In the summer, you can find eight-year-old Carson Bartlett of Lindsay tearing around the track at Mosport in Clarington.
He hits speeds of up to 90 kilometres per hour in his go-kart.
In two short years of racing, he’s already a champion.
“This year, I won the championship. Last year, I won the championship,” said Bartlett.
In 14 races this summer at Mosport, Bartlett was on the podium 11 times.
He’s an avid NASCAR fan. His heroes are Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch. He first got behind the wheel at age five and aspires to be a future NASCAR champion.
“When I was little, I would watch NASCAR every day,” said Bartlett.
He has been a spectator at Daytona International Speedway, but will drive there this winter.
Bartlett is attending Daytona KartWeek, which runs from December 27-30, 2017.
Next year, he will race at Mosport and, for the first time, will compete at nationals.
“Every day you do one or two races, depending on what the track set up is,” he said. “Even if you don’t win, if you have fun, that’s all that matters.”