After an incredible 2012 season that saw Anthony Gangi Jr. score some of the biggest wins of his karting career, the young gun started off 2013 just where he left off. Taking on five classes over two days of competition during the first round of the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturer's Cup just after Christmas, the GT7 Motorsports/Tony Kart pilot drove away with two wins and an additional two podium finishes. Held at the hallowed Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, Gangi Jr. turned heads during the annual KartWeek festivities and will look to continue his momentum as he delves further into 2013.
Beginning with the Cadet Sportsman 1 category Saturday, December 29, the Brookville, New York resident posted fifth quick in the morning session. Flexing his muscles and moving his Tony Kart chassis early, Gangi Jr. took over the lead during the eight lap prefinal by lap two and went on to take the race win by 2.272 seconds. The final would be a hard-fought battle, with Gangi Jr. prevailing with a scant 0.077-second victory to start his WKA effort off right.
In the Komet Sportsman 1 class, Gangi Jr. would again emerge as the driver to beat. Clocking third quick during qualifying and maintaining that position in the prefinal, the rising star was able to put his skills to the test and sneak away with yet another final victory, this time by a mere 16 thousandths of a second.
In his third and final class of the day, Yamaha Sportsman 1, Gangi Jr. would be off to a rather slow start as he only posted seventh fast in qualifying. Turning up the wick during the racing action, the GT7 pilot would move up to fourth in the prefinal and post fast lap in the process. Crossing the stripe first after the 14 lap final race, Gangi Jr. would miss out on the three-peat when he was stripped of his victory due to a post-race technical disqualification that was a non-performance enhancing infraction.
Sunday would see Gangi Jr. back on the sacred grounds of the Daytona Speedway for two more classes. In Cadet Sportsman 2, Gangi Jr. posted third place results across the board and another podium result. The Yamaha Sportsman 2 category saw the 11-year-old recover from an 11th place qualifying effort, as Gangi Jr. improved to third in the prefinal and finally second in the final to complete his run with two victories and two more podium finishes.
Anthony would like to thank his tuner and driver coach Chris Perez, Mike Doty of Mike Doty Racing and Daniel Woltjer, as well as his karting sponsors Millwork Solutions Inc., Holeshot Drive Systems and PKT Axles.
Additionally, Gangi Jr. is featured on the cover of the December 2012 issue of Go Racing Magazine. As part of his US Rotax Grand National Mini Max title, Gangi Jr. was invited to join Team USA for the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Portimao, Portugal in early December. Taking part in the opening ceremonies, the shot of Team USA members along with Gangi Jr. was selected as the cover photo for the issue as part of the Team USA coverage in Go Racing. The edition can be viewed online here: http://www.myvirtualpaper.com/doc/Go-Racing/2012virtgoracingdec/2012123101/
Anthony Gangi Jr. will next head back to sunny Florida, this time for the first rounds of the prestigious and competitive Florida Winter Tour (FWT). Taking on both the Formula Kart and Rotax rounds during the double weekend event format, Gangi Jr. will be in West Palm Beach, Florida at the Palm Beach International Raceway this weekend, January 12-13, in the TaG Cadet class and January 18-20 for the Rotax Mini Max category. After earning the FWT Rotax Micro Max title back in 2010 and earning third place honors in TaG Cadet last year, Gangi Jr. will be gunning for double championship titles during the popular winter series.
Photo by: Sean Buur - Go Racing Magazine