Wesley Bacon, also known as Wes, is a 16-year-old kart racer who has been involved in the sport for a little over two years. Starting in July 2020, he has exclusively raced karts and has found the sport to be both incredibly fun and a way to pursue his dream of racing cars in the future. He races in the 206 Junior class, but plans to move up to 206 Senior next year, and currently drives an OTK EOS chassis with a Briggs & Stratton 4-stroke Lo206 motor built by Comet Kart Sales. Wes's favorite tracks include Road Atlanta, Daytona, and AMP, the latter of which he describes as the coolest kart track he has ever driven. He also aspires to be a driver for IMSA, ADAC, or WEC in the future.
Apart from racing, Wes enjoys art and sim racing, and spends time with his friends. He also loves his mom's ditalini soup and enjoys visiting New York City as a vacation spot. Wes is a friendly and approachable person who would encourage newbies to try kart racing, stating that it is the most fun they will ever have and can lead to great things. He also praises the staff and drivers at AMP, who have been amazing to him over the past few years and made his experience racing there all the more enjoyable.
Carson Craig, known as Jacquewagen in the racing world, is an 18-year-old kart racer with 6 years of experience under his belt. Carson has raced exclusively in karts, citing his love for competition and pushing himself to the limit as his main motivation. Carson's racing ambitions include making it to the 24 hours of Le Mans for either a prototype team or GTLM team. When he's not racing, Carson enjoys mountain biking and pit crewing for race teams. He started his own business at the age of 10 and had to maintain good grades in school to continue racing. With his determination and love for racing, Carson is on track to achieve his dream job of being a race car driver.
Carson recommends newbies to try racing as their first stepping stone into a future of racing but advises them to truly love it. He also encourages people to try racing at AMP specifically, as it is one of the more unique kart tracks in the world that offers a level of technicality no other track does. Overall, Carson's passion for racing is evident in his dedication to his craft and his unwavering determination to succeed.
Reuben Greer, also known as Rubenator, is a young kart racer with a passion for speed. At the age of 7, he has already been racing for 3 years and has experience in LO206 Cadet and Micro Swift Rookie classes with his Benik kart. Reuben's dad is his motor builder, and he has a Briggs LO206 and IAME Swift engine that gives him an extra 10 horsepower. His best lap time at AMP is 1:01, and he considers the track to be his favorite because of its elevation changes and the fact that many of his friends race there too. Reuben's racing ambitions are sky-high - he dreams of becoming a 9-time F1 champion, inspired by his favorite drivers Charles Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton.
In addition to racing, Reuben enjoys hunting and fishing, and he loves to eat pizza, noodles, chicken nuggets, and Indian food. Although he wishes he had a LaFerrari for his current street car, he understands that he's just a kid and is content with racing karts for now. Reuben encourages others to try racing, saying "just do it!" and highlights AMP as a great track to start. He also recognizes the hardworking AMP staff, but couldn't pick just one standout employee because they are all cool.
Callen Berghoefer, also known as "Cal," is an eight-year-old kart racer from Atlanta, Georgia. Although this is his first year of racing, he's already making a name for himself by battling for the Junior League Championship at K1 Speed in Atlanta. Cal's love for car/kart racing started because, as he puts it, "it's sick!" He races in the Tag Rookie class with kart number 26, using a 2022 OTK EOS chassis and an IAME micro swift motor built by BBS Race Engines. Cal's favorite race car driver is Max Verstappen, but he's also a big fan of his current mentor and coach, Zac Anderson, and his first-ever coach, AMP legend Raiden Nicol.Cal's favorite tracks are AMP for its hill, which gives him a thrill, and GoPro for its tight turns. He has already set a best lap time of 57.8 at AMP. Cal's sponsors include TIG Risk Services, Crosstrax, The Safer Solution, MSA Source, and Ribbons NA.
Cal dreams of becoming an F1, Indy Car, Pro GT, or prototype driver. When he's not racing, Cal enjoys playing video games, camping, NERF wars, boating, and dirt biking. He's also a student-athlete and plans to drive his dad's Porsche 911-S when he turns 16.For newbies interested in getting into racing, Cal's advice is simple: "LET'S GO!!!" He also recommends finding a mentor or coach to guide you, just like Raiden did for him. AMP is the perfect place to start, with its fun track that offers elevation changes and a unique experience. Lucas, one of the AMP employees, is also Cal's favorite because he grills the best hot dogs. Overall, Cal is an up-and-coming racer with a bright future ahead of him in the world of car/kart racing.
Erik's racing career began in 2017 when he attended the AMP Karting School on Memorial Day Weekend, where he was encouraged to try karting by his instructor, Xander Clement. Just 19 days later, Erik won his very first kart race, which marked the beginning of his racing career. Over the next three years, Erik won several championships, including the LO206 Senior Championship, KA100 Senior Championship, and TAG Senior Championship at AMP, and finished 3rd Overall in the USPKS KA100 Junior Championship.
In 2019, Erik was introduced to Dan Mitchell of VRD and started testing for the US F4. After being announced as an F4 driver under the VRD banner in October 2019, Erik finished 6th overall in the US F4 Championship in 2020, and went on to compete in the USF2000 "Road to Indy" Series, as well as two races in the F4 Championship in 2021. He then crossed the Atlantic to test and race in the final British GT4 race at Donington Park, UK in 2022, where he impressed the owner of Academy Motorsport and was selected to run the Full 2023 season of British GT4. Throughout his journey, Erik has remained a member of both the kart and car tracks, showcasing his versatility as a racer.
Hunter Yeany was born to Robert and Nicole Yeany on May 11, 2005, in Charlottesville, VA. Robert had served in the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (ST-6) as a Navy SEAL and had also worked at the CIA before founding The Osen-Hunter Group. Nicole had previously been a teacher for elementary education. The couple grew up in a small town in western Pennsylvania. Hunter is the oldest of their three children, which includes his younger sisters Brooke and Addison.
In 2020, Hunter Yeany made his debut in single-seater racing after beginning his career in karting. He joined Velocity Racing Development in the Formula 4 US Championship and had an impressive season, winning seven out of the 15 races and finishing on the podium 14 times. With these achievements, he became the youngest driver ever to win a Formula 4 Series. His domination of the championship was evident as he finished 58 points ahead of the runner-up in the final standings.
Overall, Hunter Yeany's success on the racetrack has been impressive, and his family background reveals a history of service and dedication. With such a strong foundation, it's no surprise that Hunter has excelled in his pursuits.