"16 drivers under Ocala Gran Prix tent look for success in South Florida"
Article By: Race Tech Development
Ocala, Florida - March 17, 2011 - As the Formula Kart Productions Florida Winter Tour enters the final round, the Ocala Gran Prix race team will look to utilize local track knowledge to the best of their ability. With the final event taking place at the Ocala Gran Prix facility, the front running race team will run sixteen drivers in the hopes of multiple race wins and podiums.
While only a select few drivers will compete during the Formula Kart TaG weekend, the real fun begins for the Rotax round as new and returning drivers will do battle on the short and challenging track. Leading the way in the first weekend of action will be a trio of pilots as Ashley Rogero, Jason Bell and Karl Weber will all see battle in their respective classes.
"We normally do not compete on the TaG weekend of the Florida Winter Tour but since it is at our home track, we allowed some of our drivers the opportunity to do so," expressed Jorge Arellano of Ocala Gran Prix. "We have a major focus on the Rotax program and will bring in the big guns next weekend."
Three drivers will contest in the Rotax Senior class as Nick Neri, Dan Wheldon and Andrew Evans will utilize OGP powered Tony Karts. While Neri and Wheldon have been challenging for race wins, luck has not been on their side this FWT as some disappointing incidents have hindered their chances at a championship. Floridian Andrew Evans will look to get up to speed early in his new 2011 Tony Kart Racer EVRR and utilize the Ocala Gran Prix layout to help him contest with some of North America's top drivers.
Jason Bell and Rob Maier will be back in action in the Rotax Masters category as both drivers look to improve on results in Palm Beach. While the duo garnered top five's in Orlando, incidents at the Palm Beach International Raceway facility were disappointing. Both drivers will look for race wins and podium results next weekend.
Ocala Gran Prix's largest contingent of drivers comes from the junior division. Leading the way into the third round of the program will be Oliver Askew and Pietro Fittipaldi. After scoring top five results at PBIR, both drivers are hungry to take the checkered flag in Ocala. Joining Askew and Fittipaldi in the Rotax Junior class will be Alex Hornborg, Angus Hunt, Alex Keyes, Ashley Rogero and Karl Weber.
Pietro's younger brother Enzo Fittipaldi along with Justin Gordon will do battle in the Rotax Mini Max division. Both Fittipaldi and Gordon continued to show improvement throughout the series and will look to carry that momentum through to Ocala Gran Prix during the final event of the winter series.
Mathias Ramirez will be OGP's lone driver in the Micro Max class as he looks to battle for race wins.
Noticeably absent from the Ocala Gran Prix driver lineup will be Rotax DD2 pilot and two time defending United States National Champion Cody Hodgson as he will compete in his NASCAR ride during the Rotax round.
With 16 drivers under the Ocala Gran Prix program, the past and future success and experience of these drivers is invaluable. From Florida Winter Tour champions to national champions, Ocala Gran Prix looks to add strong results this round and make a run at several series championships.
With a strong team of drivers, a tuning crew second to none has been assembled. With mechanics from all over the world, the OGP squad employs more than 275 years of experience and knowledge to ensure success for their drivers.
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@RaceTechDevelopment.com ).