in Slot Car History
In 1965 Jim Russell hired four local hot shoes from Southern California; Mike Morrissey, Rick Durkee, Ron Quintana Len Vucci and formed the legendary Team Russkit.
The racers had their expenses paid as well as any parts required to build and maintain their cars. Team Russkit would go on a 30 day nationwide tour which had a tremendous effect on the development of professional slot car racing in America.
Russkit was soon followed by teams from Cobra, Dyna-Rewind, Champion and Mura with Team Champion finally supplanting Russkit as the top professional slot car team.