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.
Kaylen began racing in karts at age seven winning his first championship at the local Summit Point Raceway in West Virginia. Six successful years in Karting followed racing in WKA, GLSS, SKUSA, Rotax Max Challenge, and Florida Winter Tours winning championships, races and podiums. Kaylen stepped up to single seater cars at age 13 in 2016 with Team Pelfrey for the Formula Productions F1600 Championship. In pre-season F1600 Winter Series races at PBIR & Sebring during February of 2016, Kaylen collected two pole positions and a 3rd place at Sebring. Once officially licensed at age 14, 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. In his 1st season in MRTI with 14 races, Kaylen finished with five podiums (two second place finishes and three 3rd-place finishes). Kaylen competed again in the MRTI USF2K series for a 2nd year in 2018, impressing again with notable performances including 5 podiums, and three pole positions.
Kaylen is currently racing in the 2019 British BRDC F3 Series with a goal to pursue the FIA F3 series in years following.
Away from the Track:
Kaylen completed high school studies at age 16 (in June 2018) graduating early and with honors, enabling his full-time focus on racing and development. Away from the track, Kaylen applies a strong work ethic, focus and discipline to racing and fitness training. 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 D.C. for 10 years, Kaylen speaks English and German fluently and has acquired a wide variety of cultural experiences during his travels in North America and Europe.
Kaylen’s current and future educational focus is on industrial and automotive design, areas with strong affiliations to the immersive motorsports environment, race car systems and technologies.
A Look to the Future: Racing
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: BRDC British F3 Series
- Race Car Number: No. 8 (with Carlin)
- Driver Coach: Riki Christodoulou
- Performance Coach & Fitness Trainer: Louise Keith
- Racing Licenses: FIA F3/Class C, MRTI US Pro 2000, SCCA Pro
- Career Interest: Race in Formula 1, Indy 500, IndyCars, Formula E, Lemans Prototypes
- Academic Interests: Aerodynamics & Automotive Design
- Active Sports: Open Wheel Racing/Skiing/Mountain Biking
- Schools attended: German School of Washington DC, Winston Churchill High School (Potomac, MD)
- Favorite Race Cars: FIA Dallara F3 and F2
- Favorite Race Car Track: Spa Francorchamps, Belgium
- Favorite UK Race Car Track: Oulton Park, England
- Favorite US Race Car Track: Sebring, Florida
- Favorite Kart Track: Modesto, California (Downtown Street Track/SKUSA Pro Series)
- Favorite Skier: Ted Ligety
Euroformula F3/September 22: Monza, Italy: 5th Place Overall & 2nd Place Rookie
SCCA Pro Formula Atlantic Races/Sebring Florida: Four Poles/Two 1st Places
Mazda Road to Indy/USF 2000: Three Pole Positions, Three 2nd place Finishes, Two 3rd Place Finishes
Mazda Road to Indy/USF 2000:
Five Podiums (Two 2nd place Finishes, Three 3rd Place Finishes)
11 Top 5 Finishes
Five Pole Positions/Six Podiums/1 Win
After testing in the off-season in the British BRDC F3 Tatuus and EuroForumula Dallara F3, working with Pilot ONE Racing we’ve decided to focus on the BRDC F3 series in 2019. Carlin will provide the ideal team, engineering, car, and race preparation to enable me to develop and excel in the 2019 BRDC Championship. The field in this series is looking to be very competitive in 2019, and a strong field is a compelling reason to be there.
Kaylen Frederick comments on his 2019 BRDC British F3 Campaign
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Born on June 4, 2002, Kaylen Frederick began racing in karts at age 7 leading to extensive racing in open-wheel race series as of age 13.