Most 14-year-old kids usually spend their days worrying about getting their nightly reading done for school or the big test that’s coming up at the end of the week, or who they’re taking to their first formal school dance. But Giovanni Bromante is not like most 14-year-old kids. Instead, Bromante is preparing to race a Pro Late Model seven times in nine nights at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway.
“I’m really excited,” Bromante said. “This is my first Speedweeks. We were really good last year at the Governor’s Cup. I’m just looking forward to running that many races consecutively.”
Bromante, from Lattingtown, New York, a small town on Long Island’s North Shore, will be racing for Anthony Campi Racing. He raced a handful of races for Anthony Campi’s team at the end of the 2017 season.
“We did really well,” Bromante explained. “We won the second race that we ran together at New Smyrna. It was just a great experience.”
Remember when we said that Bromante isn’t like most kids? Well, he isn’t even like most racers. His journey has been a little bit different than most others’ have been.
Bromante started racing go-karts at the age of four years old. While many racers have started in go-karts, most started at purpose-built karting facilities. Bromante started racing on a temporary circuit constructed just a few times a year in the parking lot at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, a hockey arena on Long Island.
From there, Bromante graduated up to racing karts at the Oakland Valley Race Park in a town called Cuddebackville in New York, not far from where 2016 Snowball Derby champion Christian Eckes grew up.
In 2015, Bromante starred on a reality show on TruTV called “Kart Life.” The show chronicled the lives of Bromante and other young kart racers both on and off the track.
“That was definitely fun,” Bromante said. “Sometimes it could get a little annoying because when you’re coming off the track the cameras are right in your face. But that’s the name of the game and you have to do what you have to do.”
For now, what Bromante has to do is focus on doing the best he can in his next seven races at New Smyrna Speedway.
The competitive young teenager said he has a few goals for the World Series, but one of those goals stands out from the rest.
“I want to win as many races as I can,” he said. “That’s what we’re going for. We want to do our best, win races, and not bring out the backup car.”
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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