By Larissa Spencer / OntarioOval.com – “Once you strap in, all your worries go away and you have nothing to worry about.” Austin Penney has been racing go karts for seven years. He began his career in karts at Leamington and then with the Waterloo Regional Kart Club. For 2012, the plans is to eventually race a Thunder Car at Flamboro Speedway. Away from the track. Austin enjoys playing hockey, Iracing and working on the race car. Austin’s dad used to race Super Modifieds at Delaware Speedway, but when Austin turned seven his dad stopped racing and got him into a kart. We caught up with Austin in this edition of ‘Fast Futures’.
Hometown: Kitchener, Ontario
Birthdate: June 2, 1995
Years Racing: 7 Years
First thing you ever raced: Go Kart
First track you ever raced at: Leamington Point Pelee Kart Club
Driver you most look up to: Tyler Hendricks and Steve Robblee
Your favourite Ontario Oval track: Delaware Speedway
Racing goals (hobby or career): To win Rookie of the Year at Flamboro
Favourite things to do away from racing: Play hockey, Iracing, with friends
Educational aspirations: College to become a Paramedic
How did you get your start in racing? My dad used to rae Late Models and Super Modifieds at Delaware and when I turned seven he retired so I could race go karts.
What are your future plans in racing? To hopefully make it somewhere in racing or being a big name in Late Models or some big series in North America.
If you could race a car, which class would you choose? I would race CRA Super Series because they run all over America and you’ll be racing against the best short track racers from all over North America.
Who is your favourite NASCAR driver? Jeff Gordon.
What is your perspective on Ontario Short Track racing today and where do you think it’s at and how would you improve it? Ontario short track racing isn’t what it use to be back in the day when the fields were a lot bigger and there were more fans. If I had to improve it I would go down to America and see what the track owners are doing down there to pull so many fans and get amazing car counts and bring all the ideas up here and see how it works for us.
What is your favourite thing about racing? My favourite thing about racing would be the thrill of driving the car and once you strap yourself in, all your worries go away and you have nothing to worry about. Another thing is how everyone in your family is involved and I think that this is the only sport where your whole family can be involved.
Who is your favourite person to race against and why? It would have to be Tristan Gill. I’ve been racing against him since I moved to Kitchener and and started racing at the WRKC. He’s been the one I’ve always being trying to beat and he always races me clean.
What is your most memorable racing moment so far in your racing career? My first ever championship win at Leamington Kart Club.
What are your 2012 plans? To race the Thunder Car at Flamboro Speedway and win my first feature race.
Who are your sponsors and who would you like to thank? As of now, sadly I have no sponsors for the Thunder Car but I would like to thank my dad for doing everything for me and being very supportive. He keeps pushing mew to become better. Also would like to thank my mom and the rest of my family for their support.
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