2012 will see Tony Kart West, importer of Tony Kart, OTK, Vortex, and distributor for OMP, Rotax, and Uni-Pro fall under the umbrella brand of Buddy Rice Karting (BRK). BRK will encompass Tony Kart West, Buddy Rice Karting Engines and Buddy Rice Karting Trackside Service and Support.
“For the past year we have slowly been taking the BRK brand into the mix” says 2004 Indy 500 winner Buddy Rice. “It has always been the goal to operate all under the the BRK flag, and now is the time to roll it out.” 2011 saw the BRK branding on ads, press releases and incorporated into swag, sticker kits, and on the fleet of Tony Kart West team vehicles, but 2012 will see the blue and black BRK logo as the prominent face of the successful Southern California Shop.
“It is business as usual and most people won't even notice the difference,” said Marc Miller Jr. of Buddy Rice Karting. “Color change on some stuff and thats about it. Same service, same staff, same quality parts and karts.”
Along with the change over to the BRK name, Buddy Rice Karting is now an official distributor and retailer for OMP Karting Gear. OMP Racing is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of racing safety equipment built on 39 years of experience working with top teams and drivers in Formula1, IndyCar, Grand-AM, ALMS, WRC, and WTCC just to mention a few.
“We are proud to announce our partnership with Buddy Rice Karting,” says Chris Neuer of OMP America. “OMP America looks forward to using the expertise and knowledge of Buddy Rice, his team drivers and his staff at BRK to continue developing the OMP karting line into the premier karting line in the world. OMP wishes the best of luck to all of the BRK drivers at the upcoming SuperNationals kart race in Las Vegas.”
“We expect top levels of design, safety and style for all our team gear and OMP fits right in with the Buddy Rice Karting brand,” says Rice himself. “I've worked with Chris for many years, he knows what I like, and what I expect for my guys, and OMP America can provide the accessibility and support we need.”
OMP's karting line includes driving suits, gloves, shoes, rib protectors and a full selection of accessories including kart covers, tire bags, and neck collars.