DRIVER PROFILES - Dylan Ludwig
Congratulations Dylan Ludwig for being chosen to be featured on our Drivers Feature Blog!
I remember the first time I saw Dylan out at the track. He was out there practicing leading and following with a fellow experienced racer, Devon Gellings, to improve his driving skills. You can tell when someone is a natural-born athlete just by how they hold themselves. He came across as highly mature for his age (I'm pretty sure I thought he was closer to 20!); he was precise in his lines and smooth in his corners. If anything, he came across as experienced, motivated and focused on improving his driving. I had no idea it was his first year in karting.
When you find out someone is much younger than you assumed and mature in that they are open to receiving coaching to focus on growth, there's a whole new appreciation for them as a racer. Sometimes, when people are rookies or new to karting, there is nervousness about asking for support and a little bit of pride that comes with it. Not with Dylan. His proactive approach, along with the help of his family, set him up for success in his first year of karting and earned him Rookie of the year because of it! His parents must be incredibly proud of him.
Thank you, Dylan, for being an inspiration to many. Thank you for accepting this invitation to share a little bit more about yourself to help inspire others with our Driver Profile Blog! We can't wait to see you grow in Motorsport for years to come!
Q: How old are you?
Dylan - "16"
Q: How old were you when you started karting?
Dylan - "15"
Q: What do you love about racing karts and what got you into it?
Dylan - "I love the competitive nature of racing and working on the kart with my Dad. Rental karts at amusement parks and enjoying NASCAR and F1 on TV"
Q: What was your first kart? (brand/chassis/engine?)
Dylan - "Brand: BirelART, Chassis: RY30, Engine: Briggs & Stratton."
Q: What kind of kart do you race right now? (brand/chassis/engine?)
Dylan - "Brand: BirelART, Chassis: RY30, Engine: Briggs & Stratton & Rotax"
Q: What classes do you race in?
Dylan - "I drive in 3 classes those include: Briggs Sr., Rotax Sr. & DD2"
Q: What is your favourite kind of music or song to listen to before a race?
Dylan - "Country – “Talladega” by Eric Church. Rock - “Kickstart My Heart” by Motley Crue"
Q: What is your favourite food to eat on a race day?
Dylan - "A good homemade breakfast sandwich."
Q: Who do you look up to in motorsport and why?
Dylan - "NASCAR: Kyle Busch – because all of his career accomplishments and his driving style F1: Lando Norris – because he has a good driving style and he is fast"
Q: What's something that you have learnt from the sport?
Dylan - "How to maintain an engine"
Q: What is your karts racing # and why did you choose that number?
Dylan - "#04 – because it is my hockey number and it is my lucky number along with Lando Norris’ #"
Q: What is your best racing achievement?
Dylan - "Winning 1 race in my rookie year and being named rookie of the year last season."
Q: Who supports you the most in your karting endeavors?
Dylan - "My dad and family."
Q: What is your favorite corner at EDKRA?
Dylan- "Corner #12 – you can have the most speed coming out of it"
Q: What are your goals for the upcoming 2022 race season?
Dylan - "To finish top 3 in Sr. Briggs and to have good finishes at Rotax Western Finals"
Q: Last but certainly not least. What piece(s) of advice would you give others that are starting out in karting?
Dylan - "My advice for a new comer to karting would be to stay clean in races and take advance of practice and use it to your advantage along with not getting upset with poor finishes, use your poor finished to make adjustments and learn and grow from them."