GoRotax.com Driver of the Month Presented by eKartingNews.com – August 2013 – US Rotax Grand Nationals Champions

Six drivers who earned 2013 national Rotax titles in North Carolina honored

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Thanks to the new partnership between MAXSpeed Group and eKartingNews.com, a monthly program has been devised to promote outstanding drivers in the Rotax Max Challenge. The new program – GoRotax.com Driver of the Month presented by eKartingNews.com – is based off a similar program the leading karting website offers each month, focused on the United States ‘Rotaxians’. Each month, the staff at MAXSpeed and EKN will determine one driver to profile who promotes Rotax and karting in general in a positive fashion, along with standing out on-track. Each driver’s accomplishments will be highlighted, in addition to getting to know the Driver of the Month.

This August, roughly 200 ‘Rotaxians’ gathered in Mooresville, North Carolina for the annual United States Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals. The 13th edition of the event, held for the first time at the GoPro Motorplex, crowned the seven national champions for the 2013 season. It was a great battle throughout the weekend in each category, battling the changing weather conditions, a challenging circuit and tough competition. For their efforts, GoRotax.com and eKartingNews.com elected to profile each of the six champions, as Masters Max champion Max Papis is already well known. All six will be at the NOLAMotorsportsPark in November to be part of Team USA, competing at the 2013 Rotax Grand Finals and the Micro & Mini Max Invitational events.

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August 2013 – United States Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals Champions

DD2 – Daniel Formal

Daniel Formal (Photo: Ken Johnson - Studio52.us)

Daniel Formal
(Photo: Ken Johnson – Studio52.us)

Florida driver Formal made history this year, becoming the first driver to win four United States Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals in four different categories, and tied Jordon Musser for most by a single driver. Entering the event as the favorite, Formal had to fight off some challenges over the course of the event. When the main event came, Formal shined as he claimed the victory.

Bio

Born: December 24, 1995
Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Marital Status: Single
Children: 0
Height/Weight: 6’1” / 180lbs
Education: UCF
Occupation: Owner at 37racingengines

Racing Resume

Chassis: OTK
Engine Service Center: 37Racing
Sponsors: HR, Tony Kart, Advanced Karting
United States Rotax Max Challenge Home Series: N/A
Years Karting: 10
How did you get started in karting? My dad raced
What has been the high point in your racing career? Finishing 5th in the world and winning my national championships
What are your goals in racing? Making it to the big leagues
In a few words, how would you describe your driving style? Determined, Aggressive, Smart, Crazy

2012 Accomplishments: National champion Senior Max, Third – Florida Winter Tour – Senior Max, 14th – Rotax Grand Finals

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Favorite Track: US Air Motorsports Raceway
Favorite form of professional motorsports: Formula 1
Favorite karting driver: N/A
Favorite professional driver: Lewis Hamilton
Favorite website: danielformal.com
Favorite movie: Driven
Favorite actor/actress: Arnold
Favorite music/group: Electronic
Favorite vacation/activity spot: Miami Beach
Favorite food: Protein Shake

The Real Deal

What do you do when not at the track? Gym, work, gym
What are your goals outside of karting? Become a billionaire
What type of street car do you drive? Mustang GT 500
What type of street car would you like to drive? Lamborghini
What are your pet peeves or things that irritate you? Kyle *Woddy* Kirkwood
What is your favorite aspect about racing in the Rotax Max Challenge program? The competition

DD2 Masters – Alan Rudolph

Alan Rudolph (Photo: Ken Johnson - Studio52.us)

Alan Rudolph
(Photo: Ken Johnson – Studio52.us)

Defending champion Rudolph made it two years straight as the veteran claimed the DD2 Masters title. Rudolph was quickest throughout the event, but had to bounce back from a loose tire in the Prefinal, charging his way to victory.

