With Team USA goals set at the start of the 2015 karting season, New York resident and GT7 Motorsports pilot Anthony Gangi Jr. has achieved these with great success and will be a member of Team USA at not just one, but two international karting events. Garnering the Rotax Junior national title in early August at the Cold Stone United Sates Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Nationals and the accompanying ticket to the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals in Portugal, Gangi Jr. completed the ROK Cup USA program this past weekend and secured the overall championship for the ROK Junior class, and will also join Team USA at the ROK International Final.
“It has been a great season to date,” explained Anthony Gangi Jr. “Though this past weekend did not go as planned and the results weren’t what we had hoped for, we managed to come out on top in the end and I am happy to be competing in both Portugal on a Rotax and Italy on a ROK later this year as a member of Team USA.”
Heading in to the finale round at the Orlando Kart Center in Orlando, Florida with the championship lead, Gangi Jr. would be the driver to beat for the ROK Junior title. With wins from the first three rounds and a second place podium result from round four, Gangi Jr. started his weekend effort off placing third in the qualifying session on Saturday. The first two heat races saw the multi-time karting champ near the top of the timing sheets, crossing second in both. Gangi Jr. then dropped to sixth in the third and final heat, which placed him third on the grid for the prefinal once heat points were tabulated.
Plagued with mechanical problems, the Brookville, New York resident would place fourth in Sunday’s prefinal before crossing the stripe in the 11th place for the 16-lap main event. Despite all this, Gangi Jr. was crowned the 2015 ROK Cup USA Junior champion thanks to his strong performances in the first four rounds. Gangi Jr. will now head to the South Garda kart track in Lonato, Italy for the ROK Cup International Final October 14-17, 2015, and will represent Team USA in the prestigious event which draws drivers from all over the world.
Anthony Gangi Jr. would like to thank tuner and driver coach Mike Doty as well as Nate Grindell, Mike Speed, Alex Speed, Mario Ioffredo, Jorge Arellano and everyone at OGP. Gangi Jr. would also like to thank sponsors GT7 Motorsports, Millwork Solutions, Holeshot Chains and Sprockets, PKT, and Hot Head Engine Preheaters for their continued support.
The GT7 Motorsports Team is a proud Tony Kart and Vortex engine dealer for the US North East. For more information on Anthony Gangi Jr. please check out his website at www.gangijr.com. For more information GT7 Motorsports please visit their website www.GT7motorsports.com or contact Anthony Gangi Sr. at 516-635-8594 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo by: Nick Feinsod