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Second year junior pilot Ashley Rogero has been flexing her muscles this past month scoring race wins in both regional and national karting action. Showing the boys how it's done, Rogero has stood atop the box in the Florida Championship Karting Series (FKCS), Florida Winter Tour (FWT) and most recently, the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturer's Cup.
Setting up her month of success, Rogero competed in the second round of the Florida Karting Championship Series program at the Ocala Gran Prix facility in North Central Florida. Looking for strong results to increase WKA transfer points to the national schedule, Rogero was quick in both dry and wet weather action. Utilizing her Comet Kart Sales powered Tony Kart, Rogero went on to claim a double victory as she took the top honors in both the Yamaha Junior and Komet Piston Port (KPP) Junior categories and now is the overall championship leader with four rounds remaining.
Returning to the pristine Ocala Gran Prix facility for the following two weekends, Rogero would compete in the Formula Kart Productions Florida Winter Tour (FWT). As she has all season long, the Floridian female would see action in the Formula TaG Junior class the first weekend of competition, while back for weekend two, Rogero would compete in the talent-laden Rotax Junior field.
Switching from the Rotax power plant to the IAME Parilla Leopard for the TaG Junior class, Rogero showed he speed early and often as she was near the pointy end of the field throughout the race weekend. With weather playing a factor in the final results on Sunday, the multi-time race winner went on to score a solid second place finish on Saturday. Coupled with her results in the opening four rounds of the FWT program, Rogero went on to claim second in the overall TaG Junior point battle.
Looking to get back atop the podium blocks, the Naples, Florida resident would be on track for her third consecutive weekend of competition at Ocala Gran Prix. Competing in the Rotax Junior class against regional, national and world champions, Rogero would score her maiden Florida Winter Tour Rotax Junior victory. After having to start from the tail of the field on Saturday and driving forward to an impressive 13th place finish, Rogero dominated Sunday's wheel-to-wheel action by taking the prefinal win and lucrative pole position for the main event.
Never putting a wheel wrong in the final, Rogero took the point on the opening lap and never looked back. Stretching an insurmountable lead, the Tony Kart pilot drew away from her competitor's to score yet another win.
"I have never won a Rotax race at the Florida Winter Tour and it feels so good to accomplish this," expressed Rogero. "I have been so close on so many occasions but it was finally my turn. I can't thank everyone enough who has supported me along the way."
Not done there, Rogero would travel to the second round of the WKA Manufacturer's Cup program in Kershaw, South Carolina and continue her winning ways. After scoring Saturday's KPP Heavy victory, the win was stripped from Rogero in post race technical inspection for a non-performance enhancing clutch drum. Heading into Sunday more determined than ever, Rogero swept the KPP Lite category by scoring the pole position, heat race win and main event victory.
With no time off, Rogero will be back on track this coming weekend in Fort Myers, Florida. Competing in the third round of the Florida Karting Championship Series, Rogero will look to add to her 2012 win total at the permanent parking lot facility in the Sunshine State.
Ashley would like to thank all of her sponsors for all their hard work and continued support: the entire crew at Ocala Gran Prix, OTK USA, Tony Kart, Grand Products and Comet Kart Sales, as well as all her friends and family.