Video Interview: Jetman
JetmanDubai.com wingman, Vince Reffet, sat down for an exclusive interview (at 5:00 AM) with KidzSpeed via Skype from Dubai U.A.E.
Their website: http://www.jetman.com/
TV appearance on Conan O’Brien: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYHqAv8FRZI
Thanks Vince and Yves for the support of KidzSpeed and the great swag!
Jetman Dubai Gallery
Best of luck to all the kids on Season 2, Child Genius: Battle of The Brightest on Lifetime TV. I was originally casted for the show and scheduled to be filmed at home, at Learning Rx & racing my kart at Oakland Valley Race Park last July. Due to scheduling conflicts, I was forced to decline at the last minute. It would have been fun and challenging. Maybe next year?
The first episode airs January 7th on Lifetime Television.
Video clip of season trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTwQym1Nw8o
Anthony’s web sites: GT7 Motorsports.com and Gangi Jr.
Interview with seven time national & three time USA champion kart racer, Anthony Gangi Jr.
Christian: Anthony, you are a seven-time national champion and a three time US champion and over one hundred wins in your racing career. You probably have a lot of people ask you for advice or a lot of parents asking about how to get started in karting or advice on how to become a fast champion like you? So, if you could just talk about what matters most to a young racer like me and their Mom or Dad when starting out in karting?
Anthony: Well first, when I started out in karting, I was focused, first and foremost and it was also about loving it. If you don’t love your sport, you really need to find another one. If you love your sport, you’ll think about it more and you’ll appreciate it more. I tell everyone, “the most important thing is to have fun”. When you love it as much as I do, you appreciate it all the more. It takes everything to a whole ‘nother level. When I started racing, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I started devoting time to it everyday and I sacrificed. When you sacrifice your time to something you love, you might not see the result you want right away, but you will see the sacrifice in the end. I think back to when I started out, and if there’s anything I could go back and say to the little guys like yourself, I would say “definitely listen to your parents” when they talk. They’ve made mistakes before and they know what they’re talking about, even if they don’t sit behind the wheel of a go kart. They have experience from life, and most times, they are going to be right. Also, everyone on your team wants to win as much as you. So when they’re out on the track and they come into the pits, and they talk to you about stuff, no one wants to hurt you, everyone wants to see you succeed, just as bad as you want to succeed. That’s the benefit of having people on your team.
Christian: Thanks! Would you have done anything differently if you could start over again? Or are you glad that there were certain things you did in the beginning? (Like for me, I always try to have FUN, no matter how important the race is and everything I have to remember)
Anthony: You know Christian, that’s a really good question. I really don’t have any regrets. The things that you do, even the mistakes that you make, help you form as a better person overall.
Christian: What should be your goal every time a young racer goes out onto the track (besides having fun)?
Anthony: Every time I go out on the track, I try to stay focused and basically focus on everything all the tasks I’m going out there to try to achieve; whether it’s the kart, what it’s doing, or how I am driving that day. I know that seems really simple, but the goal is to continually prove myself. Self improvement – improving myself is HUGE! Every time you go out there determined to improve, you get better, things will automatically come. If you focus on improving, you don’t have to try to win, it will just automatically come and you’ll be great someday. So improvement is the thing I focus on the most. Like, at the end of the weekend, if I won, it doesn’t matter to me. Ony if I know I’ve improved, I feel a sense of accomplishment, but if I win that weekend, but know I didn’t improve, then really I’ve lost the race (in my mind). When I go to the track I really try to focus, and my goal is when I’ve left the track, I feel I’ve learned something different, I’ve learned something new. It could be as simple as learning that the battery voltage on my Mychron has to be above 8.5 volts, to give me accurate data. You have to go out there with the right mindset. Not to be the most driven, but be completely calm and don’t let your emotions drive who you are. Get out there and don’t show anyone else, especially other drivers, your emotions, never allow them to get in your head. If they can get into your head, they can cause you to lose your race. Remain focused with the right mindset. Focus on learning and being better. That’s my advice for all the little guys who want to become great. I am not great yet, but I am trying to accomplish that, but I am determined to consistently get better. I have good people around me and so do you and you have to believe that you have the right people around you. Everyone around you is there for the team and to make you better.
