PINE SPRINGS, MN - This week's WKA #RaceLife Spotlight racer just started at Purdue University and has been racing karts for 12 years! Alexander Kardashian is 18 years old and races in the Bridgestone Manufacturer's Cup Series. He was also a National Champion in 2015. His favorite driver is Max Verstappen and loves coming to WKA races because of all the competitive racers who attend. Alexander plans to graduate from Purdue with an Engineering degree and wants to use his degree by becoming an engineer in the motorsports industry, preferably on a racing team. Read more about Alexander below.
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
"I used to live in Pine Springs, Minnesota (a suburb of Twin cities), but I have just moved to Purdue University. Boiler up!"
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RACING?
"I am currently in my twelfth year of racing."
HOW DID YOU GET INTO RACING?
"My dad has always enjoyed racing and since he couldn’t do it when he was young, he let me try it at a track near our home. I loved it and still do."
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF RACING?
"My favorite moment in racing is when I am coming up to a passing zone on someone’s bumper and I get to dive inside for the lead."
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE FUTURE?
"I am going to be an Engineering Major at Purdue University.."
DO YOU HAVE ANY PRE-RACE RITUALS?
"I get in to the kart from driver’s left and then retighten my helmet."
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE RACER?
"Right now, Max Verstappen."
WHICH TRACK IS YOUR FAVORITE?
"PittRace in Wampum, Pennsylvania because it’s a fast track, with super-fast chicanes, elevation changes, and lots of technical corners."
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT WKA RACES?
"I love the stiff competition that shows up to race."
WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO BESIDES RACE?
"I love to work-out and play cards. I also help my dad run our business, AMK Race Products."
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
"I want to be an engineer in the automotive industry…preferably with a racing team."
IS THERE ANY OTHER INTERESTING THINGS YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH US?
"I have a lot of seat time playing F1 2016 and have a top 50 time at 5 different tracks in the time trials of that game."