Jim Russell school announces new Karting Director The Jim Russell Racing Drivers School announces the addition of Frank Bain as International Karting Center manager. Jim Russell created the racing school industry more than 50 years ago and since then, the Jim Russell Racing Drivers School has been the leader of innovation and quality instruction for professional drivers and thrill seekers alike. The Jim Russell International Karting Center, situated in Sonoma’s beautiful wine country at Infineon Raceway, offers one of the world’s premier karting facilities.
With more than 15 years of experience, Bain brings a wealth of knowledge and success in motorsports to his role at Jim Russell. As owner and operator of FX Racing USA in San Diego, Bain developed a comprehensive, professional system for achieving results at all levels of kart racing. Bain’s experience spans multiple platforms in the motorsports industry, including multiple karting championship wins as both a driver and team owner.
“At Jim Russell Racing Drivers School, we realize that karting is crucial to the development of the next generation of racing drivers,” said Chip Pankow, president of Emotive Group. “We strive to offer the highest level of experience in all our programs including the International Karting Center. Frank’s experience will help ensure that our karting program offers an excellent platform for karters and aspiring racing drivers alike.”
In his new role as manager of the International Karting Center, Bain’s responsibilities will include oversight of all aspects of the karting program at the school, including updating curriculum and overseeing the Jim Russell Karting Series. He will also operate the professional karting and motorsports marketing program at FX Racing.
“Jim Russell has really jumped to a new level with their racing school and championship series programs, featuring the F-3 derived FJR-50 school car,” said Bain. “With the resources available and all the potential I see at the karting facility, I’m looking to bring this part of the business to the next level.”
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