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Posted on Nov 23, 2014 in blog, videos | 0 comments

Austin Riley Interview (Racing With Autism)

Austin Riley Interview (Racing With Autism)


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KidzSpeed interview with Christian’s friend and racing buddy, Austin Riley. Austin is a three time karting champion in Canada. Christian and Austin have much in common, as they were both diagnosed very young with ADHD. Later, Austin was diagnosed with high-functioning Autism. His story and entrance into the world of motorsports is a great one, with many admirers and worldwide fans gained along the way. Austin is the Racing Ambassador for Autism. Austin and his Dad plan to tour North America in 2015 and share their story on Autism awareness and Anti-Bullying. Two boys who have a love of their sport and face adversity with their challenges sit down and share their experiences and love of the sport of karting. You will never meet two more loving, kind and accepting boys.

The interview was recorded via the web, in both, Canada and the US with a little help from their supportive Dads, Jason and Michael.

Watch the video on YouTube:  —->  YouTube-icon-full_color

 

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Posted on Oct 7, 2014 in blog, videos | 0 comments

Interviews with F-Series racers and Four-time karting champion, Danny Formal, NJMP  Race #6

Interviews with F-Series racers and Four-time karting champion, Danny Formal, NJMP Race #6

My interview with 4x karting champion, Danny Formal and 5 other fast kart racers from the F-Series / Gear Up Challenge race #6 at New Jersey Motorsports Park

Click here to see the Facebook photo gallery of the entire day.

Click here to watch the *racer interviews on YouTube.

 

F-Series racers

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Meet the drivers from F-Series Gear Up Challenge #6 – September 2014, NJMP

 

 Matt Solarczyk, Andre Castro & Nigel Brooks (Chi-Chi Racing)      <- Click here to watch the Chi Chi Racing interview and intro w/ Mike “Chi Chi” Ramirez.

 

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Matt, Andre & Nigel (my team mates with Chi Ch Racing)

 

 

Danny Formal       <- Click here to watch Danny’s interview

Danny’s web page:  ->     DanielFormal.com  

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Ryan Nash       <- Click here to watch Ryan’s interview

Ryan’s web page:  ->    https://www.facebook.com/darrealryannash 

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Dan Nyman       <- Click here to watch Dan’s interview

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Tony Barbagallo       <- Click here to watch Tony’s interview

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Yuritsa Dirpaul (new Cadet kart racer)       <- Click here to watch Yuritsa’s interview

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2014 KidzSpeed.com ©F-Series, Gear Up Challenge ©.     All rights reserved.

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Posted on Aug 1, 2014 in blog | 0 comments

KidzSpeed Academy

KidzSpeed Academy

kidzspeed_academy backup logo2Attention NY, NJ, and PA, tri-state area.

I am proud to announce the start of KidzSpeed Academy,  “Introduction to Karting” classes, for ages 5-14, taught by experienced instructors at Englishtown, Raceway Park in Old Bridge, NJ, Wednesdays at 3:00 P.M.

In addition, the Raceway Park track will also be open for:

Formula Fun – Arrive & Drive Kart Rentals  (drop in and join the fun).  Groups & team building events welcomed

Formula Speed NJ – Open practice for Competition Karting

Check out our Picture Gallery on Facebook

Sign up for “Introduction To Karting” class, taught by KidzSpeed Academy instructors.

Karting is a sport, few know about, but is one of the most exciting and safe motorsports for kids ages 5-14. Karting is considered by many racers to be “the purest form of motorsports”. Many professional race car drivers in Indy, Formula 1, and Nascar, started (and still continue) to race karts.

*Note:  these go karts are not your typical amusement park, boardwalk type bumper cars, but actual, precision competition go karts built for youngsters.  Instruction and driving are provided in a safe, fun, environment.Through KidzSpeed Academy, student drivers and parents alike will experience the “in’s” and “out’s” of racing and everything that comes along with it.  Safety, fun, driver comfort and building a strong foundation to share with family are the focus of this program.  Both classroom and on track techniques are designed to accommodate first time drivers.

