OMER, MI – December 22, 2023 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – JPG Motorsports is excited to announce its all-new Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER effort managed by Bryan Bigelow and featuring Chase Saathoff aboard Honda CRF450Rs for the 2024 Progressive American Flat Track season.
Despite having only recently turned 18, Saathoff has already established himself as one of the most promising talents to hit the Progressive AFT scene in recent seasons. The Illinois native has racked up numerous accolades in his young career, including being named the 2021 Nicky Hayden AMA Horizon Award winner and 2022 Progressive AFT Rookie of the Year.
Saathoff continued his rapid ascent in 2023, scoring nine podiums, including six runner-up finishes, en route to a fourth-place finish in the Parts Unlimited AFT Singles championship standings. He’s well positioned to take the next step in ‘24 with race wins and title contention firmly in his sights.
Saathoff will continue his close association with Bigelow, who will serve as the new squad’s Team Manager after overseeing the young ace’s progress ever since he turned pro. A former premier-class racer himself, Bigelow is one of the most experienced and successful crew chiefs and team managers in the sport.
JPG Motorsports is backed by title sponsor JPG Trucking, which originated as a small family-owned business in 2011. Its owner, Luke Guoan, has since grown the business into a successful fleet of twenty trucks dedicated to hauling raw lumber for local mills and pallet shops within Lower Michigan.
Guoan has been involved in racing since a young age, and, in particular, shares a common passion for ice racing on the frozen lakes of Michigan with Bigelow. Racing is a family affair for JPG Motorsports with Guoan’s children Jerod, Parker, and Graycin active ice racers themselves.
Team Manager Bryan Bigelow:
“2024 will be different as 100% of the focus will be on Chase. I think he’s proven that he is ready to win, and the maturity he has gained is what we at JPG Motorsports are most excited about. Over the last couple of months, we have created this team which is supported by many great partners who all share the same vision – giving Chase all the tools needed to showcase exactly what he is capable of. Long-time friends Dan Caulkins (DPC), Jim Farr (Iowa City Brake), and Dan Hodder (DHR) were all eager to jump on board as they too are excited to help elevate Chase’s career. With these tools and the guidance on race day reigning Mission SuperTwins champion Jared Mees, JPG Motorsports can’t wait for Round 1 in Daytona!”
Chase Saathoff #88:
“My expectations are high going into next season, but most of all I’m hoping to have a lot of fun. I’ve spent the last year with Bryan as my crew chief, and we really work well together. Words can’t express how thankful I am for him, Luke, and all of our partners. Bring on 2024!”
2024 JPG Motorsports Partners:
DPC Racing, Dan Hodder, Iowa City Brake, Central Motorsports, American Honda, Tri-R Distributing, Kold Kutter, MYMEDHISTORY.com, TB Suspension, PEP Performance, AIM Sports, RVO Fabrication, Turner Racing, Suter Clutch, RP Race, R-Nyne Graphics, Pro X, Race Winning Brands, Helmet House USA, Cortech, SIDI, 100%, Regina, Renthal, Spectro Oils and Hoosier Tires.
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Source: Progressive American Flat Track