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 CHEVROLET

KYLE KIRKWOOD

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Birthdate:         Oct. 19,1998

Hometown:        Jupiter, Fla

Residence:         Jupiter, Fla

Status:                 Single

Website:              kylekirkwood.com

Twitter:                @KKirkwoodRacing 

Instagram:          @kyle_kirkwood

Facebook:            @KyleKirkwoodRacing

Interests:          Surfing, fishing, diving and golf

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Career Summary


2021: Champion: Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires. Won 10 races, tying Greg Moore's record set in 1995. Additionally, he won seven poles and finished second four times in 20-race season. He holds the record for total victories (31) across all of the Road to Indy championships.

2020: Competed in four IMSA Prototype Challenge races, with a victory at Daytona, two podiums and four fastest race laps (three of them lap records)... made his IMSA WeatherTech Championship debut with AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus in the GTD class, contesting two of the classic endurance events at Petit Le Mans and the Twelve Hours of Sebring.

2019: Champion: Indy Pro 2000 Championship presented by Cooper Tires. Claimed nine victories (in the final 11 races), five pole positions and podiums in 11 of 16 races... also set new track records at Indianapolis and Toronto... captured the scholarship valued at $596,700 to advance to Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires (although his prize was deferred until 2021 by the COVID-19 global pandemic)... holds the highest win percentage (70%) in Road to Indy history, and his tally of 21 victories ranks second only to Spencer Pigot (24)... made his Euroformula Open debut with his Indy Pro 2000 team, RP Motorsport USA, finishing ninth and sixth in two races at Monza.

2018: Champion: Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship. Dominated the series claiming 12 wins in 14 races with a dominant 12 wins and six pole positions in 14 races ... earned Cape Motorsports’ eighth-consecutive driver championship... tied the record for wins in a season set in 2006 by JR Hildebrand, who also won the championship for Cape Motorsports.

Champion: F3 Americasa Championship. Won 15 of 17 races to take the F3 Americas Championship powered by Honda... won the first sports car race and first endurance race in which he competed, taking the four-hour IMSA Encore at Sebring with co-driver Roman De Angelis... the victory put his season total at a stunning 29 of 32 races.

2017: Champion: F4 United States Championship. Claimed nine wins, six pole positions, 10 fastest laps and 15 total podiums in 20 races.

2016: Finished third in the inaugural F4 United States Championship with one race win and eight additional podium finishes... won a Team USA Scholarship, which enabled him to compete at the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch and the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone in England... rose from 23rd to fourth in the wet Walter Hayes Trophy Grand Final... repeated as National Champion in the Florida Winter Tour Rotax Senior MAX and Rok Cup USA Senior karting divisions...won the US Open Shifter Kart event in Utah.

2015: Earned National Championships in the Florida Winter Tour Rotax Senior MAX and ROK Cup USA Senior karting divisions... won the Rotax Senior MAX National Championship... won in his debut in the F1600 Championship Series at Road Atlanta, setting a new lap record in his second race and finishing third in the final race of the weekend during a limited campaign.

2014: Continued with the Ocala Gran Prix karting team... highlights included sweeping the ROK Cup USA in Ocala, FL, as a rookie in the Senior category and winning the SKUSA Dallas Spring Nationals as a rookie S2 driver.

2013: Selected to join the Ocala Gran Prix karting team... became the first American to qualify on the pole and start a Pre-Final on the pole at the Rotax Grand Finals in New Orleans... won the SKUSA Super Nationals in Las Vegas as a rookie S5 (shifter class) driver.

2012: Was selected as the first winner of A.J. Allmendinger’s Walldinger Racing/Shell Pennzoil Scholarship... won the Florida Winter Tour Formula Kart Championship... won a Skip Barber Racing Scholarship, gaining his first experience in cars and contesting several Mazdaspeed MX-5 races... claimed two victories and three second-place finishes.

2004-2011: Began racing karts age 5... claimed many wins, podiums and local/regional championships as he moved up the karting ranks.




Kyle Up Close


Favorite hobbies:

Surfing, Fishing, Diving and Golf

Favorite music:

No favorite, but what I listen to most is alternative.

Favorite book:

Lord of the Rings/ Hobbit

Heroes:

Michael Schumacher, Senna

Favorite color:

Blue

Favorite vacation spot:

Bahamas although it's only 60 miles from where I live

Favorite food:

Sushi

Favorite drink:

Espresso

Favorite dessert:

Chocolate mousse

Favorite movies:

Movies that are based on a true story -- Catch Me If You Can, American Sniper, American Made, etc.

Favorite actor/actress:

Leonardo DiCaprio

Favorite sport (other than racing) to watch on TV:

Golf

Favorite race tracks (& Why):

Mid-Ohio & Laguna, I might be biased due to my performances there, but I tend to like tight tracks with lots of elevation.

Favorite restaurant:

McAlister’s Deli (we don't have them in south Florida)

Favorite holiday:

Christmas of course

Favorite present received (ever):

A pedal three-wheeler when I was about 7 years old. I would never get off of it.

Favorite season (besides ‘racing season’):

Winters in Florida are the best. Great for surfing and fishing and you can’t beat the weather.

Your answering machine message:

I believe it's automated

Oldest thing in your refrigerator:

Probably a bottle of barbeque sauce. ( I don't keep much due to the amount of time I am out of town )

Pets:

The love of my life Rolly, he's a silver lab.

Something you do before every race:

Pray

Most interesting fact about your career:

None of my family comes from a racing background and I started in karting as a hobby with my two brothers at the age of 4

Something most people don't know about you:

That I can hold my breath up to three minutes due to my freediving experience.

Who would you like to have dinner with (a person dead or alive):

Senna

Quality you value most in others:

Loyalty

What you'd be if you weren't a race driver:

Most likely a boat captain or a soccer player. My father and brother were both professional soccer players and I also grew up spending time on the ocean.

How you relax at the race track:

I'm usually very relaxed at the track, it's became a second home and like another family.

How you spend your spare time:

If there are waves, surfing. If it's flat, fishing or diving.

Greatest fear:

I'm not a big fan of snakes

Awards:

All of my junior championships/scholarships, Skip Barber Scholarship, Allmendinger Karting Scholarship, Team USA Scholarship.

Most proud accomplishment:

First RTI driver to win all 3 championships and in consecutive years.

Best advice your mother ever gave you:

Have faith everything happens for a reason and to just have fun.

Greatest influence on/in your life:

Probably my grandmother, she has been a massive supporter of mine from the start of my racing and doesn't miss a race if she can help it.

What you like most about yourself:

My driving ability, haha.

Most thrilling experience in a race car:

Being the first American to start on pole at a world final karting event.

Most thrilling experience outside of a racecar:

Every time I’m surfing big waves. Almost as thrilling to me as driving an Indy car.

Toughest part of your job:

Being so precise for such a long period of time.

Your highest goal in racing:

Win the Indy 500 and Championship in the same year.

What would a successful life look like to you?

Just knowing I have done everything to the best of my ability. That's more important to me than any accomplishment.