Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Robert Noaker - Youngest Professional Race Car Winner

Robert Noaker - Youngest Professional Race Car Winner

Fourteen-Year-Old Wins MX-5 Cup Race

At age five, Robert Noaker started racing Go Karts on local dirt tracks. By six, he moved to asphalt road courses in Go Karts, gaining multiple National Championship Wins. In 2016, he trained at the Skip Barber School of Racing. 

Robert Noaker -  Youngest Professional Race Car Winner

Therefore, it is not a huge surprise that this young man, at the age of fourteen, emerged as the youngest driver to win a professional race. The race was at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio as part of the IndyCar Series race weekend. Robert won his first Mazda Global MX-5 Cup race after climbing from fifteenth on the grid to make a winning pass on the final lap.

“I wasn’t expecting to win today – but I was hoping I would have a chance this weekend,” said Noaker. “I have done two weekends here at Mid-Ohio in Spec Miata. I was really trying to take care of my front tires because this track is really low grip, and a lot of the turns are downhill, so you need to manage them. On the last lap, going down in to turn four, I was being really defensive to protect the lead and Hernan outbraked me on the outside. From then on, I was asking myself if I should try a risky move, or if I should settle for second. But then going through turn eleven, he got sideways and that’s when I decided I needed to make my move.”

You can see that exciting pass in the YouTube video below - The final lap, in which Robert (Car #13) takes the lead two corners from the finish, begins at the 49:23 mark.

The racers just keeping
getting younger and younger!

Fourteen-Year-Old Robert Noaker #13

Fourteen-Year-Old Robert Noaker #13

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