Gustavo Menezes has been racing for nearly a decade and it’s safe to say that he represents the future of American talent in open wheel racing. Before most kids his age received their driver’s license, Gustavo raced at the world’s highest level in the ultra competitive sport of go-kart racing.
Gustavo is a factory driver for the famous Italian based Tony Kart, which has seen the likes of talented drivers such as Formula 1 veteran Jarno Trulli, current Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel, and 7x world champion, Michael Schumacher. Gustavo is just one of a handful of American born drivers to have ever been accepted into the prestigious outfit.
At the young age of 16, Gustavo is an accomplished racing pilot with a resume that reads of a driver twice his age. He is fluent in several languages, including Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and English and is a consummate professional.
Q & A
When did you turn pro?
If this is considered Pro I would say Last year
What are the events, wins, memories that stand out most throughout your career so far?
First Star Mazda Podium Iowa 2011, First american to win a Kart race in Europe in a Decade 2009/2010
If there’s one thing that people in the industry would recognize you by, what would that be?
Talkative, Active, Outgoing, Quick, Aggressive
• Fun= Speed • Vision= Sexy Oakleys • Friend= Connor Sheppard and Gustavo #2 • Foe= All other drivers on track • Greenhouse= Whats that Dude? HaHa • Gas= Unleaded Please ;)
When did you first start riding/racing? Where/why?
When I was 5 years old I began Kart Racing. It all Began in Riverside, CA I was addicted to Race cars since I was a baby and that's all I wanted to do in life!
If you weren’t ripping on the track or dirt, what kind of menial task would you want to do?
I would still be an adrenaline junkie, probably cycling and screwing around with anything else with an engine that goes fast.
If you had to date one person who would it be: Pamela Anderson after Tommy Lee, Snookie from Jersey Shore or your mom in the past like Michael J. Fox from Back to the Future?
None of the above, add Megan Fox to the list and we can talk.
If you had to share a bathroom with one Oakley rider/driver, who would it NOT be and why?
Gustavo Yacaman! HAHA Been there done that! I don't know man, another Gustavo is too much for one bathroom, don't you think?
Tell me a funny story about an Oakley rider/driver...(We’ll never tell)
Too many to choose!
Your Favorite…(Start with your favorite music artist or something):
Would it impress any girls if I said Justin Bieber? Joking, there are way too many good songs but I Like remixes, like (Levels by Avicii). I want those Gold Shaun Whites, they are awesome.. Gold+Gold= INSANE
Legendary, Comfortable, Sexy, Always on my head!
Best song to ride to:
My Engine at 8000+RPM
First thing you do when you get back from a trip is…
Lay Down for about an hour, then hit up the beach or go for a good bike ride!
A lot of Drivers never get to go to Prom, did you go, who did you take or who would you ask if you could go today?
I never had the opportunity to go as I am always on the road, but that's a tough choice, can we have a celebrity appearance? I hope some hot singer reads this before I graduate ahahaha!!
What is something that you wouldn't normally tell someone about yourself?
I never hold back, I think people usually know all the details!
Fist pumping? Head Banging? C-Walking? Or Funky Chicken? Which one? Or all of the above?
ALL OF THE ABOVE with a gnarly smile and all! Only way to do it
Dream vacation spot:
Nitro City, Panama
Would you rather get punched in the gut by Mr. T. or super roundhouse kicked in the face by Chuck Norris?
It would be an Honor to get Super Roundhouse Kicked in the face By Chuck Norris
If the most interesting man in the world wanted to take your girlfriend out would you let him?
If You are so interesting, Go find another girl and slam the door on his face with a smile.
What tricks are you working on?
Going Faster and looking good while doing it hahaha.
You’ve been mistaken for…
Justin Bieber! Awkward!!
Ghetto Mexican and Brazilian food
Taylor Swift or Myley Cyrus? Or if you prefer older, Megan Fox or Diane Kreuger?
Tough choice! Miley and Taylor are more age appropriate, but I am happy with Megan too!
You better buy some shades before leaving this site and follow me on Twitter, Dudes! @followgustavo