We’re excited to be sponsoring NASCAR Trucks driver Noah Gragson for the 2018 season! We were eager to get to know Noah better, so we sat down with him to find out what life is like as a NASCAR driver on and off the track.
How did you get into racing?
I started when I was 13 on go kart style cars and ran for a year on a local race track in Las Vegas. Then I started in the NASCAR series when I was 16.
What do you like most about racing?
It’s so much of a challenge to outperform your competition. Each week you are head to head with your competition and each week is like playing in a championship game. I love seeing all of the hard work pay off when you win. It’s a really special moment when it all comes together.
My favorite track is the Iowa Speedway. I also like Dover, Delaware. I love racing in my hometown of Las Vegas, for me it’s a homecoming and is a really special race to me.
What does it mean to you to be driving the Safelite AutoGlass Toyota Tundra?
It means a lot to me. I’ve seen the success of the last couple of drivers and it really motivates me. It’s definitely a privilege to carry the Safelite AutoGlass brand on and off the track. It’s an opportunity I need to make the most of.
When you’re not behind the wheel, what are you typically doing?
Racing is basically a full-time job, I spend a lot of time preparing and watching film. When I have the time I like to mountain bike, snowboard, skateboard and other extreme outdoor sports. I also like hanging out with my buddies and having a good time. Sometimes we go out to the lake in the summer and go wake surfing and relax.
Do you have any pre-race rituals?
Our main goal is to try and “get into the zone” and be focused. I’ve been working on focusing and executing. I also will listen to music, typically rap, to get me pumped up.
What was your first car?
My first car was an older BMW. Now I have a Toyota Tacoma.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
Travis Pastrana. He is a motorsports competitor and action sports guy. He does a lot outside of sports and is a super smart business man, he’s been able to build his brand and always gives fans the time they need. He will stay until 4 am the night after a race to see fans and talk with them. I’d like to model myself after him.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Probably that I’ve broken 9 bones. Snowboarding, mountain biking, jumping ATV’s, and a couple racing. I also broke my heel when I was a young kid.
Best advice you’ve been given?
From my dad, he has never raced or driven a race car at all in his life. He’s always told me “Never quit no matter how bad your situation is going you’re never going to have a bad day when you’re at the race track. Be very grateful and thankful for the opportunity you have and always express that gratitude.”