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Rodizio Grill, The Brazilian Steakhouse restaurant, is proud to support the community at the local level through sponsorships and donations to nonprofits and projects. Please contact your local Rodizio Grill to submit your sponsorship or donation request.


WE'RE INVOLVED! Rodizio Grill is a strong community supporter.

We believe in building a stronger community by being involved with people and events that represent what Rodizio Grill, the Brazilian Steakhouse restaurant, stands for, from charities, sports and athletes, school and students. From the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Image Reborne Foundation and others, to talented individuals like young kart racer Bruno Carneiro.

Rodizio Grill Launches Yearly Nationwide May Fundraiser For Image Reborn  Foundation. Foundation Aids Breast Cancer Survivors.

Rodizio Grill, the Brazilian Steakhouse, launches a nationwide May fundraiser for Image Reborn Foundation's "Living Beyond Beast Cancer" program. Image Reborn Foundation was started by plastic surgeon Dr. Renato Saltz. Image Reborn's mission is to help breast cancer survivors reclaim their sense of personal power and strength by providing weekend retreats at no cost to participants that focus on living beyond breast cancer. 

"Image Reborn was founded by my good friend Dr. Renato Saltz," stated Ivan Utrera, President and Founder of Rodizio Grill. "He saw a need that was not being met and started this organization that is now in its 14th year! Throughout this course he has helped hundreds of women regain their lives. I could not be more proud to be associated with this organization."

Throughout the month of May, guests of Rodizio Grill will be able to donate to this cause when dining at their local Rodizio Grill location.

Image Reborn's "Living Beyond Breast Cancer" retreat program is designed and facilitated by professional staff with background and experience in addressing the special concerns of women with breast cancer. The retreats are weekend programs, and are conducted in the serene mountain setting of Park City, Utah. Approximately ten guests can be accommodated at a time. More information can be found by visiting www.imagerebornfoundation.org .

Bruno Carneiro

Rodizio Grill the Brazilian Steakhouse restaurants proudly supports the community through local level sponsorships and donations to nonprofit organizations.
Rodizio Grill the Brazilian Steakhouse restaurants proudly supports the community through local level sponsorships and donations to nonprofit organizations.
Rodizio Grill the Brazilian Steakhouse restaurants proudly supports the community through local level sponsorships and donations to nonprofit organizations.
Rodizio Grill the Brazilian Steakhouse restaurants proudly supports the community through local level sponsorships and donations to nonprofit organizations.
Rodizio Grill the Brazilian Steakhouse restaurants proudly supports the community through local level sponsorships and donations to nonprofit organizations.
Rodizio Grill the Brazilian Steakhouse restaurants proudly supports the community through local level sponsorships and donations to nonprofit organizations.
Rodizio Grill the Brazilian Steakhouse restaurants proudly supports the community through local level sponsorships and donations to nonprofit organizations.
DRIVER NAME: Bruno Carneiro
AGE: 14
BIO:

Young Bruno has been racing karts since he was 5. His very first go kart was a gift by Rodizio Grill's founder Ivan Utrera. In his first year, in 2005, he clinched the Utah State Championship in the KidKart 50cc Class and repeated the feat in 2006.

Since then, he has won multiple titles in the Honda Junior 80cc Class and in the Rotax 125cc MiniMax. Bruno races for Rodizio Racing Team in Utah, California, Arizona. In Brazil he races with Rodizio Grill/Dolly Team and in Europe with Rodizio Grill/Danilo Rossi Team.

He has 56 race wins, countless podiums and has traveled across the world realizing his dreams.

One very important detail, is that young Bruno, raises his own money to race, selling gift certificates from Rodizio Grill to pay for tires, fuel, race fees and all the gigantic costs associated with motorsports these days.

Since the beginning and thanks to Rodizio Grill, this young hot shoe has been able to accomplish dreams most of us could never believe possible. With his talent, determination and passion for his sport, Bruno Carneiro is now one of the most respected representatives of American karting across the world.

 

July 10, 2013 - Another achievement for Bruno Carneiro

Another achievement! After 2 months of daily fundraising, Bruno can sit and go fast on his new Kosmic Mercury. In his first test session in Utah on board his new ride, Carneiro who will turn 14 on July 16th, continued his preparation for the upcoming USA Rotax Grand Nationals, that will take place in Moorsville, North Carolina from July 29th to August 4th.

"I turned some fast laps yesterday, but I was not really concerned about lap times, and more about getting familiar with my new kart. Gelling...

I have been working very hard since January, giving coaching lessons and fundraising, but it all pays off as I have a new kart and a new motor that is being prepared by Ricardo Legree, in Florida. I managed to raise almost everything to pay for Grand Nats, also with the great support from my sponsors.

