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Monday, July 12, 2021

Ocala Gran Prix closes in favor of new storage facility

Ocala Gran Prix closed its doors earlier this year in favor of a new storage facility that will take its place. 

The announcement came from RTD Media, a group that handles media relations for the track. After the track featured its last national events through the winter, it closed its doors indefinitely. 

“It is a sad day for karting but something that must happen to make a viable business,” explained Jorge Arrellano, the track’s director. 

Arrellano explained that the ever-evolving karting industry made it difficult to adjust and “stay ahead of the game” each year. 

“My team and I have worked tirelessly but have come to the conclusions that it is time for a change. This is about business, money in versus money out and providing something that is needed in the Ocala, Florida area,” said Arrellano in a press release. 

The Ocala Gran Prix was formerly located at 4121 NW 44th Avenue, just minutes away from the newly opened World Equestrian Center and Juniper General Store. 

The OGP race team, once a powerhouse in karting, earned several national titles and launched the careers of many in motorsports, according to the press release. Arellano was one of the first recipients of the Dan Wheldon Ambassador Award, which is given to a person that best embodies kart racing legend Dan Wheldon. 

“I would like to thank all of the past and present OGP employees, teams, racers and customers that made Ocala Gran Prix what it is today,” continued Arellano. “I will never forget the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows that we have had in the 22 years since I have been the Owner, but I am excited to close this chapter and open a new one moving forward. Thank you all for the love, help and support, and I look forward to seeing everyone at a karting event in the near future.”