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Felipe Donato

#11 Afterburner Autosport


Birthdate: September 8, 1994
Hometown: Guarani das Missões, Brazil
Residence: São Paulo, Brazil
Website: felipedonato.com.br
Facebook: Felipe Donato
Team Website: afterburnerautosport.com


Top House Design, Inova Mkt,

Squadra Kart


Nationality:  Brazilian

Languages spoken:  English, Portuguese and Spanish

Height/weight: 5'8" / 150 lbs.

Education:  College graduate

Current sports played:  Muay Thai (martial art) and mountain biking

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)!

Career results:
  • 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


  • Competed in the Brazilian Karting Championships
  • Took pole position, the race win and set a new lap record at Velopark


  • Finished sixth in Formula Futuro Fiat (a car racing series founded by Ferrari F1 driver Felipe Massa) in Brazil with eight top-five finishes


  • 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


  • Finished fifth in the Brazilian Karting Championship...finished second in the Brazilian Southern States championship


  • Began karting at age 13... won the Santa Catarina State Championship in Brazil