Local Point 2013 Spring Summer


Local Point 2013 Spring Summer


Rotax 2013 and Local Race Points



Oliver Askew provided OGP with another victory in Homestead taking the checkers in Rotax Senior  (Photo: INTL-KartingMedia.com)

Oliver Askew provided OGP with another victory in Homestead taking the checkers in Rotax Senior
(Photo: INTL-KartingMedia.com)

“Askew stands atop the podium in Rotax Senior”

Ocala, Florida – February 28, 2013 – Looking to turn heads in rounds three and four of the Formula Kart Productions Florida Winter Tour (FWT), the Ocala Gran Prix (OGP) race team would head south to take their assault on the Homestead Karting Complex. Located on the grounds of the Homestead-Miami Speedway, the team would end the weekend with one victory, three podiums and eight top-five results.

“The competition at this year’s Florida Winter Tour is some of the best,” expressed OGP President Jorge Arellano. “There are race winners, series champions and world champions in attendance and the competition keeps getting stronger. I was happy with results of the second round of the series. The drivers and the tuners never gave up and they all just kept on digging for more. The team is looking forward to the final round and providing some excitement at our home facility.”

Leading the way for the team in the results category was Rotax Senior rookie Oliver Askew. After scoring a second place result on Saturday, the up and coming driver managed to top the blocks on Sunday after outdueling a field of international competitors. Multi-time champion Nick Neri would run at the pointy end of the field throughout the weekend but some tough luck would see him cross the stripe in sixth on Saturday and fifth on Sunday. Heading to the final event weekend in just under one month’s time, Neri and Askew are sitting second and third in the overall series points championship and will look to utilize home track advantage in the final rounds to garner victories and an invite to the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals (RMCGF).

OGP pilot Sam Beasley would improve on his disappointing 29th place finish on Saturday to come home sixth on Sunday, while Jonathon Kotyk would remain consistent with 11th and 12th place finishes. Florida Winter Tour rookie and first year Rotax Senior driver Morgan Healy would make her first main event in Saturday’s competition after advancing through the last chance qualifier to claim a 29th place result.

Andretti Autosport and Go Daddy driver James Hinchcliffe saw action in the Rotax DD2 division showing steady improvement through his first two karting events in the past nine years. Coming home with a pair of top five results, the IndyCar driver will miss the final event weekend due to the opening round of the IZOD IndyCar Series.

Mathias Ramirez showed why he is a threat to podium in the end of the year championship battle as another set of solid runs in Homestead solidified his spot as one of the top drivers in the series Mini Max division. Coming home with a pair of fourth place results, Ramirez will look to challenge for the victory at a track that he has a lot of experience at in the final round of the series.

Seven Rotax Junior drivers would enter rounds three and four from the Ocala Gran Prix squad with female pilot Ashley Rogero leading the way. Scoring a podium at the opening weekend in January, Rogero added another one to her resume with a third place effort on Saturday. An incident in the first corner of Sunday’s main event sent her down the running order but the competitive female battled hard to storm back to a ninth place result. Gavin Reichelt claimed a 20th place finish on Saturday but moved back towards the front of the field on Sunday narrowly missing the podium after finishing in the fourth position.

Ryan Norberg and Kyle Kirkwood would add three more top-ten finishes for the team. Norberg had an impressive weekend showing speed to run at the front of the field and managed to claim eighth and ninth place finishes after running inside the top six on multiple occasions. Kirkwood would come home tenth on Saturday after leading several laps of the main event and then being involved in an incident that took him out of contention for the win. Sunday would see the young gun get caught up in the first lap melee causing damage to his OGP prepared Tony Kart.

Austin Garrison would claim a pair of 24th place results while rounds one and two race winner Jack Weprin would have a trying weekend scoring 26th and 30th place results. Sasha Brun-Wibaux would garner a 25th place finish in her first Florida Winter Tour event.

With very little time off, the Ocala Gran Prix race team will head to the Orlando Kart Center for the opening round of the Florida Karting Championship Series. Competing in a wide array of classes, team drivers will see action in multiple divisions as they look to start the regional season off on the right foot before concluding the Florida Winter Tour at their home track in mid-March.

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.


“Ocala Gran Prix squad heads south to Homestead”

Ocala, Florida – February 18, 2013 – With the opening round of the annual Formula Kart Production’s Florida Winter Tour (FWT) taking place just under one month ago, it is time for the popular series to get back on track for races three and four in the Sunshine State. With the second event weekend taking place at Homestead Karting, on the grounds of the Homestead Miami Speedway, Ocala Gran Prix (OGP) will once again be in full force searching for race wins and podium results in South Florida.

