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“Winning team looks to continue success in important July events”

The Ocala Gran Prix/Tony Kart race team is prepared for a busy month of July that will see the team crisscross the East coast to compete at several important karting events. With the first weekends of July spent in Wisconsin for the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturer’s Cup and Indiana at the Rotax Grand Nationals, the team will look to score national level victories and the chance to represent the United States at the Rotax World Finals before returning to their home state for some regional level action.

Only two drivers competing at New Castle will make the long trek from the Sunshine State to the famed Road America facility for the third round of the WKA calendar and both have a shot at multiple victories. Coming off a career weekend in South Bend, female pilot Ashley Rogero will look to continue her success as she will take part in five classes while multi-time champion Nick Neri will look to stand atop the podium in four divisions. Floridian Jonathon Koytek will also be at Road America and will look to run at the front of the junior divisions.

While Neri and Rogero compete in Wisconsin, a host of Ocala Gran Prix/Tony Kart drivers will partake in the test weekend for the prestigious United States Rotax Grand Nationals. Neri and Rogero will make the seven hour trip from Road America to New Castle Motorsports Park to meet up with the squad as they look to get on track on Monday morning.

“This is a challenging few weeks for our team,” stated Ocala Gran Prix’s President Jorge Arellano. “We have a split squad for the first weekend and will bring everyone together for the following week. We need key personnel to be in certain places to ensure success. Not to mention the organizing of hotels, tent, catering and other stuff, the ‘to do’ list is endless.”

While three drivers on the Ocala Gran Prix team have Rotax World Finals experience (Neri, Hodgson and Weil), OGP is bringing thirteen competitors to New Castle, Indiana with the hopes of scoring several race wins and podiums. While most of the drivers can be found competing in the Rotax Junior class, Hodgson and Neri will do battle in the Senior ranks in DD2 and Rotax Senior respectively. A complete team list can be found below.

Ocala Gran Prix/Tony Kart Entries for US Rotax Grand Nationals:

Rotax Junior

Oliver Askew
Pietro Fittipaldi
Andrew Evans
Ashley Rogero
AJ Myers
Jack West
Ethan Low

Rotax Senior

Nick Neri
Brandon Salyer

Rotax Masters

Jason Bell
Rob Maier

Rotax DD2

Cody Hodgson

Rotax DD2 Masters

Nick Weil

Looking to support the team and Tony Kart customers, Ocala Gran Prix has brought in some of the best chassis and engine tuners in the industry to ensure race winning packages. Martijn Koene of Koene Racing will make the trek from the Netherlands while Race Tech Development’s Mike Maurini will work with Nick Neri at both WKA and the Rotax Grand Nationals. Multi-time WKA champion Tony Loniewski will also help the team at WKA while Clark Hadden as well as OGP’s Nate Grindell and Mario Ioffredo will join Kyle Kraus in overseeing the complete team operations and rental engine program.

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 Kyle Kraus at 352.291.0600 ( Kyle@OcalaGranPrix.com ) or Mike Maurini at 317.270.8723 ( Mike@OcalaGranPrix.com ).

Article Credit: Race Tech Development
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