Introduction to Karting class will include:

  • Classroom training – Kart design, Flags, Hand Signals, Track entrance & exit
  • Trackside training – Track Tour & Walk.
  • Pit: Coasting Stop, Start, Steer
  • Track practice – Instructor “Lead & Follow”, Braking, The Racing Line
  • Final competition laps and race session for certification – Certificate of completion award.
  • Meet and greet similar aged, Ambassador competition regional and national champion kart racers including:  Pierce Tetlow, Sufyan Waryah, Alfonso Lombardo, Marco Oldhafer Jr., Ryan Raffa, Christian Rutty and Justin White.

Karting teaches children:

  • Respect
  • Social skills
  • Communication
  • Hand / foot & eye coordination
  • Safety

*ATTENTION KIDZSPEED ACADEMY GRADUATES

Level 2 / Advanced Formula Karting class is now OPEN.  (Prerequisite:   “Introduction to Karting” certificate required) – Teaching the racing line for competition, heel & toe, green flag rolling starts, engine limiter removed and more track time.

 

Dates

Wednesdays at 3:00 P.M.       July 30th    August 6th    August 27th     September 3rd  …….

(check website for more dates coming in Fall 2014)

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Posted on Jul 12, 2014 in blog | 0 comments

Skip Barber Summer Series @ Lime Rock Park – Rounds 7 & 8

Skip Barber Summer Series @ Lime Rock Park – Rounds 7 & 8

My first trip to Lime Rock Park to watch the Skip Barber Formula Race and cheer on my racing buddy, Carter Fartuch and his family. It was a really fun day and I made some new friends, including racer, Michai Stephens,  2013 winner of the Skip Barber IndyCar Academy Shootout.   Carter did really well in his first race and Michai is an incredibly fast driver!  A great day of motorsports!

Skip Barber Racing School is one of the best schools to learn auto racing after you graduate from karting. Many top racers came through the program. I hope to go there and train when I am older.

Link ->  Carter Fartuch Racing on Facebook

Link -> Michai Stephens Racing on Facebook  |  Video ->  2013 Shootout win

KidzSpeed broadcasting from Lime Rock Park

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Hanging out with Carter and Michai

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The Skip Barber Formula race cars

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Hanging out in the pit area

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Posted on Jun 16, 2014 in blog, videos | 0 comments

Interviews with F-Series racers and Indy 500 & kart racer, Sage Karam

Interviews with F-Series racers and Indy 500 & kart racer, Sage Karam

My interview with Indy racer, Sage Karam and six other fast kart racers from the F-Series / Gear Up Challenge race #3 at Oakland Valley Race Park.

Click here to see the Facebook photo gallery of the entire day.

Click here to watch the *racer interviews on YouTube.

 

F-Series racers

Karting racers interviewed by KidzSpeed at F-Series Gear Up Challenge #3 - June 2014, OVRP

Meet the drivers from F-Series Gear Up Challenge #3 – June 2014, OVRP

 

 John Dacosta      <- Click here to watch John’s interview

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Sage Karam       <- Click here to watch Sage’s interview

Sage’s web page:  ->     SageKaram.com  

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Carter Fartuch       <- Click here to watch Carter’s interview

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Kyle Smith       <- Click here to watch Kyle’s interview   

                  Kyle’s web page:  -> Kyle Smith Motorsports

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Max Dibella       <- Click here to watch Max’s interview

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Alex Manglass       <- Click here to watch Alex’s interview

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Rob Little       <- Click here to watch Rob’s interview

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2014 KidzSpeed.com ©F-Series, Gear Up Challenge, KartingConnect.com and 2014 Sage Karam ©.       All rights reserved.

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Posted on Apr 13, 2014 in blog | 0 comments

The 2014 racing season

The 2014 racing season

The 2014 racing season has started. I can’t wait to get back on the track and race.  My kart is tuned and adjusted, since I grew a little since last year.  We have a trailer to haul the go kart and I have a new helmet.  My trailer is fun and we can get to practice and races a lot more easy now.  Of course, both the helmet and trailer have the KidzSpeed logo.

