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TEAM USA TO TEST AT OCALA GRAN PRIX

10/20/2012

"Strong field of drivers look to get leg up on competition"


Ocala, Florida - October 19, 2012 - Another year is coming to a close and another set of talented drivers are set to take on the world at the annual Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals (RMCGF). This year taking place in Portimao, Portugal in early December, a large, strong and experienced Team USA is set to contest in the "Olympics of Karting" but not before their first official test session this weekend. Sponsored by Ocala Gran Prix (OGP) and held at their location in north central Florida, the OGP crew has been busy preparing for this weekend's closed-facility test.
 
"We have a lot of Team USA drivers that are coming into town for the weekend," expressed OGP President Jorge Arellano. "It is my goal to bring Team USA their first world championship and I am trying to give the team all the tools they need to perform."
 
Giving them the tools is the least that Arellano has done for the squad as nearly fifteen brand new chassis and engine combinations have been assembled and are waiting for their drivers. Equipped with new Rotax Max powerplants, brand new Mojo tires and full My-Chron data acquisition systems, a talented group of tuners and mechanics will put all four chassis brands through their paces this weekend.
 
Arellano continued, "We will have a representative from Europe for each of the four chassis brands, several data acquisition computers and a qualified person to run them, multiple years of experience in tuning and a winning attitude for Team USA."
 
Not only is Arellano allowing Team USA to use their facility and allow drivers to use the karts for free, Ocala Gran Prix is also catering breakfast, lunch and dinner for the next three days, subsidizing hotel rooms and airfare as well as supplying the fuel and tires throughout the weekend. When the test session concludes on Sunday, all drivers are welcome to come back to Ocala at anytime between now and the RMCGF to test the karts...for free!
 
While a few of the Team USA members could not make the trip to Ocala and others chose to forgo the test, a list of drivers that will be on track this weekend include:
 
DD2
Cody Hodgson
Kristina Vorndran
Fritz Leesmann
 
DD2 Masters
Bill Lester
Alan Rudolph
Rene Martinelli
Johnny Blair
 
Rotax Senior
Daniel Formal
Sam Beasley
Louie Pagano
 
Rotax Junior
Oliver Askew
Ashley Rogero
Santino Ferrucci
Juan Manuel Correa
 
With a schedule that allows for drivers to install seats on Friday morning, a run through of practice sessions and parc ferme procedures will take place for the remainder of the day. Saturday will see hundreds of laps turned before some mock racing takes place Sunday as all Team USA drivers look to get comfortable working together to improve kart handling and speed.
 
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 them at 352.291.0600 or via e-mail to: Info@OcalaGranPrix.com .
 
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