The weekend of August 16/18 2013, saw the fifth round of the WKA Manufacturer Cup National sprint kart series, at Pittsburgh International Race Complex, in PA (USA).
14 year old Connecticut driver Tazio Torregiani was entered to race in Komet Junior and Yamaha Junior classes. His Woltjer powered Haase karts were prepared with the help of Tazio’s 13 year old brother Dario, and under the supervision of Mike DotyRacing. Torregiani was happy with his karts, and it showed, he was among the fastest drivers all weekend.
On Saturday, in his first final race, Tazio was pushed off the track during a side to side battle, but still managed to get a top ten finish, crossing the line 9th in Yamaha Junior class. In his second and third final races, Tazio was to fall victim of two separate incidents, with no fault of his own, that saw him out of both races on the first lap.
Torregiani’s last feature race of the weekend was next, in the faster Komet Junior class. Finally he ran out of bad luck, and starting in third, nothing was going to stop the determined High School freshman from Victory. At the green flag, with a good start, Tazio managed to avoid an accident, and was 2nd out of turn one. By turn two he dove on the inside and grabbed the lead of the race. It was not going to be easy for Tazio, as two Top Kart teammates passed him and tried to leave him behind. Torregiani was able to muscle his Mike Doty Haase kart past both top karts, and by the end of the last lap he opened a three kart gap, and crossed the finish line with both arms in the air, taking his first National win.
Tazio’s next big race will be in France, on September 22, as the only American driver in the International CIK FIA Academy Trophy, where Tazio will continue to race with some of the best drivers in the sport.
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