ELIZABETH, PA - This week, we are featuring a WKA racer who started racing in the rental kart league at our next Manufacturer's Cup stop--- PittRace. Tahlon Yockel's goal is to win a national championship and it seems as though he is off to a great start as he qualified for pole position at Daytona. When he is not racing, Tahlon enjoys running track and boxing! Read more about this 15 year old talent below.
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
"I am from Elizabeth, Pennsylvania."
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RACING?
"My first race was May of 2015 at PittRace."
HOW DID YOU GET INTO RACING?
"My dad races cars and at Pitt they had rental karts. I begged my mom to let me drive them and she did. The kart director noticed that I was fast and asked me if I ever thought of racing. I told my dad and he came down to watch me drive the kart. I did a couple of kart rental league races and did well and LOVED it! My dad and I drove to New York to buy a used kart. No one knew of the brand. It was prehistoric. I raced that kart for a couple of club races at PittRace and did pretty decent."
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF RACING?
"My favorite part of racing is the competition in the sport and the adrenaline of the race."
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE FUTURE?
"My main goal is to win a national title and have fun doing it. I am also looking forward to racing sport cars and getting my pro license within the next two years."
DO YOU HAVE ANY PRE-RACE RITUALS?
"I always check my gas cap and fist pump my dad before the line us up."
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE RACER?
"My favorite racer is Valentino Rossi. He is the baddest."
WHICH TRACK IS YOUR FAVORITE?
"My favorite track is PittRace because it’s my home track and it’s where I started and also it is a very technical track layout."
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT WKA RACES?
"I like going to the races and seeing all of my friends that I haven’t seen in awhile. I also like the competition in my class. The faster the drivers, the better it is. You can’t get any fastest driving against slower competition."
WHICH WKA RACE SERIES DO YOU RACE?
"I race the Manufacturer's Cup Series."
WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO BESIDES RACE?
"I run track and I box."
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
"I want race cars at the highest level I can and I am considering going to school for welding."
IS THERE ANY OTHER INTERESTING THINGS YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH US?
"My first pole position at a national was this year at Daytona."