Five Championships for OTK USA at 2023 United States Pro Kart Series
Three victories at Carolina Grand Prix concludes championship program
It was a successful completion of the 2023 United States Pro Kart Series for OTK USA race teams and drivers. The series finale was held on October 5-8 at the Trackhouse Motorplex hosting the fifth and final round of the championship chase. OTK was at the front all weekend at the Mooresville, North Carolina facility, earning three victories and 11 podium finishes in the main events on Sunday while securing a total of five championships out of the eight categories.
A sweep of the top-four positions in the X30 Pro division was the highlight of the race weekend. All four drivers battled for the victory in the closing laps with Hayden Jones (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) coming through on the final lap to grab his first victory of the season. Austin Garrison (Speed Concepts Racing / Redspeed) was among the top performers all weekend, came up short by 72 thousandths of a second at the line. In his Senior debut at USPKS, Ernesto Rivera (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) ran down the leaders and put himself into third, beating out eventual champion Ryan Norberg (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic).
It was a near sweep of the top-five in the X30 Junior category on the weekend. Diego Ardiles (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) set fast time in qualifying but slipped back in the heat races. After a wild last lap battle, Ardiles escaped the fight to cross the line first to gain his lone victory of the 2023 season. Canadian Nathan Dupuis (Speed Concepts Racing / Redspeed) came through for second with Davin Roberts (Ryan Perry Motorsport / Tony Kart) recording his best finish of the season in third. Jackson Wolny – making the move to Speed Concepts Racing / Redspeed – ended up in the fifth spot after starting the main event from the pole position.
The third victory on the weekend came in the KA100 Masters class. Three-time race winner Mike Rolison (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) was able to put in a perfect score at the series finale. It was a battle all weekend long with challenges in qualifying through the heat races and into the Final. A last lap pass helped him to earn a fourth victory of the season. Niki Coello (Franklin Motorsports / Gillard) added another podium result on the season in third while Miguel Mier (Orsolon Racing / Tony Kart) ended up placing fifth.
Four of the top-five finishers in the KA100 Junior division were aboard OTK products. Leading the way was Diego Guiot (Iron Rock Motorsports / Tony Kart) – who had his best weekend of the season. Chase Buscaglia (GWR / Gillard) was the top qualifier to begin the weekend, however, suffered issues throughout the heat races to not be able to contend for the victory. Guiot was second in the timed session and went on to win all three of his heat races to start the main event from the pole position. He ended the weekend with a runner-up result, ahead of Steven Miller (Nash Motorsportz / EOS), Mason Walters (Brandon Jarsocrak Racing / LN Racing Kart) and Sebastian Garzon (Orsolon Racing / Tony Kart).
Two OTK drivers finished inside the top-five in the KA100 Senior division. Round Two winner Helio Meza (Iron Rock Motorsports / Tony Kart) led the way with a runner-up performance after winning all three of his heat races. Defending series champion Alex Stanfield (GWR / Gillard) was up front all weekend, placing fifth in the main event.
A total of four drivers secured five championships on the 2023 United States Pro Kart Series season. Ryan Norberg (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) won a third straight series title in the X30 Pro class. Austin Garrison (Speed Concepts Racing / Redspeed) finished out the season third while Brandon Carr (Ryan Perry Motorsport / Tony Kart) ended up fifth in the standings.
Ernesto Rivera (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) earned two championships on the year thanks to his six wins in eight main events. Rivera claimed the X30 Junior title ahead of Jackson Wolny (Speed Concepts Racing / Redspeed) with Steven Miller (Nash Motorspotz / EOS) in fourth and Nathan Dupuis (Speed Concepts Racing / Redspeed) ending the year in fifth. Rivera led a 1-2-3 finish in the final standings for the KA100 Junior class with Diego Guiot (Iron Rock Motorsports / Tony Kart) and Miller.
For a second straight year, Helio Meza (Iron Rock Motorsports / Tony Kart) has claimed a USPKS championship. In his rookie Senior season, Meza earned the KA100 Senior title for 2023. Meza was joined on the championship podium by Peyton Phillips (Hi5 Performance / Redspeed) and Cooper Shipman (Iron Rock Motorsports / Tony Kart). Mike Rolison (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) added to his stellar karting career resume with his first career championship in the KA100 Masters division. A total of four OTK drivers were in the final top-five standings, including Niki Coello (Franklin Motorsports / Gillard) in third, Miguel Mier (Orsolon Racing / Tony Kart) fourth and Mario Barrios (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) in fifth.
OTK USA would like to thank the many competitors and teams who contested the United States Pro Kart Series in 2023, making it another successful campaign across the board. 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.