“Round one was a good start for us but not what we had in mind to kick off the season,” expressed OGP President Jorge Arellano. “Our drivers all showed a lot of speed in testing leading up to the race and proved that in qualifying with impressive results in every class. In the end we were able to come home with some wins, podiums and top five finishes but the results do not reflect our true on track speed.”

Sweeping the pole positions in the stout Rotax Senior field during the opening round, multi-time champion Nick Neri and senior rookie Oliver Askew will be back to fight for victories. Both drivers showed the speed to run with some of the world’s best drivers and both had a shot at race wins before having to settle with top ten results. Returning to the OGP stable will be team newcomer Sam Beasley, Jonathon Kotyk, Alex Hornborg and Morgan Healey as the six drivers will look to get up to speed early on the challenging circuit.

Nine OGP pilots will enter the Rotax Junior ranks led by double race winner and current point leader Jack Weprin. After scoring a dominant victory in Saturday’s wet weather action, Weprin overcame a disqualification in qualifying. Having to run through the last chance qualifier, Weprin was able to recover to stand atop the blocks on Sunday. A favorite for the series title, Weprin will look to flex his muscles at the permanent parking lot facility.

With Weprin leading the title chase, three other OGP pilots sit in the top ten in the point standings after two rounds. Gavin Reichelt currently sits in the fifth position after some solid wet weather driving in round one while female standout Ashley Rogero vaulted to sixth place in the points battle on the strength of her second place podium result at Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR). Kyle Kirkwood showed speed throughout the first weekend and challenged for Sunday’s victory before contact ruined his chances of a podium finish.

With nine drivers in the Junior ranks, the ability to share setup and data proved to be beneficial for the entire program. Also running in the top ten throughout the first event weekend were Austin Garrison, Ryan Norborg and Olivier Bellanger. Brian Lockwood secured a fifth place finish in Sunday’s final before a technical infraction post event sent him to the tail of the field. Quinten De Boever competed in his first Florida Winter Tour event and gained experience that will help him through the rest of the campaign and onwards in to 2013.

Rotax Mini Max standout Mathias Ramirez showed why he will be a threat for the title as an impressive run in Saturday’s main event netted him his first career FWT podium. Unable to repeat the result on Sunday, Ramirez will be back in Homestead and will look to continue his run at the front of the tight field.

IZOD IndyCar Series and Andretti Autosport driver James Hinchcliffe had such a blast at the first event, he has decided to come back for round two with the Ocala Gran Prix squad. Admittedly having to take time to shake the rust off, ‘Hinch’ continually improved with each and every on track session and would challenge for a podium result in Sunday’s final before having to settle for a fifth place effort. Hinchcliffe will once again enter the Rotax DD2 category with an OGP prepared Tony Kart. Anthony Honeywell will also pilot a DD2 machine as he enters the Rotax DD2 Masters division.

Showing speed in her first ever Florida Winter Tour event and running at the front of the Rotax Micro Max field, female driver Jordan Heffner will look to turn her bad racing luck around in Homestead. Consistently one of the fastest drivers on track at PBIR, Heffner would have some bad luck in the main events and her results did not show outright pace. Having been to Homestead on numerous occasions, look for Heffner to once again be near the front of the pack.

With official event days taking place February 22-24, friends, family and fans can follow all the action live at www.FloridaWinterTour.com.

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.


“Nineteen drivers will do battle under the Ocala Gran Prix banner”

Ocala, Florida – January 10, 2013 – As the 2013 racing season takes the green flag, both the annually contested Florida Winter Tour and premiere Ocala Gran Prix race team do as well. With round one taking place at the ultra fast Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) in Jupiter, Florida, Ocala Gran Prix (OGP) will head south with a strong team of nineteen drivers. With at least one competitor in every Rotax Max class, OGP will be looking to close the series in March with multiple race wins, podium results and championships.

“We are ready for the 2013 season to get started,” explained Nate Grindell, Team Manager at Ocala Gran Prix. “After sending four drivers to the Rotax Grand Finals in 2012, we are looking to increase that number in 2013. We have assembled one of the strongest teams of drivers that Ocala Gran Prix has ever had and it’s only a matter of time before we are on the top step of the podium.”

With nineteen drivers under the team tent, six of them will do battle in the Rotax Senior ranks with multi-time champion and recent World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturer’s Cup victor Nick Neri leading the way. Neri will be joined by Senior rookie and 2012 Rotax Junior Florida Winter Tour champion Oliver Askew, and WKA frontrunner Jonathon Kotyk. Making the switch to Ocala Gran Prix in 2013 will be Sam Beasley. Always a frontrunner in whatever he is racing, the two-time Team USA Rotax Grand Finals competitor will look to challenge for race wins, the championship and the elusive invitation to compete at the 2013 Grand Finals.

