Darrin Brooks has a lot in common with other Maysville Community and Technical College students. The 20 year old from Flemingsburg, Kentucky is working on an Associate in Arts and thinking about a possible future in business. The similarities end, however, on a race track.
Darrin recently signed a contract with J & T Racing Driver Development for seven races this year to race at Elko Speedway in Minnesota, Illinois State Fairgrounds and DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in Illinois, Madison International Speedway in Wisconsin, Iowa Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Kansas Speedway. The latter three races will be featured on FOX Sports’ SPEED TV.
His racing career began with the occasional Go Kart stint at the Fleming County Raceway in Goddard, Kentucky at age nine.
“At that time I was playing sports and really did not take racing seriously like my brother, Derrick, and my dad,” said Darrin. “But one night we decided as a family to let me race and I was the fastest go kart there.”
The contract with J & T Racing will prepare him for the Automobile Racing Club of America, or ARCA, series, which holds strong ties with NASCAR. The contract will also provide quite a publicity boost for Darrin as past ARCA races have been broadcasted on many of the major television networks as well.
“J & T is willing to help me with sponsorships,” said Darrin. “They will coach me to be successful and this will give me a higher chance to get to NASCAR sooner.”
His most memorable racing experience took place in Elizabethtown, Kentucky in 2008. He came within only a couple of inches of winning in a $5,000 stake race. He walked away with half that amount and an even bigger passion to make it to the top. For Darrin, the top reaches all the way to NASCAR.
“My plans are to be in the top 3 NASCAR levels,” said Darrin. “I also plan on having my own team to help young drivers follow their dreams of racing in NASCAR.”
Darrin plans on racing his number 64 Chevy at the Elko Speedway in June.
Anyone interested in contacting Darrin can email him through either his KCTCS email account or his hotmail account, or call him at 606-748-9372.
Darrin can also be found on Facebook. You can also visit his web site.