Radford Racing School Becomes Nation’s First Driving School With Fleet of Gas-Powered Piquet Karts


CHANDLER, Ariz., – April 21, 2021 – Radford Racing School, the official high performance driving school of Dodge//SRT, announced today it is the first driver training facility in the U.S. to receive a fleet of the Brazilian manufactured Piquet Kart. The gas-powered karts were brought to the U.S. market through Piquet Kart, a joint venture of former Formula 1 driver Nelson Piquet Jr., and his two partners Zack Skolnick, owner of Entertainment Karting, and Carlos Laconelli, owner of the international race team Piquet Sports. Twenty Piquet Karts were delivered to Radford Racing School and are available for group rental.

“We’re bringing the excitement of high-speed, open-air karting to drivers of all ages with these new Piquet Karts,” said Mike Kessler, general manager at Radford Racing School.  “The performance and handling are the most advanced you’ll find in their class, setting a new standard in karting. When you open one up on our road course, you’ll understand why the Piquet Kart pro-racing team is so excited to bring them to the U.S. market. The karts on our newly resurfaced track is going to be a real game-changer for the karting industry.” 

Kessler adds that the school is seeing a significant uptick in leisure activities and resurgence of corporate meetings, team building, and incentive travel in Arizona. “During COVID, we invested in a complete renovation of our facility, including the event center that opens onto the track, and our vehicles. We’re ready for the pent-up demand for fresh air, fun with friends, and some serious group bonding!”

Miami-based Piquet Kart specializes in electric and gasoline go karts. The current kart design is the result of 30 years of testing and development and features hydraulic brakes with a pressure equalizing system, flat top steering wheel, 17mm stub axle, heavy duty bodywork, custom decal kit, and MG tires. The karts are powered by a Honda GT 270cc engine and capable of reaching a top speed of approximately 45 miles per hour. 

The Piquet Karts are available for small groups and corporate events use. For more information call (480) 403-7600 or visit www.RadfordRacingSchool.com.

About Radford Racing School
Founded in 1968, the Radford Racing School, located in Chandler, Ariz., is the only purpose-built driver training facility for performance enthusiasts and the largest driver training center of its kind in the world. It is also the Official High Performance Driving School of Dodge//SRT. The school maintains over 80 race-prepared vehicles, sedans, SUVs, and open wheel formula cars. For more information about the school, visit RadfordRacingSchool.com or call (480) 403-7600.