ARLINGTON >> An Arlington student has entered into a contest for a $50,000 sponsorship that will further his racing career, but speed and racing ability alone won't be enough to take home the top prize. This time, he needs your votes to win.
Ricky Davis, a sophomore at Arlington Memorial High School, has been racing since he was 6. He started with kart racing at the Adirondack Karting Association asphalt track in Balston Spa, N.Y., winning his first championship at 9. Later, he transitioned to open wheel racing, and saw several top-five finishes at the Albany Saratoga Speedway during his age-13 season. He currently races the #43 Northeast small block modified.
"As a low budget team, we do well with our knowledge and skills competing against teams with full sponsorships," said Davis, "Racing is my life. It involves all the hard work from my family and me. I've dedicated nine years of my life to the sport I love. I have built my cars from the ground up with hard work and determination. I believe that I have the heart of a champion."
Davis is currently a participant in the Champion Auto Parts 5th annual "Search for a Champion" contest, in the advanced category. Participants must submit an essay and a video, which are then voted on by the public. The top 15 vote getters in the advanced category will each receive $5,000 and $1,000 in Champion parts. Forty finalists will then be considered by judges, who will choose one advanced racer to receive the $50,000 prize. Those interested can vote at championautoparts.com/search-for-a-champion until Feb. 2. You can vote once per day up until that point.
Last year's grand prize winner was Carly Jo Ellingson, a 20-year-old from Rapid City, South Dakota.
Davis said his hero is 53-year-old West Sand Lake, N.Y. native Kenny Tremont, whom Davis has now had the chance to both be mentored by and compete with. In the fall, Tremont concluded a very successful 2015 season in which he picked up 17 wins. While not racing, Davis is an honors student and plays the saxophone.
Champion, founded in 1908, is known primarily for its spark plugs, but also produces filters and windshield wiper blades.
To follow Davis' racing career, visit his website at rickydavisracing.com, or on facebook at Facebook.com/rickydavisracing43.