Article By: Race Tech Development
“Neri, Rogero and Kotyk will fly OGP Banner at WKA Manufacturer’s Cup”
August 3, 2010 – The Ocala Gran Prix (OGP) race team is set to launch their assault on the fourth round of the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturer’s Cup program this weekend at the New Castle Motorsports Park facility. Located 45 minutes from the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, OGP drivers will look to add to their already impressive win total in 2010 as well as stretch out championship point leads in multiple divisions.
Nick Neri will travel to Indiana leading three championship battles in the four classes that he is entered in. Working with tuner Mike Maurini, Neri is overcoming a broken arm and surgery less than three weeks ago but has been cleared by doctors to compete in the event. Neri enters the fourth round on top of the Komet Junior Lite, Komet Junior Heavy and Yamaha Junior Heavy class where he is unbeaten in the series. Neri’s only flaw in his record to date is a fifth place point total in the Yamaha Junior Lite class due to an incident in the second round of the series.
Floridian female pilot Ashley Rogero enters the weekend leading two class championships while sitting second and third in the other. Competing at the Route 66 event at New Castle this weekend, Rogero took three class victories as well as a solid second place result in both wet and dry weather racing. Rogero will look to carry her momentum into the national level series this weekend as she is atop the Cadet Junior Sportsman and Komet Sportsman classes.
Another Ocala Gran Prix driver making the trek to Indiana from Florida is Jonathon Kotyk. Fresh off a double victory at the Florida Karting Championship Series two weekends ago, Kotyk will be back behind the wheel of his Yamaha powered Tony Kart for both Saturday and Sunday’s action. Kotyk currently sits eleventh in the Yamaha Junior Lite points chase while he is tenth in Yamaha Junior Heavy.
“Though the team is smaller this weekend, we have a lot of power in our program,” expressed OGP Team Manager Kyle Kraus. “Jonathon is coming off a solid run at Road America and backed that up last weekend at our regional series. He is on the verge of podium at the national campaign. Nick and Ashley are at the top of their game and should be fighting for race wins in all classes.”
Along with the race team equipment, Ocala Gran Prix will be headed to New Castle with a fully stocked parts trailer that will be open for business throughout the event weekend. With OTK related equipment as well as products to service Manufacture Cup competitors, OGP is your go to source. Stop by and check out the OTK brand and specials on Tony Kart and FA Kart.
Ocala Gran Prix is also continuing to expand their dealership network. Any interested parties are asked to come by the Ocala Gran Prix tent and speak with Kyle Kraus or Mike Maurini.
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 ).