Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Daniel Gundolff: Racing to a future In IndyCar

By Chanda Healton

Daniel Gundolff is a 17 year old racer who calls Whiteland Raceway Park in Indiana his home sweet home. He is also team mates with last week's driver Nick Vincent. Meet our Thursday Thunder Driver Of The Week!

1.1) How did you get started in racing and what series or tracks do you race on regularly?
Daniel Gundolff (right)
 with his brother Michael Gundolff (left)
I started racing in 2009 when my brother caught interest in it back in 2007. Whiteland Raceway Park is our hometown track. I also run some select SIRA (Southern Indiana Racing Association) events.

2)  Tell me a little about your car number and how you chose it?

I have ran with the number 35 from the day i stepped foot in a racing kart. The number is special to me because a friend of mine played football with the number 53, just the opposite of mine. 

3)  Who sponsors you and why are they special to you?

 Right now i have no current sponsor. We are a family funded "lower budget" team.

4) Who has been your biggest support throughout your career?

My dad would have to nail it on this list. He's the biggest reason im still racing today.

5) Is there a famous race car driver you like to compare yourself to?  Who and why? If you don't compare yourself. to another racer,  who has been your racing inspiration and why?

 I'm a bigger fan of, IndyCar so i would have to say any icon/driver in  IndyCar would be someone I'd look up to. I've always dreamed of making it to  IndyCar.

6) What was the scariest moment in your career and did. it change the way you race?

My third year of racing i had a bad accident. It haunted me for a while, but nothing that i haven't been able to overcome.

7) What advice would you give a young kid wanting to be a race car driver?

Stride for your goals. They're out there waiting for you to make them happen.

8)  If you weren't driving a race car, what do you think you would be doing with your life?

Honestly not sure what i would be doing other than driving a race car. Racing is my main motivation.

9) What is your biggest moment in your racing career?

Meeting Tony Stewart would have to be the highlight of my racing career.

Were you able to talk To Tony Stewart about racing?
Tony and I didn't get to talk a whole lot, so no we didn't

10) What is the hardest part about racing while you are so young? Does it affect friendships or your education?

 It doesn't affect my friendships or education, the hardest part would have to be staying in shape when I'm not on the track turning laps.

11 )  Where do you see yourself in 10 years and what will it take to get there?

 I would like to see myself sitting in an indycar on the starting grid for the 110th Indianapolis 500.

Your team mate, Nick Vincent, who was our Driver of the week last week, said he plans to be in the 110th Indy 500 as well, so let's say it's down to the two of you and you are racing for the lead. Who will win and would you nudge him out of the way or race him clean?

I would feel confident in winning the Indy 500. If we were battling for the lead I'd try to pass him in a clean way since it is the 500.

Bonus question: What can professional racing learn from small track racing to help improve their sport?

The fact that young kids can look up to professional drivers today motivates them to wanna be there one day.

The future of racing is bright with young honest kids like Daniel Gundolff in the sport. Not all will make IndyCar or the Indy 500 but he is a name to remember for the future. As always we wish Daniel Gundolff the best of luck

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