Young racer competes in Cordele
CORDELE, Ga. — He may not be old enough to have a driver’s license yet, but that doesn’t stop 13-year old Grant Thompson from burning rubber on the racetrack.
The young driver from Mobile, Alabama first developed his need for speed at the age of six. His dad, a retired race car driver helped him realize his dream. Thompson says that although he is young, he feels pretty good behind the wheel.
“It’s really fun, racing out here with the older guys is a really good experience,” he said. “I don’t have a driver’s license yet to race on the real road but at least I get the opportunity to come race here in this pro truck at 13-years old.”
Thompson got his start racing Bandoleros and during that time took home many awards such as the 2017 INEX Alabama Bandolero Bandit State Championship. He talked about truck he drives now.
“I think the highest speed I have gotten to was at Mobile international speedway I believe at 108 mph,” he said. “Super fast truck. It weighs a lot more than the Bandolero I used to drive.. In my opinion I feel like it drives about the same. You got to enter the corner the same, make sure you rotate the car. It’s a pretty big truck and it’s got a lot of horsepower.”
The 2018 Southern Pro Am Truck Series Rookie of the Year said the older drivers he faces on the track are very supportive and often offer him words of encouragement after a race. He said he has spent the last year trying to earn the respect of those drivers.
As for kids his own age, Thompson said it is fun going to school after a big race, because all his friends want to hear about the weekend. When asked what he would say to any of his peers considering entering the sport he provided some good advice.
“You know I could just say keep working hard and try to get up to the level if you can. Just stay humble and just get up to the level.”
In a few years when Thompson finally gets that license to drive, Nascar had better watch out.