Racing Dreams

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Racing Dreams
Promotional poster for Racing Dreams.jpg
Promotional poster for Racing Dreams
Directed byMarshall Curry
Produced byMarshall Curry, Bristol Baughan
Written byMarshall Curry
StarringAnnabeth Barnes, Josh Hobsen, Brandon Warren
CinematographyMarshall Curry, Peter Gordon, Wolfgang Held, Alan Jacobsen
Edited byMarshall Curry, Matthew Hamachek, Mary Manhardt
Release date
  • May 31, 2010 (2010-05-31) (United States)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States

Racing Dreams is a 2009 documentary film directed by Marshall Curry following two boys and a girl through a season of World Karting Association (WKA) racing as they compete and aspire to become professional NASCAR drivers.

Racing Dreams was produced by Bristol Baughan and Marshall Curry, and executive produced by Dwayne Johnson, Jack Turner, Dany Garcia (White Buffalo Entertainment) and Ben Goldhirsh (Good Inc.). The film opened in theaters in select cities May 2010, with marketing support by NASCAR Entertainment.

Racing Dreams is also being developed into a feature film by DreamWorks Producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.


The film centers on racers Annabeth Barnes (11 years old), Josh Hobson (12), and Brandon Warren (13) during a single season of WKA racing, where success can lead to sponsorships and a NASCAR career.[1] All three face challenges off the track as well as on as they come of age in the surprisingly high-pressure world of go-kart racing.


Racing Dreams won Best Documentary at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, where it was also runner up for the Audience Award.[2] The film has a 100% fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes based on 26 reviews, with a weighted average of 7.38/10.[3] The film was called "The best film of the year," by the Los Angeles Times ("The Envelope") and "Absorbing… one of the rare documentaries you leave wishing it was a little longer, " by The New York Times.[4]



  1. ^ Holden, Stephan. “Too Young for Driver’s Licenses, but With Full-Throttle Ambitions.” Archived 2012-07-16 at New York Times. Accessed on August 4, 2010.
  2. ^ O'Neil, Tom. "Tribeca Film Festival Awards". LA Times. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Racing Dreams (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Too Young for Driver's Licenses, but With Full-Throttle Ambitions". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  5. ^ Itzkoff, Dave. "Tribeca Film Festival Names Prizewinners". NY Times.
  6. ^ Ridley, Jim. "Hipsters,' 'The Colonel's Bride,' 'Racing Dreams,' Van Peebles Cop Prizes at NaFF". Nashville Scene. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  7. ^ Knegt, Peter. ""Winter's Bone," "Flag" Top Florida Fest Winners". Indiewire. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  8. ^ Mandel, Nora Lee. "Racing Dreams". Film-Forward. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Racing Dreams Awards". IMDB. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Racing Dreams". International Cinema US. Retrieved 14 May 2015.

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