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Tips from Pit Lane: Sabre’ Cook interview

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

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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.

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

Posted on May 26, 2015 in blog | 0 comments

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.

Inaugural race of the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Karting Championship

Posted on May 25, 2015 in blog | 0 comments

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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.

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

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My Starting Grid Spotlight

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 in blog, videos | 0 comments

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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 March 2015 Driver of the Month – Tazio Torregiani

Posted on Mar 8, 2015 in blog, videos | 0 comments

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Tazio Torregiani

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.

 

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Can Crowd-Funding Sites Actually Be Damaging To Your Racing Career?

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 in blog | 0 comments

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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……)

  1. “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.
  2. “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.
  3. “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.
  4. “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….)

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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 🙂

Assignment:

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:

  1. KNOW THAT YOU ARE TOO VALUABLE TO RESORT TO ASKING FOR DONATIONS
  2. 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
  3. 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 February 2015 Driver of the Month – Carter Fartuch

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 in blog, videos | 0 comments

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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

 

 


 

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KidzSpeed 2014 Driver of the Year: Michai Stephens interview

Posted on Jan 11, 2015 in blog, videos | 0 comments

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Michai Stephens Racing – “Destined from the start.  Driven to the end.

KidzSpeed is proud to have chosen, 22 year old, Chicago native, Michai Stephens as our 2014 driver of the year.  Michai has an impressive and unique history in open wheel racing.  I first met Michai in the Summer of 2014 at the Skip Barber Summer Series at Lime Rock, CT, through my kart racing buddy, Carter Fartuch.   Michai has achieved great milestones in the world of open wheel racing in just a short time.  What makes Michai unique is that he had no prior racing experience until the age of 21.  In 2012 Michai was invited to participate in the first annual Skip Barber INDYCAR Academy Shootout based on his performance in a 3 Day Racing School and a 2 Day Advanced Racing School. He finished fourth out of 32 competitors. The following year he participated once more and Michai secured top honors in the 2013 Skip Barber INDYCAR Academy shootout, earning a scholarship to race in the 2014 Summer Series.  Michai also received a training scholarship from Racecraft 1 Motorsports Training.  Most recently, Michai traveled to the UK to represent Team USA Scholarship in the Formula Ford Festival and Walter Hayes Trophy event, where he finished 3rd.  Here is his interview with KidzSpeed.

Interview with Michai Stephens

CHRISTIAN:  Before winning the Skip Barber shootout, how did you learn about racing?

MICHAI:  I would play video games on Xbox, and from there I would watch races.  I had to share TV time w/ family while they watched football, basketball, baseball, etc.  I played with Hot wheels a lot when I was little.  I would roll around on my Mon’s bed and pretended I was a race car driver. So, pretty much I watched TV and played with my toys. I never had the chance to do go karts.

CHRISTIAN:  Is it true that you have never raced a go kart in your life?  I read that before Skip Barber, you had no prior experience racing.  You took the 3 day class and won the shootout competition and scholarship, is that true?

MICHAI:  That’s true.  I’ve only driven little karts at indoor, Arrive & Drive, Chicagoland karting tracks.  And they really don’t let you race each other.  I’ve guess it’s semi true.

CHRISTIAN:  Wow… pretty amazing.  Where have you raced since the Skip Barber shootout?

MICHAI:  I’ve traveled the US.  I’ve raced in New Orleans,  Ohio, Wisconsin…..

CHRISTIAN:  Connecticut?

MICHAI:  Yes, (laughing) Lime Rock, CT!  That was the most special one where I got to meet you there.  Also, Indianapolis and California.  I had a chance to go to England and I raced at Silverstone and Brands Hatch.

CHRISTIAN:  Silverstone is a pretty cool track.

MICHAI:  Have you had a chance to go there or have you played it on your racing video games?

CHRISTIAN:  I’ve had the chance to play both Silverstone and Brands Hatch a lot on the video games.  On Real Racing 3!

MICHAI:  It’s an awesome place buddy.  I hope I can one day you will be able to make it there as well and you can give me a call and tell me what you think about it?  I thought it was a great place.  The coolest thing (Christian) was to see or rather experience, after watching Formula 1 on TV for so many years was.  So you would get to Silverstone and while we were doing our track walk, it was almost like a movie playing in your head.  You could see all the awesome passes in the races that went down there over the years.  The other cool thing was at Brands Hatch was, it was almost like walking into a bull ring.  You actually have to drive your race car underneath the track, under turn 1 and you go around into the pits.  It’s almost like walking into a football stadium, but it was a race track.

CHRISTIAN:  Cool.  Kind of like the track in Abu Dhabi.   I know that Turn 1 at Brands Hatch is the turn with the highest elevation.  And Turn 4 has the lowest elevation.  You can get a lot of speed out of Turn 1.

