Another Fittipaldi Bursts On The Scene
CONCORD, N.C. – From the Earnhardt family in NASCAR to the Andretti family of IndyCar racing, family traditions have long been rooted in auto racing across the world.
Now a young third-generation racer is making headlines at the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Since the age of 4, Enzo Fittipaldi, grandson of two-time Formula 1 World Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi, has been racing his way up the ranks in hopes of one day joining his grandfather as one of the best drivers of all-time.
Not only has Enzo’s grandfather given the young Fittipaldi racing lessons and guidance, but so has his uncle, road course specialist Max Papis and cousin, the 1995 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, Christian Fittipaldi.
Last summer, Enzo, now 12, competed in the Bandolero Bandits division at Charlotte Motor Speedway, competing in eight of the 10 races and finishing in the top-five on three occasions. Enzo also raced in the Go-Kart US Grand Nationals in Mooresville, N.C., along with Papis, and drove to a second place finish in the Mini Max Class.
“Max gives me tips a lot in the oval and road course,” Enzo said. “I appreciate all the racing advice I receive from my family.”
Moving up to the Legend Car Young Lion division from go-karts and Bandoleros can be a hard adjustment for a young racer, but Enzo has made a smooth transition, winning back-to-back heat races in rounds one and two of the 2014 Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series.
“It is going to be tough, especially since I will be missing two races to compete in the Go-Karts US Grand Nationals again this summer,” Enzo said. “But, I hope to reach the podium and remain in the top-10 for points at the Summer Shootout.”