By: Staff Writer.
Haines City - Back in 2017, When Aidan Kenny was 12 years old, he and his parents attended the Formula One Grand Prix in Texas. During that trip, Aidan played a selection of video games all related to car racing, which was a first time for him. That experience ignited a huge interest for Aidan in the racing sport, and his interest progressed from there.
Fast forward a couple of years, Aidan has participated in numerous competitions around the nation. Some of the events that Aidan has been a part of include races at Orlando Kart Center Track, AMR Motorplex Homestead in South Florida, Biloxi Mississippi, New Castle Motor Sport Oak Indiana, Oakland Valley Race Park in New York, and in Las Vegas last year. Most recently, Aidan was part of the ROK Florida Winter Tour at Ocala Grand Prix, in which Aidan placed 12th (of 31) in Round 2 of the 2020 Florida Winter Tour Championship.
For Aidan's parents, his passion and commitment to the sport haven't come unnoticed and they support him 100%. "Aidan has my 100% support to achieve his dream, but I have told him he’s in a very, very competitive and expensive sport. He will need sponsorship and, to obtain sponsorship, he needs to be progressing all the time. Motor racing is tough, and I have asked him to think of plan B, but his passion is racing and that’s where his focus is right now," said Garrett Kenny, owner of the Balmoral Resort in Haines City, when we asked him if he would support Aidan if he decides to pursue a career in car racing, or if he would rather him concentrate on a different career path.
For Aidan's mom, the concerns are somehow different. "At the beginning, my wife was very nervous and apprehensive, but the more I saw Aidan drive, I could see he had a passion and determination and I always say to him before he goes out just to be safe, but to also be fast," said Mr. Kenny.
For Aidan, there seem to be no concerns. "Like any young kid with a fascination for speed, I think this is a great way to participate in team racing and driving at high speed at the same time and testing my limits," said Aidan.
Aidan and his parents are aware that, as a young race car driver, Aidan has a long way to go, but his passion and determination will likely help him succeed.
What's next for Aidan, you may ask? Well, according to Aidan's dad, Aidan has set his sight on formula 1 racing, but in order to achieve this, he has to start at formula 4 and, all being well, he will work his way up.
We have no doubt that he will achieve his goal and we can't wait to see how far he will go.