Acclaimed young racer Walter Thomas III has a lofty goal. "I want to be the Michael Jordan of auto racing" he proclaims in the YouTube documentary "Chasing The Dream (crafted by the Indianapolis Star newspaper)," and he's well on his way to achieving that goal.
Following in the footsteps of pioneer and new NASCAR Hall-of-Famer Wendell Scott, Thomas has been behind the wheel of race cars since he was four years old. He's been a 2011 Speedway Track and State Points Indiana Outlaw Asphalt Champion and received the 2012 NASCAR Diversity Young Racer Award..
Thomas spent seven years in bandoleros after racing four years in midgets and three in junior dragsters. He was recently chosen to participate as a driver for Max Siegel's Rev Racing in Charlotte, North Carolina's Super Shootout's Legend Car Division. Both Bar-B Q Heaven and Max Siegel Inc. Rev Racing Motor Sports Academy are current sponsors. Thomas' #45 car is a familiar sight in Limited Late Model Division stock car racing.
But he is also an accomplished student. Thomas won an award as a seventh grader for a combination of aptitude, academic achievement and attitude. He has consistently been on the honor roll. A busy and productive individual off the track, Thomas currently does public speaking and is involved in several community activities. These include his involvement in an ongoing campaign against youth violence. He's also a recipient of the "My Brother's Keeper Youth" Award.
There should be no doubt that someday Walter Thomas III will not only be running, but contending for titles in the Daytona 500 and other prestigious NASCAR events. His work ethic and desire to excel stamp him as a definite future champion and a mentor and inspiration for all young people, especially young blacks who want to succeed in the pressurized and predominantly white world of auto racing.
Thomas’ next race will be in Anderson Oct. 4th.