Our final driver profile before the green flag flies next week sees the spotlight return to the Exclusive Autosport tent and shine on rookie driver Alex Trubey. Another teenager that has big goals in education and racing, the 18-year-old from San Diego, California, has both on track in studying at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology just outside Indianapolis. A newcomer to the sport, she’s already ticked off some classic tracks like VIR, CotA and Sebring, and next weekend she’ll kick off the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship in adding Canada’s most historic venue to that list!

How long, and what, have you been racing

I haven’t been racing for too long, only for about six months. I have been racing F1600 in the US since January, and I also pilot the Formula SAE car at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, where I am an undergraduate student.

Why racing? How did you get into it?

I got into racing through being a fan of motorsports and doing some karting. I love racing because there is nothing better!

Have you driven an F1600 car yet?

I have driven an F1600 car and I absolutely love it! It’s such a fun car and I can’t wait to race it all season! I did some testing over the winter and also raced some SCCA events.

What is your # and why did you choose it?

My car number is #91, which is one of the numbers that Exclusive Autosport runs each year.

What track raced has been your favourite?

My favourite track that I have driven so far is Virginia International Raceway.

What track would you love to race around?

I would love to race at Suzuka someday.

What is your greatest racing memory, either as a driver or spectator?

I think my greatest racing memory is of the first time I ever got to drive a car on a track. I will never forget how excited I was and how much fun I had!

Who is your favourite driver from any generation and why?

Niki Lauda. I really respect his ability to set up and get the most out of a car.

What are your goals for 2019 and beyond?

My goal for 2019 is to be as competitive as I can be in the F1600 championship and to learn and improve in every race. Beyond 2019 I want to keep developing as a driver and work toward the possibility of driving in IndyCar one day.

You can follow Alex at https://www.alextrubey.com/