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US Rotax Max Challenge National Points Standings

1/5/2011

The US Rotax Max Challenge is proud to present the champions and top-10 of the seven Rotax categories that make up the National Points Standings. Over the next six weeks, we will examine one class per week to highlight those who were able to score highest in the points standings in 2010. The USRMC National Points Standings ranks drivers from 30 local and regional Rotax Max Challenge Series across the country using a weighted points system. The system uses only registered drivers to compute each participant’s points in the series they are competing, awarding bonus points when the number of participants reaches a minimum level. This system is not to be confused with the USRMC Grand Nationals, where the top drivers in the United States come together to crown the US Rotax Champions. The USRMC National Points system recognizes and awards all drivers who compete in the series at all levels. Many of these drivers are very talented and for various reasons will never have the opportunity to compete on the national scene, but remain the backbone of the US Rotax Max Challenge. For complete standings and an explanation of the points system go to www.usrmaxnrd.com

Micro Max
New in 2008, the Micro Max category is continuing to grow throughout the country. A total of 89 drivers recorded points this season, up 19 from last year, with Anthony Gangi Jr. taking the top honor. The New York driver claimed both the National Points Standings and Grand National championships, similar to last year’s top driver Logan Sargeant. Half the drivers in the top-10 hail from the state of Florida, specifically the South Florida Rotax program while MRP, Northeast and Northwest series make up the other five positions.

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1. Anthony Gangi Jr.
Hometown: Brookville, NY
Home Series: Northeast Rotax Max Challenge
Points: 1150

Born: 9/24/2001
Sponsors: G7 Motorsports
Years Karting: 2 1/2
Favorite Track: OVRP (My home track)
Favorite professional driver: Sebastian Vettel
2010 Accomplishments:
2010 #1 National Ranked - Rotax Micro Max
2010 Grand National Champion - Rotax Micro Max
2010 Florida Winter Tour Champion - Rotax Micro Max
2010 Northeastern US Regional Champion -Rotax Micro Max
2010 New York State Championships - Rotax Micro Max
2011 Goals:
In 2011 I am looking to repeat as National Champion in Rotax Micro Max and defend my Florida Winter Tour title as well as win races in my rookie season at the WKA Manufacturer’s Cup events.

As the G7 Motorsports team driver, Anthony Gangi Jr. wrapped up a stellar 2010 championship season that included four major titles. The year began with the 2010 Florida Winter Tour Micro Max Championship and was followed by the United States Rotax Grand Nationals title in Rotax Micro Max. Back in the New England area, the year wrapped up with the 2010 Rotax Northeast Regional RMax Series Micro Max Championship and the 2010 New York State Rotax Micro Max Championship. The final major title to be awarded was the #1 National Rotax Ranking that takes in all Rotax RMax Challenge certified events across the US. From a field of over 100 racers, Anthony Jr. was able to secure the top spot in the National Rankings to carry the #1 plate in the 2011 season. Building a strong support team is part of building racecraft in today’s modern world of motor sport. The G7 Motorsports Team has developed industry-leading support from PSL Karting using the potent CRG Big Al Cadet chassis designed by Jon Nevoso. Nevoso is part of Gangi Jr’s program as a driving and chassis consultant. Full time coach and tuner Chris Perez has been a big part of the effort that saw Gangi Jr. win across the US national karting scene against the nations top drivers, adding Mike Doty Racing to the program in 2011. The next season will be a year of high expectations, big challenges and tough competition. Under the pressure of being the driver to beat is Anthony Gangi Jr. thrives.

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2. Joshua Sirgany
Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica
Home Series: South Florida Rotax Max Challenge
Points: 1144

Born: 9/5/2000
Sponsors: Azmart, JFP
Years Karting: 2
Favorite Track: New Castle Motorsports Park
Favorite Professional Driver: Jenson Button
2010 Accomplishments:
5th overall - Fl. Winter Tour (Micro)
5th overall - Grand National (Micro)
1st - South Fl. Rotax Max Champion (Micro)
1st - Pan American Rotax Max Challenge (Micro)
2nd - USRMC National Point Standing (at this time)
2011 Goals:
To be very competitive and to run in the top 5 at all major events.

Joshua has continued to hone and improve his driving skills at the Homestead track over the course of this year. At the beginning of 2010, he took part in his first ever Winter Tour competition and during the summer, the Rotax Grand National Competition. He proved himself to be a skillful driver and a worthy competitor as he placed 5th over in both events. Along with doing so well in those two major events this year, Joshua also gained two more titles to his resume. He won the South Florida Rotax Max Championship in the Micro Max Class for 2010. With hard work and determination, he also won the 2010 Pan America Rotax Max Championship, with a dominant win at the last leg of the race in California. With this racing season coming to close, Joshua faces new challenges and opponents as he moves up to the Mini Max racing class. With more hard work and determination, he hopes to have another successful year in his racing career.

