On Friday, December 2, 17-year-old Bruno Carneiro of Riverton, Utah, attended the FIA Official Prize Giving Ceremony in Vienna, Austria, where he was awarded the championship trophy for winning the 2016 FIA Chinese Formula 4 Championship.
UMC-sponsored Utah driver attends international awards ceremony in Austria
The FIA Official Prize Giving Ceremony is the world’s most prestigious motorsports awards event, where the champions of the world’s top racing series are honored. Other honorees during the evening included Nico Rosberg, the 2016 FIA Formula 1 World Champion, and the winners of the FIA World Endurance Championship and FIA World Rally Championship, among many others.
Carneiro represented Utah Motorsports Campus (UMC) in his Chinese Formula 4 campaign, which took place through 15 races at five different racetracks in China, none of which Carneiro had ever experienced. Driving a Mygale-built open-wheel racecar powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged Geely four-cylinder engine, Carneiro managed a very impressive eight victories, seven fastest laps and one pole position enroute to his championship.
“Being able to represent my home track over this 2016 racing season has been an honor,” said Carneiro. “UMC is my ‘home away from home’ and I am lucky to have been able to grow up as a racer and a person at a facility with so much to love. It is a world-class racetrack with a loving and caring staff, and it is a place where I got to learn so much both on and off the track. I am extremely happy with the results of the season, and I cannot adequately express how much gratitude I feel toward the management and staff at UMC for their support."
“All of us at UMC are very proud of Bruno,” said Willem Geyer, General Manager of Utah Motorsports Campus. “He is an outstanding young man, a great role model for other aspiring drivers, whose hard work and dedication have helped propel him up the racing ladder. He is a part of our track family, and we have watched him grow up right before our eyes. We could not be more pleased with the professional and polished manner in which Bruno represented UMC this year. All of us at UMC offer our thanks and congratulations to Bruno, and best wishes for continued success.”
Carneiro started his racing career at age 4, driving karts at what was then Black Rock Raceway. When Miller Motorsports Park opened in 2006, he migrated to the new MMP Kart Track, where he won championships as he worked his way up the ladder through bigger and faster karts, moving up to full-sized racing cars in 2015. Racing is not an inexpensive sport, and Carneiro has funded every cent of his racing effort through his own hard work, selling gift certificates for sponsor Rodizio Grill, operating a karting school for novice drivers and giving motivational speeches to groups of parents about helping their children realize their dreams.
In addition to winning the FIA Chinese Formula 4 Championship, Carneiro also raced in and won the Pro Formula Mazda class in the West-Coast-based Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear, in which he raced a Rodizio Grill-liveried Pro Formula Mazda open-wheeler. The 14-race series took place at five different racetracks in California and Oregon, and Carneiro captured five victories, five fastest laps and five pole positions on his way to clinching that championship in October.
Carneiro is currently finalizing his plans for the 2017 racing season, and will announce details as soon as they are available.
For additional information regarding Bruno Carneiro, please visit www.BrunoCarneiroMotorsports.com. For information on Utah Motorsports Campus, browse this website or call 435-277-8000.
Utah Motorsports Campus is managing the facility formerly known as Miller Motorsports Park on behalf of Tooele County while the procedures to sell the facility take place.
John Gardner, Public Relations Manager