Driver News: Matt Ostiguy – PSL SoCal GATORZ sponsored driver – TaG class at LAKC
This past Sunday, Matt Ostiguy, a PSL SoCal GATORZ sponsored driver competed in only his fourth race of the 2013 season in the TaG class in the Los Angeles Karting Championship (LAKC) series at the CalSpeed Kart Track at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA.
Matt was looking forward to his last race of the summer before traveling north to start grad school and his masters degree in Mechanical Engineering at Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo, CA. Matt continued to find the speed during the practice sessions on Saturday morning easily in the top 5 of the large TaG field on the track.
Matt continued the Sunday practice session as one of the top 5 quickest and then later that morning qualified 5th and then moved up two more positions to finish third in the Heat race.
Matt started the Main race and maintained his position at the start of the race and about 5 laps in he was pushing hard to stay with the kart in the fourth position and clipped the tire barrier causing him to spin out in the turn. He dropped back to the tenth position and continued to push hard for the remaining laps with a bent tie rod and steering column, but still was able to pass four karts to finish in 6th place.
“My kart was starting to come-in after five laps and I was pushing hard to catch the front of the pack, but I made a mistake and spun-out in the turn after clipping the tire barrier. The team couldn’t believe I was able to continue to drive the kart and get my best lap time six laps later with a bent tie rod and steering column. I had fun passing four more karts to at least finish in sixth place – it was a fun summer of racing while it lasted.”
“I had an awesome TaG package that Francois Doran and PSL SoCal put together for me – so I can’t ask for anything more – thanks to PSL SoCal and GATORZ, who without them I wouldn’t be racing this summer!”
Matt Ostiguy has completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering (ME) at Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo, CA and is now a graduate student at the same school for his Masters in ME. He is able to compete at the track this year during his Spring and Summer breaks, returning to campus in late September.
GATORZ Eyewear has signed Matt for the 2013 racing season as an official Ambassador and sponsorship: “We are excited to have Matt Ostiguy Racing back with Gatorz for 2013. Matt’s enthusiasm and professionalism are the exact traits we strive for in an ambassador representing our brand. Matt’s hard work and dedication has given Gatorz additional exposure in the Motorsports arena and we look forward to working with him in the year ahead.”
“I am excited to continue my sponsorship with GATORZ for the 2013 racing season. This will be my seventh year that I have had a relationship with this great brand and products and I can tell you there isn’t a better variety of very cool and unique styles of sunglasses, including in both metal (aluminum) and plastic frames – than GATORZ!” – commented Matt.
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Matt Ostiguy is the 2010 and 2009 Gatorz Eyewear Golden State Karting Cup DD2 Rotax Champion and the 2008 and 2007 Los Angeles Karting Championship (LAKC) series Senior Rotax Vice-Champion. Also, in 2011, Matt had an impressive car racing debut in an LMP – Le Mans Prototype Radical sports car finishing on the podium at the world famous Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California with JBR Motorsports.
Matt is able to compete at this level thanks to Francois Doran – PSL SoCal Karting www.crgsocal.com and his sponsors, including: Alpinestars www.alpinestars.com, Bell Helmets www.bellracing.com, and GATORZ www.gatorz.com .
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About Matt Ostiguy:
Matt has raced karts for the last 10 years, since he was 13 years old, starting at F1 Boston and F1 Outdoors in New England. After winning several Junior Karting Championships and his team earning the Vice-championship in the GT Pro Class in the (6 hour) Endurance Karting Championship on the East Coast, he relocated back to San Diego, where he was born. His team also participated in several 24 Hours of America Endurance Kart races at the Palm Beach International Raceway (formerly the Moroso Motorsports Park). He was also invited to participate on the USA Team in the 24 Hours of Le Mans kart race in France in 2007, finishing an impressive 5th place against some of the top teams in Europe, including the Honda Factory team.
He was the Vice-champion in the Los Angeles Karting Championships in the Rotax Senior class in 2007 and 2008 and he won the Championship in the Gatorz Eyewear Golden State Karting Cup in the Rotax DD2 class in 2009 and 2010. In 2011, he had an impressive car racing debut, finishing on the podium in second and third place in his first ever Radical Unlimited Le Mans Prototype sports car races with JBR Motorsports in the Radical Challenge at the world famous Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, CA.
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