CHICAGO (SCS) — Sophomore in high school and already climbing the IndyCar ranks. That’s the reality of a 15-year-old from Naperville, part of the Road to Indy development program.
CBS 2’s Jackie Kostek caught up with the up-and-coming racer at his Turn 3 team garage in Mundelein.
Christian Weir, 15, can’t drive legally yet, but he already has a car named after him.
“It’s kind of weird because I first drove a race car at 13, two years before I even got my license,” Weir said.
It wasn’t necessarily first-lap love for Weir, who was introduced to racing by GoKarts around the age of six. Things took a turn years later when his will to compete kicked into high gear.
“I was around 11 or 12 when I really started getting into professional karting. I started across the country, it’s fun, I started making friends just from the race,” Weir said. “Most of my friends are racing friends. We all had fun and once you start winning it’s like it was awesome. You can’t beat that feeling at the top of the podium.”
Weir has since taken his racing to the next level – now part of the USF2000 Championship, the entry level of the Road to Indy ladder program, a driver development path that can lead to the IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500. .
“In GoKarts, most tracks are only 50, 60 miles per hour. But in these, you’re going 150.”
Running at higher speeds increases the risk of injury – Weir spent three months in a lumbar brace last year after suffering two compression fractures while racing.
“There is a risk. You go into a corner, you go a bit faster or you risk going into the wall. The adrenaline is going up and it’s great. That’s why I like it.”
For Weir, chasing his dream in a high-adrenaline sport means he’s not looking forward to the usual high school milestones.
“I actually drove a car down the street and thought, this is boring, I’m only going 50 miles per hour.”
“Do you expect to get a lot of speeding tickets? »
“I don’t feel like it. I can pick up my speed on the racetrack.”
Something his mother is grateful for.
Weir is ranked in the top ten in the USF2000 Championship and plans to move up to the next level of the Road To Indy program next season, the 2000 Indy Pro Championship. He also competes in the Porche Spring Challenge.