Christian: That’s great advice. I remember when I met you last June, when both you and your Mom (Jodi) gave me advice at the track. It really helped me a lot.
Anthony: Yeah, I do remember that day. I think my Mom and I told you “don’t overthink it, be safe, but go for it”. I remember earlier that day I watched you on a turn and you hesitated to take an easy pass. You Christian, and everyone else, have to believe you’re a race car driver out there. You have to say to yourself, I’m a racer and that’s my job! I mean, this is what you do – you’re made to race, so you have to go with your instinct. If you overthink the process, you’re just going to mess up. Follow the advice you got from the last time you were on the track. Yes, go for it. Instinct is key, but you also have to be smart every time you put your helmet on. So that’s what happens when you’re on the track. Next time I see you, we can talk more about preparation at home, before a race. But preparing at home and thinking about my last race and what I can do to improve is important. I think about the layout of the track and what I did last time I raced there and what I need to do to improve. That is another really important part of racing and good advice for any racer.
Christian: Thanks a million Anthony. Good advice. I appreciate you doing this interview!
Anthony: You’re welcome Christian. Good luck to you. Thanks for making me a part of KidzSpeed.
(Stay tuned for Anthony’s upcoming video interview on “Tips from Pit Lane” on KidzSpeed)
A video shout out from Jetman - Vince
These guys are passionate about flying and dare everyone to “live their dreams”. Interview with KidzSpeed coming soon…….
Website: http://www.jetman.com/ | Video: https://youtu.be/_VPvKl6ezyc
KidzSpeed and F-Series racer, Yuritsa Dirpaul, went to Rutgers University in New Jersey to meet the Rutgers Formula Racing team – Engineering students who design, build and compete in Formula SAE. We learned a lot and had a great time.
Stay tuned for the video interview…..
I traveled to Indianapolis for 2-day simulator training at RaceCraft1 - Motorsports Training & Racer Development The Go Kart simulator was very realistic. Thanks to my coach, Mike “Chi-Chi” Ramirez for calling Kelly (instructor) with feedback on how to train me and sending over Mychron data from my last 2 races. Kelly Jones, is the owner and was my instructor. He races motorcycles and race cars. He was also an F-16 fighter pilot and flight trainer. I really liked learning from him. He knows a lot!
My Dad, who works quietly behind the scenes to make racing and KidzSpeed possible.
I also saw a few Indy drivers working out in the gym (PitFit) next door. That’s Gabby Chaves on the floor, James Hinchcliffe in the black shirt and hat on the left and Pippa Mann in pink.
Interview with Rich Hanna, Jet Funny Car Racer and World Speed & ET Record Holder.
P.C. Richards, Night of Thrills & Family Fun Night at Englishtown Raceway Park – 07/25/2015
Rich and Hanna Motorsports did well that night. I found the jet powered cars to be both fascinating and very cool!
Click the link to watch the Video Interview on YouTube:
Hanna Motorsports Gallery
Yves Rossy and his dream have inspired me for the past 3 years.
I think he is so innovative, so cool and so brave.
Check him out at: www.JetMan.com
In our new series, “Tips from Pit Lane”, KidzSpeed sat down to interview SKUSA, Rotax, S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto champion and 2 time TAG USA World champion kart racer, Sabre’ Cook
Listen in. as Sabre’ shares advice on fitness, the transition from shifter karts to F2000 cars and what every karting driver should be focusing on.
Sabre’s web site
Sabre’ Cook gallery
I am officially a driver in Kartstars IOS app, Kart Racing game.
Kartstars features fast kart racing on 30+ hand-crafted tracks and 300+ levels. There’s 45 different karts all inspired by real karting. They’ve been working with real kart drivers to mix the authenticity of the real thing, with the fun of classic kart-racing games. Some of the real-world drivers included are Oscar Piastri, Bryce Fullwood, James and Dave Sera.
See me here on Kartstars Facebook page at 0:39
Links YouTube trailer | iTunes App Store | Facebook | Twitter It’s a really FUN and realistic game and it’s FREE! Download it today.
