EURO DEBUT NEARS FOR MANDARINO Fresh off the national circuit opener, Canadian kart racer now heads to Italy to join factory team BURNABY, BC -- Immediately after logging a pair of top ten finishes, including a runner-up finish in ICA, in...
EURO DEBUT NEARS FOR MANDARINO
Fresh off the national circuit opener, Canadian kart racer now heads to Italy to join factory team
BURNABY, BC -- Immediately after logging a pair of top ten finishes, including a runner-up finish in ICA, in the opening round of the Snap-on Stars of Karting national championships in Oklahoma last weekend, Canadian karting sensation Lorenzo Mandarino has turned his sights on a flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Mandarino has already traveled to Europe for the first stop of the five-race Italian Open Masters series. The 19 year-old pilot will join the official factory team for GP Racing Karts on Thursday to carry the squad's flag in the ICC 125cc shifterkart category. This will be a three-day race weekend at the La Conca Karting circuit, with practice beginning on Friday. As part of a packaged schedule specifically designed to give emerging young star loads of track time and top-level experience, Mandarino is extremely excited about this new opportunity.
Mandarino capped the 2005 season by winning what is arguably the most prestigious race in North American karting - the headline ICC class at the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals - and he is off to a great start this year. An impressive outing to begin the Stars of Karting series -- which caught the eye and pens of the country's karting media - has Mandarino motivated to begin his European program on a high note. However, gaining experience and becoming acclimatized with the Italian program will be the primary target.
"Right now, I really have no idea what to expect at La Conca," admitted GP's newest official driver. "I'm just going to walk in with an open mind and put my fate in the hands of the team. The new GP is a great chassis and I'm looking forward to seeing where we stack up from the very beginning. I don't know the track, so that will be the first hurdle, but I'll get it figured out. The European Championships is obviously the real target for this program, so any kind of tune-up will be positive."
Mandarino's domestic Stars of Karting program will consist of running in the ICA class in the East Division with High-Rev Engineering's Marc Zartarian and his potent Vortex power and in the West with KLS Racing's shop program with George Barks TM. In addition to this Italian Open Masters program, Mandarino will also run with the GP factory team in the European Championship and World Championship programs. The Canadian's efforts are backed by NewWay Forming, Rossi Motorsports, Drivers Edge, OMP, KLS/GP Racing, Kart Racing Technologies, High-Rev Engineering, George Barks TM Racing and the Signs Factory.