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3. Sebastian Fernandez
Hometown: Miami, FL
Home Series: South Florida Rotax Max Challenge
Points: 1078

Born: 7/12/2000
Sponsors: CANTV-venezuela
Years Karting: 3
Favorite Track: Jesolo, Italy
Favorite Professional Driver: Fernando Alonso
2010 Accomplishments:
Florida Winter Tour Micro Max Vice-Champion
2011 Goals:
N/A


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4. Fowler Keesling
Hometown: Centennial, CO
Home Series: Rotax of the Rockies
Points: 1076

Age: 10
Sponsors: The Track at Centennial, Dog House Racing, Mom and Dad
Years Karting: 2
Favorite Track: The Track at Centennial
Favorite Professional Driver: N/A
2010 Accomplishments:
Class Champion - Mile High Challenge, Rotax of the Rockies – Micro Max
Class Champion - Racing the Rockies, regional tour.- Micro Max
Track record holder - Micro Max
1st place - Pepsi Center race - downtown Denver
2011 Goals:
To do better than my 2010 season and have fun!


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5. Neil Verhagen
Hometown: Ridgefiled, CT
Home Series: Northeast Rotax Max Challenge
Points: 1018

Born: 2/18/2001
Sponsors: Mom and Dad
Years Karting: 1
Favorite Track: Oakland Valley Race Park
Favorite Professional Driver: Sebastian Vettel
2010 Accomplishments:
2nd Place Overall in Northeast and New York Micro Max Championships
Multiple top-10s in national level Micro Max events
2011 Goals:
Continue to build the skills needed to place well in Rotax and WKA events

Within a couple of months of stepping into his Rotax kart, Verhagen entered the 2010 Florida Winter Tour where he recorded two top-10s at the Ocala event. Since then, he captured the 2010 OVRP Micro Max championship, placed 2nd overall in both the Northeast and New York Rotax regional championships with two wins. Verhagen finished 9th at the US Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals at New Castle Motorsports Park despite battling mechanical issues all weekend long. It was an exciting year and he has made a lot of close friends while enjoying competing with them. Verhagen is looking forward to a great 2011 season while he continues to learn. Special thanks go to everyone at Mike Doty Racing and Hannen Motorsports for all the continued support.


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6. Tommy Burke
Hometown: South Bend, IN
Home Series: MRP Rotax Max Challenge
Points: 1000

Born: 5/2/2002
Sponsors: Meyer Performance Horses
Years Karting: 3
Favorite Track: New Castle Motorsports Park
Favorite Professional Driver: Jamie McMurray
2010 Accomplishments:
2010 Champion in Micro Max at MRP, setting a Track Record and finished third in Yamaha Sportsman championship points at MRP
2011 Goals:
Full schedule at MRP, Manufacturer’s Cup Series and Rotax Pan American Challenge

Tommy Burke is from South Bend, Indiana and calls the Michiana Raceway Park in North Liberty, Indiana his home track. In 2010, racing a full schedule at MRP and WKA (World Karting Association) Manufacturer’s Cup Series, Tommy achieved his personal goals. In 2011, Tommy is stepping up his goals and looks forward to racing a full schedule at MRP, Manufacturer’s Cup Series and Rotax Pan Am Challenge.


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7. Justin Sirgany
Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica
Home Series: South Florida Rotax Max Challenge
Points: 981

Born: 4/3/2002
Sponsors: JFP
Years Karting: 3
Favorite Track: Abu Dhabi
Favorite Professional Driver: Nico Rosberg
2010 Accomplishments:
6th in South Florida RMAX Challenge
3rd place at US Grand Nationals along
Multiple podiums and 1st win in the US at Homestead
2011 Goals:
To run the Florida Winter Tour, Rotax Pan American Series and the US Grand Nationals along with club events at Homestead


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8. Darren Keane
Hometown: Boca Raton, FL
Home Series: South Florida Rotax Max Challenge
Points: 967

Born: N/A
Sponsors: N/A
Years Karting: N/A
Favorite Track: N/A
Favorite Professional Driver: N/A
2010 Accomplishments:
2nd - Rotax Pan American Series
3rd - South Florida Rotax Max Challenge
2011 Goals: N/A


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9. Juan David Buitrago
Hometown: Cutler Bay, FL
Home Series: South Florida Rotax Max Challenge
Points: 957

Born: N/A
Sponsors: N/A
Years Karting: N/A
Favorite Track: N/A
Favorite Professional Driver: N/A
2010 Accomplishments:
2nd – 2010 USRMC Grand Nationals
3rd – 2010 Pan American Rotax Series
4th – South Florida RMax Challenge
2011 Goals: N/A


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10. Mason Morgan
Hometown: Lake Tapps, WA
Home Series: Northwest Gold Cup Rotax Max Challenge
Points: 940

Born: 2/28/2001
Sponsors: N/A
Years Karting: 2
Favorite Track: Mission Raceway Park - British Columbia, Canada
Favorite Professional Driver: Tony Stewart
2010 Accomplishments:
PSGKA Micro Max Champion
PSGKA Micro Max track record holder
Northwest Gold Cup Rotax Max Challenge Micro Max Champion
2011 Goals:
To carry the success over from Micro to the Mini Class, Oh…. And beat my brother Mathew!

Mason set out to accomplish certain goals in his first year of competitive racing and even exceeded those. Mason has a twin brother, Mathew, that raced the Micro Max class last year winning the PSGKA Micro Max championship, setting a track record, and finished second in the Northwest Gold Cup Rotax Max Series. Mason equaled those accomplishments and finished first in the NW Gold Cup Series. Next year Mason and Mathew will be competing against each other in the Mini Max class and all that can be said is “this should be interesting.” Mason would like to thank the people that supported him this year. Mathew and Madisyn Morgan, Mom and Dad, Huggler Racing Engines, Business Development Resources, Central Fabricators, and all of the great people at the track we call our racing family.

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