Minicades Mobile is an independent developer based in Melbourne, Australia and has been making games on iPhone and iPad since 2010. It was founded by two ex-automotive designers who decided it was more fun to make games than cars! A team of 6 people were involved in making Kart Stars. Some of their other titles include Mopar Drag N Brag, Dragster Mayhem, Stock Car Racing, Champ Cars Racing Simulator.
I WON the Inaugural race of the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Karting Championship on the same day as The Grand Prix of Monaco and Indy 500.
Ryan Stanton, 2nd place and Alfonso Lombardo Racing , 3rd place, drove a great race! Thanks to my coach, Michael “Chi-Chi” Ramirez, Kristian Werkley,John Bonanno,and Gunnar Bischoff Racing, for great tuning and driving advice! I had fun playing video games with Jack Bonanno between races.
Video clip on podium ceremony YouTube:
Photos on Facebook
Kristian Werkley was very helpful tuning and giving great advice.
I love racing with Ryan and Alfonso.
Victory feels good!
My new friend, Jack. We had fun playing video games.
Lotus F1 team was at EMC World Las Vegas 2015. EMC is a sponsor of Lotus Racing. Thanks for the shout out guys!
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Starting Grid is proud to introduce 8 year old racing personality Christian Rutty. Christian is a serious up-and-coming karter from New Jersey, as well as the host of KidzSpeed.com. Enjoy Christian Rutty’s Starting Grid Spotlight.
Thanks to Chris Miles, President of Starting Grid, Inc. out of Indianapolis, Indiana for showcasing me in my own Starting Grid Spotlight.
Starting Grid is an Indy Light sponsor and proud supporter of KidzSpeed.
“Safety first and see you at the finish line”
KidzSpeed is proud to have chosen Connecticut native and karting champion, Tazio Torregiani, as our March 2015 driver of the month. Congratulations Tazio!
Christian: What was it that made you get into karting?
Tazio: The trip I took when I went to Portugal when I was 6 years old. When I came off the track, the owner told me I was fast. When we came back to the states, we bought a go kart and pursued racing after that.
Christian: What karting classes do you now compete in?
Tazio: Now I compete in Yamaha Junior class and the Tag Junior class. I also competed in the KFJ class in Europe.
Christian: Tell me about some of the awards you have won? The big races?
Tazio: This past year I won 4 National WKA races. In 2013 I won my first National race. I have a total of 5. At OVRP I won the Cadet championship. I’ve also won many regional races. I came in 10th place in France, when I went to Europe.
Christian: Tell me about your Brother, Dario? I know he is a BIG help behind the scenes.
Tazio: Dario has been a big help through the years. He has help me win many races – tuning the kart, the engine. He’s always been a big supporter. I would not have gone this far without him. Dario is right here.
Christian: Dario, I just wonder what you like to do when you’re not tuning the kart?
Dario: When I’m not tuning the kart, I have a camera and every once in a while, I like to go out and take pictures. I like to edit the pictures and when I am done I send them to my Dad and also my uncle, who is a professional photographer, and show him my progress with photography. I never really got into karting like Tazio did, but I loved to work behind the scenes and I suppose the technical side of karting and photography appeal to me.
Christian: I read online that you raced in Europe. Is that true … and how is karting different overseas, compared to America?
Tazio: I raced in Europe in 2012 and 2013 in CIK FIA Academy trophy. It’s very different in a lot of ways. All the drivers are very competitive from all over Europe, all over the world really. They are very aggressive. They are very technical with the kart and what they are doing. They seem to love it more than the people here in the states. It’s much more of a passion sport than here in the USA.
Christian: What were some of the hardships you have faced so far?
Tazio: Many of the hardships so far were definitely, some of the first injuries I sustained. When I was young I fractured my ankle. I got scared a little bit. Right after that I got back into it. I would say the real hardships were coming back from losses that should not have been losses. For example, when I lost my neck brace in Daytona, while leading the race, that put a big burden on my shoulders and stressed me out and I definitely had to bounce back from that.
