Sports - August 11, 2023


As the roar of engines fills the air at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a new name is set to make its mark on the asphalt – Kiko Porto. This weekend, the 19-year-old Brazilian prodigy is gearing up for his debut in the high-octane world of INDY NXT racing. Joined by Cape Motorsports, Porto is ready to burn rubber and chase victory at two of the season’s most electrifying rounds.

Hailing from Brazil, Kiko Porto has quickly become a force to be reckoned with in the world of motorsports. With a track record that boasts five podium finishes and one pole position from 13 races in the USF Pro 2000 series, Porto’s journey to Indianapolis has been paved with determination and skill. Last season, he showcased his prowess by clinching seventh place in the championship with DEForce Racing, accompanied by an impressive win and two podium finishes.

Now, Porto is set to take on the challenge of INDY NXT, a formidable proving ground for emerging talent. Driving the #47 Cape Brothers Speed Shop entry, Porto will share the track with fellow racer Jagger Jones. The duo is poised to make a dynamic pair, showcasing their driving finesse in the INDY NXT by Firestone Grand Prix.

As Porto’s wheels scorch the asphalt, it’s worth taking a closer look at the beast he’ll be taming – the powerful Indy NXT machine. This spec series marvel features a Mazda 2.0L Turbocharged engine developed by Advanced Engine Performance. This racing marvel delivers a thrilling experience that will leave spectators on the edge of their seats. A true testament to engineering excellence, the Indy NXT has proven its mettle on the track, providing an adrenaline rush like no other.

While Porto’s journey in INDY NXT may be just beginning, his connection to the racing world runs deep. Having conquered the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course before, Porto’s familiarity with the track could provide him with a competitive edge. Back in 2021, he clinched victory in the USF2000 race on the famed 2.439-mile road course, leaving his rivals in the dust.

This weekend’s race is not only a showcase of Porto’s remarkable talents but also a testament to his adaptability. With just one practice session to acclimate to the new environment, Porto will need to rely on his instincts and quick thinking. As he navigates the twists and turns of the course, his mindset of embracing the challenge and stepping out of his comfort zone will undoubtedly fuel his performance.

For Porto, the INDY NXT event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway marks more than just a race; it’s a stepping stone in his journey towards greatness. As the engine roars and the checkered flag beckons, all eyes will be on this Brazilian sensation, eager to witness his ascent in the world of motorsports. So, fasten your seatbelts and get ready for a thrilling ride as Kiko Porto takes the wheel at INDY NXT.

Catch the exhilarating action as Kiko Porto races in INDY NXT at Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course, with live coverage on Peacock and the INDYCAR Radio Network starting at 4:50 p.m. ET on Friday, August 12th. Stay tuned as Porto and Cape Motorsports also prepare to conquer the season-ending doubleheader at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on September 9-10.

By [Flávio Bergmann], Automotive Enthusiast

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