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High school senior takes the wheel at SCCA National Championships

Owen McAllister won the National Auto Sport Association’s championship race last weekend at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif. /Courtesy Pine Lake Preparatory

MOORESVILLE – Owen McAllister, a senior at Pine Lake Preparatory, returned to Mooresville last weekend as a national champion, having just won the National Auto Sport Association’s championship race at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif.

After getting his start racing karts at age 8, McAllister transitioned to cars at age 13. He now competes in two classes, the SCCA Formula Enterprise FE2 and the NASA Prototype NP01 car.

McAllister has been around racing for most of his life in a town known for the sport.

“My dad raced cars and when I was about 6 years old I would go to the track with him,” he said.

Todd, his father, said one of his son’s strengths is, “his mindset whether it’s interpreting engineering data or being able to focus on the race or objective,” and Owen just has that ability to block out distractions, and focus on the end goal.

“He is singularly focused and able to deliver when it matters,” Todd McAllister said.

McAllister is also delivering in school. The Pine Lake Preparatory senior is carrying a full load of courses, including AP Calculus, AP Physics, engineering and computer science capstone courses, AP Government, and 3D modeling and animation.

Next for Owen is the SCCA National Championships, which will be held at the Virginia International Raceway near Danville, Va., this weekend. After racing in the qualifying rounds Tuesday through Thursday, he will compete in the finals on Sunday.

The win at Laguna Seca also provides him an entry into the prestigious Mazda Scholarship program, which ultimately awards a $110,000 scholarship to the winning driver.

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