Wyatt Alexander of Ellsworth, Maine is one of the new young guns in the Amsoil NELCAR Legend Series. Wyatt, like most young drivers, got started in go-karts and is now taking the next step moving into a legend car. “After karting for 8 seasons I decided it would be a great development series to enter. A new challenge in my motorsports career.”
Though the NELCAR legends are a logical next step for young drivers moving up from go-karts, the legend race cars are much different than the go-karts he was used to racing. “The legend car has more horsepower, about 10 times the power. The kart I drive does not have suspension, so the ride in the car is much smoother.”
Last weekend NELCAR had a practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) and Wyatt got to turn some laps on the “Mini Magic Mile” for a test & tune. “It was awesome! It was the first chance I had to practice with other cars on the track. It was a great feeling to know I was driving on a track that many drivers I look up to compete on!”
NELCAR has its first race of the 2012 season this weekend at “Maine’s Toughest Track”, Unity Raceway. As all the teams get ready to take the green flag, the driver of the 96 car is looking forward to start the season, “Yes, that will be my first race in the Legend!”
Though the Amsoil NELCAR season has 34 races this season, Wyatt won’t be able to race the full schedule due to his age. “I will not be racing the entire NELCAR schedule. At the age of 12, I am unable to enter all of the races since some tracks have a minimum age requirement. I will miss some of the races as well since I am committed to a very full karting season also.” This will affect his rookie points and his overall race points for the 2012 season.
Wyatt is doing double duty this season racing legends cars as well as go-karts. NHMS has a new go-kart track and unlike most oval go-kart tracks, the one at NHMS is unique because the track is on the side of a hill. So as the drivers head down the front stretch they are driving up the hill and then back down on the back stretch. “I think it is a challenging track. I like that it has a great combination of banking, fast downhill straight stretch, and an uphill climb. It combines a lot of the ones I have raced at. The uphill climb is like Beave Run, in Wampum, PA, although the one at NHMS is much steeper. I have raced at 13 tracks in 10 states and that prepared me for the challenges at NHMS.”