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West Orange Times & Observer Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021 10 months ago

Sport Spotlight – Alex Jacky

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Windermere High School freshman Alex Jacky is looking to break into the fast world of auto racing
by: Chris Martucci Sports Editor

Alex Jacky is a freshman at Windermere High School, but he is already well on his way to becoming a professional race car driver. He moved with his family to Florida from Idaho when he was 3 years old. Last week, he competed at Sebring International Speedway and has several more races lined up in the next couple of months. 

How did you get involved in racing? 

I’ve always been racing; it’s kind of in my family’s blood. My dad did off-road racing when he was younger. … We went out and watched one race and then decided that we want to do this. It’s been from there that we’ve been getting into it, and now we’re fully into it. 

What’s the most fun thing to you about racing? 

Getting to drive wheel-to-wheel, feeling the adrenaline and seeing how much fun it is. 

Who is your favorite race car driver? 

Oliver Askew. He was my mentor up at the Ocala Grand Prix. 

What is your goal in racing? 

My goal is to reach the top stage of sports car racing — IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. IndyCar would be the dream, but that’s if I can bring in enough funding. For now, my goal is to reach IMSA. 

If racing didn’t work out, what is something else you want to do? 

If racing didn’t go all the way, I’d like to still be on the pit wall doing data or something like that with drivers. Maybe a crew chief or team owner — something on the business side. 

What are some of your hobbies outside of racing? 

Go to the gym, hang out with my friends, playing on my racing simulator. 

Favorite movie? 

“Cars 1” 

Favorite TV/Netflix show? 

“The Blacklist” 

If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be? 

Perry the Platypus from “Phineas and Ferb” 

Favorite ice cream flavor? 

Vanilla

What’s an interesting thing about you that no one would expect to know? 

That I race. Not many people know I do that. 

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Chris Martucci was the sports editor for the West Orange Times & Observer,  Southwest Orange Observer and OrangeObserver.com. He holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri — Columbia School of Journalism, as well as a bachelor's degree in digital media...

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