LUIS RODRIGUEZ, JR.
Born: July 20, 1994
Hometown: Miami, FL
Luis Rodriguez Jr. fell in love with motorsports early in life. His father Luis Sr., a lifelong racing fan, took little Luis to many racing events as a child and there began his love for the sport. Instead of watching cartoons on tv as many children do, Luis Jr. would watch only racing on tv. The only time he would stay still for hours was while watching a race on tv. At the age of 6, he got the opportunity to drive an Easykart 40 at the Opa-Locka Karting track and he was instantly hooked. He loved everything about the sport and felt happiest while driving. From that moment on, all he spoke about was racing.
In 2001, at the age of 7, his dream finally became a reality when he found his first Race-Kart under the Christmas tree. He relentlessly practiced every Saturday at the Homestead Karting track and every Wednesday night at Opa-Locka. He got better and better very fast. People that had been racing karts for a while called him a natural and he was very fast right out of the box.
Through the years, he raced Karts at the Local and National levels but his true focus was always racing real cars someday. At the age of 13, after many challenges getting him approved, he completed the Skip Barber Racing School and obtained his racing license. He raced many successful weekends around the country with the Skip Barber Formula Series and obtained many podiums and wins in very exciting wheel to wheel racing. Later that year, he got the chance to test a Formula Ford for a whole summer in Colombia. The following season, he was invited as a driver to Barcelona Spain where he tested with Formula BMW at the F-1 track in Barcelona. His skill and love for racing had continued to grow and he started to focus on making racing a full time career. Unfortunately, due to the unexpected national economic downturn, he was forced to take an almost 4 year hiatus from racing. After having an opportunity to later return to the sport he loved at the age of 19, Luis has shown no signs of slowing down. In his first ever debut in an MX-5 Cup race, he won both races and set fastest lap times for the race weekend. Until then, he had never raced a car with fenders. He continues to practice and master his craft as he pursues his lifelong dream of making a professional career out of the sport he loves.
In 2015, Luis Jr. proved his sports car potential while racing the number 17 RS-1 Porsche Cayman in the Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge finishing second in the overall point standings. For 2016 Luis Jr. piloted the #29 Lamborghini Huracan for Change Racing.
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