The track and office will be closed from July 25th through July 29th.
The track and office will be closed from July 25th through July 29th.
From this Friday the 29th until Sunday the 31st there will be no club kart rentals. Rentals will resume on Wednesday September 3rd.
The track and office will be closed Monday September 1st for Labor day.
There is a new price for the OGP club karts coming September 3rd. The new price will be $19.95 plus tax.
Due to a conflict with the Rok Cup Finals on September 13th we have pushed our local series back. Race #1 for the 2014 Fall/Winter Series will start on Sep. 27th. Please check the calendar or the series points page for a full listing of dates.
EIGHT PODIUMS AND ONE VICTORY FOR OCALA GRAN PRIX AT SKUSA SPRING NATIONALS
“Powerhouse team travels to Dallas Karting Center for opening round of Pro Tour”
Ocala, Florida – Leaving the state of Florida only a few times a season, Ocala Gran Prix (OGP) began a new task, the Superkarts! USA (SKUSA) Pro Tour. Traveling to the Dallas Karting Center (DKC) last weekend for the opening round of the program, team drivers would make a stellar debut in the series taking home eight podium results, one main event victory and lots of respect from the gearbox karting community.
“I am very happy with the progress that our shifter kart program has made since starting only a year ago,” explained Jorge Arellano, Owner of Ocala Gran Prix. “We are looking forward to continuing to grow this area of the market in Florida as well as compete in shifter kart racing on the national scene.”
In the headline S1 category, two of America’s top karting drivers Nick Neri and Oliver Askew would battle a host of European drivers at the front of the talented field. Showing speed and leading laps over the weekend, both Floridian Tony Kart drivers were at the front of the field and would score four top-five results between them. Saturday would see both Neri and Askew on the podium as they claimed the second and third positions. Sunday would see the dynamic duo in the top-five with Neri once again on the podium in third, solidifying his gearbox prowess, and Askew in fifth in only his second national shifter kart event.
Five Ocala Gran Prix supported drivers would enter the S2 ranks with four podium events coming from these competitors over the weekend. Kyle Kirkwood would rebound from a 17th place result on Saturday to steal the show on Sunday and take the victory in his first career S2 event. Kirkwood will look to carry the momentum into the Summer Nationals in Modesto, California in August.
Jonathon Kotyk would be one of the most consistent S2 pilots on the weekend as he was at the front of the field throughout the weekend. Ending his weekend strong, Kotyk would garner a pair of third place podium results and is a threat for the overall series championship. Austin Garrison would be another one of the OGP drivers on the podium taking home a strong second place result on Saturday. Looking to make it two for two on Sunday, Garrison failed to finish the main event after running in the top-five.
Morgan Healy and Jonathon Vitolo would progress nicely through the weekend in Texas as they improved on difficult track conditions throughout the double race weekend. Healy would fail to complete a lap in the main event on Saturday but improved Sunday to run inside the top-15 and eventually scored a 12th place finish. Vitolo would finish 25th on Saturday and 17th on Sunday before being excluded from the results for a post race penalty.
Up-and-coming driver Mathias Ramirez would be OGP’s sole entry in the S5 division and he quickly made a name for himself on the national scene. Showing speed throughout Friday’s practice sessions, Ramirez would come home with a pair of top-ten results including a solid second place podium finish on Saturday.
Arellano continued, “I would like to thank the whole Ocala Gran Prix team and staff for another great event. Their determination to succeed and tireless work effort is a true testament to our on track results.”
For more information on Ocala Gran 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 at 352.291.0600 or via e-mail to Info@OcalaGranPrix.com.
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“Multi-time Team USA driver thanks sponsors for overwhelming support”
Tequesta, Florida – April 6, 2014 – Already crowned the Florida Winter Tour Rotax Junior champion in 2012 and the United States Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals and Rotax Pan American Championships Senior Max champion in 2013, Floridian Oliver Askew added another major championship to his resume in 2014. Taking on the Formula Kart Production’s Florida Winter Tour with the potent Ocala Gran Prix squad, Askew put together a string of six podium results including four main event victories to claim the title as well ensure a spot on Team USA for the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals for the fourth consecutive year.
“I don’t know what to say except that it has been a great season so far,” expressed Askew. “I have plenty of supporters behind me and I can’t thank them enough for all of their help and support. These people are what allow me to race and do the job I need to do. Thank you to all of them and I would especially like to express a sincere and special thank you to Jorge Arellano and Ocala Gran Prix for providing me the necessary tools to win and the opportunity to be successful in our sport. I am truly blessed to know Jorge and be part of such an outstanding program.”
Askew started his 2014 Florida Winter Tour campaign at the Homestead Karting facility in Homestead, Florida with a tremendous effort. Taking Saturday’s main event victory by a healthy margin, the talented youngster came back to the track Sunday to add a second place result. Rounds three and four of the series would take place at his home facility of Ocala Gran Prix where Askew would shine. After narrowly missing both Saturday and Sunday’s pole positions, Askew came to life when the wheel-to-wheel action commenced by taking both main event victories and commanding lead in the overall series championship.
With the final rounds at the spectator friendly Orlando Kart Center in Orlando, Florida, the Tony Kart driver needed a strong result on Saturday to secure the title. Working hard to stay out of trouble and do what was needed, Askew crossed the line with a second place effort and officially garnered enough points to be the 2014 champion. Back to the track Sunday, the multi-time race winner and champion remained true to form as he book ended his 2014 Florida Winter Tour with victories.
“This year’s Florida Winter Tour championship is the result of the hard work and preparation OGP and I have put into the season,” added Askew. “I can’t be any happier with the way the team and I have performed this season and now we can carry this momentum towards many other big races this year.”
Askew continued, “It is no mistake that Jorge received the Dan Wheldon Karting Ambassador Award this year and I am one example of the many that he has helped in motorsports. With his help, I was provided an opportunity that would not have existed before.”
Oliver Askew would like to thank the numerous sponsors that he has backing him this season. Along with OGP, the Tony Kart driver is supported by new sponsors Sparco USA, SwiftWick and Bell Helmets.
Askew continued, “Sparco USA, SwiftWick and Bell Helmets are new to my program in 2014 and I look forward to helping promote them in the karting industry. Thank you once again to all.”