BREAKING - Minardi Management sign AD Motorsport driver Deven Grabko.
The deal will see the esteemed Italian outfit join forces with the young Swedish-American racer through the end of 2024 initially. Both parties are extremely excited about the potential of the partnership. Full press release follows:
Minardi Management is pleased to welcome Deven Lewis Grabko, a Swedish-American driver born in 2011, whose race program for the 2023 season includes several highly contested Swedish championships at the national level, such as the Kart Cup West Championship, IAME Series Sweden, Swedish Kart League, South Swedish Kart Champions Cup, the Swedish National Championship and the prestigious Kristianstad Karting Club Grande Finale.
I'm really happy to have Deven join our ranks, he's a very interesting prospect. In addition to being very fast, he shows much more maturity than his age would suggest. I am sure that we will create something very interesting together. Through the end of the season, we will continue to focus on the Swedish race program he and his family together with his team have already planned for him, before our partnership started. Our goal for 2024 will be a more international program.”
~ Giovanni Minardi, Minardi Management
I am extremely grateful to have been presented with the opportunity to work with Giovanni, Dorothea and the entire Minardi Management team and organization. They are a true motorsport family, with a long history and deep roots in the industry, and it shows in their passion and knowledge of the sport.
The list of drivers they’ve got on their books is really impressive, and it is a real privilege to have my name next to theirs. Joining Minardi Management has given me a real boost, and I am so happy to start this journey with them. My dad is always telling me to give 110% every time I get in that driver’s seat, and having Giovanni at my side will just give me more motivation to do exactly that. Really can’t wait to get started!
I’ve been working so hard to accelerate my development, having so much less experience than most of the guys I race against at my age, so it feels especially great that Giovanni has recognized my potential, shown an interest in helping me take my career to the next level, and will guide me through the steps I need to take so I can maximize my growth as a driver and a person, and realize my dreams. I am super thankful for their trust and support at this early stage of my career and I am going to do everything I can to make sure their time and effort are rewarded in the future.”
It is the halfway point of the season, high Swedish Summer, and the traditional time of the year for the Swedish National Championships. Deven Grabko would make his debut on the national stage, and pit himself against the best Mini 60 drivers on offer in the country.
Second trip of the year to the Rörken Ring National Karting Circuit, which would be host to this year’s championships. A very good P4 here in April at the first round of the IAME Series Sweden is a good morale booster, but it is no guarantee of success. The track will be in a very different state mid-summer and the competition much stiffer.
Only halfway through the season and already so many ups and downs to reflect on going into the biggest race of the season. Well placed in both the Kart Cup West National Series and the Swedish Kart League, as well as the unofficial IAME Series Sweden standings, not to mention joint P1 in the Swedish Autosport Federation Western Regional rankings, progress has been steady and development in his debut season in the Mini 60 category has been well above expectations.
Now we would get a measure of where we were in our rookie season development against talented seasoned racers from all over the country and internationally as well, with no less than 7 nations being represented.
Grabko GP is a grass roots race team whose main focus is on amateur and young driver development, from first forays into karting, through amateur racing series, with the aim of one day culminating in the minor formulas and beyond. The team aims to promote participation in and love for motorsport while enabling the development of elite racing drivers.