Event News: Florida Winter Tour - Orlando Kart Center Rotax Weekend Preview
Article by: floridawintertour.com
The Formula Kart Productions Florida Winter Tour continues its 12th season this weekend, January 15-17, at the brand new Orlando Kart Center in Orlando, Florida. A record number of drivers are expected to compete in this, the first FWT Rotax Max Challenge event of the new year.
For 2008 and 2009, the Florida Winter Tour Rotax Max Challenge was the largest official RMC in the world. In 2009, the FWT averaged 578 entries per month, including drivers from 28 countries, 28 U.S. states and five Canadian provinces. That sets the stage for 2010, in which a record number of pre-registrations have already been logged for this upcoming season.
Goodwood Karting/Intrepid sponsored Rotax Senior will see the return of class champion Fabio Orsolon, who will have his work cut out for him if he hopes to repeat in 2010. His competition features drivers including names such as former world champion Pier-Luc Ouellette, former Canadian champion Michael Vincec, standouts Marco Di Leo, graduating junior champions Nick Neri, Danny Formal and Steven Szigeti and visiting professionals like Indy Racing League driver Dan Weldon and FIA Super license holder and Formula Two # 2 Robert Wickens. It is arguably the most talented group of Rotax Seniors to ever compete at a FWT event.
A record number of young drivers will compete in RDD Motorsports-sponsored Rotax Junior. And the talent defies description, as there are many returning drivers being joined by some of the aces graduating from the Mini Max ranks. Reigning FWT Mini Max Champion Jack West makes his Junior debut. FWT / Ferrari Scholarship winners Jesus Rio’s Junior and Marc-Antoine Cardin, reigning FWT TaG Junior Champion Alessandra Madrigal and former U.S. Champion AJ Myers head an all-star cast that promises to provide one of the most-fiercely contested championships in tour history.
Another record number of entries will include three Sargeants as Dalton, Logan, and Garret Sargeant will face off in PSL Karting.com sponsored Mini Max. Joining the Sargeant trio are other talented young drivers, such as Patricio O'Ward, Devlin DeFrancesco, Jordan Perry, Grant Quinlan, Ashley Rogero, Lance Stroll, Jesse Seeley, and Zachary DeMelo.
The smallest of the small category, MRP/GoRotax.com sponsored Micro Max, also boasts a record number of competitors ready to battle for the class points championship.
Reigning FWT DD2 champion Darren White returns for another season, where he'll face an impressive line-up that includes Kyle Herder, Eric Gerrits, British star Tiffany Chittenden and A1GP driver Daniel Morad in this SH Karting-sponsored class. White's 2009 title was largely the result of extraordinary consistency, something he'll need to sustain if he hopes to retain his crown.
In the Ferrari North America sponsored Rotax Masters division, there just might be some history in the making, as Max Papis will hope to become the first professional race car driver to earn a FWT points championship. His primary competition will come from a slew of aces including Robby Mott, Scott Holmboe and Brent Harper. Northwest star Holmboe was particularly strong at the conclusion of the 2009 tour, and he'll hope to maintain that momentum heading to Orlando.
Once again, Formula Kart Productions, Inc. has joined with Canadian Rotax importer SRA Karting and BRP/Rotax to provide direct transfer spots and funded rides to the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals (RMCGF), for the 2010 FWT points champions in the Senior, Junior and DD2 categories. Other FWT RMC awards have been provided by Ferrari North America, Skip Barber Racing Schools, and On Track Promotions. The total value of all Florida Winter Tour cash awards and prizes exceeds $160,000.
After just one week, the series’ groundbreaking media coverage, FWT Live! powered by Supertune USA and DFR has shattered its own viewership records from a year ago. Live streaming video, live timing and scoring, and an audience interactive blog will again be on tap for this RMC weekend. All live broadcasts and archived races are free of charge to a global audience.
For more information on the 2010 Florida Winter Tour, visit www.floridawintertour.com