Birthdate: August 19, 1993
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Residence: Indianapolis, IN
Languages: English, French
Dalton through the years...
Queen's University-Formula SAE
Queen's Univ-B.S. Eng'g Physics
2012 Mazda SPCA Event_Laguna Seca
2010 Florida Winter Tour_DD2 Win
2013_Pabst Racing Mid-Ohio
Rock Climbing Yosemite
2012_Pabst Racing USF2000
At the park with Poppy
2019_PR1_LMP2 Petit Le Mans
2019 IndyLights_Juncos Toronto 6
2019 Toronto Podium Juncos
2018_Iowa_Explaining the steering wheel
Fun in Revelstoke backcountry
2018 IMS Fashion Fridays
2018 Flying past IMS
Prepping the turkey, Thanksgiving 2018
2018 Hiking to camp
Rappelling off Grand Teton in WY
More about Dalton...
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Physics (Materials Option) from Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada.
Hobbies: Rock climbing, playing guitar, skiing, white-water kayaking, working with anything mechanical, cooking.
Interests: Kellett’s passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education positions him as the ideal spokesperson for American and Canadian youth STEM-focused learning in a real-world environment.
Bucket List: Get my pilot’s license, climb the Nose on El Cap in Yosemite, ski in Hokkaido, ski the Haute Route in the Alps
Fears: I am not a fan of spiders
2020: Entered NTT INDYCAR Series as a rookie driving in eight races for AJ Foyt Racing, with a best finish of 20th at Road America. Will drive the No. 4 K-Line Insulators USA Chevrolet fulltime in 2021.
2019: Finished seventh in Indy Lights Series, posting three top-5s including a third in his hometown of Toronto. Completed 597 of 600 laps. Competed in 3 rounds of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in LMP2, scoring 3 class wins.
2018: Finished seventh in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, with podium finishes at Mid-Ohio and in the Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Scored his first series pole position in the Freedom 100.
2017: Finished 12th in his sophomore Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season. Captured third-place finishes in the Freedom 100 and at Iowa. Qualified a career-high third at both St. Petersburg and Indianapolis (Freedom 100), and fourth for his hometown race in Toronto. Earned the Hi-Tide Boat Lifts Kids on Track Spirit Award, presented to a driver or team that embodies the heart of a champion as they strive to reach their goals.
2016: Finished 10th in his rookie Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season with a best finish of third at the Freedom 100.
2015: Finished 10th in the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires with a best finish of second at Iowa Speedway and eight top-10 finishes. Claimed the Quarter Master Hard Charger Award at NOLA Motorsports Park and was awarded the Replay XD Move of the Race at Iowa. Finished third in the pre-season Cooper Tires Winterfest championship with three top-seven results and a podium of third in the finale at Barber Motorsports Park.
2014: Finished 10th in his rookie season in the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires with one podium (third), two top-five and nine top-10 results.
2013: Finished 16th in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship. Claimed a best finish of sixth at Mid-Ohio and three additional top-10 finishes. Made two starts in the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires with two top-10 finishes at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. Made his Indy Lights debut at Baltimore qualifying eighth and finishing 10th.
2012: Finished 11th in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship in his rookie season. Posted four top-10 results with a best finish of seventh at Mid-Ohio. Earned the Tilton Hard Charger Award at St. Petersburg, advancing 19 positions.
2011: Finished third in the Ontario Formula Ford Championship. Won in Rotax DD2 at the sixth round of the Florida Winter Tour. Finished second in points in the Rotax DD2 and Senior MAX categories of the Western Canadian Championships. Ranked eighth in the Rotax Senior category in Canada by ekartingnews.com’s official rankings. Tested with Legendary Motorcars Racing in CASCAR at the Cayuga Motor Speedway road course.
2010: Finished second at the ASN Canada FIA Karting National Championships in the Honda Senior category. Finished first in the third round of the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship at Mont-Tremblant in the Honda Senior category. Was awarded a Jim Russell Driving Scholarship for achievements at the ASN Canada FIA Karting National Championships.
UP CLOSE & PERSONAL
Favorite hobbies: Outdoors activities – climbing, skiing, hiking, camping. Music – I play guitar and dabble in a couple other instruments. Cycling. Tinkering – Arduino and mechanical projects.
Favorite music: Rock and Blues.
Favorite book: Race Car Vehicle Dynamics, Milliken and Milliken.
Heroes: My parents. By lesson and example they taught me work ethic and to give 100% at everything I do.
Favorite color: Red
Favorite vacation spot: I love active vacations. Anywhere I can take my skis and be with friends and family. Revelstoke, BC and Telluride, CO are a couple examples.
Favorite food: Sushi
Favorite drink: Espresso
Favorite dessert: Cheesecake
Favorite movies: Star Wars
Favorite actor/actress: Leonardo DiCaprio and Natalie Portman
Favorite sport (other than racing) to watch on TV: Hockey, I mean I’m Canadian, so it’s basically a requirement.
Favorite race tracks (& Why): Superspeedway: Indy – The racing, the history, the atmosphere, amazing fans. Short Oval: Iowa – Some of the most fun you can have in a racecar. Road/Street Course: Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (Mosport) – My home track, Turn 2, the elevation change
Favorite restaurant: Tinker Street, Indianapolis
Favorite holiday: Christmas
Favorite present received (ever): My Dad and I have matching gold necklaces, I got mine as a kid and I rarely take it off. It’s very meaningful to me.
Favorite season (besides ‘racing season’): Winter
Your answering machine message: It’s been the same for the last 10 years.
Oldest thing in your refrigerator: I keep batteries in the fridge, they last longer!
Pets: 4 year old German Shepherd, female, named Poppy. You might catch her at the races, she loves hanging out at the track.
Something you do before every race: I do a good warm-up with some music.
Most interesting fact about your career: I finished 3rd three years in a row in the Freedom 100.
Something most people don't know about you: I grew up skiing and my first job was as a ski instructor.
Who would you like to have dinner with (a person dead or alive): Gord Downie (Lead singer – The Tragically Hip) or Kelly Johnson (Lockheed Skunkworks Team Leader)
Quality you value most in others: I value work ethic and honesty, especially when someone uses their talents effectively in a professional setting and in giving back to others.
What you'd be if you weren't a race driver: Astronaut
How you got started in racing: I started racing go-karts in Canada at 14 years old.
How you relax at the race track: Reading, watching TV in the evening.
How you spend your spare time: Reading, flight simulators, music.
Greatest fear: Spiders
Secret wish: Well, if I tell you…
Awards: I’m definitely in the running for palest driver in the field…
Most proud accomplishment: Balancing my racing career with academics and now using that platform to promote STEM.
Best advice your mother ever gave you: The hard choice is usually the right one.
Greatest influence on/in your life: I have been very fortunate to be surrounded by many great teachers and mentors.
What you like most about yourself: My passion for lifelong learning.
Most thrilling experience in a race car: Starting pole in 2018 Freedom 100.
Most thrilling experience outside of a racecar: Climbing the route ‘Snake Dyke’ on Half Dome.
Toughest part of your job: You have to spend a lot of time away from friends and family.
Your highest goal in racing: Winning the Indy 500.
What would a successful life look like to you? At the end of the day, I want to look back on a happy and healthy life with a wonderful family. Hopefully, I’ve made the world a little better along the way.