Bio

Born: July 4
Hometown: St. Charles, Missouri
Marital Status: Married
Children: 3
Height/Weight: 5’10” / 150
Education: High School, Vocational Tech, Racing
Occupation: GM BondurantSuperKartSchool – Driving Instructor/Racer

Racing Resume

Chassis: CRG
Engine Service Center: PSL
Sponsors: PSL Atlantic, Bondurant, K1 Race Gear
United States Rotax Max Challenge Home Series: Bondurant RMC
Years Karting: Lots
How did you get started in karting? My parents owned an automotive shop and my dad did a trade with someone for work on their car for a kart. We didn’t really know what we were getting at the time but it was a KT 100 Yamaha on a Margay.
What has been the high point in your racing career? It’s hard to say just one. It’s been big things like 5 King of the Streets, big wins at the legendary Quincy Park race like the Miller Mile, Wins at Daytona in WKA, Owning the track record at Road America in my 250 kart, finishing second to Eddie Lawson at Laguna in the 250 and Wayne Rainey was 3rd, that was the coolest podium ever, me and those two legends, winning the FWT championship, and racing in LMP2 at Petit LeMans. And my proudest moment was receiving  the Dan Wheldon Karting Ambassador award in 2013. That’s really made all of what I do worth it.
What are your goals in racing? At this point I only have one, win the Rotax Grand Finals and be the next American World Champ
In a few words, how would you describe your driving style? Smooth is always fast.
2013 Accomplishments: Challenge of the Americas Champion, Florida Winter Tour Race winner, United States Rotax National Champion for the second straight year, Canadian Championship race winner at Mont-Tremblant

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Favorite Track: Grand Junction Motor Speedway, US Air Motorsports Raceway, or Quincy Park
Favorite form of professional motorsports: World Rally, Moto GP, F1
Favorite karting driver: That’s tough because I don’t have a favorite. Over the years I have raced with some of the sports best like Scott Evens, Scott Sellagran, Scott Pruett, Jamie McMurray, Joey Hand, Michael Valiante, Scott & Alex Speed, Gary Carlton, Fritz Leesmann, Ben Cooper and some of the best females our sport has ever seen like Sabré Cook and Ashley Rogero, just to name a few.
Favorite professional driver: From a pure racers racer Tony Stewart
Favorite website: EKN
Favorite movie: Watching Iron Man with my little man
Favorite actor/actress: N/A
Favorite music/group: I listen to everything from Country, Rock, to Hip Hop, not picky
Favorite vacation/activity spot: My dad’s place at The Lake of the Ozarks, or any beach
Favorite food: Depends on the mood, either Sushi or Steak

The Real Deal

What do you do when not at the track? Family time, Bondurant, and driver coach
What are your goals outside of karting? Do the best I can to provide for my family, love life
What type of street car do you drive? Audi A4
What type of street car would you like to drive? Audi S5
What are your pet peeves or things that irritate you? Street drivers that shouldn’t even have a license being on the roads
What is your favorite aspect about racing in the Rotax Max Challenge program? I would like to say a level playing field but as in all racing there will always be those who outspend everyone else and have in-house engine guys and coaches. Aside from that the platform is very good in having a level playing field, especially at the club level, all the same engines, very good rules, great championships across the country, and the Rotax Grand Finals like no other series.

Senior Max – Oliver Askew

Oliver Askew (Photo: Ken Johnson - Studio52.us)

Oliver Askew
(Photo: Ken Johnson – Studio52.us)

A member of Team USA as a Junior driver in 2012, Askew was among the top rookies at this year’s Rotax Grand Nationals. He along with many other Tony Kart pilots were in the chase all event. Askew was quickest in qualifying and the new Super Pole session to claim the top spot through the heat races. Two wins and a second lined him up third in the prefinal. Fighting his way to the front, he held it through the main event to claim his first US title.

Bio

Born: December 12, 1996
Hometown: Palm Beach, Florida
Parents: Penny & Tony Askew
Siblings: Hanna Askew
Height/Weight: 5’ 6” / 135lbs
Education: Florida Virtual School, 11th grade
Job: Professional karting driver

Racing Resume

Chassis: Tony Kart EVK
Engine Service Center: Ocala Gran Prix
Sponsors: Ocala Gran Prix, GO Designs, FAA
United States Rotax Max Challenge Home Series: North Florida RMC
Years Karting: 9
How did you get started in karting? My dad took me out to PBIR for my seventh birthday and I’ve been hooked ever since.
What has been the high point in your racing career? The high point in my career thus far has to be winning this year’s US Rotax Grand Nationals in Rotax Senior.
What are your goals in racing? My dream is to become a professional sports car driver, DTM, ALMS, Grand AM.
In a few words, how would you describe your driving style? Aggressive; Giving it 100%, 100% of the time.
2012 Accomplishments:Florida Winter Tour (FWT) Rotax Junior Champion; Florida Karting Championship Series (FKCS) Tag & Rotax Junior Champion

