CONCORD, NC - If you race in the Manufacturer's Cup or Winter Cup you definitely should be able to recognize Jake Tretow. Jake flags the start/finish line and is probably one of the best flaggers let alone one of the biggest racing fans out there. Jake grew up racing karts on the paved oval courses and now is a legends car racer. He loves being at the races, watching all the battles and enjoys the jokes and camaraderie that comes with being apart of the WKA race staff. Read more about Jake, his racing and flagging life below in this interview:
How many years have you been in the racing world?
"18 years, since 1999."
Have you ever raced? If so, what and for how long?
"I raced WKA pavement oval from 2003-2007 and now I race legends cars."
What made you want to work for the WKA?
"It was a great opportunity to learn more about karting and have a great time with some awesome people."
What does a day in the life look like at the WKA races?
"I'm at the start/finish line all weekend (Friday-Sunday) flagging and watching every race."
What is your favorite racing series to watch?
"Weekly short track racing is by far the best racing there is, whether it is on pavement or dirt."
What do you enjoy most about WKA races?
"The people are awesome and I enjoy watching large groups of karts battle for wins."
Which race has been your most memorable so far, and why?
"I have worked the races at Daytona for the past 3 years. It's really cool having the Manufacturer's Cup, Road Race Series and Dirt Series all at the same place. "
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
"Racing is the best addiction there is, but I'm a firm believer that if you are not having fun [at the races] you are in the wrong business."