Taylor Brothers Invited to Prestigious Kart Race

Nov. 10, 2009


BENECIA, Calif. - Trackmagic Racing Karts has added Ricky and Jordan Taylor to join Oswaldo Negri along with Trackmagic factory driver Memo Gidley, to complete its driver lineup in the prestigious Granja Viana 500, a 12-hour charity kart race set for December 5 in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

The race annually attracts some of racing’s biggest names from Formula One, the IndyCar Series, NASCAR, Grand Am, and other forms of Motorsports. This is the first time that an American karting manufacturer has been invited to participate in the event at the circuit, owned by former IndyCar Series driver Felipe Giaffone and his family.

The Taylor brothers will join Negri and Gidley on the Trackmagic team, giving the team an all Grand Am lineup of GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Daytona Prototype drivers. Two-time Rolex 24 At Daytona winner Wayne Taylor will also be on hand, as well as National Kart News editor as the teams test and reserve driver.

The race is televised live in Brazil and is hosted by Formula One driver Rubens Barichello and IndyCar Series champion Tony Kanaan. Drivers who compete annually include Felipe Massa – making his return from near-fatal injuries suffered in the Hungarian Grand Prix, Juan Pablo Montoya, Raffa Matos and Dan Wheldon. Multi-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher is also rumored to be competing.

The Trackmagic team will travel to Brazil on Nov. 31 with sponsorship in part from Shock Doctor and Gatorz Eyewear. The race begins at 1 p.m. on Dec. 5, when 70 teams will compete for 500 miles, 644 laps on the Granja Viana circuit.

“This is one of the biggest, if not THE biggest, events in karting, a true endurance test, and a great opportunity to show the strength of some of our products and drivers,” Mike Pickman, President of Trackmagic said. “I also think the Trackmagic team will represent the United States quite well in the 500; we’ll be real proud to waive the Stars and Stripes on the podium!” We are excited to have Oswaldo driving with us, and as the official importer of Kart Mini into the U.S., it shows how competitors can work together to further karting in the United States.

You can follow our progress leading up to the race, quotes from the drivers and Trackmagic, along with live updates during the race by going to www.twitter.om/granja500

TrackMagic Racing Karts, located in Benicia, California, is a leader in the design and development of high performance racing karts, supporting a full product line from cadet to shifter models. For more information visit www.TrackMagic.com, or contact Mike Pickman at mike@TrackMagic.com or (925) 639-6453.

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