Series News: Gearup Challenge – The F Series – Program Update

We are extremely happy to report this year has exceeded our expectations in every way. Our competitors have brought the series to an all new level for 2013 and we are looking forward to some really great racing in the upcoming events. With three rounds of the season completed the points championship is taking shape and the on track battles will be fantastic for the coming races. The collaboration  with the Northeast Shifter Series has been very positive as we continue to work together to create a very promising future for both programs.

Pittsburgh International Karting will host the 4th round of the Gearup Challenge and with this fabulous facility and the many top level local competitors at the circuit it will be a very cool event not to be missed ….racing or as a spectator. The team at PRK has done a great job welcoming the series and we look forward to a fabulous event on the 26th and 27th of July. Of course all detailed info regarding this event is listed on

The classes and competition has been fierce and not short on excitement. The young guns of the program Formula S have shown nothing but professionalism and skill. As Matthew Duncovich and Preston Peacock battle it out for the top spot. Rocco Tedd has secured third place and steadily gaining on the two in front. Fourth spot in the championship is a fight not to be missed as Waryah,Krawiec and Havel are relentless and not giving an inch. We just received confirmation to see Christian Oldhafer join the action at the 4th round and he has vowed to be a contender !!

Formula J is proving to be as competitive as ever! With every racer looking to take the top spot from last years Champion Nolan Ruocco, as always he is very competitive and seems hard to beat. Julia Boos has proven it can be done with taking round one at NJMP surely she has more victories planned for the coming races! The third position in the championship is covered by three points and Wojcik,Oldhafer and Belge are out for every inch of track. Cannata, Gelinas, Nyman and Vandersteuer are always contenders for the top spot and could very well have their day in the coming race. Rylee Osborn debuting his new Arrow should see a huge improvement for the race and his his future in the class.

Formula 125 is one of our largest classes in 2013 and therefore never short on great racing. Doug O’Haro has been the racer to beat as last years champion and undefeated until round three when John DaCosta took a very impressive win at our one and only night race. Chase, Maestri and Ventura are locked into a tight points battle for third, and are not out of the championship with three races remaining it is any ones game. Peterson having an engine failure for round two at Etown but otherwise two strong finishes is not out of it and looking for a good race at PRK. Rodrigo Diaz has had some promising results including a podium at Etown that seen him move up the points standing. He will be looking to build on that result for the next round. A very consistent Mike Kovalosky is gaining momentum and with his great team and huge effort we are sure to see big improvements in the next three rounds.

Formula Tag our newest class in our structure has been gaining momentum with the support and top level competition that has chosen to run the program for 2013. Billy Ogle and absolute class act with huge speed has proven to be unbeatable this season. However Chris Rock the very experienced veteran has been right their ready to deny Billy those wins. We are certain once Chris dials his new Swiss Hutless chassis to his liking the races will be hard fought for both. Brad Nyman still holding third after missing OVRP is ready to give it his all at PRK. Rob Little came home with a top three at OVRP and after a fabulous race at The Cherry Valley Tag Pro race he must be pumped to challenge for the win.

Formula 355 what can we say…….the lightest, fastest Leopard program in the country! We would like to thank everyone that participated in the off season discussions and voting regarding the weight. It has been proven to be a very good direction for the series as the competition is phenomenal and the competitors that have chosen to participate are exceptional talents in karting. Carter Fartuch is currently in 1st position in the championship and has done an outstanding job staying consistent throughout. Chris Keller the winner at OVRP is currently in second has had a rough start but has gained momentum and will be looking for wins. Watch out for Mike Politis holding onto third at the moment will be working hard to move up the championship standings. Teammates Chris Giumarra & Alfonso Perri took a nice leaps forward in the points from OVRP and are looking for more at PRK!!  We are sad not to see Amber Friedberg this weeknd due to prior obligations or Andrew Sherry back for the rest of the season due to starting college this past week, we do wish him the best and hope to see him return soon. Some great news for the PRK race Kyle Smith will be joining the action after a long year off studying in Europe. We would like to invite everyone to round #4 at Pittsburgh International Karting on the 26th and 27th of July the action starts on Friday with practice at 12 noon.

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