. Groff remained a consistent second place finisher all weekend and joined Cleavelin on the podium with a second place finish.
In Mini Max, driver Josh Pierson battled ups and downs all weekend, but fought back in the final and redeemed himself with a podium finish. Teammate Jonathon Portz suffered a similar fate, battling through in true RPG fashion, only to see his hopes of a win sidelined when he was unable to finish in the final.
In Junior Max, Hannah Greenemeier brought RPG to the front of the field by securing the pole in qualifying on Saturday. She remained at the front of the field for the rest of the weekend, ending with a strong fourth place finish. Teammate Edward Portz improved throughout the weekend and earned a podium appearance with a second place finish in the final. Matthew Taskinen started Saturday strong with a heat race win. On Sunday, Taskinen joined his teammate on the podium with a third place finish. Driver Jacob Gulick drove consistently all weekend, finishing off Sunday with a fifth place finish in the final. Teammates Alexis Apodaca and Townes Allen showed consistent top-10 results all weekend, but were both unable to finish the final on Sunday.
In Micro Max, RPG driver Graham Trammell showed consistent success, finishing in the top-three all weekend. He finished third in the final on Sunday.
RPG Senior Max drivers posted strong results all weekend. Coltin McCaughan posted top-three results throughout the event, scoring a third place finish in Sunday’s final. Teammate Parker McKean showed similar success, joining his teammate on the podium with a second place finish. Drivers Walker Hess and Kellen Ritter scored fifth and sixth place finishes in the final, respectively.
In the LO206 Senior class, drivers Jacob Gulick and Josh Sarchet scored consistent top-10 finishes on Saturday in the 26-kart field. Both managed to score top-20 finishes in Sunday’s final
In the LO206 Junior category, Josh Pierson secured the pole in Saturday’s qualifying. Following this, Pierson scored two wins in the heats and finished the weekend by scoring second place in the final. Teammate Hannah Greenemeier ran in the top-five all weekend, taking home a third place finish after a competitive battle in the final.
Wins and podiums were not the only thing the RPG team took home over the weekend. Three championships were secured in the series finale. Mike Groff won the championship in Masters Max, along with a free entry to the US Open in November. Teammate Billy Cleavelin finished second in the championship for Masters Max. Coltin McCaughan won the championship in Senior Max, and Matthew Taskinen was crowned champion as well in Junior Max. Both McCaughan and Taskinen won Rotax Grand Finals tickets in their respective classes, a huge accomplishment for both drivers. They will be representing Team Canada in Italy this November.
“I am thrilled with the success the RPG team has had this weekend at the series finale of the Can-Am Karting Challenge” said team owner Mike Rolison. “Earning multiple podiums and securing three championships is a great addition to our resume. I am excited that two of my drivers get the opportunity to race at Grand Finals in Italy. They have worked hard all year and deserve this chance. Thank you to all of the drivers and families for their hard work this season.”
The next stop for RPG is the US Open in Las Vegas, followed by the SKUSA SuperNationals in Las Vegas in November. If you are interested in joining the team for these events, contact Mike Rolison at 503-260-4514. Spaces are filling up fast, reserve yours today!
Rolison Performance Group (RPG) is national level karting team based out of Wilsonville, Oregon. RPG competes nationally at the Rotax US Open, Florida Winter Tour, Challenge of the Americas, and SuperKarts! USA (SKUSA) programs, as well as at a regional level at the Can-Am Karting Challenge and SKUSA Pro Kart Challenge events. For more information about driver programs, visit www.rolisonperformancegroup.com or contact Mike Rolison at 503-260-4514.