CALIFORNIA TEEN HOPING TO FOLLOW ROAD TO INDY TO TOP OF SPORT
“When you’re racing, everyone out there is just a car. It doesn’t matter who’s driving.”
16-year-old Nolan Siegel has dealt with questions about his age since he first stepped into a kart at the age of 8. Joining the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship in 2019, the Palo Alto, California native earned two podium finishes last season, declaring his intent to move up the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires ladder – and hoping to one day reach the pinnacle of American open-wheel racing, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.
Siegel comes by his love of racing naturally. Tagging along when his father Mark signed on for track days at Sonoma Raceway, Siegel found himself in the track’s karting summer camp. He loved karting from that moment, and a year later began racing – and that’s when things took a serious turn. Racing in local and regional karting events for several years, Siegel had his first look at formula racing two years ago, winning the Simraceway Formula 3 Series title at Sonoma.
“I was more focused on karting, but they had the Formula 3 championship at Sonoma, and it was a good way to ease into car racing,” said Siegel. “I did the series of classes, then the race series, which was a really easy path from karts to cars. It was great to be able to have my first experience in a car be at my home track, and great to go on to win the race series title.”