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Favorite Track: Ocala Gran Prix
Favorite form of professional motorsports: DTM, V8 Supercars
Favorite karting driver: Nate Grindell
Favorite professional driver: Dan Wheldon
Favorite website: oliveraskew.com
Favorite movie: Insidious 2
Favorite actor/actress: Squints
Favorite music/group: The Offspring
Favorite vacation/activity spot: The track.
Favorite food: Lasagna

The Real Deal

What do you do when not at the track? Train; Schoolwork; Fishing
What are your goals outside of karting? My goal is to be a race car driver but no matter what I want to be involved in Motorsport.
What type of street car would you like to drive? VW GTI
What are your pet peeves or things that irritate you? Anything messy or disorganized.
What is your favorite aspect about racing in the Rotax Max Challenge program? You can’t find a more-even playing field or the amount of competition the Rotax program has to offer anywhere else in the world.

Junior Max – Juan Manuel Correa

Juan Manuel Correa (Photo: Ken Johnson - Studio52.us)

Juan Manuel Correa
(Photo: Ken Johnson – Studio52.us)

Becoming a familiar name at the front of the field, Correa was in the hunt all week long in Mooresville and reached the checkered flag first in the Junior Max main event. The competitive field saw Ashley Rogero the top dog through the heat races and the prefinal. Come the main event, Correa was able to match her pace and out-race her to the checkered flag for his first US title.

Bio

Born: Quito, Ecuador
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Parents: Juan Carlos Correa, Maria Borja
Siblings: Ana, Jose Antonio
Height/Weight: 5’5” / 120 lbs
Education: Palmer Trinity School
Job: Student

Racing Resume

Chassis: Tony Kart/Praga
Engine Service Center: VMotorsports
Sponsors: Palmer Trinity School
United States Rotax Max Challenge Home Series: South Florida RMC
Years Karting: 6
How did you get started in karting? I went to watch a race for the first time, and I liked it a lot, and tried a kart. Then, I started practicing, and eventually started racing.
What has been the high point in your racing career? Winning Rotax Grand Nationals this past August.
What are your goals in racing? My goal is to race in a professional category such as IndyCar or F1
In a few words, how would you describe your driving style? A mixture between aggressive, but at the same time very smooth.
2012 Accomplishments: 3rd – FWT TaG Junior championship, 4th – U.S. Rotax Grand Nationals, 2nd – Pan-Am Challenge, and being a Team USA Member.

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Favorite Track: PFI (England)
Favorite form of professional motorsports: Formula One and IndyCar
Favorite karting driver: Alessandro Manneti
Favorite professional driver: Kimi Raikkonen.
Favorite website: YouTube
Favorite movie: 21 Jumpstreet
Favorite actor/actress: Jonah Hill
Favorite music/group: Justin Timberlake, Eminem, Flux Pavillion
Favorite vacation/activity spot: I love Beaches and Cruises.
Favorite food: Sushi

The Real Deal

What do you do when not at the track? When I’m not racing, I do homework, exercise, and play airsoft.
What are your goals outside of karting? My goals are to be fit, be a good student and love my family.
What type of street car would you like to drive? I would like to drive any type of sport car such as an BMW m4, or a Mercedes G63.
What are your pet peeves or things that irritate you? I get very angry when I get too much homework, when my siblings bother me, and most of all when people block on track for no reason!
What is your favorite aspect about racing in the Rotax Max Challenge program? My favorite aspect of racing in the Rotax Max Challenge program is that it is a very competitive and even series, where everyone has a very similar package, and the results are based on the driver not on one’s equipment.

Mini Max – Michael d’Orlando

Michael d'Orlando (Photo: Ken Johnson - Studio52.us)

Michael d’Orlando
(Photo: Ken Johnson – Studio52.us)

The Mini Max category was hotly contested throughout the week with a number of drivers in the hunt for the championship. It came down to the wire between Enzo Fittipaldi da Cruz and Michael d’Orlando, with d’Orlando making a last lap pass stick to claim his first US championship and a spot at the Invitational event at NOLA.

