Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Girl, 14, on Florida Kart Team

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Girl, 14, on Florida Kart Team

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Ashley Rogero isn't your typical 14 year-old when it comes to her interests outside of school.

This eighth-grader from South Florida is in Western Pennsylvania this week with her father, Jim Rogero, as they prepare for the World Karting Association's Manufactures Cup event this weekend on the Wilson Circuit Kart Track at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex near Wampum, Beaver County.

The father-daughter team has raced as many as 42 weekends in previous years and expects to increase their racing in 2012.

"It's hard to keep up with my friends since we are gone on so many weekends," she said.

Jim Rogero owns an auto repair facility near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., which allows him to be away so much. "I've owned the shop for 27 years, I have very good people, some have worked there for 20 years."

Ashley arrived Saturday after the snowflakes fell. "I was so disappointed that I missed the snow," she said.

One would think being on the road so much might hurt Ashley's education, but that's not so said the two-time WKA Karting Champion. "I keep up a 4.0 [grade point average] in order to race. It's a lot of work, but it's definitely worth it."

This Florida team has raced as far away as California and Italy. The possibility exists that Ashley once again will represent Team USA in Portugal.

RECORD ENTRIES AT PIRC

With almost 700 entries for the WKA Manufactures Cup, PIRC's Karting director Dan Schlosser said this event grows each year.

"We expect this event to be bigger that we've ever hosted here," he said. "There could be teams from 25 to 30 states competing because they like racing here; it's a technical but fun track,"

Admission is $10. The event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday. Go to www.pittrace.com for more details.

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