Family always comes first and Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods, Inc. second! However, when I get any downtime I enjoy my favorite hobby, Formula Racing.
Growing up in an Italian family, racing was something I grew up following and watching. Now, with the Formula 1 race taking place in Austin this week, I’ve looked back as to how racing became such an important pastime to me and how it’s played a big part in my family’s life as well.
It all started when my brother Walter decided he wanted us to attend the Skip Barber Racing School to celebrate his birthday. Now, when he told me this idea I just looked at him like, “You’ve got to be kidding me!” Racing? Well, before I had time to tell him “no” he informed me he signed us up already, so off we were to California to learn how to race on the Laguna Seca track.
After four days of racing, our lives were changed! From the moment we came home we couldn’t stop thinking about it. I thought that would be the end of it, however, Walter had more in mind. Not too much longer after a conversation we had, I was buying my first race car.
I raced in the Formula Continental series for a little over 10 years. My wife Cheryl, and I, would load all the kids up in our motor coach and have a great time on our road trips to the course. It was great being able to pursue my hobby, while having my family involved in every step of the way.
My favorite course to race is where it all began, Laguna Seca. There’s nothing like driving and coming up on the “corkscrew” section that just makes you put all your guts into one single moment to get the best lap times possible.
Racing is something that I will always have a passion for, and I will continue to race as long as I have the time. As an avid fan that follows the sport closely, I look forward to having another dream come true, attending a race in the city where I live!
I can’t wait for my family to all come together to watch F1 in Austin, Texas!