Most 14 year old high school freshmen dream of the day they get to drive a car. Fourteen year old Rayce Dykstra of Littleton has been living that dream and is on the path to a career driving fast.
Named one of four international race car drivers to win the 2017 World Speed Rising Star Award, Dykstra was invited to a four driver shootout testing race driving skills, media presence, sponsor representation and mechanical/technical aptitude. Past award recipients have gone on to race in Formula One, win races in NASCAR, win the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring, and secure the Indy Lights Championship.
"With the level of competition and the older, more experienced drivers my goal was to make the most of the learning opportunity to use in my career, I didn't think I had much of a shot to win" explained Dykstra. The shootout is sponsored by VMB Driver Development, Goodyear Racing, World Speed Motorsports and Mazda Motorsports and awards a scholarship to drive a Formula Speed race car for the 2018 season in the 14 race west coast Formula Car Challenge series. At the end of the December 9th competition, Dykstra was announced as the winner of the competition and scholarship.
Rayce's dad, Russ Dykstra is understandably proud of the achievement, "Rayce has put a lot of work into his driving career and our family is very proud of the maturity he demonstrated during the shootout. He was on his own to sink or swim and he came through with flying colors and won against some great drivers."
Rayce is a third generation racer who started racing karts at the age of 8. He has had a very successful career to date working his way up the national karting ladder and winning several championships along the way. This past season, Rayce competed in SCCA Spec Miata as the youngest driver on track and secured the Colorado Region championship as well as being the youngest driver to ever win the rookie of the year award.
To follow Rayce in his racing endeavors follow him on Facebook at Rayce Dykstra Racing Team.