Ringing in the new year, Karts & Parts is pleased to announce it’s team roster for the 2013 Florida Winter Tour.
Team K&P will make its 2013 season debut in West Palm Beach at the Florida Winter Tour, in the elite Rotax categories. Six drivers, across six categories, with a range of experience levels; K&P will lead it’s drivers to compete for strong results and championship wins.
2013 also marks Karts & Parts’ second season supporting it’s flagship kart, LH Kart. K&P is poised to create another standout presence throughout the 2013 karting season. With 2012 having marked an incredible year for the brand on a International level, as they took the runner-up position in the CIK KF2 World Championship, by winning the last four rounds.
“This is one of my favourite parts of the racing season!” said Kyle Herder, Karts & Parts Team Manager. “Racing the (Florida) Winter Tour is probably the world’s toughest Rotax championship and we are happy to bring a great lineup of drivers to compete in it. After a short break in our Canadian season, we have worked hard to bring on new drivers and have spent a lot of time preparing LH Karts and Awesome Rotax motors for FWT. We hope to deliver winning grade equipment and support to see our drivers succeed”.
Karts & Parts Team Roster for 2013 Florida Winter Tour:
Stefano Lucente – Rotax Micro Max
Our newest and youngest member to join the team, we welcome Stefano to the Team! Moving up to Rotax Micro Max, we look forward to guiding Stefano through the most important time in building his driver career, and we certainly know Stefano is starting off on the right path. Always stay focused and keep your chin up.
Joe Soranno – Rotax Mini Max
Going into his second season of Mini Max racing, Joe doesn’t need to prove he is a champion, and he shows dedication like no other. Two major Rotax victories in 2012 put this young die hard on the map. We look forward to seeing Joe fight this season at Florida Winter Tour as we are sure he has what it takes to bring home the hardware.
Tyler Ripani – Rotax Junior
Full of raw speed and talent, is second year Junior driver, Tyler Ripani. New to the team last year, Tyler was forced to harness his speed and learn what it takes to score podium results. We hope to see Tyler continue to mature in 2013, as he is so close to scoring results with the international big dogs!
Zacharie Scalzo – Rotax Senior
Just returning from the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Portimão, Portugal, Zacharie will be making the jump from Junior to Senior at Florida Winter Tour. This young star has really shown consistency, smart race tactics, and heart, over the last year. We look forward to having Zach being a part of the team this Winter season.
Pearce Herder – Rotax DD2
Lots of talent and a history of winning, Pearce only runs at the front of the pack. Last season Pearce contested his first DD2 race at the Canadian National Karting Championships and nearly beat out three Rotax World Champions, before an unfortunate tire leak sidelined him. If Pearce stays focused this year, he will take the biggest titles imaginable.
Derek Wang – Rotax Masters
American driver Derek Wang will joining the K&P team for this year’s FWT. No stranger to tough competition, Derek has competed at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals twice and has shown blazing pace. This year marks Derek’s move to the Masters category and we know he is sharp enough to run for the lead.
Karts & Parts wishes its drivers the best of luck and success at the first Florida Winter Tour rounds at Palm Beach International Raceway on January 18-20.
Karts & Parts is a Canadian based multi-championship winning karting race team and kart shop. K&P offers many services such as driver coaching, trackside support, engine building, full parts & service for Briggs & Stratton, Honda and Rotax, and is the exclusive eastern Canadian distributor for LH Kart. Karts & Parts has been servicing the karting industry for almost 30 years with personalized service and winning results.
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