Meet Arlington’s Hot Wheels IndyCar Jr GP Winner
K1S: How did your son find the competition? Hard? Fun? Both?
DW: Both. He said that it was fun because of the competition, and hard because he has raced against many of the drivers before and knew they were going to be tough to beat along with the talent coming in from as far away as Houston and Odessa
K1S: Does he have plans of becoming a professional driver?
DW: His dream is to become a professional race car driver. He loves math and plans to become a mechanical engineer with an emphasis in the automotive industry. That way if the driving does not work out, he can still make auto racing a career from outside the car (if not the next Jimmie Johnson, then maybe the next Chad Knaus).
K1S: Have you folks been to CA before? Have you been to an IndyCar race before?
DW: Yes, my wife and I both have visited California in the past, but the kids have not. We had not been to an IndyCar race prior to the most recent race at Texas Motor Speedway. We did however have the opportunity to watch them practice before the NASCAR truck series race in years past. He also has had the opportunity to meet Helio Castroneves last year at K1 Speed and had the chance run on our kart club track with former IndyCar driver Jack Hawksworth.
K1S: Does Robby follow racing? If so, favorite series and/or driver?
DW: Yes. He watches pretty much any type of racing, from karting to our local dirt track to the big boys on TV (IndyCar, NASCAR, and Formula 1). He is a big NASCAR fan and is an even bigger Jimmie Johnson fan.
K1S: When it comes to the final race in San Francisco, how are you liking his chances? Expect to win, or hope to win?
DW: Hope to win. All of the competitors are going to be really skilled, so it will be a challenge.
Robby will be joining our other finalists from Arlington, Indianapolis, and the upcoming Toronto Qualifying Round this September 13th for the championship round at our South San Francisco location. Robby and the other two finalists from Arlington will have 2017 IndyCar Series Champion Josef Newgarden as their mentor.
If you live near Toronto, Canada you’ve still got a chance to join these talented young racers while there’s spots available! The Qualifying Rounds in Toronto will be held prior to the IndyCar race on Friday, July 13th. The three finalists from this event will be mentored by the exciting 2018 Rookie of the Year candidate Robert Wickens!