Giovanni Bromante established himself as one of the nation’s brightest young stars early on in the 2018 season. After a strong debut during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) and his first Pro Late Model victory at Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL), “Gio” was on the path to success.
Unfortunately, that path hit a road block in October when Bromante suffered a serious back injury in a dirt bike accident. That accident sent him to the sidelines and cut his promising 2018 campaign short.
“I was in like a concussion state of mind for four hours because I didn’t really remember anything. I fractured my T4 and T5 vertebrae,” Bromante explained to Speed51.com.
Five months after the accident, Bromante is closing in on a full recovery and is preparing to take the next step in his racing career. The Lattingtown, New York native will make his Super Late Model debut with Anthony Campi Racing at one of the Southeast’s crown jewel races, the Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway.
Bromante has spent the last few months recovering form the injury. The recovery process has gone well and he is ready to show what he can do behind the wheel of a Super Late Model.
“It’s going really well, I’ll be back for the Rattler,” Bromante said. “I’ve had to wear a back brace for the past six months but I’ve done all the work I’ve been able to with the back brace so I can get back in the car and try to do good for my debut and for this upcoming season in a Super Late Model.”
It has taken Bromante a lot of work to get back into racing shape after the injury. He says the lack of seat time in recent months will be something he will have to combat before heading to the race track.
“I’ve been preparing a lot with working out and stuff,” he said. “I haven’t been in the car for at least seven months so I know that I’m not in race shape but I’m trying my hardest to work as hard as I can and get back in that car like nothing ever happened and come back strong.”
Coming back after an injury is never easy. Coming back to make your Super Late Model debut in a 250-lap race makes it that much harder. Bromante says his biggest challenge during the Rattler 250 itself will be making it to the end of the race, but he believes there are more challenges facing him prior to arriving to the Opp, Alabama oval on race weekend.
“Probably completing the 250 laps. I know Anthony (Campi) can give me a great car to do it. I just need to put all the work in I can these next three weeks,” he stated. “Lose some weight, get some muscle back on me, I haven’t been able to do anything. And just give it my all.”
Bromante is eyeing a good finish to begin his comeback from injury at the Rattler 250. However, the ultimate goal for the Long Island native is to put the famed rattlesnake around his neck at the end of 250 laps.
“I’d love a top-five finish. God knows the plan. A top ten, top five, that would be great for my first race back. But I’d love to have that rattlesnake around my neck.”
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