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#RaceLife Spotlight: Austin Olds

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TERRE HAUTE, IN - WKA’s #RaceLife Spotlight racer for the month is 11 years old Austin Olds. Austin has been racing since he was 6 years old after his father and grandfather bought him his first kart.  His favorite part of racing is passing other drivers, going fast and winning. Austin races in the Bridgestone Manufacturers Cup Series  and enjoys racing at WKA events because he feels like the series attracts some of the fastest racers and that makes him both more competitive and a better driver. Read more about Austin Olds below:

WHERE DO YOU LIVE?    

Haute Terre, Indiana. 

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RACING?

Since I was 6 year old.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO RACING?

I got into racing because my Grandpa Grant and Dad went to Lapel, IN and bought me a kart when my mom was in grad school one day. I have wanted to race since I was 2 years old. My Grandpa Bill raced for years and I always wanted to drive his go-kart and dirt bikes.                          

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF RACING?

My favorite part of racing is passing people, going fast, and winning. 

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE FUTURE?   

My goals for the future are to win championships in racing and also then move to IndyCar and then win the Indianapolis 500. 

DO YOU HAVE ANY PRE-RACE RITUALS?

My pre-race rituals include talking to my coach, Charles Maxwell, and listening to his advice and also visualizing winning. 

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WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE RACER?


My favorite racer is Dan Wheldon. He was such a great driver with a great personality and always made people laugh. 

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WHICH TRACK IS YOUR FAVORITE?

My favorite track is Road America. However, I haven’t raced at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Yet.                                                                          

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT WKA RACES?     

I like the competition level at WKA races. The competitors are some of the best of the best drivers out there and it’s great to really race against them. They make me a better driver. 

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WHICH WKA RACE SERIES DO YOU RACE?                                                         

We race the WKA ManCup series.
 

WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO BESIDES RACE? 

Other than racing, I play basketball, play outside, and hang out with my friends. I love to watch racing on TV when we can’t go outside. 

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WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP? 

When I grow up, I want to be some sort of racer. I would love to race IndyCar, sports cars (IMSA) or Formula 1. If I can’t do that, I want to be involved in motor sports somehow.   

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ARE THERE ANY OTHER INTERESTING THINGS YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH US?

I have the honor to work with Michigan State University with their Motorsports development program. I also have a lot of Indy500 trivia and can name any winner from 1949 to present. I love to learn all about racing and it’s history. 

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#RaceLife Spotlight: Colin Neal

PEEBLES, OH - Our next #RaceLife Spotlight racer will most likely be packing up this afternoon to make it to New Castle Motorsports Park this weekend for the Manufacturer's Cup race. Colin Neal is 15 years old and has been racing karts for the past 4 years.  His favorite F1 driver is Lewis Hamilton and Colin hopes to one day follow in his footsteps in becoming a professional racer. Even more impressive than Colin's aspirations is his attitude! Seeing that Colin's favorite race track is NCMP, it would be fair to say that we can anticipate a good result from him this weekend. Read more about Colin Neal below.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE?        

"I live in Peebles, Ohio."

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RACING? 

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"I have been racing for 4 years."

HOW DID YOU GET INTO RACING?

"I had always seen karting in ads and videos and really wanted to get into it. My dad eventually took me to an indoor karting track. He started showing me the lines and etc. I picked up on it pretty quickly. At that point, my dad thought that karting was something we should get into. We started at the local level and soon moved on to the regional and national levels of karting."         

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF RACING? 

"My favorite part of racing is when the kart setup, driving and everything clicks. Winning isn’t so bad either."

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE FUTURE? 

"My goal in racing is to eventually get into professional car racing."   

DO YOU HAVE ANY PRE-RACE RITUALS? 

"I usually say a quick prayer before I take track."

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE RACER?  

"My favorite racer would have to be F1 driver Lewis Hamilton."

WHICH TRACK IS YOUR FAVORITE?

"My favorite track would have to be Newcastle Motorsports Park." 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT WKA RACES? 

"My favorite part about WKA racing is that most of the people involved in the series are nice genuine people."

WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO BESIDES RACE?  

"Besides racing I play basketball."

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?    

"I would like to move up the motorsports ladder and hopefully become a professional driver of some sort. As of now I would like to go into motorsports engineering as a second option."

#RaceLife Spotlight: Sam Hinds

WESTFIELD, IN - Hot off of the Indy500 race weekend, this week's WKA #RaceLife Spotlight features Sam Hinds who hopes to one day win the Indy500. However, Sam's short term goal is to win a WKA championship!  The #71 Manufacturer's Cup racer not only races, but also runs cross country track where he qualified for the Junior Olympics, plays baseball and basketball (as #71).  Originally, Sam was to race Jr dragsters but because of the age restrictions, immediately jumped into a sprint kart seat. Read more about Sam Hinds, below.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE?        

"I live in Westfield, Indiana. Westfield is located about 30 minutes north of Indianapolis."

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RACING? 

"I have been racing for 7 seasons. I started racing kid karts at 5 years old at Newcastle Motorsports park."

HOW DID YOU GET INTO RACING?

"Originally, we were going to race Jr dragsters, but couldn’t until I turned 8. At the time, my uncle did timing and scoring for the KRA series at NCMP and suggested we come watch a race.   Realizing I could start racing at 5, we bought a kart that evening."         

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF RACING? 

"My favorite part of racing is traveling to different tracks. I also enjoy the competition level and satisfaction of doing well."

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE FUTURE? 

"My short term goal is winning a WKA championship.  My long term goal is racing in Indy car and winning the indy 500."   

DO YOU HAVE ANY PRE-RACE RITUALS? 

"I say a little prayer to God to keep me safe and give me the strength to stay positive."

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE RACER?  

"Josef Newgarden.  I got to hang with him for a little after he and Mark DismoreSr. won Robopong."

WHICH TRACK IS YOUR FAVORITE?

"I have two favorites; NewCastle Motorsports Park and Jacksonville." 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT WKA RACES? 

"I get to test my abilities against some of the toughest competition in karting.   Also everyone at WKA is so nice and I get to hang out with friends."

WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO BESIDES RACE?  

"I love sports,   I run cross country, track,  play baseball and basketball.  It can be tough juggling sports with racing but we do the best we can.  I also enjoy riding my bike and playing outdoors and of course video games."

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?    

"I want to race indy when I grow up, If I don’t get to race I want to work in the racing industry,  I want to design and build racing cars, or go into engineering."

IS THERE ANY OTHER INTERESTING THINGS YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH US?

"Last Fall I qualified and competed in the National Junior Olympics for Cross Country in Birmingham, Alabama. I ran against 410 of the best runners."

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