At age 16 Mitchell DeJong has taken a different path than most teenage youth, instead of playing ball sports he wakes up each day with racing on his mind. Whether it’s a casual game on iRacing driving simulator, racing r/c cars or strength training, he takes every step poised to live his dream as a racing champion in every sport he competes in.
The passion to drive grew at an early age while helping his dad in the family off-road shop building high-end off-road cars. At first chance Mitchell won karting and off-road championships in 2007, at only age 9. Since then, he has accumulated nine total championships.
Global Rallycross and racing in X Games has always been a dream for Mitchell. He’s turned great success on the track into an opportunity to race Red Bull GRC Lites and he will begin working hard to be the best amongst great drivers from around the world.
Earlier this month, Mitchell DeJong won the RX Lites Cup during the second round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Lydden Hill race circuit in Great Britain.
With his first trip across the pond, Mitchell was excited to race where Rallycross was born. Going into the event the goal was to get more seat time in preparation for the upcoming X Games event in Austin, Texas. He quickly found himself turning impressive lap times amongst the most seasoned RX Lites racers.
Mitchell went on to win his first heat race opening many eyes to who this American kid was. As the rain soaked the track for the next two heat races, the European group answered back with a new rain tire set-up leaving Mitchell to slip off the podium for a pair of fourth place finishes.
While some would get frustrated, the young racer analyzed where he was losing time and worked with his awesome SET Promotions pit crew to find the right track tune and tire set-up. When the checkered flag dropped in Heat 4, Mitchell had crushed the field besting the next racer by over two seconds for the win.
With the track and conditions playing into Mitchell’s hands, he went on to win his semi-final race, and then blasted the field during the finale claiming victory while clocking the fastest lap of the weekend in his Olsbergs MSE RX Lite.
Mitchell’s success at the storied Lydden Hill race circuit was impressive to many, even seasoned racing veteran Nelson Piquet Jr. found himself searching for more speed behind Mitchell’s wake. Mitchell and Nelson will meet again at X Games Austin, Texas on June 7, but this time they will be battling for Gold. The second event of the season will be broadcast live on ABC.
Follow all the action with Mitchell through his social media accounts, Facebook: www.facebook.com/mitchelldejong24, Twitter: www.twitter.com/mitchelldejong1, Instagram: www.instagram.com/mitchelldejong1.
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