Lucas Wolfe

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Not to be confused with German race car driver Lucas Wolf

Lucas Wolfe
Nationality American
Born October 22, 1986 (age 26)
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
2014 World of Outlaws
Debut season 2007
Best champ.
finish
1st in 2012
Wolfe (#5) leads Stevie Smith (#1) and Joey Saldana (#9) in a World of Outlaws sprint car race at Williams Grove Speedway (2010).

Lucas Wolfe (born October 22, 1986) is an American race car driver. He's currently one of the top ten drivers in the World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Car Series.

Early years[edit]

Born in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Wolfe began Quarter Midget racing in 1992 as a five-year-old.[1][2] In both 1993 and 1994, Wolfe was the Norlebco Quarter Midget champion.[2][3] From 1993 to 2000, Wolfe had 338 race starts—90 of which he won.[1][3]

Professional career[edit]

2001–2002[edit]

In 2001, at fourteen years old, Wolfe began racing 600cc micro sprint cars at Linda’s Speedway in Pennsylvania. He won six feature races and became the 2001 Linda’s Speedway Rookie of the Year.[2][3] Wolfe won eight feature races in 2002 and became the Trail-Way Speedway Track Champion. He was also the 2002 runner-up in the Linda’s Speedway Points Championship.[1][2][3]

2003–2007[edit]

In 2003, sixteen-year-old Wolfe began racing 900 horsepower winged sprint cars. Although his limited budget kept him racing close to hometown, Wolfe often raced several nights a week. He was a 2003 finalist for the National Sprint Car Poll Rookie of the Year as well as a runner-up for the Williams Grove Speedway Rookie of the Year.[1]

On July 9, 2004, at Williams Grove Speedway, Wolfe won his first sprint car race. Wolfe was the youngest race winner in the 65-year history of Williams Grove Speedway.[4] He won again at Williams Grove Speedway (the Jack Gunn Memorial race) on September 5, 2004, and at the Clinton County Speedway on October 10, 2004.[2] Wolfe was selected as one of “ten promising young American racers” in the Red Bull Driver Search.[5]

On June 29, 2005, Wolfe set a track record for a single lap at the Silver Spring Speedway.[3] From 2005 to 2007, he won 14 feature events and several championships.[1] Wolfe started racing part-time in the WoO Series in 2007 and earned three awards for fastest qualifying time.[1]

2008–2012[edit]

World of Outlaws[edit]

In 2008, Wolfe began racing full-time in the World of Outlaws.[1][2] On June 9, 2008, Wolfe crashed while running a preliminary heat at Tri-County Speedway in Illinois.[6] He suffered cracked vertebrae in his upper back, an injury that would force Wolfe to sit out much of the 2008 season.[6] Wolfe, however, had a late season comeback. He finished 2008 with 9 top 5 finishes—and the honor of 2008 WoO Rookie of the Year.[3]

In every season from 2009 to 2012, Wolfe finished as one of the top ten WoO drivers. His place finishes in the points championship are as follows: 10th in 2009, 8th in 2010, 7th in 2011, and 9th in 2012.[2] During his sprint car career, Wolfe’s accomplishments include 22 race wins, 22 fastest qualifying time awards, 10 awards for passing the most cars during a race, and 5 track records.[1]

Despite some mechanical struggles in the early part of the summer of 2012, Wolfe won his first World of Outlaws feature event on August 3, 2012, at Bloomington Speedway.[2][7][8] Wolfe led the race for the final 22 laps.[8]

Other sprint car racing[edit]

Outside of the WoO, Wolfe has raced sprint cars internationally in Australia and New Zealand.[3] In addition to the 410 cid sprint cars Wolfe typically raced, he occasionally raced in 360 cid sprint cars.[3][9]

Personal life[edit]

Wolfe continues to reside in Mechanicsburg. He is the son of former sprint car driver Randy Wolfe.[1][2]

Racing record[edit]

Recent career summary[edit]

Season Series & Car Type Wins Fastest Qual. Time Top 5 Finishes Top 10 Finishes Championship Position
2012 WoO sprint cars 1 1 10 30 9
other sprint cars 2 0 4 5 ---
2011 WoO sprint cars 0 0 7 25 7
other sprint cars 1 0 2 8 ---
2010 WoO sprint cars 0 5 14 28 8
other sprint cars 1 0 5 11 ---
2009 WoO sprint cars 0 2 5 18 10
other sprint cars 0 0 2 3 ---
2008† WoO sprint cars 0 0 3 9 17
other sprint cars 0 1 6 14 ---

† partial season due to injury


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "About Lucas" Lucas Wolfe. Retrieved 2013-01-08.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Lucas Wolfe" World of Outlaws Sprint Cars. Retrieved 2013-01-08.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Highlights" Lucas Wolfe. Retrieved 2013-01-08.
  4. ^ Heintzelman, Todd."Lucas Wolfe hopes to build on Williams Grove Speedway win" The Patriot-News. 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2013-01-15.
  5. ^ "Red Bull driver search announces scouted racers for 2004 program" AutoMoto365.com. Retrieved 2013-01-09.
  6. ^ a b Reigle, Jerry. "Lucas Wolfe injured in WoO crash" The Patriot-News. 2008-06-09. Retrieved 2013-01-09.
  7. ^ Elliot, Jeremy. "Lucas Wolfe trying to survive on the World of Outlaws tour" The Patriot-News. 2012-07-19. Retrieved 2013-01-08.
  8. ^ a b "First Outlaws Win for Wolfe" Motor Racing Network. 2012-08-03. Retrieved 2013-01-08.
  9. ^ "Wing Sprints" Tucson International Raceway. Retrieved 2013-01-15.

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