Bio

Born: March 6, 2002
Hometown: Hartsdale, New York
Parents: Michael and Sherri d’Orlando
Siblings: Nicholas d’Orlando
Height/Weight: 5’ 2” / 86lbs
Education: 6th grade – Iona Prep
Job: none

Racing Resume

Chassis: Tony Kart
Engine Service Center: Koene USA
Sponsors: Integrity Consulting Group, The Graphic Department, Oakland Valley Race Park
United States Rotax Max Challenge Home Series: Northeast RMC
Years Karting: 6
How did you get started in karting? Watching NASCAR/IndyCar
What has been the high point in your racing career? Winning the United States Grand Nationals
What are your goals in racing? To become a Formula 1 driver
In a few words, how would you describe your driving style? I’m always calm in the seat.
2012 Accomplishments: 4th Grade Honor Role Iona Prep, 6-time WKA top three finisher

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Favorite Track: GoPro Motorplex
Favorite form of professional motorsports: Formula 1
Favorite karting driver: Kyle Kirkwood
Favorite professional driver: Sebastian Vettel
Favorite website: coolmath.com
Favorite movie: Fast and Furious 6
Favorite actor/actress: N/A
Favorite music/group: W&W
Favorite vacation/activity spot: Mystic, Ct., the beach
Favorite food: Salmon

The Real Deal

What do you do when not at the track? Play racing video games
What are your goals outside of karting? To do well in school
What type of street car would you like to drive? Ferrari 480 Italia
What are your pet peeves or things that irritate you? Traffic, annoying friends
What is your favorite aspect about racing in the Rotax Max Challenge program? The starts and it is organized.

Micro Max – Dylan Tavella

Dylan Tavella (Photo: Ken Johnson - Studio52.us)

Dylan Tavella
(Photo: Ken Johnson – Studio52.us)

As was the case in the Micro Max division, a host of drivers had a chance at earning the crown for the youngest category in the Rotax Max Challenge. Tavella led the majority of the 14-lap event until he was passed by Harry Coulton on the final circuit. Coulton would reach the checkered flag first, but did not pass technical inspection. This handed the victory and title to Tavella, his first in the young career.

Bio

Born: April 24, 2002
Hometown: Massapequa, New York
Parents: Philip and Shirley Tavella
Sibling: Ryan
Height/Weight: 4’ 4” / 60lbs
Education: 6th grade
Job: Racing

Racing Resume

Chassis: Tony Kart
Engine Service Center: Iron Rock Motors
Sponsors: GT7 Motorsports
United States Rotax Max Challenge Home Series: Northeast RMC
Years Karting: 5.5
How did you get started in karting? I love watching car races so my dad brought me to a kart shop and the rest is history.
What was the high point in your racing career? Winning the United States Rotax Grand Nationals in 2013
What are your goals in racing? To win the SuperNationals
In a few words, how would you describe your driving style? Calm, relaxed, smooth and clean.
2013 Accomplishments: 3rd – Florida Winter Tour Micro Max, 4th – Florida Winter Tour TaG Cadet, 1st – Texas ProKart Challenge TaG Cadet, Double winner at SummerNationals in Colorado, 1st – U.S. Rotax Grand Nationals

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Favorite Track: New Jersey Motorsports Park
Favorite form of professional motorsports: F1
Favorite karting driver: Nick Neri
Favorite professional driver: Jimmy Johnson
Favorite website: Youtube
Favorite movie: Fast and Furious
Favorite actor/actress: Vin Diesel
Favorite music/group: Rap
Favorite vacation/activity spot: Florida
Favorite food: Steak

The Real Deal

What do you do when not at the track? School, School, School and sleep.
What are your goals outside of karting? All my goals have racing involved. I love racing.
What type of street car would you like to drive? 2013 Ferrari f12 Berlinetta
What are your pet peeves or things that irritate you? Drivers who can only pass me by punting me off the track. They should learn how to drive.
What is your favorite aspect about racing in the Rotax Max Challenge program? That i can travel to different states to race.

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