Christian: How was Skip Barber and what surprised you most about the difference between driving a race car vs. a go kart?
Tazio: Skip Barber was great. We went there last year at the end of February. It was a 3-day weekend school. I’d say the biggest different was how to control the car, compared to a go kart. It’s a lot slower being inside the car, but in reality it’s a lot faster getting on the gas. The turning has to be a lot smoother. You can’t throw the car into a corner like you would a go kart. You have to be a lot more careful and spacial in relation to your surroundings. It’s a whole ‘nother level.
Christian: Who has been the most beneficial or influential person to you in your karting career? If I had to guess, it would be Dario, right?
Tazio: Well Dario is close, but I think my Dad is the one I’d say. He and I went to Europe together, just the two of us – all the racing we did. He was the one one the grid with me , the one tuning my kart and just the one who always supported me when I needed it the most.
Christian: That’s a great answer. Thanks Tazio for being a part of KidzSpeed.
Tazio: You’re welcome Christian. Thank you!
* Editorial: Stay tuned, because Tazio is one of our contributing race authors on my upcoming column: “Tips from Pit Lane” with advice & helpful tips from drivers like Tazio for younger drivers.
Gallery of Tazio photos
Many race car drivers and teams are using crowdfunding websites these days to try and raise funds for their racing through donations. It looks very tempting to do as a fast and easy fix to get the money you need to race. You go in with high hopes that this can be the answer to your problems. You get all your family, friends, neighbors, teachers, co workers and facebook followers to donate and you push and push them to keep donating to hopefully reach your goal amount. Although many racers and teams are on these sites, pushing for “donations” I have watched these very carefully and have come to the conclusion that very rarely does any racer actually meet their funding goal, or even get halfway in most instances.
Putting yourself in a position of asking fans to give you money to race can shake the ground you have as a leader and role model that they can look up to. Repeating the “donate to my racing” process over and over will lower the respect and trust of your fans after a while.
Looking at this as quick fix or a true funding solution, is like putting a tiny band-aid on a gushing, bleeding wound. It does not solve your long term funding problems. You will face the same problem over and over again because you did not properly address the root of the problem to begin with.
Before you resort to crowdfunding sites, ask yourself these questions:
“Have I really done everything I can to properly and consistently market my brand and celebrity to potential sponsors?
“Did I take the time to learn how to really attract sponsors and create the value for them that they are looking for?”
“How would a sponsor look at me if they saw my donation page? Would I look like a valuable marketing representative and spokesperson to them?”
“Why do I have to resort to begging everyone I know for donations to race? How did I get myself in this position?”
“Do I want to look desperate and needy? Is there another way to do this with dignity, professionalism and integrity?”
“How many race drivers and teams are successful in doing this, are they successful in the long run or are they quickly back to being at square one?”
“Have I really addressed the root of my funding problem? Have I looked at this from a business perspective and taken my emotions out of it?
Why you might be looking to do these crowdfunding sites:
- You are hoping for a quick money fix
- You are thinking “hey, let’s give it a try and see what we can get”
- You don’t know how to attract sponsors so you feel this is your only option and it looks easy
- You feel you have no choice or no other means to get money to race
- You really do feel desperate and at the end of your rope
- ===>>> Listen to me: It’s not your fault because you just don’t know what to do and you just want to race! I get it – and I know this can be painful and even heartbreaking! This is why I am grateful you are here reading this blog today and you can learn what you need to do before you make some big mistakes! I am here to tell you NOW and HOW and WHY before you resort to setting up a ‘donate to my racing page’ on these crowdfunding websites which can hurt you more than help you long term!
Negative Reasons – Why You Should Not Be On Crowdfunding Websites: (That can actually damage your racing career……)
- “Please Donate To My Racing” Asking your fans to give you donations looks desperate, weak and needy. Think about this: You are on the same funding website as people who need a roof over their head or a life saving operation. You are not a charity case. You are an individual who gets to do something special as a sport for fan entertainment, which is race cars. You should be considered an athlete, spokesperson, celebrity leader in the community. Someone to look up to. You should be the one leading the way to help the people who need the roof over their head or a life saving operation. To attract sponsors, you must represent yourself on a level of leadership and competence, not need. Companies run away from “needy” and look for “competence”. Once you show yourself weak and needy in a public forum such as crowdfunding, it is hard to break that image and can hurt you longer term.
