Through more than 30 years of karting experience, Italian Motors has produced some of the best drivers in the world while becoming one of the most decorated karting teams in North America. We endeavor to develop communication and racing skills for our aspiring team drivers, giving them the tools to survive and thrive in the motorsport world.
The Italian Motors USA Team gathers and tests all product lines, which in turn allows us to share that information with our customers. Italian Motors USA Racing team is fully supported by the chassis manufacturer, Italkart. The combination of the two companies has formed one of the strongest racing relationships in the industry. Our company is unique in that it is the only racing teams in North America which has a in-house engine development program, test track, driver program and chassis development program.
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Mario Gil Bio
Mario may be only 13 but he already has over 8 years experience on the track and grew up surrounded by cars and racing. He has been a fan of anything car-related since he could talk and walk, and some of his first words were the names of cars! At age 5, Mario faced some serious health issues but cars and racing are what kept his spirits high throughout the tough ordeal. Mario started with Italian Motors at age 7 and has continued to move up the ranks since, moving up in kart size and power with each new level. As a Junior 2, he won the SIMA Gold Cup Race as well as the Winter and Summer Series in his class. He defended his wins in the Junior 3 races and is now competing in the national F-series races on the East Coast. In the first race at the Go Pro Motorplex in North Carolina, Mario qualified 7th out of 28 drivers. At the second race at the New Jersey Motorsports Park, he qualified 12th. Englishtown Raceway Park in New Jersey is where he qualified 16th and finished 14th. Mario has a large passion for racing and it has become a very important aspect of his life. His goal for the future is to get on the podium and represent his team!
Kason Lau Bio
Kason has been honing his craft since a young age, spending time outside of school and his weekends practicing to reach his ultimate goal of competing at the top level as a professional Racing Driver. Kason Lau is the 2018 Northwest Gold Cup (WA, OR, ID, BC) TAG JR3 Champion, as well as the SIMA LO206 JR2 Champion. He won the final F-Series Formula Junior Race at the NY Race Complex. He is also the 2015 and 2016 IKF Region 6 champion driver in the Rotax Minimax class which spans Washington, Oregon, Idaho and B.C. He is also the 2016 2nd place winner in the Briggs LO206 JR2 class. Kason was recently featured on the popular Northwest Race Reports podcast hosted by Terry Bridges as the Winning Wednesday interview guest. Kason knows the world of professional racing is a tough job, requiring extreme commitment and dedication but Kason’s work ethics is what have gotten him this far.
Samuel Barrera-Garcia Bio
Samuel has known he wanted to be a racer since the age of 8. Born in Ireland, Samuel is Irish-Mexican-American and now lives in Snohomish, Washington. He started racing in rental racing leagues in 2014 and quickly moved up to LO206 and Rotax, driving two Top Kart chassis with Huggler Racing Engines (HRE) in 2015. In 2016, Samuel won the Rotax Junior category in the Northwest Gold Cup series and later joined Michael Valiente's Italian Motorsports USA. In 2017, Samuel’s racing schedule expanded to include monthly trips to the F-Series in the East Coast. His goal for 2019 is to win at the F-Series Championship and continue developing his skills as a racer and, eventually, move up to Open Wheel or Sports Car racing in the coming years.
As the newest Junior driver for IMUSA, Jesse Webb is coming off an exciting and successful first year in karting. Jesse learned to drive under the guidance of Michael Valiante and became SIMA 's Rookie of the Year in 2018 . While Jesse is still developing his racing skills, he says he learns more each time he puts the wheels on a track, and he's working with a personal trainer to develop his reflexes and strengthen his muscles to improve his driving.With the support of his mechanic-dad, Jesse is looking to continue his success in 2019, and he's off to a great start. Jesse raced in the PGP 4 -Stroke Winter Series and won the championship . He also won the first four Junior TAG races. The opening ICP Cup of 2019 at Tri – Cities was the largest event in Northwest karting history with a astounding 43 entries in the Junior 2 LO206 class. Jesse had a great weekend, placing second on Saturday and winning on Sunday in the L0206 event, and placing second on Saturday and third on Sunday in the Junior TAG event. After his showing at the event in Tri Cities, Jesse caught the attention of announcer Terry Bridges and was the hot-seat, call-in-guest for Terry 's Northwest Race Report. Jesse has been approached about being sponsored to drive a RX7 in road racing after he attains his SCCA competition license. Jesse is very excited to learn the skill of sports car racing while he continues to develop his kart racing abilities.