|June 14, 2012 News
|GoRotax.com Driver of the Month Presented by eKartingNews.com - May 2012 - Mitch Goldfarb
Thanks to the new partnership between MAXSpeed Group and eKartingNews.com, a monthly program has been devised to promote outstanding drivers in the Rotax Max Challenge. The new program - GoRotax.com Driver of the Month presented by eKartingNews.com - is based off a similar program the leading karting website offers each month, focused on the United States ĎRotaxiansí. Each month, the staff at MAXSpeed and EKN will determine one driver to profile who promotes Rotax and karting in general in a positive fashion, along with standing out on-track. Each driverís accomplishments will be highlighted, in addition to getting to know the Driver of the Month.
The still-growing Mini Max category is celebrating its 10th season in United States Rotax Max Challenge competition. Over the previous decade, a number of stars from the sport of karting gained their early skill sets behind the wheel of a Mini Max package. Some early names that we see today at the top of the podium include Daniel Formal, Nick Neri, and Jake French - champions in the Mini Max category at the Rotax Grand Nationals from 2005 to 2007. Today, a number of drivers between the ages of 10 and 13 aspire to reach the outcome set by those before them. Among the many talented young drivers in Mini Max include North Carolina driver Mitch Goldfarb, the GoRotax.com Driver of the Month for May 2012.
Goldfarb has been successful thus far in the 2012 season, racing at the Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina. The POWERADE Rotax Max Challenge series has hosted four events from February to May with Mitch victorious in all four rounds. The opening weekend in February saw Goldfarb sweep the weekend, earning the feature win by a 3.9-second margin. The next month was another sweep, with a margin of victory at 2.2 seconds for the main event. April was yet another sweep as Mitch put in a dominant performance, winning by 6.2 seconds. Last month, Goldfarb earned his fourth straight event sweep, capped off by a 3.1-second win in the feature race. With the four feature races at 14 laps each, Goldfarb has an average margin of victory of 3.85-seconds, a phenomenal stat for the competitive Mini Max category.
Mitch is into his third year in the sport of karting, gaining a passion for auto racing after watching his father William race his BMW M3 in BMW Club and NASA competition. Last year, Goldfarb finished second in the POWERADE Rotax Max Challenge Mini Max championship standings. His results helped him to finish the season 15th in the 2011 United States Rotax Max Challenge National Point Standings. He also placed 21st in his first US Rotax Grand Nationals - held at the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah - in a field of 40 drivers. Mitchís plans for the rest of the 2012 season include contending for the POWERADE Rotax Max Challenge Mini Max championship, while traveling to other facilities in the southeast in order to experience different facilities. Goldfarb will also be traveling to better his results at the Rotax Grand Nationals on August 7-11 at Michiana Raceway Park in South Bend, Indiana.
GoRotax.com Driver of the Month Presented by eKartingNews.com
May 2012 - Mitch Goldfarb
| GoRotax.com Driver of the Month - May 2012 - Mitch Goldfarb|
Born: April 6, 1999
Hometown: Weddington, NC
Parents: William Goldfarb and Jill Parker
Siblings: Sara Goldfarb
Height/Weight: 5í3Ē / 92lbs.
Education: 7th Grade at Weddington Middle School
Job: Whatever my mom tells me to do
Engine Service Center: Carolina Motorsports Park (CMP)
Sponsors: Law Office of William Goldfarb, Powerade, Dick Barbour Racing, Medical Specialties
United States Rotax Max Challenge Home Series: Powerade Karting Championship
Years Karting: 3
How did you get started in karting? My dad races a BMW M3 in BMW Club Racing and NASA. I was down at the track helping him and wanted to start my racing career with karting.
What has been the high point in your racing career? Winning my very first race; Winning the Carolina Rotax Challenge in 2010; and, placing 2nd in WKA in the Manufacturers Cup 2012 at CMP
What are your goals in racing? Race for Audi or Corvette in the American Le Mans Series
In a few words, how would you describe your driving style? At times, I drive with surgical precision and hit my marks like a robot; however, I still need to work on being patient.
2011 Accomplishments: 2nd Place in the Powerade Karting Championships (Mini Max), Placed 21st in my first United States Rotax Max Grand Nationals (16th in pre-final)
Favorite track: New Castle Motorsports Park (Indiana)
Favorite form of professional motor sports: American Le Mans and Rolex Series road racing
Favorite karting driver: Other than my teammates at CMP, Tony Kanaan
Favorite professional driver: Johnny OíConnell
Favorite website: YouTube
Favorite movie: Real Steel
Favorite actor/actress: Will Farrell
Favorite music/group: LMFAO
Favorite vacation/activity spot: Driving ATVs in southern Utah
Favorite food: Cheeseburger from Nippers on Great Guana Cay, Bahamas
The Real Deal
What do you do when not at the track? I love to build things, create chemical and combustible reactions, and make pneumatic cannons. And, Iím a four-square fanatic.
What are your goals outside of karting? Iíd like to get a degree in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering and invent things (especially things that blow up!)
What type of street car do you drive? Just my momís Suburu and my dadís Mercedes into the garage
What type of street car would you like to drive? Corvette ZR1
What are your pet peeves or things that irritate you? People lying to me and cheaters
What is your favorite aspect about racing in the Rotax Max Challenge program? Meeting and driving against competitive drivers and hitting turbo!