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Utah’s Bruno Carneiro on fast track in costly world of karting

Riverton teenager Bruno Carneiro goes door-to-door to raise funds as he pursues his racing dream.

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What do his school friends think?

"Actually, there are a lot of kids who say, ‘Come on, Bruno, let’s go hang out,’" he said. "... I do once in awhile, but I don’t really have much free time."

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2014 Rotax MAX Challenge U.S. Grand Nationals

O At Miller Motorsports Park on Saturday and Sunday.

Why » National karting champions will be crowned in seven classes.

Tickets » $5 for adults. Children 12 and under are free.

More information » www.millermotorsportspark.com

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Scores of people have helped launch what Carneiro hopes becomes a career, but he specifically mentions professional racer and Porsche factory driver Patrick Long as someone who has been generous with support and advice.

Long remembers meeting Carneiro in the paddock after a race at Miller Motorsports Park. He was selling gift certificates, of course.

"No fear," Long recalled, "and a great little conversationalist. ... I enjoyed the kid’s audacity and willingness to speak for himself — and always with a smile. I started to look forward to running into him each time I visited Salt Lake."

Carneiro hopes the ride he started when little more than a toddler lasts a lifetime.

"The dream is, if it has four wheels and goes forward, then it works for me," he said. "If I can be in motorsports — in the car — that’s what I’d prefer. But if it’s helping design cars or working with the cars, that’s OK, too."

Said Long: "... I can tell you he’s marketable and already has a great understanding of how important PR and fundraising is in our sport. I have little doubt he will go far."

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