It’s a new year! Often times around this time on the calendar folks talk about New Year’s resolutions. Some are to lose weight; some are to stop smoking, etc. As I was examining my own interests for the upcoming year I thought “What if my resolution is to make a difference”. Now, the idea of […]
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I’m just a normal 16-year-old guy, with one exception: I’m working toward becoming one of the greatest racing drivers of all time. Sure, it’s an ambitious goal, but it’s not in my nature to aim for anything short of excellence.
For the last few years, a small group of dedicated sponsors, primarily my parents and extended family, have given me the opportunity to pursue my passion and dream of racing professionally. I’m so grateful for their support, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without it.
It is with great excitement that I announce the launch of the Evan Fritts Racing Team 2015 Crowdfunding campaign. Over the last two racing seasons, I’ve gone from being an absolute unknown to successfully competing at the highest levels of kart racing. In my first season racing national events, I earned a spot on the podium three times racing against the top talent in North America!
The 2015 racing season will be a pivotal year for me, as I capitalize on this momentum and continue to elevate my profile within the world of motorsport. This will require an aggressive racing schedule that gets me behind the wheel as much as possible. In addition, I’ll be taking my first steps toward transitioning to auto racing. For these reasons, I’ve decided to expand my financial support system to include Crowdfunding.
For all you kart racers and racing drivers alike…
Adidas has been one of the top sporting brands in the world since 1924, but did you know that Adidas produces motorsport safety equipment? It wasn’t until recently that I discovered that Adidas has supplied some of the top drivers in motorsports since 1974 including Mario Andretti, my racing hero – Ayrton Senna, and even more recently, Dale Earnhart Jr.
Adidas has a line of high-end motorsport products including racing suits, gloves, shoes, underwear and equipment bags for both automotive and karting purposes. These products are not only made with the latest technology but are also very appealing to the eye. Racers can count on Adidas to make safe, comfortable and competitively priced racing equipment.
There are numerous ways to purchase these products. If you are interested, please contact me (Here on my blog, or through Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn) and I will get you connected to the right person who can provide you with the 2014 catalog or give you the list of USA authorized Adidas motorsport dealers.
LET’S GO ADIDAS!
Last weekend I made my debut in the Gearup F-Series Challenge Round #5 AND it was my first time racing in the TaG Sr./Formula 355 class. The weather was great, the sun was shining and the temperature was in the 80’s. I had one day of practice prior to this national series and was excited about the new challenge.
While I loved the adrenaline rush from the speed in the TaG Sr., I didn’t expect to be racing with the front competitors my first time out. I had the second fastest times the entire practice day. By the end of Friday, I was feeling confident about Saturday’s race and thinking I may even have a chance at a podium finish.
Saturday’s weather was just as nice although a bit hotter. Practice sessions were looking good and I had my best qualifying time all season, 3rd position. I easily maintained my position during the first race but lost that position in the second race due to a minor racing incident, but I raced back to 5th within a few laps. The Final race I had to finish 3rd to secure the 3rd spot on the podium and I did exactly that. I cannot tell you what an emotional moment it was to have a 3rd place podium finish. What a fantastic way to wrap up my 2014-racing season!
I was very impressed with the way the F-Series was run and even more impressed with the respect the racers showed one another ON and off the track. In looking at next season and planning ahead to which national series to compete in, the Gearup F-Series Challenge is at the top of my list!
Again, I want to thank my team, Checkered Motorsports, for all their continued coaching and support. I also want to thank Retro Grouch for taking some sick pictures, he definitely takes the best action shot photos! (You can find the photos in my Gallery). Lastly and most importantly, I want to thank my parents and my brother for their unwavering support and belief in me. I couldn’t be here doing what I love without you and that means the world to me.
The weather was sketchy last weekend for the final rounds of the United States Pro Kart Series in New Castle, Indiana, where I raced in the rain for the second time this year. Racing in the rain is both nerve wracking and exhilarating. I feel like we got the chassis set up right each time on track (thanks to the crew at Checkered Motorsports), and it was then up to me to explore the limits of what was possible on a track that, with intermittent rain showers most of the weekend, was constantly changing.
We were quite pleased with my qualifying effort Saturday in the tough conditions, where I secured the 10th position. I had a solid start in Saturday’s feature, racing up to the 7th spot by lap 2. My relative inexperience in the rain, however, got us in the third lap, when I lost grip in a hairpin and was hit by the kart trailing behind me. I spent the rest of the race watching from the grid.
The rain that started Saturday continued into Sunday, and we qualified on a full wet setup Sunday morning. I was feeling more confident Sunday after driving most of the day Saturday on a wet track, and was able to secure position 9 in Sunday qualifying. The weather began to clear shortly after my qualifying session, and Sunday’s feature race was run on a dry track with the sun shining. I had a great start and finished the day in the top 10!
I was feeling pretty good. I did what I went there to accomplish that weekend, I finished in the top ten. I proved to myself that despite being new to the national racing scene, I can race with the best in the field. I retired my Yamaha Junior Can kart last Sunday and will be moving up to TaG Senior for the 2015 session. I will be headed to Pittsburg International Race Complex for some testing this weekend in the Senior TaG package in preparation for the upcoming F-series where I will make my Senior TaG debut.
Being that I am 16 years old, it should come as no surprise that I am on various social media sites. It wasn’t until I created my Facebook page (Evan Fritts Racing) a couple of months ago that the neighborhood newspaper editor noticed me and what I was involved in.
Yarko Kuk, the Editor of the Village Voice of Ottawa Hills AND a huge motorsport fan, contacted me and asked if he could do a story for the neighborhood newspaper. Of course I said “YES” and was thrilled to do this! So my dad and I met with Yarko and shared my story.
Yarko promised we’d be happy with the article and all I was thinking about was how exciting it was to have someone besides my family take an interest in what I was doing and want to share it with the public. I anxiously awaited for the paper to come out, checking the mailbox pretty frequently.
It wasn’t until about a month after we met that the article was published and multiple copies dropped off at our home. What followed was an amazing write up that topped anything I could have imagined! Since that time, I have met with a few other local Newspapers to share my story but I suspect that Yarko’s will still be my favorite and one that’s hard to beat!
I came across a quote that rang true for me written by, Jason Shen, “I race because I can. Because when I do, there’s always the chance to be extraordinary. A chance to start unknown and finish unforgettable” and that’s exactly what I intend to do. I encourage you to follow along as I pursue my dream of becoming the world’s best racing driver!
I want to give a special shout out and thank you to all those who have helped me get where I am today. First, I’d like to thank my racing team, Checkered Motorsports. They are my second family and have taught me so much in the last year. Second, I’d like to thank Daniel Woltjer for providing me the horsepower needed to race competitively against a stout field of drivers. Finally, and most importantly, I’d like to thank Dad, Mom and my brother Aric, my cheering squad and biggest fans. Without their support and belief in me I wouldn’t be here doing this today. That means everything to me!
Don’t forget to bookmark and subscribe to EvanFrittsRacing.com and become a regular visitor of my new Blog/Website. I will update my Blog frequently throughout my racing journey, sharing with you my experiences in and knowledge of the racing world. I will be sure to include press releases on my News page, new photographs from national events on my Gallery page, and race results here on my Home page.