eKartingNews.com Driver of the Month – February 2013 – Anthony Gangi Jr.
Cadet driver sweeps categories in Florida Winter Tour double weekend at Homestead
Gangi earned a perfect two weekends at the Florida Winter Tour, winning all four Cadet features in TaG Cadet in Mini Max
(Photo: Ken Johnson - FWT)
In a continued effort to highlight the many outstanding performances by drivers around the country, eKartingNews.com is proud to introduce the ‘Driver of the Month’ program. Each month, the staff at EKN will determine the one driver who stood out above the rest and give the viewers a chance to know exactly what they accomplished and who they are.
Wins are very hard to come by in all forms of motorsports. It takes hard work, intense preparation, and for some a little bit of luck can’t hurt. For Anthony Gangi Jr., no luck was needed over the past seven months. The end of the 2012 season and start of this year has been a successful one. In August, the New Yorker won the Mini Max division at the United States Rotax Grand Nationals in South Bend, following up with the SKUSA SuperNationals XVI TaG Cadet victory in November at the Las Vegas spectacular. He jumped back on to his winning ways to start out the 2013 season, especially in February where he swept the Cadet categories at the Florida Winter Tour in both weekends. That feat has garnered him the eKartingNews.com Driver of the Month for February 2013.
The opening weekend at the Homestead Karting circuit saw the Formula Kart categories compete, with Anthony racing the TaG Cadet division. Gangi stomped the field in the opening round qualifying session, pacing the field by nearly six tenths of a second (53.569). The opening heat race was a tight battle, as Gangi missed out on the win by inches. The next heat, Anthony drove away with a three-second win. He then went on to lead all 16 laps for his third straight feature win in the class.
The following day was a complete sweep for Gangi. Another pole position in qualifying (52.653) put him on the front row for the opening heat race. There Gangi edged out the competition for the win while leading the entire way. The second heat race was all Gangi, leading 12 more laps for another win. It was another wire-to-wire win in the main event as Anthony scored his second win of the weekend and fourth straight in TaG Cadet.
It was much of the same during the Rotax Max Challenge rounds the next weekend. Gangi qualified fourth for the first round of the weekend, and drove his way forward to the lead by lap eight, going on to score the win. With the P1 grid position, Gangi held the lead through the opening circuit, driving off to a 1.3-second victory.
Gangi had to work for the win on the final day of competition. Qualifying ninth, he made quick work moving back toward the front of the field. Anthony progressed up to the second position by the 12th lap, only a few tenths behind the leader. The fight continued on in the main event with Gangi shuffled back to the third position in the opening lap. It was lap 10 when Gangi took the lead for the first time on the day, and he never looked back. He held off the competition to score the victory by just over a tenth of a second.
In total, Gangi scored four feature wins in two weekends to bring his 2013 total to seven victories in just two months. He clinched Florida Winter Tour TaG Cadet championship this past weekend in Ocala, and leads the Mini Max standings going into this weekend.
February 2013 EKN Driver of the Month – Anthony Gangi Jr.
Born: September 24, 2001
Hometown: Brookville, New York
Parents: Anthony, Jodi Gangi
Siblings: Michael, Dominick, Vincenzo and Josephine
Height/Weight: 57”, 75lbs
Education: Sixth grade
Chassis: Tony Kart
Engine/Engine Builder: Daniel Lambert
Sponsors: GT7 Motorsports, Millwork Solutions, Holeshot Drive Systems, Pkt
Series You Compete In: Florida Winter Tour, WKA, SKUSA
Years Karting: 5
How did you get started in karting? My dad
What has been the high point in your racing career? 2010 FWT Micro Max, 2010 Micro Max Rotax Grand National, 2012 Mini Max Rotax Grand National and 2012 SKUSA SuperNationals TaG Cadet
What are your goals in racing? To be a professional driver
In a few words, how would you describe your driving style? Strategic, Aggressive
Funniest moment at the race track? N/A
Favorite Track: Oakland Valley Race Park
Favorite form of professional motorsports: open wheel
Favorite karting driver: Marco Ardigo
Favorite professional driver: Sebastian Vettel
Favorite website: GT7Motorsports.com
Favorite movie: Senna
Favorite actor/actress: Angelina Jolie
Favorite music/group: Eminem
Favorite vacation/activity spot: Vegas
Favorite food: Italian
The Real Deal
What do you do when not at the track? Race R/C cars
What are your goals outside of karting? Education
What type of street car do you drive? None
What type of street car would you like to drive? Nissan GTR
What are your pet peeves or things that irritate you? Stupidity
What do you think could be done to improve the sport of karting? To be on TV
What are your favorite aspects about the sport of karting? The competition and how fast your going
February 2013 Driver of the Month – Honorable Mention:
– Justin Meck: Rotax Challenge of the Americas – 1 win (Masters Max), 4 straight podium finishes
– Luke Selliken: Rotax Challenge of the Americas – 1 win (Junior Max), 4 straight podium finishes
– Daniel Formal: Florida Winter Tour – 2 wins (TaG Senior), 4 straight; 1 win (Senior Max), 4 straight podium finishes
– Thomas Issa: Florida Winter Tour – 2 wins (Junior Max), 3 straight podium finishes
– Alex Keyes: California ProKart Challenge – TaG Senior win in class and series debut
– Billy Musgrave: California ProKart Challenge – S1 win in class debut