“Champions and Vice-Champions receive free entries to US Grand Nationals”
April 18, 2012 – After a successful start to the 2012 racing season, the North Rotax Max Challenge (NFRMC) presented by Ocala Gran Prix continues to increase in size, experience and competition. With the most recent event held at the Ocala Gran Prix facility in Ocala, Florida, the series met a new high in entries with fierce on-track, wheel-to-wheel action taking place. When the final checkered flag had flown, race winners were awarded and competitors left the track with a smile.
“We were expecting a lot of entries in the opening events of 2012 but the participation has been overwhelming. Watching drivers and their families leave the facility with smiles on their faces is something we strive for,” expressed North Florida Rotax Max Challenge President Jorge Arellano. “Drivers in the North Florida Rotax Max Challenge program have something to shoot for as series champions and vice-champions in all Rotax classes will receive a free paid entry to the US Grand Nationals held in Indiana in July.”
If history has been any indicator, the NFRMC is set to explode into epic numbers as more and more racers get on board with the TaG-style Rotax Max program. With the NFRMC first event taking place in early 2006, a mere twenty entries would show up for action. With numbers increasing throughout the years, it looked as if the series had reached it peak in 2010. With sub-par participation, OGP’s Jorge Arellano would step up to the plate and look to grow the series even more. Offering champions free entries, race tires and fuel to the United States Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals, the 2011 race series numbers began to rise once again.
Enter 2012 and with the first event of the program preceding the world recognized Florida Winter Tour, series numbers grew to nearly 100 entries. With their biggest event in series history, officials were cautious to get to excited about the increased participation citing the upcoming national event.
Arellano added, “The first event grew to almost 100 competitors and we weren’t sure if it was because we had people here testing for the FWT. Cautiously approaching the second event this past weekend, we were hoping for the same kind of turnout.”
With very little promotion within the state of Florida and the karting community in general, the NFRMC program reached 96 entries on April 14th, their biggest event in the history of the series.
“I think it is safe to say that the series is here to stay,” continued Arellano
With Jorge Arellano and Ocala Gran Prix providing the prize package to the series, OGP Team drivers will not be eligible for championship incentives. This includes drivers Nick Neri, Oliver Askew, Andrew Evans, Jonathon Kotyk, Mathias Ramirez, Cody Hodgson, Annie Hayden and Brandon Salyer.
The North Florida program runs all the normal Rotax divisions including Mini Max, Junior, Senior, Masters, DD2 and DD2 Masters. Any drivers and teams planning on attending future events are urged to contact Ocala Gran prix for their pit spaces.
For more information on Ocala Grand Prix, OGP race team opportunities and info on how to get into karting, please visit Ocala Gran Prix online at www.OcalaGranPrix.com or contact them at352.291.0600 or via e-mail to: Info@OcalaGranPrix.com.