“Six Podiums in Florida karting action”
Ocala Gran Prix and Tony Kart pilot Nick Neri dominated the past two weekends in Florida karting action as the up and coming driver scored five victories and six podiums in six classes entered in the past two weekends. Competing in the North Florida Rotax Max Challenge and the Florida Karting Championship Series, Neri dominated almost all on track action to take multiple race wins.
While both events took place at the Ocala Gran Prix facility in Ocala, Florida, the first weekend of action would be the North Florida Rotax Max Challenge (NFLRmax) where Neri would compete in the Rotax Senior category. Looking to gain enough punches to compete at the US Grand Nationals at the New Castle Motorsports Park facility in July, Neri swept the entire weekend of action scoring two pole positions, two prefinal wins and two main event victories while taking fast lap honors in both main events.
Looking to carry the momentum into the following weekend, Neri would compete in four classes at the Florida Karting Championship Series. Looking to utilize the series for World Karting Association Manufacturer’s Cup transfer points, Neri would compete in both Yamaha Junior and KPP Junior classes. Just like the prior weekend in Rotax Senior, Neri was able to sweep both classes throughout the weekend to add to his win total for 2010.
Neri would also enter the TaG Junior and Rotax Junior classes as he looked to work with team drivers and help prepare for the upcoming Rotax Grand Nationals. Utilizing a Rotax package in the TaG division, Neri would battle hard throughout the event weekend but would take the win after scoring the pole position.
“That was a fun race,” expressed Neri. “The different packages are faster or slower in certain areas of the track so you have to be smart about the way you race and where you make your passes. Though the OGP track may favor the Rotax motor, it is hard to say what the next event will bring in Jacksonville.”
Neri’s only falter would be in the Rotax Junior class as he would claim the third and final podium position. After taking the pole position, Neri struggled on the start and fell back to fourth before the exit of the first corner in the prefinal. Battling hard, the three time Florida Winter Tour champion drove back to a solid second place finish. The final would see very little action as Neri and a fellow competitor drew away from the field. Looking to fight for the checkers, Neri tried a last lap move but was forced to take evasive action to avoid contact and was slowed in the back section of the track. As the leader drove away, Neri would lose one more position as he struggled to get back up to speed to come home third.
Neri added, “The competition in the Florida karting region is tougher each and every race. Some of the nation’s best karters come from this state, and I am just happy I have the opportunity to race against some of the best.”
Nick Neri would like to thank his all of his 2010 supporters: Ocala Gran Prix, Tony Kart, Josh Power, High Rev Engineering, Alpinestars, SKF Bearings, Grand Products, Bridgestone, Koene Engines and Race Tech Development.
For sponsorship opportunities and more information on Nick Neri please contact Race Tech Development at 317.270.8723 or via e-mail to Mike@RaceTechDevelopment.com