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Posted on Dec 26, 2015 in blog, videos | 0 comments

KidzSpeed 2016 Driver of the Year: Anthony Gangi Jr.

KidzSpeed 2016 Driver of the Year: Anthony Gangi Jr.

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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)

 

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Posted on Aug 27, 2015 in blog, videos | 0 comments

RaceCraft1 simulator training

RaceCraft1 simulator training

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!

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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.  

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Posted on Jul 26, 2015 in blog | 0 comments

Interview:  Rich Hanna, Jet Funny Car Racer and World Speed & ET Record Holder

Interview: Rich Hanna, Jet Funny Car Racer and World Speed & ET Record Holder

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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!

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Website:  http://www.hannamotorsportsjets.com/

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Posted on Jul 19, 2015 in blog, videos | 0 comments

Tips from Pit Lane:  Sabre’ Cook interview

Tips from Pit Lane: Sabre’ Cook interview

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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.

VIDEO INTERVIEW

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Posted on May 26, 2015 in blog | 0 comments

I am an official driver in the Kart Stars, Kart Racing game

I am an official driver in the Kart Stars, Kart Racing game

Kart Stars Driver Christian Rutty

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.

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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.

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Posted on May 25, 2015 in blog | 0 comments

Inaugural race of the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Karting Championship

Inaugural race of the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Karting Championship

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First Place!

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:

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Kristian Werkley was very helpful tuning and giving great advice.

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I love racing with Ryan and Alfonso.

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Victory feels good!

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My new friend, Jack.  We had fun playing video games.

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