- “Help Me Live My Dreams” Shows that you are not that serious about your career and have not planned it from a business standpoint. This hurts your credibility as a race car driver from a professional level. Sponsors want drivers who look at their careers as a business with a clear plan and a vision, that they can attach their brand to and see the current and potential value ahead for their own business plan. Forget the ‘dream’ and make a development plan with action steps based on your vision to succeed. That’s how the dream actually happens.
- “If I don’t raise this money I can’t race” Acting like this is your last resort and you have no way to come up with viable solutions to keep your racing career alive other than to beg your fans for money to do it only shows one thing: You are looking for an easy way out and not willing to do the marketing work or learn how to do the marketing work to solve this problem. Sponsors want problem solvers and solution oriented, creative marketing representatives for their brand.
- “We only need to raise a few more donation dollars to do this” If you cannot show that you can even attract small dollar sponsors to fill the rest of your budget, how do you ever expect to show any potential sponsor in your future that you are worth any dollar amount to them and their company? This is about publicly showing your value. You are broadcasting to the world that you have little or no value to a sponsor – think about this. What you speak over yourself becomes your reality – your mindset and becomes the perception that everyone has of you forever.
Positive Alternatives: (That can actually build your career AND attract sponsors….)
- Raising funding for a true charity or non-profit - shows your spokesperson/celebrity power and value – if you can make/raise money for an accredited charity you can prove you can do the same for a corporate sponsor
- Building your own web presence on the internet with profile pages on social media and community sites that link back to your marketing/sponsorship opportunities on your own website. Create exciting “CTA’s” (Calls To Action) – that attract people to want to look at your sponsorship/marketing partnership opportunities posted on your website
- Online store on your website to sell your own merchandise and your sponsors products, you earn your own profit and show your sponsors you can push sales for them, too
- Fan Rally, Open House or Fan Party with food and door prizes, sponsor booths – sell tickets and offer as a part of the membership for your fan club members, entertaining your fans and sponsors at the same time while you make a profit
- Building your business relationship pipeline - Using the ‘time off’ from racing to go and build business relationships for next season and beyond – attending networking events, business conferences, and tradeshows. Build that rolodex and create the LIKE, KNOW and TRUST factor with powerful people who can actually write big checks in your future
- If you have a “compelling story” start speaking - such as you are going after big racing goals, overcoming adversity, and you want to inspire people and rally support around you – book speaking appearances at community events. Do this in a giving way – because you want to inspire others. Speaking to groups is the most powerful thing you can do to attract potential sponsors
- Build public social proof of your marketing value - Show your pride, integrity and professionalism by publicly and constantly showing your marketing skills. This is sponsor attractive like a magnet.
- Never let them see you sweat. Always show yourself as a capable marketer, ready to give huge value. Show yourself prepared to powerfully give a company representation with turn-key marketing programs in place. Never show yourself weak, needy and drowning in your own pity. Companies want powerful, capable representatives, with a can-do plan that is building for the future. Sponsors RUN AWAY from weak, needy and drowning people looking to be saved who will pull their company down instead of UP. Show you are going UP and ready to carry passengers first class.
- Be an overcomer and a giver in any circumstances. If you are having a down year or a struggle – show what you are doing to overcome it with getting out in the community and building your marketing value and giving to others. The more you give, the more you receive. Even if you don’t have a running racecar, bring yourself and build your personal branding power to an event or company appearance with no strings attached. Sponsor attraction is more about who buys into YOU and your celebrity/spokesperson value – it has less to do with the car or how many races you have won. Understand in the modern market, success with sponsors has everything to do with how you use your name and personality to help others and drive business. This is how a company can see a fit and directly benefit from being co-branded with you. Companies LOVE stories of overcomers who inspire, give and pull in droves of people wherever they go – they want to be associated with this power you have!
