Champion Racing Has Found Their Lead Driver in Formal

Intrepid has signed Formal to take them back to the front in North American shifter kart racing.

Well that didn’t take long.

Danny Formal has announced to us that he has found a new home with Champion Racing/Intrepid. It wasn’t even 24 hours since we broke the announcement that the front running shifter kart pilot had departed from his long time team at DRT Racing/DR Kart. Now, the Costa Rican has signed with the Oklahoma-based operation to jump back on the Intrepid chassis he last drove in 2012 to victory in the Florida Winter Tour, except at that time it was with Goodwood Karting out of Canada.

In addition to the signing with Champion is the added support from the Intrepid factory. Formal tells us that he fully intends on running the CIK-FIA KZ World Championship in September in Germany.

All of the 21-year old’s experience on the Intrepid come from 2011-2012 season where he competed in single-drive categories like TaG Senior and Senior MAX, so there won’t be a whole lot to go off of as he straps the shifter package on. The plan is for a test session in late April in Sonoma, site of the SpringNationals just days later so Formal can get acquainted with the new hardware.

Danny Formal celebrates a victory at the 2012 Florida Winter Tour
Formal in 2012 winning at the Florida Winter Tour.
Photo Credit: Florida Winter Tour

Champion Racing is no stranger to wanting to turn the wick up on it’s shifter kart program with a number of high profile drivers over the years, including Nick Neri and Jordy Vorrath.

“Champion Racing is proud to welcome Danny Formal to the Intrepid Driver Program as our factory S1 driver,” said Team Manager, Rodney Berryhill from his shop in Norman. “Danny’s reputation speaks for itself and has been a driver we have had our eyes on the past few years. We are happy to have him join our team of competitive drivers in 2017.”

Although the chassis will change for the defending SKUSA Pro Tour and SuperNationals champion, the engine package does not. Formal will stay with Fisher Racing Engines who have helped power him to those impressive results over the past 18 months.

Formal will now join reigning SKUSA Pro Tour Champion Ryan Kinnear in S4, Harry Gottsacker and Tyler Fling in S2, Bryce Cornet in X30 Senior, and Cooper Heffley in X30 Junior under the Champion banner.