Ruscitti uses TAG World Championships to prep for Las Vegas

Fourteen-year-old Remo Ruscitti, left, works on the electrical system of his go-kart as his father Giovanni tends to other repairs between races at the Grand Junction Motor Speedway Sunday. The two are from Vancouver. British Columbia

Remo Ruscitti is one of the best young go-kart drivers in the world.

The 14-year old Canadian is currently ranked fifth in the Stars of Karting Circuit and is preparing for the Stars Finals in Las Vegas next month.

One way for the young driver to get ready for October’s final was Sunday’s TAG World Championships at the Grand Junction Motor Speedway.

Ruscitti ran well finishing second in the Juniors final and winning the IAME final.

“It has been a lot of fun,” Ruscitti said. “I didn’t think the competition was going to be that great here, but it has been really good.”

Ruscitti is from Vancover and began go-kart racing when he was eight. He joined the Stars at age 10 and has continued to grow as a driver.

“The first two years didn’t go well but in year two, I got the pole in Toronto and it has just been getting better since then,” Ruscitti said. “This race was a late entry for us, but we want to get ready for the Stars finals.”

Ruscitti is accompanied to the races by his crew chief/pit crew/father, Giovanni.

“The stars is a really grueling circuit,” Giovanni said. “It is the best drivers from everywhere. Jamaica, Italy, Germany and it is pretty special.”

Ruscitti showed his talent in the IAME race. The IAME is a unique style of racing that begins with a start where the drivers position their cars at an angle, start on the other side of the track then once the green flag is dropped the drivers run across the track, jump in their cars and take off.

It is a 20 lap race and every five laps the drivers get a yellow flag, regroup and have a restart.

Ruscitti was the last driver out of the blocks at the beginning but regained the time and spent most of the race in the lead finishing nearly four seconds ahead of James Cary.

“(The IAME) is a pretty fun race,” Remo said. “(The regroups) are important if you are behind, but when you’re leading it’s not a great thing.”

Local racer Sabre Cook pushed Ruscitti in both the juniors race and the IAME, finishing first in the juniors for the second straight year. She also was riding in second in the IAME before a late lap spinout forced a fifth place finish.

Giovanni said he has been impressed with the competition at the World Championships.

“We came here thinking it was going to be a glorified club race but I was really surprised with the talent,” Giovanni said. “There are at least five drivers here that could race in Stars easily.”

Other top finisher were AJ Whisler winning the Senior final, Killian Keaveny taking the Cadet 1 and the IAME cadets. Tate Holleran won the Cadet 2 and David Zippie winning the IAME Challenge.

“It has been a great weekend with a lot of good racing,” Grand Junction Speedway owner Darren Cook said.


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