The last minute things are to raise money for practice tires, a spare axel and pray that I will not crash or damage anything.

I still have a few days left to fundraise, so I know I have to go and do it.

Colby Yardley, who is a great Champion racer himself, will be my tuner in North Carolina, and that is very very cool. I met Colby and his family on my very first race in 2004 and Colby and his sister Marina were the ones that handed me my first medal." said Carneiro.


July 2, 2013 - Bruno wins in Utah! Well.....kind of

If there's one thing Bruno Carneiro knows, is that nothing comes easy. From the fundraising efforts, to the constant fight to have a competitive equipment, 13 year old Bruno had an eventful week while counting the minutes for the arrival of his new Kosmic kart from Florida. Due to a lot of factors, the kart arrived 4 days after schedule. Weather, terminal issues, lions, tigers and bears.

It got to Salt Lake City on Friday night, which meant that Bruno missed Friday practices. Bruno and his dad, took the kart to the Miller Motorsports Park garages in the wee hours of Saturday morning, where thanks to the work of Mr. Robert Yardley, the Kosmic was brought to life and almost ready at 4:00am.

With work still needed to be completed, Bruno also missed the morning practices and had to make the first shake down laps on racing conditions for Heat 1.

Starting at the back of the grid, Bruno was only hoping to complete the race, as a practice run. But to his luck, the race track for Round 3 of the UKC was the "Sick" layout. Bruno's favorite track, and one that he was only beaten once in the past 6 years. A very technical and demanding track, under 100 F degrees!

To everyone's surprise, by lap 3, he was already in 3rd place, and after a beautiful one move pass on Andy Nish and McKay Snow on lap 5, he went to first, and crossed the finish line with a 8 seconds gap to 2nd place Nish who did a brilliant race.

Starting on Pole for Heat Race 2, Bruno was leading McKay Snow comfortably, until a broke chain made him coast and not complete the race.

Starting in 4th for the Main event, Bruno made a great start to take 2nd and kept hunting the very talented McKay Snow for 8 laps.

On lap 9, he took the lead, driving a solid and clean race. But with 4 laps to the end, the screw that holds his rear bumper broke, making the left side of the rear bumper brush the track on certain corners. Knowing that he had a safety wire to hold in place, Bruno knew that he had to deal with the disadvantage of having a lose bumper and kept his pressure on the lead. However, the race stewards decided to call him into the pits to make sure that the bumper had a safety wire and it would not fall, and started to show Bruno black flags.

Aware that if he pulled in the pits for a simple verification would mostly drop him to the last place, Bruno ignored the flags for 4 laps and crossed the finish line in first, pumping his fist in the air.

"At first, I did not understand why they were showing me the black flag. I did not touched anyone on my passes and then I started to look around the kart to see if I was missing any parts. That is when I noticed my rear bumper moving too much and knew what was going on. I also knew that Ricardo Legree had installed a safety wire that would keep it in place, so there was no risk of it falling down. It was not really hit the ground too much, just a little bit.

If I went to the pits, I would drop to last. After all my work to fundraise and buy a new kart, after all the work from Ricardo Legree to have the kart shipped from Florida just to be in that race, me, my dad and Rob Yardley working until 4am to have it ready, and sleeping for only few hours that night, I would rather cross the line in first and be disqualified, than to do pulling the pits, so they could see there was no risk and then come out to finish last.

When I got the checkered, I was crying. Crying sad because I knew I was disqualified. But also crying happy, because I knew right there that now I have a fast kart that will let me compete in the same level as everyone else. I always knew that my CRG was the problem. Not because it was a bad kart, but it was not working for a kid my height and my weight. The OTK Kosmic is fantastic! I just tells it where to go and it goes! The CRG would have so much slide on 4 wheels then understeer out of the corners. I would be exausted after the races. With the Kosmic, it was like driving a RedBull. The CRG was my Marussia hahaha!" said Bruno.

"I understand that they had to disqualify me. But with this kart, a win it's just a matter of time. With the old one, it was the matter" completed young Bruno.

Bruno's next race will be a big one. Really big! The USA Rotax Grand Nationals in Mooorsville, North Carolina from July 29th to August 3rd.

"I am only being able to go, thanks to Ivan Utrera and Rodizio Grill Ricardo Legree from Legree Motorsports , Alan and Des from Wilson Motorsports, Chip and Susan Scarlett with Shark Savers, Ray Kimber from KimberKable, Ryan Greene from Greene's Energy Services and Your Street, and everyone that helps me with my fundraising!" said Bruno.

On Sunday after the race, Bruno had the privilege of coaching his new student, the very talented 7 year old Karsen, who is making huge progress in the Rotax Micro Max class.

 
     
     
 
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