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Luke Oxner has racing in his blood. From autocrossing karts at age 8 to racing a Porsche GT3 Cup car at age 20, he's strung together a series of impressive results as an amateur racer with the help of his father, Tom Oxner.
It always interests us to know what makes a racer tick, especially a racer that's not doing it for the fame or the money, but for the love of the sport--and perhaps the hope of fame and/or money in the future.
Luke Oxner is one such racer, currently working his way through the Porsche Club of America's National Club Racing Series. While in a way he represents all of us who would like to go racing at any level--or those who already are--Oxner also has his own story. Motor Authority recently interviewed Oxner to see where the young racer came from, what he's doing now, and where he's going.
Motor Authority: When (and what) did you start racing?
Luke Oxner: I got my first taste of racing back in 2001. My dad was a seasoned autocross driver, and as a kid, I had always loved watching him drive in those events. For my 8th birthday, he got me a go-kart so I could come join him at the autocrosses, running in SCCA’s Formula Junior class.
What else have you raced before?
LO: I ran that Formula Junior kart at SCCA autocrosses for several years. Following that, I spent a brief time in wheel-to-wheel kart racing, but that ended after about a year once the local track shut down. Over the next few years, I co-drove with my dad in various cars at SCCA autocrosses. In 2009, some autocross friends invited me to join them for a private track day at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit in Oklahoma. After the very first session, I was instantly hooked. At that time, I wasn’t sure when or how it would happen, but I knew one thing for sure – I wanted to go road racing.
What keeps you racing now?
LO: For me, racing started as a fun way for my dad and I to spend time together, and it’s really just grown from there. Most guys have something special they love to do with their dad/son, like golf, fishing, etc. For me and my dad, it’s racing. Additionally, I love the thrill of competition. I’m a very competitive person by nature, and racing is a great outlet for that.
Luke Oxner will race this Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in 2014 PCA Enduro competition
Luke Oxner wins the Arkansas Governor's Cup at age 9.