“Multiple race wins and podiums in Jacksonville”
Article By: Race Tech Development
July 29, 2010 – The Ocala Gran Prix/Tony Kart race team made the short trek from their facility to the 103rd Street Motorsports Complex for the fifth round of the Florida Karting Championship Series (FKCS). Competing at the ultra fast Jacksonville, Florida facility, the OGP race team lived up to their expectations scoring multiple race wins and podiums throughout the three day event.
A total of five main event victories and fifteen podium results were accumulated throughout the event as junior driver Jonathon Kotyk had a tremendous weekend. Taking advantage of certain situations, Kotyk won the Easykart 100 and KPP Junior classes while scoring a third place podium result in Yamaha Junior.
National level driver and current top five finisher at the US Rotax Grand Nationals Ashley Rogero was back in action and could also be seen at the front of the pack. Rogero scored four podium results including three third place finishes in Cadet Sportsman, Rotax Mini Max and KPP Sportsman while improving to the second step on the podium in Yamaha Sportsman.
“Overall, it was a good event for the team,” expressed Team Manager Kyle Kraus. “We worked hard as a group to ensure all of our drivers had the best possible equipment and opportunity to win. We have a lot of momentum heading into the final round of the series and should be able to score multiple championships as a group.”
Floridians Oliver Askew and Andrew Evans joined Kotyk and Rogero on the podium by splitting the results in Rotax Junior and TaG Junior. Askew claimed top honors in Rotax Junior while Evans got the better of the two in TaG Junior. Both drivers also scored second place results when they were not on the top step of the podium.
Sportsman competitor Devin Boutout was back in action in Jacksonville and again, continues to improve with each and every outing. Following a strong run in Ocala, Boutout scored a third place result at the 103rd Street Motorsports Complex in Rotax Micro Max and backed it up with a solid top ten on Sunday in Cadet Junior Sportsman.
Tony Kart newcomer Yamir Raj was quickly up to speed in his new green machine scoring a second place result in Rotax Senior on Saturday. With only one practice session on Friday, Raj quickly adapted to the kart and was up to speed fast. Looking to improve on Sunday, Raj ran into some bad luck as he brought his Tony Kart home in ninth in TaG Senior.
Looking to lock up two championships this year, senior driver Brandon Salyer would compete in both Rotax Senior and TaG Senior this past weekend. After qualifying near the front of the pack in Saturday’s Rotax event, Salyer injured his ribs and was unable to compete in the day’s action. Relief driving for Salyer was Ocala Gran prix mechanic Nate Grindell as he put a clinic on the sixteen kart field. After starting in the last position for the prefinal, Grindell stole the show claiming the heat race win and main event victory on his way to helping Salyer compile first place points. Salyer would be back in the kart on Sunday in the TaG division but would suffer an engine failure in the main event and be classified 14th.
Sebastian Sierra was one of the quickest Rotax Mini Max drivers of the weekend as he took the pole position and heat race win on Saturday. Looking for the perfect day, Sierra missed the win by one position but managed to score OGP another podium result.
Jackson McKeague was back in Sportsman action as he competed in both the Yamaha and KPP divisions. Looking for experience and seat time, McKeague raced with fellow Sportsman drivers as he looks to gain as much racing experience as possible.
Young pilot Dylan Gennaro completed his last weekend in the Kid Kart division and will look forward to the next event where he will make his debut in the Rotax Micro Max class.
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 ).