GP Sports Management announced Tuesday it has signed Santino Ferrucci to a driver representation agreement. Ferrucci is currently a KF3 driver for the Energy Kart team based in Italy, and he is the only American driver to ever win a UK Super One Series race (in 2010). Santino's dream is to one-day win the Formula 1 World Championship for the U.S.
“We are very excited to welcome Santino to the GP Sports family,” said Mickey Ryan, vp, North America for GP Sports Management. “We are committed to helping Santino realize his dream of winning a F1 World Championship. In addition to his amazing skills and his overwhelming achievements on the kart track, Santino is just a quality young man with an incredible energy for life. He's one of those people you meet and you are immediately drawn to his smile and charming personality.”
“I'm really excited to sign with GP Sports Management because I know they will unlock the doors I need to get to the next levels of my racing career,” said Ferrucci. “Their reputation in the industry speaks for itself, but for me the clincher was when I spoke with Dan Wheldon in Sonoma last summer. He told me that GP Sports would be the best for me and that they would treat me like family. I'm confident I will have a great racing career with them.”
Ferrucci is currently racing in class KF3 in the Global CIK-FIA Karting Championships, a series with 13-16 year old racers and an average class size of 115 racers. Santino is currently fifth after Round 1 of the CIK-FIA European Championship out of 113 racers and sits 9th in the WSK Euro Series. Since he began karting at the age of five, Ferrucci has won on a National level in Cadet, Rotax, HPV, Yamaha and Iame Jr., and in every major sanctioning body in North America, including WKA, Stars of Karting & the Florida Winter Tour.
In 2011, he was the U.S. National points champion in Rotax Junior and he is the only back-to-back national champion in the Florida International Winter Tour Cadet Series (2008 & 2009). In his short karting career, Ferrucci has more than 31 National race wins and more than 90 top-5 finishes combined in the World Karting Association, Stars of Karting and other International competitions.
GPSM's other clients include Dario Franchitti, Allan McNish, Pedro de la Rosa and Sebastien Buemi.