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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

2012 Club Kart Race Points Race 5

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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.

Local Point 2012 Fall Winter

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Club Kart Race Points

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.

Local Point 2012 Fall Winter

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Ocala Gran Prix Club Kart Series Race Points

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OCALA GRAND PRIX LOCAL FALL SERIES KICKS OFF LABOR DAY WEEKEND

“One series closes and another one opens in North Central Florida”

August 29, 2012 – With some of North America’s national campaigns and largest races already winding down or complete, the Ocala Gran Prix (OGP) local fall program is set to kick off over the Labor Day weekend. With single race day events, allowing more family time on the weekends, race one will take place on Saturday, September 1, 2012. A total of five events will comprise the series and class champions will be crowned at the final event in early November with a banquet hosted trackside by Ocala Gran Prix.

“We had great success in the spring series and the North Florida Rotax Max Challenge,” expressed Series President Jorge Arellano. “We had record numbers and the highest kart counts in the series existence, and we thought it may be due to the fact that larger races were coming to our facility after these events. The numbers continued strong throughout the series and we are looking to continue this upward trend in the fall edition of the series.”

Looking to stay away from dates that would conflict with other events, Ocala Gran Prix officials did their best to schedule around national event weekends. Staying away from the World Karting Association Manufacturer’s Cup finale and the SuperKarts! USA SuperNationals, a flexible schedule also allowed the fall series to steer clear of the RoK Cup International Final in Italy as well as the Team USA Rotax Grand Finals test.

Arellano continued, “I always try and do what is best for the sport and staying off other event weekends was the best thing to do. Though we had to juggle our track schedule a little bit, we managed to get it done for the most part.”

“We would like to invite all competitors out to compete,” expressed Track Manager and Series Race Director Charlie Kramer. “Each year the events get larger and the competition gets even better. Also, there is no place that will give you a better deal on track time than us.”

Kicking off September 1, 2012, the complete Ocala Grand Prix Fall Local Series schedule is listed below:

  • September 1, 2012 – Race #1
  • September 22, 2012 – Race #2 ** Night Race
  • 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.

MATHIAS RAMIREZ SCORES PODIUM RESULT AT ROTAX GRAND NATIONALS

“Rotax Mini Max driver battles with country’s best to stand on the podium”

August 15, 2011 – Traveling from his home in Florida to the Jet Karting of Michiana Raceway Park facility near South Bend, Indiana, Ocala Gran Prix driver Mathias Ramirez would see action in the talent filled Rotax Mini Max division. Taking on the United States Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals and a host of drivers with much more experience and testing under their belts, Ramirez remained true to form in both wet and dry weather competition to come home in the second position, narrowly missing a national championship in his first year in the class.

Progressing through the unofficial test days leading up to the event, Ramirez proved to be very quick under the sunny Indiana skies. Running with the top dawgs of the Rotax Mini Max division, Ramirez and his Ocala Gran Prix (OGP) race team were very excited heading into Thursday morning’s qualifying efforts.

As the heavens opened Thursday morning, Ramirez and the rest of the competitors would make the switch to the wet weather Mojo rain tires to begin the official competition. With a track that was getting better with each passing lap, Ramirez would claim the third quickest time of the session, a scant .022 seconds from the elusive pole position.

Moving into the first wheel-to-wheel competition of the weekend, Ramirez and his OGP powered Tony Kart would look to improve on their third place qualifying run. With a light mist keeping the tricky facility damp, Mini Max drivers would continue to utilize their wet weather Mojo tires in the search for grip and results to set Championship Saturday’s grid.

Progressing through the three heat races with very little trouble, Ramirez would score a third place effort on Thursday afternoon before Friday’s second and fourth place results. Setting himself up for an outside front row starting position on Saturday morning’s prefinal, Ramirez was confident heading into the biggest event of his young career.

“I am happy to be doing so well here in Indiana,” explained Ramirez. “I need to thank the Ocala Gran Prix team and my Dad for all of their hard work and support. I am hoping I can come home with a win.”

Back to the track on Championship Saturday, Ramirez would line up on the outside of the front row for the all-important prefinal. With the rain slowing but a damp track still in play, Ramirez would struggle throughout the 14 lap event as he fell down the running order. Claiming the ninth position and inside row five starting position for the main event, Ramirez was extremely disappointed with his finish and would look to rebound in the final.

The afternoon would see the sun break through the clouds and the track dry just in time for the opening ceremonies and main events. Looking to rebound from his prefinal result, Ramirez quickly went to work on the field of Mini Max drivers as he marched his way forward. With some bold passes and flat out sheer speed, Ramirez drove to a podium result as he crossed the line in the second position.

Mathias would like to thank his sponsors and supporters for a successful 2012 racing season to date. A big thanks to Ocala Gran Prix and Jorge Arellano for his hard work and help, and a big thanks to Nate Grindell, Mario Ioffredo, Alex Speed and Gary Carlton from OGP.