OTK Products Star At SKUSA WinterNationals With 10 Wins At NOLA
Tony Kart, Kosmic, EOS, and Redspeed all take victories at Pro Tour opener
Iron Rock Motorsports' Helio Meza contributed to OTKs 10 wins at the SKUSA WinterNational at NOLA
(Photo: Ken Johnson - OnTrack Promotions / Studio 52)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (April 3, 2021) – The first quarter of the 2022 season is now in the books and OTK USA launched into Q2 this past weekend with a strong performance by its dealer race teams at the opening rounds of the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour. At the fifth annual WinterNationals, held again at NOLA Motorsports Park this past weekend, OTK brands scored 10 wins and 31 podiums. OTK swept the main events podiums in two categories, KA100 Senior and Junior, and they added additional victories in X30 Senior and X30 Master. Gary Willis Racing’s Jeremy Fletcher earned wins in both X30 Senior and KA100 Senior, while Ryan Norberg, Cedrik Lupien, Caleb Gafrarar, and Victor Jimenez scored for Rolison Performance Group. Helio Meza added an OTK victory with Iron Rock Motorsports, as did Ayden Ingratta for Speed Concepts Racing, Jesus Vasquez Jr. for Nash Motorsportz, and Danillo Ramalho for Racing Edge Motorsports. Of note, OTK swept the entire top-10 in Sunday’s KA100 main event, led by Fletcher.
OTK chassis dominated the X30 Senior class podiums at the WinterNationals, taking five of the six positions over the two days of action, sweeping the Round 1 results. Fletcher won on Saturday on a Tony Kart over Pauly Massimino (Ryan Perry Motorsports / Tony Kart) and Nate Cicero (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic). RPG came back strong on Sunday for Round #2 with Norberg and Cicero finishing 1-2. In X30 Junior, Gafrarar won on Saturday on a Kosmic, while Ingratta topped Sunday’s action in a Redspeed. Meza added to the podium total, steering his Tony Kart to third.
The KA100 classes belonged to OTK all weekend as four different drivers took to the top of the box in SKUSA’s trophy presentations, leading a complete sweep of both main event podiums. Lupien was in the lead battle all weekend and drove his RPG Kosmic to the KA100 Senior win on Saturday. The Canadian was joined by Alex Stanfield (Gary Willis Racing / Tony Kart) and Carson Morgan (Ryan Perry Motorsports / Tony Kart) to complete the top-three. Fletcher stormed to the win on Sunday, ahead of Stanfield and Gia Cicero (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic), who enjoyed her first trip to a SKUSA Pro Tour podium after a stellar run.
In KA100 Junior, Meza emerged as the winner over Gafrarar, with Parker Delong (Ryan Perry Motorsports / Tony Kart) completing the podium. Vasquez Jr earned the Round #2 win in KA100 Junior onboard his EOS, ahead of Meza and Stephen Eisert (Ryan Perry Motorsports / Tony Kart).
OTK swept both X30 Master podiums at NOLA. Danillo Ramalho (Racing Edge Motorsports / Kosmic) dominated the class all weekend, winning on Saturday ahead of Pete Vetter (Rolison Performance Group / Tony Kart) and Curtis Terry (Thomas Racing / Tony Kart). On Sunday, reigning SKUSA Pro Tour X30 Master champion Mario Barrios (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) finished second ahead of Vetter. Rolison Performance Group’s Victor Jimenez added a pair of podiums to OTK’s weekend total, steering his Tony Kart to second in both Master Shifter main events.
Oliver Wheldon (JC Karting / LN Kart) carried the OTK flag in the Mini Swift class, and he battled like a champion all weekend to score a pair of runner-up finishes in his Lando Norris branded chassis. In Micro Swift, Jackson Gibson (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) finished fifth on Sunday.
A vast majority of the OTK drivers who competed in New Orleans will now look forward to the second round of the United States Pro Kart Series, which will take place at the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, NC on April 28-May 1. Drivers looking to compete with the most popular kart brand in the world or purchase OTK karts and components can contact their local OTK USA dealer. Head to www.otkusa.com for a complete list of dealers and details on the entire brand roster.