As formula1600.com readers are well aware, rookie drivers arrive in the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship Series from a number of different avenues. They come from competitive karting. They come from touring cars. They come back after years away from motorsport. They even come to race into their retirement years. And in Jack Polito this year, they come from… snowcross? Snowcross. To be fair, the 2020 Canadian Snowcross Racing Association Pro Lite Champion has pedigree on pavement. Polito Ford Lincoln in Lindsay, Ontario, has been in motorsports since 1975, both in supporting Canadian racers and with Anthony Polito getting behind the wheel himself, most often these days in an immaculately prepared 1966 Shelby Mustang. So while 17-year-old Jack is finding his way behind the wheel this season with Brian Graham Racing, there is plenty of knowledge and experience around him to help show the way. His progress from Round 1 to trips up the podium in Round 2 is evidence enough, but we sense there is even more to come.
How long, and what, have you been racing?
This is my first year racing cars, though I have raced snowmobiles since I was four years old.
Why racing? How did you get into it?
Racing has been in my family for nearly 50 years. It runs through our blood. We live to do it and it’s how we have the most fun as a family, winter and summer!
Did you drive an F1600 car before the season started?
I did. I did the test day at Shannonville Motorsport Park once conditions allowed for it and I’m just now getting used to the car. I think it’s going to be a pretty good season!
What is your # and why did you choose it?
My car number is #4. It’s one of the team numbers assigned to Brian Graham Racing’s Pipers so I didn’t choose it, but I like it!
What track raced has been your favourite? Why?
I’ve only raced at Mosport and I just recently went to test at Shannonville, so I really can’t compare. I really love Mosport though, and can’t wait to visit other tracks as well.
What is your greatest racing memory, either as a driver or spectator?
I race snowmobiles professionally and when I broke my leg in Valcourt, Quebec, that was my biggest moment in racing, unfortunately!
Who is your favourite driver from any generation and why?
My dad. He’s the fastest guy out there and he’s the reason I’m here.
What are your goals for 2020 and beyond?
Rookie of the year!
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