Pro Mazda - Felipe Donato

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Felipe Donato
Felipe Donato
Driver Info
Felipe Donato
  • Birthday: Sep 8, 1994
  • Hometown: Guarani das Missoes, Brazil
  • Residence: Sao Paulo, Brazil
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  • Team Website:M1 Racing
Biography of Felipe Donato

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.

Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
2014 Cooper Tires USF2000 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 Cooper Tires USF2000 12 0 0 1 4 0 4
Total 16 0 0 1 4 0 4
2014 Pro Mazda 6 0 0 0 2 0 4
Total 6 0 0 0 2 0 4
* Under INDYCAR sanction RAF = Running at Finish
** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points
M1 Racing

Paul Mata, who served as team manager for Team GDT in the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear for six years, has formed a new, multi-car team called M1 Racing that has all the ingredients of a championship contender. He has already signed Juan Camilo Acosta as one of M1 Racing’s drivers for 2013 in the series, which was recently renamed the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.

Although M1 Racing is new it has the makings of a powerhouse team. It consists of many open-wheel veterans, including not only Mata but also noted engineers Eric Purcell and Remi Lanteigne, all of whom worked together on Team GDT this year. (Team GDT’s Star Mazda operation was disbanded at the end of the season and its owner, multi-time Expert Series champion J.W. Roberts, is pursuing other motorsports interests.)

M1 Racing purchased the bulk of the Star Mazda equipment previously owned by Team GDT and AIM Autosport. M1 Racing has established its headquarters at MotorSport Ranch in Cresson, Texas, which is about a 15-minutedrive from Fort Worth. Being able to test on that facility’s 1.7-mile and 3.1-mileroad courses will give it a definite advantage in its pursuit of victories in the Pro Mazda Championship, which is part of the Mazda Road to Indy program.