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Do You Know?
By Ruth Fields
Photos provided by Jack Murray Racing
When Jack Murray was six years old, he began racing go-karts.
Eventually, he became too tall for standard go-karts; he also wanted
something more challenging to race. Today, at nineteen, Jack is an
accomplished sports car driver at the club level and at some profes-
sional events. He is sponsored by Sparco, 500 Madness, Gilfus Racing
Enterprises, and Motorsports Development Group. In 2013, he
competed in 20 races, including the Pirelli World Challenge and 25
Hours of Thunder Hill. He spends additional weekends in training,
but somehow manages to balance this endeavor with collegiate stud-
ies. A graduate of Montgomery High School, Jack is now a freshman
computer science major at the University of Texas at Dallas.
motor on it. I told my dad, “I want to do that.” We bought my first
go-kart when I was five. After a while, we started going to organized
events in Waco and Oklahoma. As I got older, I moved up into bigger
go-karts and started doing bigger events. We did a couple of national
events. I eventually outgrew go-karts. There were other things to race.
When did you start racing cars?
When I was 12, I started doing some oval track stuff in what could
actually be considered stock cars. I did that for a year. At 13, I decided
the oval racing was too aggressive for me, so I went to road racing,
which is not just turning left. Each track has a different configuration.
Tell us a little bit about the kind of racing you do.
When did you first become interested in racing?
There are several different levels of racing. In club racing, grassroots
We had some family friends who invited us up to a small go-kart
people have a racecar and show up for the weekend. At the national
track in Katy. I watched them race, and there was this one kid about
level, the people who are the top end at the club races compete against
my age. I was five then. He was just going around the track in a 50 cc—
lower level grassroots drivers in the country professional series. That’s
what we called a kid-kart—essentially a go-kart with a weed-whacker
what I did this past year. The big difference is there is usually a lot
8 Postcards Magazine: Montgomery County Edition | April–May 2014