Born on 4 June 2002, Kaylen Frederick began racing cars in 2016 as the youngest open wheel racing driver in the USA SCCA Pro Series.
Racing came around early to a young Kaylen Frederick. At the age of seven, Kaylen began racing in karts at the nearby Summit Point Raceway in West Virginia, winning his championship at the first attempt. From there, six successful years in Karting followed racing in WKA, GLSS, SKUSA, Rotax Max Challenge, and Florida Winter Tours winning races and podiums. Kaylen stepped up to single seater cars in 2016 with Team Pelfrey for the Formula Productions F1600 Championship. At age 13, in the pre-season F1600 Winter Series races at PBIR & Sebring during February of 2016, Kaylen collected two pole positions and a 3rd place. Once he turned 14 years of age, Kaylen entered the F1600 Series in June mid-way through the championship. Pole positions, podiums, and a win followed quickly. Kaylen also began training in July of 2016 with Rob Wilson at Bruntingthorpe, England, a training that continues in the present.
Racing as the youngest driver in the 2017 Mazda Road to Indy USF 2000 campaign at 14 years of age, Pilot ONE Racing driver Kaylen Frederick routinely impressed in his rookie season and finished 4th in the 2017 USF2K MRTI Championship. After 14 races, five podiums, two second-place finishes and three 3rd-place finishes, Kaylen reflects on his debut MRTI season:
“There was a lot of growth and learning in 2017. While I need to land poles in qualifying and win races in 2018, my race craft has developed. Racing at the tough street course in Toronto from 13th place to 3rd was one of the strong runs this year and again showed I have speed. Give me a fast car in 2018. I’m ready to win.”
Away from the track, Kaylen applies a strong work ethic balancing full time school, racing, and fitness training with focus and discipline. Kaylen is also a gifted slalom, giant slalom, and Super G ski racer, which satisfies his thirst for speed and adrenaline when not racing on asphalt.
Having attended the German School of Washington, DC for 10 years, Kaylen speaks English and German fluently and has acquired a wide range of cultural experiences during his travels in North America and Europe.
His educational focus is on developments in industrial, automotive, and robotics design, ideally suited to the immersive motorsports environment with race car systems and technology.
A Look to the Future:
Like many aspiring young drivers, Kaylen’s aim is to reach Formula 1, Indy Car, the Indy 500, Formula E, and to compete for World Championships. Please watch these pages as Kaylen races through series and championships in the US and Europe.
We started working with Kaylen at the F1600 level when he was 13 years old, and his ability was extremely evident from his very first test. Not only has he displayed a huge amount of raw speed, but he has been very impressive in how he interprets feedback and applies it out on the track. As a result, his technique and development curve are far beyond where I was expecting it to be at this stage. I firmly believe the future is bright for Kaylen, and we are looking forward to sharing success together in the future.
Jonathan Baker, Director of Team Operations, Team Pelfrey, LLC
- Nationality: USA
- Hometown: Potomac, MD
- Date of Birth: June 4, 2002
- Current Series: MRTI USF 2000
- Race Car Number: 24 with Pabst Racing
- Schools attended: German School of Washington (10 years) / Herbert Hoover Middle School (8th Grade)
- Languages: English/German
- Career Interest: Race in Formula 1, Indy 500, Indy Cars, Formula E, Lemans Prototypes
- Academic Interests: Aerodynamics & Automotive Design
- Active Sports: Road Racing/Skiing/Mountain Biking
- Racing Licenses: Mazda Road to Indy USF 2000, SCCA Pro Racing, SKUSA, Rotax MAX Challenge, WKA
- Tracks Raced (Karts & Cars): 43
- Fitness Trainers: PitFit/Jim Leo
- Favorite Kart Track: Modesto, California (Downtown Street Track)/SKUSA Pro Series
- Favorite Car Race Track: Sebring, Florida
- Favorite Race Cars: Formula Atlantic, Pro-Mazda, FIA F3
- Favorite US Formula Car: Haas Racing/F1
- Favorite Skier: Ted Ligety
Formula Atlantic with K-Hill Motorsports
SCCA Majors/Homestead December 5th – 7th
Two Pole Positions/Two DNF
Formula Atlantic with K-Hill Motorsports
SCCA Hoosiers Super Tour: Sebring
December 12th – 14th
Two Pole Positions/Two 1st Places
USF2K Mazda Road to Indy
14 Races: 20 -23 car fields
4th in Championship
5 Podiums (two 2nd places & three 3rd places)
11 Top Five Finishes
12 Top 10 Finishes
F2000 Formula Productions Series
One Pole Position
F1600 with Team Pelfrey
Five Poles/Six Podiums/1 Win
After testing in the off-season in BRDC F3, Pro-Mazda, Formula Atlantic, and USF2000, working with Pilot ONE Racing we’ve decided to focus on the USF2000 campaign in 2018,” said Kaylen Frederick. “Pabst Racing will provide the ideal team, car, and race preparation to enable me to win the USF2000 Championship. After testing with Pabst and winning races with Tonis Kasemets in Formula Atlantic, I’ve found a team, lead engineer, and environment that let my driving skills and focus excel.
Kaylen Frederick comments on his 2018 Mazda Road to Indy USF 2000 Campaign
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Born on June 4, 2002, Kaylen Frederick is the youngest open wheel Pro Racing Driver in the USA.