Alex Hornborg will return to the Ocala Gran Prix race team. Making the jump from the junior to senior ranks in the middle of 2012, Hornborg has achieved much success on the local level and will now look to do the same as a rookie at the 2013 edition of the Florida Winter Tour. Floridian Morgan Healy will also make the switch to the OGP squad, as she will compete in her first ever FWT event in only two weeks time.

A pair of competitors will see action in DD2 powered karts as Anthony Honeywell will battle in Rotax DD2 Masters and IndyCar Series frontrunner James Hinchcliffe will try his hand in DD2. While Honeywell comes from the enduro side of karting, the now turned sprint racer has competed in several events leading up to the FWT and will look to outdo the over-32 group of drivers this season.

Hinchcliffe, who is a perennial frontrunner in the IZOD IndyCar Series fro Andretti Autosport, will trade his GoDaddy.com sponsored Chevy in for an Ocala Gran Prix prepared Rotax DD2. A former karter back in the day, Hinchcliffe will return to his roots and battle with some of North America’s best. Recently completing a test at the Ocala Gran Prix facility in mid-December, Hinchcliffe will look to shake the rust off and find the speed to win when he hits the track in just under two weeks time.

Ocala Gran Prix will enter a strong eight competitors in the Rotax Junior ranks. Claiming a victory in the 2012 Florida Winter Tour, female pilot Ashley Rogero will look to up her game and battle for the title in 2013. Always a frontrunner, Rogero will forgo the TaG weekend of the series to fully prepare for the ultra-competitive Rotax weekends. Another new competitor to the Ocala Gran Prix squad and instant favorite for the championship will be 2012 TaG Junior FWT champion Kyle Kirkwood. Making the switch to Tony Kart has been done with ease, as a recent test in Ocala proved that Kirkwood has the speed and experience to challenge for another championship. Aaron Bass and Brian Lockwood will compete at the 2013 Florida Winter Tour as both have been honing their skills in regional action throughout the state of Florida. While Lockwood saw action in 2012, he is looking to improve on his results and show the country that he has what it takes to win. Bass, who is a FWT newcomer, has been competing with Ocala Gran Prix throughout the 2012 season but will now try his hand at the challenging Florida Winter Tour. Adding to the Rotax Junior field will be Tony Kart pilots Austin Garrison and Ryan Norberg as both will join Ocala Gran Prix for the 2013 season.

With ten drivers in Rotax Junior, some new faces will be present under the team tent as Jack Weprin and Gavin Reichelt will join the talented team. Both drivers have experience at the annual Florida Winter Tour program and both are ready to get down to the business of winning. Olivier Bellanger and Quentin De Boever will look to start their 2013 karting seasons off at the Florida Winter Tour. While both drivers have competed locally throughout Florida and in the North Florida Rotax Max Challenge program, Bellanger and de Boever are looking to make a name for themselves on the national scene.

Showing their true diversity by having a driver in every racing division during the Rotax weekend, Mathias Ramirez will return to the OGP squad and see action in the Rotax Mini Max ranks. Claiming a podium result at the 2012 United States Rotax Grand Nationals last August, Ramirez is looking to carry his momentum into the 2013 Florida Winter Tour. Jordan Heffner will make her FWT debut in a few weeks time, as the young lady will compete in Rotax Micro Max. Running at the front of the field throughout the state of Florida, Jordan, daughter of 2012 Rotax Masters FWT Champion Jason Heffner, will look to follow in her fathers footsteps this season.

“My entire crew at OGP has done a great job in preparing for the Florida Winter Tour,” explained Jorge Arellano. “With some returning drivers and some new ones, the logistics of a program this size are tough. I have complete faith in my guys and know that we are in for a successful 2013 season.”

With a strong team of drivers, a talented crew of tuners is needed and that is exactly what OGP has put in place. With tuners from around the world with all levels of expertise, more than 300 years of experience can be found under the OGP Team tent. Tuning at all three Rotax rounds will be Gary Carlton, Alex Speed, John Russell, Mike Maurini, Tom Buckley, Tony Alvy, Austin Elliott, Wesley Boswell, Gary Willis, Arie Ouimet, Nate Grindell, Scott Gordinier, Cale Wyse, Mario Ioffredo, Jay McKeague, Kurt Folsom, Jim Rogero, Thomas Silva, Cody Johnson, Ben Beasley, Phil Kirby, Scott Grenier, Ismael Ramirez and Jason Heffner.

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 at 352.291.0600 or via e-mail to: Info@OcalaGranPrix.com.

Local Point 2012 Fall Winter


Local Point Series 2012 Fall Winter


Track Closed To The Public – Sunday, October 14th 10:00AM -5:00PM

Track Closed To The Public – Sunday, October 14th 10:00AM -5:00PM.

Kart rentals will be open from 5:00PM – 8:00PM

2012 Club Kart Race Points Race 5