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OCALA GRAN PRIX TO SEND NINETEEN DRIVERS TO ANNUAL FLORIDA WINTER TOUR

“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.

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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

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OCALA GRAND PRIX LOCAL SERIES NIGHT RACE ACTION

“Race #2 provides excitement under the lights at OGP”

September 26, 2012 – The second event in the Ocala Gran Prix (OGP) fall local series was a barnburner of an affair as nearly 90 competitors would race under the lights in the first night race of the series. Kicking off the local program only two weeks ago, multiple national and international champions would be in attendance to battle the elements and look for their chance to stand atop the podium.

As the main events were kicked off with the playing of the national anthem and a fireworks display by Ocala Gran Prix’s own, Jorge Arellano, wheel-to-wheel action soon ensued as tight close racing highlighted the evening.

In the headline Rotax Senior class, multi-time United States National champion Nick Neri would take the top honors against current Rotax Senior US Grand National title holder and Team USA member Daniel Formal, OGP regular Jonathon Kotyk and Floridian AJ Myers. While all four competitors showed the speed to run at the front of the field, Neri pulled away from the other trio of drivers in the wee hours of the morning when the event finally concluded.

In the Rotax Junior ranks, it was Florida Winter Tour champion and Team USA Member Oliver Askew taking the pole position and prefinal win after choosing to start from the tail of the field. Crossing the line first in the main event, Askew was demoted to P2 after a late race penalty deemed Brian Lockwood as the victor. Olivier Bellanger, Ryan Norberg and Quentin De Bouver all showed the speed to run at the front of the 22-kart field throughout the evening.

“The local series is growing and we are trying to do more and more to help increase the participation,” expressed OGP President Jorge Arellano. ”

With multiple classes on the docket including TaG Masters, Rotax Masters, Cadet Junior Sportsman, Yamaha Junior Sportsman and Kid Karts, the Ocala Gran Prix local series will continue on October 6, 2012. With entry numbers increasing each and every season, series officials are anticipating race four to draw over 100 entries from in and around the Southeast United States.

Three races remain in the OGP Fall Local Program:

  • October 6, 2012 – Race #3
  • October 27, 2012 – Race #4 ** Night Race
  • November 10, 2012 – Race #5

For more information on the Ocala Grand Prix Local Fall Series or to reserve your pit spot, please contact Charlie Kramer via e-mail to Charlie@OcalaGranPrix.com or 352.291.0600.

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.

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JUSTIN GORDON WINS IN SOUTH FLORIDA

“OGP used chassis and engine combination scores the victory”

Ocala, Florida – September 11, 2012 – In his first race out of the Sportsman ranks, Rotax Junior rookie Justin Gordon claimed a race win at the Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) Championship Series. Utilizing a used team chassis and motor combination purchased from Ocala Gran Prix in the week’s prior, Gordon went on to claim top honors against a small field of very talented competitors.

“This is an incredible feeling,” expressed Eric Gordon, father of Justin. “We struggled a little in the Sportsman ranks but were coming into our own in the latter half of this season. Knowing that we would need to make the jump up to junior in 2013, we figured it was best to move up now and get some experience. To win in our first try is awesome. Can’t wait to see if we can carry the momentum forward for the rest of the season.”

After claiming the third position in the prefinal as well as tying for the fastest lap of the race, Gordon turned up the wick in the main event to come out on top. Scoring his first junior win in his first try, Justin was extremely excited post race, as was Jorge Arellano, Owner and President of Ocala Gran Prix.

“We always sell our equipment,” expressed Arellano. “There is a strong feeling that an outsider will not receive the same equipment as an OGP Team Driver, but I think this was proved with the results from this past weekend. Justin is a rookie in the class and utilizing OGP’s used chassis and an engine that is regularly maintained by OGP, he was able to claim his first victory.”

Ocala Gran Prix continues to offer a variety of used team chassis and engines that are available for sale. From gently used karts (with two to eight races) and freshly rebuilt team engines, the selection is endless. Please contact Nate Grindell to order yours today.

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.

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