Opening day at Oakland Valley Race Park – Members Day, Monday, June 12th, 2017
Interview with Jeff Hannen on the newly re-paved and re-configured OVRP track.
Rumson’s Christian Rutty is racing toward a brighter futureRUMSON — (May 5, 2017) – A gifted and talented student,…
Also ran in “The Red Bank Green“
What I do when I am not racing my go kart.
I represented my school by competing in a Jeopardy style academic competition against 112 other Gifted & Talented students. I was the only 5th grader who competed against 7th & 8th grade students.
A film by karting journalist and champion racer, Adam Rylance – “Why We Race”
Great job Adam! Thanks for collaborating with KidzSpeed
* Adam’s news page: https://www.facebook.com/Northeast-Karting-News-66544064685…
* Adam’s racing page: https://www.facebook.com/adamrylanceracing
Article on Diversity: Interviewed at Daytona International Speedway
KidzSpeed mentioned at 0:28 sec in the video
October 1st and 2nd, it’s going to be a competitive race for the North East Rotax Max Championship, MicroMAX class.
Wish me luck! #RaceToVegas
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
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…….
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!
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’ 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
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.
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!
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