Professionial Race Car Driver
Favorite Flavor: Orange
Perris Auto Speedway – July 4, 2009
Eric began racing karts in 2005 at age 11 years. Eric won races and championships during his three years of karting at local, regional, and national events. Eric moved from karts to Legends cars in the 2008 season, winning Rookie of the Year honors at Irwindale Speedway and finished the season 2nd in points out of 62 drivers.
Eric currently competes against racers of all ages in the USAC (United States Auto Club) Ford Focus Pavement and Ford Focus Dirt Western race series. Ford Focus Midgets are purpose built race cars specifically designed for on track wheel to wheel competition. They require the same peak physical conditioning and mental strength as other forms of motor racing.
Eric is currently in 9th grade at La Jolla High School in San Diego, California, where he is an honor roll student. His long term goals include becoming a professional race car driver.
Find out more about Eric at: www.ericgundersonracing.com.
HIGHLIGHTS OF COMPETITION RESULTS
2009 Ford Focus Midgets
Finished 3rd in his first pavement race of the series, and won his second race.
Finished 2nd in his first dirt track race.
2008 Legends Cars
10 main event wins
Toyota Speedway at Irwindale - Rookie of the Year; 2nd of 62 drivers in season points standings
IKF Grand National Champion—Jr. Sportsman
IKF Region 7 HPV 2 Series Champion; first of 55 drivers in the class
Tri C Karters Club HPV 2 Series Champion, first of 30 drivers in the class; Junior Driver High Points Champion; HPV 2 Fast Lap Award
National Junior Sprint Champion, RLV Weekly Racing Series by WKA
WKA Grand Nationals: 2 pole positions, 2 heat race wins, 2 top three finishes
California State Championship Second Place HPV 2
So-Cal Sprinters Kart Club: Undefeated HPV 2 Champion; Junior Driver High Points Champion; Summer Shoot-Out Champion; HPV Fast Lap Award
Tri-C Karters: HPV 2 Championship runner-up; HPV 2 Fast Lap Award
IKF Grand Nationals: One off-pole position; one top 10 finish
King Taco Open: Second Place HPV 2
First year racing
Competed in cadet class (age 8-11)
Seven First Place finishes
So-Cal Sprinters Kart Club, Second Place points championship
US Kart Club, Second Place points championship
Tri-C Karters, Seventh Place points championship
Q & A
Date of Birth:
San Diego, CA
How long have you been racing?
What is your earliest memory of car racing?
I saw an article in a magazine about kids racing karts and asked my parents if I could try that.
What is your best memory of car racing?
Winning my first IKF kart race.
What is your favorite place to race?
Havasu 95 Speedway.
What are some of your favorite things to do (outside of racing)?
Go to school! Travel.
What is your favorite thing about Vitalyte?
It’s effective on race day!
What is your favorite flavor of Vitalyte?
What kind of music do you listen to while training?
I don’t listen to music while training or racing.
What is your training regimen?
“Seat time” whenever possible; running and strength training daily; studying racing videos.
What is your advice for those out there who want to become better race car drivers?
Prepare thoroughly and sweat the details. Eat well, and stay hydrated!
What is your favorite quote?
“Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.” –Lao Tzu
What is your favorite movie?
The Dark Knight.
If you could meet anyone, who would it be, and why?
Roger Penske, because I would like to hear first hand his philosophy of preparation and how he has won major championships in so many forms of racing.
2009 Events For Eric Gunderson Racing
June 6 Dirt Focus race at Ventura Raceway, Ventura, CA
June 13 Pavement Focus race at Madera Speedway, Madera, CA
June 20 Pavement Focus race at Bullring, Las Vegas, Nevada
July 4 Dirt Focus race at Perris Auto Raceway, Perris, CA
July 11Dirt Focus race at Ventura Raceway, Ventura, CA
July 18 Pavement Focus race at Madera Speedway, Madera, CA
August 1 Dirt Focus race at Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, CA
August 5 Dirt Focus race at Ventura Raceway, Ventura, CA
August 15 Pavement Focus race at Madera Speedway, Madera, CA
August 22 Pavement Focus race at Orange Show Speedway, San Bernardino, CA
August 29 Pavement Focus race at Bullring, Las Vegas, Nevada
September 12 Dirt Focus race at Kings Speedway, Hanford CA
October 17 Dirt Focus race at Ventura Raceway, Ventura, CA
October 24 Pavement Focus race at Madera Speedway, Madera, CA
November 14 Dirt Focus Race at Ventura Raceway, Ventura, CA
November 26 Pavement Focus Race at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale, Irwindale, CA