- Look at “crowdfunding” in a different light. Instead of trying to get your fans to “donate” to you, build up your fanbase on social media and focus on giving them love, support and appreciation for them just being there. Build the LIKE, KNOW and TRUST factor with them. Get them to support you financially by purchasing your official merchandise, joining your fan clubs and purchasing your sponsors products. When you have their trust, they will support your sponsors and buy your t-shirts. That’s how your “crowd” can truly “fund” you LONG TERM and for many years to come. Happy Fans = Buying Fans = Happy Sponsors = Racing Funds That Keep Coming
When you put yourself and your racing on any level of needing donations, it sends a red neon message to the world that you are so un-marketable and un-sponsorable that you had to resort asking your fans for money. You are better off sitting home forever than doing this. It can be irreparably damaging to your marketability and value to any sponsors who look at you, now and in the future. I know you don’t want this to happen because you tell me and I don’t want this to happen to you either!
But how can you keep yourself from getting to this point and shift things quickly in your favor? By doing these three things:
- KNOW THAT YOU ARE TOO VALUABLE TO RESORT TO ASKING FOR DONATIONS
- UNDERSTAND YOU DESERVE A SPONSOR AND YOU ARE GOING TO GIVE YOURSELF THE RESPECT AND VALUE FIRST SO A POTENTIAL SPONSOR CAN SEE THIS TOO
- VOW THAT YOU WILL CREATE THE MARKETING VALUE AND FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN OFFER/GIVE YOUR FANS AND SPONSORS, NOT WHAT YOU NEED OR CAN TAKE FROM THEM
Start by SHIFTING your MINDSET with just these three steps – and watch things start to turn around for the better for you, your team and your career.
YOU CAN DO THIS! I BELIEVE IN YOU! - Annamarie
A reprint from original article by Annamarie Malfitana-Strawhand on LinkedIn
KidzSpeed is proud to have chosen Pennsylvania native and karting veteran, Carter Fartuch, as our February 2015 driver of the month. Congratulations Carter!
CHRISTIAN: Carter, you recently graduated from High School. What are your plans for the future, particularly racing?
CARTER: I am going to continue going to college, working my job and racing as much as possible. Trying to get them all done and done well at the same time.
CHRISTIAN: Tell us about some of the awards you have won in karting?
CARTER: (laughs) Well, in karting I was lucky enough to get a lot of wins in several club series and regional series. In 2013, I was able win the Formula 355 challenge in the F-Series Gear Up Challenge. Now I’ve been lucky enough to gain a few trophies in car racing as well.
CHRISTIAN: Good job!
CARTER: Thank you.
CHRISTIAN: Do you plans still include karting or just racing cars?
CARTER: For now, they mostly include just cars. I love karting and everything, but there could be a kart race here and there in the future. For right now we’re just going to focus on cars.
CHRISTIAN: Tell me what you have learned in karting and how it has transferred to car racing?
CARTER: In karting I learned pretty much every fundamental involved in racing. I learned how to work on a car, how to feel a car out, how to compete against other drivers and it really helped me.
CHRISTIAN: Tell me about the BMW’s that you’re now racing?
CARTER: The BMW’s are a lot of fun. They are basically normal street cars – 3 series, turned into race cars. They have roll cages, racing suspensions, modified engines……
CHRISTIAN: (excited) Are they “souped up”, right?
CARTER: Yes they are “souped up”!
CHRISTIAN: Carter, last question. Tell us about The Skip Barber Racing series.
CARTER: I was lucky enough to race last Summer with the Skip Barber summer series. It was fun and I got to compete with a lot of different drivers, different skill levels. I raced at Lime Rock, CT, where you came to watch me race and I got to travel to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The program is a great one. So many professional drivers got their start at Skip Barber. I am sure I will see you there one day.
CHRISTIAN: Thanks for a great interview Carter. And thanks for giving me a lot of driving tips and support this past racing season.
CARTER: Anytime buddy. Happy to help you any way I can. Like I said, KidzSpeed, a.k.a. one of the coolest web sites ever!
Carter’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CarterFartuchRacingCfr
Carter Fartuch Racing Photo Gallery