Many of the great racers of a time gone by could be summed up in one word, "passion". Daniel Morad is one such driver and while he is a product of the new global generation he has many old school qualities that make him a true driver. For Daniel he exudes passion with everything that he does. And what he does extremely well is go fast.
His passion for racing, his passion for family and his passion for life lead Daniel to excellence at every turn. Like all drivers, his path to racing is made up of highs and lows and his ability to push forward makes him stand out. Success has followed Morad through out his 12 years of competing and he now strikes out on a new adventure.
Daniel recently signed to Status GP running in the newly formed GP3 series part of the global GP ladder system to Formula One. In 2009 Daniel split his time between cars and his racing roots of karting. While the car-racing scene was less kind, karting allowed Daniel to represent his country in Egypt and the RMCGF. His passion will again bring Daniel back to the world stage of karting as a member of the 2010 Team Canada heading to Italy.
The 20-year-old athlete can already look back on several achievements in his young racing career. In 2007 he won the Formula BMW USA Championship after winning a series high six races. He became the first North American to win a heat race at the Formula BMW World Final in 2007, winning two heats, and started the final race on the pole position, only to have a mechanical failure on lap three ending his race prematurely. Morad was also the most successful driver of the North American series in the Formula BMW Word Final in 2006, finishing fourth in Valencia, Spain. The Toronto, Ontario-born driver earned many regional and national titles in his twelve years of racing. He was a member of the Sunoco Team Ultra 94 and also won the 2006 Bridgestone F2000 Championship.
In 2008, Daniel started the year in the Formula Atlantic Championship but before season's end, made the move to be the full time driver for Team Lebanon in A1GP.
Daniel's family plays an important role in his career and another person who has been instrumental in Daniel's career is Canadian racing legend Ron Fellows. Ron had a great impact on Daniel choosing Formula BMW USA. Ron was one of the first who congratulated Daniel on winning both Rookie and Series Championships.
Over the week of November 15-22, Canadian Daniel Morad turned in his GP3 Series car and jumped back into a go-kart for the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals, an invite-only world championship karting event held this year in southern Italy. Morad qualified for the event back in winter while competing in the Florida Winter Tour during his off-season.
Competing in the 72-competitor strong Rotax DD2 class, Morad first qualified on the pole-position, and won the first heat race before disaster struck. A DNF in the second heat really hurt his chances. But a strong second place in his third heat allowed him to start pre-final heat in 20th place. Working up to 13th in the Pre-Final, Morad made the best of the 25-lap World Championship final. Making his way to second place by the halfway point, Morad tracked down the leader in the closing laps before making a brilliant move to take the lead on the final lap. Holding on for the win, Morad crossed the finish line in a spectacular fashion, taking the win before crashing over the second-place finisher and into the outside fence. Shaking it off, Morad became a karting World Champion!
The full report can be found on eKartingNews.ca.
A video of the spectacular finish can be found here.
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