Silverdale speedster’s race to be the best

Silverdale’s fastest resident is on track to become one of America’s star Formula 4 racing car drivers.

Seventeen-year-old Joshua Car has been selected in an American racing team and will compete in the Formula 4 United States Championship later this year.

Formula 4 is an open-wheel racing car category for junior drivers. It is more elite than karting and the next class, Formula 3, is the stepping stone for Formula 1 hopefuls.

Car has come a long way from his karting days as a child.

“My dad loved racing,” he said. “I went to a hire karting track when I was seven-years-old, and ever since then I have been hooked.”

Car continued to improve his racing skills at club and state level.

He had his first national win in karting in 2015.

The McCarthy Catholic College student then competed in one of the most prestigious karting championships, the SKUSA SuperNationals in Las Vegas in 2016 and came third in his class.

He backed it up a year later at the same competition by winning his class.

Car was then asked to go back to America to test drive a Formula 4 car for a racing team.

“I proved to be fast enough to race in the Formula 4,” he said. “In April, I will compete in America’s national championship. The last race of championship is a support race for the United States Formula 1 Grand Prix.”

Formula 1 is the highest class of single seat racing and 20 drivers compete in the series of Grands Prix, held worldwide.

Car wants to continue to rise through the ranks and hopes in 2019 to compete in the American Formula 3 championship.

The year 12 student wants to become a professional driver.

“My dream is to race in the Indycar Series, which is the premier level of open wheel racing in North America,” Car said.

He said he loved the thrill of racing around a track at speeds of up to 240 kilometres per hour.

“I love the feeling I get when I get into the car,” he said. “I feel at home. I love working with the team of engineers to make the car as fast as possible.”

Car said he trained for races through practise simulators in Australia and would compete in practise races when he travelled to America for the championships. He said he had to keep physically fit and still went karting to keep up his reaction times.

Car wanted to thanks Steve and Arlene Macken from Stones Kat Sport and his parents for supporting him through his racing journey.

Car is also looking for sponsors to help him continue competing overseas.