This year I will be racing at F1 New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) in Millville, NJ and Oakland Valley Race Park (OVRP) in Cuddebackville, NY.  I am also competing in the NorthEast Rotax Max Challenge at several tracks between April and October.  In October, I am hoping to compete a really BIG race called, The Rotax Pan American Challenge at The GoPro Motorplex in North Carolina.  I will be one of the few 8 year olds competing in the youngest class (MicroMax), that is for 8-11 year old kart racers.  The winners of this race will be eligible to represent our country and compete in the Rotax World Finals in November – “The Olympics of Karting”.  My Dad and I have a lot of help this year from Mike Ramirez (Chi-Chi) and John Bonanno, who are helping with tuning and coaching.

While I am having fun and learning how to become a better driver, I get to see my racing buddies including: Alfonso, Justin, Pierce, Sufyan, Craig, Livia, Chloe, Ronnie, Will and Ryan.

Stay tuned and be sure to check my KidzSpeed Facebook page for updates and more photos.

“Safety first and see you at the finish line”

~Christian

(Team KidzSpeed)

Trailer delivery

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New helmet (rear)

1st race 2014 NE Showdown

NJMP grid – 1st race 2014 NE Showdown

1st race 2014 NE Showdown

NJMP Avenger track on the “light bulb” – 1st race 2014 NE Showdown

1st race 2014 NE Showdown

NJMP straightaway hard on the gas – Green flag!

Rotax license for the 2014 season

Rotax license for the 2014 season

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted on Jan 21, 2014 in blog, videos | 1 comment

Austin Riley – Racing with Autism

Austin Riley – Racing with Autism

 

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This is Austin Riley, a three time champion kart racer from Canada.  He is 14 years old.  Austin drives really great and when he was my age, he raced a MicroMax kart just like me.  

Austin is a very special kid.  In a lot of ways, he and I are alike.   Austin has Autism.  Some things that are easy for most kids are difficult for him, but kart racing is not one of them.   Austin’s Dad and coaches are very supportive of Austin and he has met many famous racers.  The kids at the track are happy to see him and look up to him for his driving skill and his friendly personality.    Austin says, “just because you have Autism, it doesn’t mean you can’t do great things”.

 

To help support his racing career, you can buy one of Austin’s pit shirts.  In addition, a part of the funds will be donated to Autism Speaks Canada.   I bought one and I will wear it on a few race days this season.

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I hope to meet my new friend , Austin very soon and maybe interview him for KidzSpeed.

Check out Austin’s web site  at:  http://www.racingwithautism.com/   and watch his YouTube video here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCHSV6p_wGQ

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Posted on Oct 27, 2013 in blog | 0 comments

The 2013 kart racing season is coming to a close

The 2013 kart racing season is coming to a close

Saturday

This past Saturday was my first visit to Oakland Valley Race Park. It was their last race of the season and the NY State Rotax finals. During warmup for the qualifying lap, the kart in front of me spun out and I went into him at near full speed. I hurt my hand, bent the tie rod and steering column on my go kart. I was out of the race for the finals. Thanks to Toni, EMT at OVRP, Jeremy from Action Kart (my tuner for 2 years) and my racing friends: Chloe Chambers, Alfonso Lombardo, Justin White, Sufyan Waryah and George Megennis who came to check and see how I was feeling.

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Sunday

The next day (Sunday), I won a 2nd place trophy w/ Alfonso Lombardo and Livia. My first trophy in the new MicroMax kart. A great day of racing, plus my Mom and Sister came to watch in the afternoon. I feel much better after my crash yesterday. Also, congratulations to Craig in Yamaha class and Sufyan in Comer class.

A great weekend of racing, as the racing season ends for Winter.

2nd place win with Alfonso and Livia.

2nd place win with Alfonso and Livia.

 

 

 

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