Giovanni Bromante captured the Blizzard Series title this weekend at Five Flags Speedway. The 15-year-old driver grabbed one win and never finished outside of the top seven during the five-race series in Pensacola, FL.
“I am astonished that I am the champion of the Blizzard Series,” said Bromante. “It all starts with (team owner) Anthony Campi. He puts so much work and time into these race cars and when we work together, we are an unstoppable pair. We just know what we need and want in a racecar and that’s what is so great.”
The young driver nearly added another win to his Blizzard Series resume in Saturday’s season finale. After qualifying 16th, Bromante worked his way through the field and took the lead on lap 130. After a late-race caution, he was unable to hold off Jesse Dutilly and came home second.
“If that caution didn’t come out, I had a strong sense that I would win that race.” said Bromate. “Jesse did a great job of saving his tires and he had the car to beat.”
Winning the Blizzard Series title also means that Bromante will have a provisional starting spot to fall back on, if necessary, in this December’s Snowball Derby at Five Flags. Coined as the biggest Super Late Model race of the year, it is always a tough field to make.
“It’s huge to have a free pass going into Derby,” said Bromante, who will be making his first Snowball Derby start. “It’s a big relief actually. I’m not the best at qualifying at Pensacola and to make the Derby you need to be on your ‘A’ game. Just to say I have a guaranteed starting spot in the Derby is huge.”
Next-up for Bromante is the first of a pair of trips to New Smryna Speedway on Florida’s East Coast. The race in New Smyrna on October 19th will also serve as the Southern Super Series finale.