Tazio Torregiani has driven his go-kart around the world. And he’s not putting the brakes on anytime soon. The Stamford High School Student’s talent for competitive go-kart racing was discovered when he was just 6 years old.
“My parents brought me to Portugal for a vacation and they brought me to a go-kart track one-day,” Tazio says. “When I came off, the owner [of the track] told my dad that I was fast, faster than usually people who it wasn’t their first time, it was my first time racing. So when we went back to the United States we bought a kart and we started driving at a local track in New York and after that it just took off.”
Eight years later and Tazio is racing on a national and international level. The 14-year-old says he has raced in five different countries and all over the U.S. He says one of his most memorable races was last year’s CIK FIA Academy Trophy, where he was the only competitor from the U.S.
“It was three rounds the first year, and the second year, all over the world. We went to Portugal, Italy, Bahrain, and France.,” Tazio says. “It was a great experience.
When Racing, Tazio says he forgets everything but the track.
“You’re moving around, the g-forces are throwing you around and it’s really quite a thrill, and then when you’re passing someone you feel a feel of accomplishment.”
Tazio now has over 100 racing trophies.
“A little bit more than 30 are wins,” he says.
The kart racer says he wouldn’t be where he today is without the support of his family. He says everyone plays a role, including his brother Dario who works on the karts.
“He gets to drive, I get to work on his Kart and if we do good in a race, if we do great in a race, it’s a team effort,” 13-year-old Dario says.
“I love the feeling when me and my dad and my brother we’re setting up the kart and we’re getting ready for a race and then we go out and we do good. It makes me feel really good about what I’ve done,” says Tazio.
Tazio will hit the track for his next big race next Sunday, to compete for a third time in the Supernationals in Las Vegas, the largest kart race in North America.
“In the race that I’m going to be in there are already 64 drivers, which is like triple of what usually it at a race, and it attracts the best drivers from all over the country and all over the world actually,” Tazio says. “It’s an amazing experience and a lot of fun too, I love that.”
Tazio says his ultimate goal is to become a Formula 1 race car driver.
To learn more about this young driver, visit www.tazioracing.com