MICHAI:  Yeah, I agree.

CHRISTIAN:  Who are your favorite drivers in racing?  Mine are Ayrton Senna, Lewis Hamilton and Sage Karam.

MICHAI:  Okay, I can respect all those drivers.  Definitely I agree with you on two of them.  Yeah, definitely Senna first.  I look up to Hamilton greatly, with the relationship he has with his father.  I am sure you and your Dad will have that same relationship, as I do with my Father. It’s the kind of relationship he and I have cherished.  He and I are trying to attack racing with that same love and team effort.  With respect to Senna, he is “the awesome man” – he was the Michael Jordan of racing.  What I try to do is my best and pick up something from every one of them out there, because they’re all good in their own way and that’s what’s gotten them as far as they’ve gone.

CHRISTIAN:  I think it’s cool that Senna won the race with his gearbox stuck in 6th gear.  Hamilton won the world championship.  And oh, I forgot to mention Michael Shumacher.

MICHAI:  Yes, I would have to make those my Top 3; Senna, Hamilton and Schumacher.  When I was in England, I got to race with Freddie Hunt, James Hunt’s son.

CHRISTIAN:  From the movie, “Rush”?  Cool!

MICHAI:  That was pretty neat.

CHRISTIAN:  What does the future hold for you Michai?

MICHAI:  It’s gonna’ hold continued desire, passion and love for the sport of racing.  I am going to do my darn’est to be a part of the “Mazda, Road To Indy” ladder series.  Mostly try and make the most of every opportunity I can get my hands on.  I want to be an open wheel race car driver, more than anything else in the world, so that’s what we’re gonna’ go for.

CHRISTIAN:  Hey, thanks Michai

MICHAI:  You’re welcome buddy!  I am honored for this prestigious award as KidzSpeed’s 2014 Driver of the Year.  If you ever need anything, I am always willing to be there for you.

 


 

 

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(8) 2014 Team USA

(11) Championship Shootout(4 RaceCraft1 Training(3) 2013 ICA Shootout(4) 1st win(9) Team USA(6) Team USA shootout(8) Team USA(7) USF2000 test Indy GP; old tires first time in car, 2 sec off pace

Michai and his Dad

Michai and Dad

 

Meeting Michai in Summer 2014

Michai and Christian

 

 


 

 

Links to Michai Stephens Racing

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/michaistephensracing

YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEsuFwO9ZFF4-9O_XEWBh-w

Driver blog on Team USA – “My 1st year in racing”:  http://teamusascholarship.org/?p=2675

Racer magazine interview:  http://youtu.be/g6XRKbdMSmU

 


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KidzSpeed January 2015 Driver of the Month – Jeremy Doll

Posted on Jan 6, 2015 in videos | 0 comments

An interview with Champion kart racer, Jeremy Doll.  Jeremy has competed in karting for many years and has raced locally in the North East  as well as The Florida Winter Tour, The Rotax Nationals and recently won the NorthEast Rotax Max Challenge for 2014.  Jeremy, a South Jersey native is now a Freshman at Stevens Institute of Technology majoring in Computer Science.

KidzSpeed interview with Jeremy Doll

Christian: Hey Jeremy, thanks for being a part of this interview today and thanks for supporting KidzSpeed.

Jeremy: You’re welcome Christian. It’s an honor.

Christian: Well THANK YOU for all the great advice you gave me in the pits this season.

Jeremy: It was fun to see you improve throughout the year! I really enjoy (attempting to) teach about karting, and I’m glad to hear you enjoy it. You and your Dad are awesome and made my few times at the track this year even more fun.

Christian: You won the Senior Max class of the North East Rotax Max Challenge in 2014.  Impressive!  Now that you’re in college, what are your plans for karting?

Jeremy: With college, I don’t know how much free time I’ll have, but once the Spring semester ends, if I am not working this Summer, I will try to make it over to the track as much as I can.

Christian: Any plans to move into racing cars?

Jeremy: At this point in my career (if you want to call it that), I don’t think there’s plans to move up.per se’. I think I want to have fun with the sport and I would certainly like to, but it’ not something I am necessarily pursuing fervently.

Christian: Any advice for young racers like me?

Jeremy: The best advice I always give isPractice, practice, practice” because the way that you really learn the little parts of driving is by doing a ton of repetition.  Basically a lot of practice.   That’s how I got good and how everyone else does as well.

Christian:  What are you studying in college?

Jeremy: I am studying Computer Science, so I’m studying how to code all sorts of things.  That’s fun.

Christian: I like computers too.  I want to code some video games for the App Store one day!

Jeremy:  Thanks Christian.  Good luck this season!

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Austin Riley Interview (Racing With Autism)

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


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

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

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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KidzSpeed Academy

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 in blog | 0 comments

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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