Brazilian Felipe Donato began karting at age 13. He won the Santa Catarina State Championship early in his career. Donato was selected to race in the Petrobras Kart Finals and won a scholarship to move into the Formula Futuro Fiat, where he finished sixth.
When Felipe finds spare time he likes to go to the gym, mountain bike, go to the movies, and of course, go-kart.
Hobbies: Go-karts, mountain bikes, gym, Muay Thai, movies
Snapshot: I love go-karts. I work in a team providing other drivers mechanical support and team management. Also I like mountain-biking – to mix the speed and the contact with nature.
Racing goal: To become a professional driver and race in the Indianapolis 500
Racing hero: Ayrton Senna
My fitness routine includes: Five times per week in the gym and Muay Thai martial arts twice a week.
Any pre-race rituals or superstitions: I just think about my parents and hope everything goes okay with me and the other competitors
The one talent I wish I had: To be more organized!
An interesting note about me: The nearest race track to where I was born is about 450 km (275 miles)!
2013: Completed a partial campaign in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, scoring a best finish of fifth at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course ... added three more top-10 finishes during his rookie campaign.
2012: Competed in the Brazilian Karting Championships ... took pole position, the race win and set a new lap record at Velopark.
2011: Finished sixth in Formula Futuro Fiat (a car racing series founded by Ferrari F1 driver Felipe Massa) in Brazil with eight top-five finishes.
2010: Finished fourth in the Brazilian Karting Championships ... selected to participate in the Petrobras Kart Finals ... won a scholarship to move into Formula Futuro Fiat in 2011.
2009: Finished fifth in the Brazilian Karting Championship ... finished second in the Brazilian Southern States championship.
2008: Began karting at age 13 ... won the Santa Catarina State Championship in Brazil.