Joey Hand, Erik Bartoleo form Kartel Motorsports

Joey Hand and Erik Bartolero form Kartel Motorsports Elk Grove, CA - Professional racer Joey Hand and long time karter Erik Bartolero have formed Kartel Motorsports (www.kartelmotorsports.com). Both Joey and Erik will continue their driving ...

Joey Hand and Erik Bartolero form Kartel Motorsports

Elk Grove, CA - Professional racer Joey Hand and long time karter Erik Bartolero have formed Kartel Motorsports (www.kartelmotorsports.com). Both Joey and Erik will continue their driving coaching and will now take on the TopKart chassis line along with Comer, Bridgestone, MIR, and the same product line as Grand Products. Brendan Phinny will be leading the way for the team in the Stars of Karting JICA division competing in both the East and West championships. Kartel Motorsports will also be supporting the local clubs in Northern California.

In addition to Brendan, Kartel is supporting Neil Alberico in IKF Region 7. Both will share HPV-2 duties while Neil will cover the driving in Jr. Super Sportsman, and Brendan will take on HPV-4 Jr. In IKF Region 11, Ashlie Couch will drive under the Kartel banner in HPV-1 and Jr1. Comer. Ashlie is another proven champion that Kartel is eager to have on board.

"Erik and I are thrilled to bring Top-Kart to Northern California and thankful to Mike at Grand Products for helping us make it happen. We are excited to have three strong drivers under our banner already, and will use our 25 years of combined karting knowledge to make sure they have everything they need to be a prominent force. Although we would love to do well on the national and regional circuits, our highest priority will be put on local support. Erik and I will be spending as much time as possible at our local club races and practice days with the Kartel Motorsports truck and trailer offering advice on kart setup and driving techniques."

Joey Hand will continue to drive race cars full-time in American LeMans Series, with PTG Racing. He will be driving a Panoz Esperante in all American LeMans Series races, as well as some one-off races including next week's 24-hours of Daytona race. Joey is a multi-time karting champion and will bring a wealth of knowledge to Kartel.

-credit: kartel motorsports

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Series Automotive , Kart
Drivers Joey Hand , Neil Alberico