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The INEX series’ first Native American and Jewish race car driver, Thomas Poretsky is entering fifth grade. He loves his friends, his family, his pets (Snorlax the dog and Ginger and Marshmallow the cats), and playing Pokemon competitively. And, yes, he really loves driving fast!
He started out in Quarter Midget racing in the summer of 2022. Once the season ended, he spent that winter racing go-karts at ProKart Indoor Racing in Burnsville. Starting in the back of the pack, he worked his way up through the Kid’s League during the Winter/Spring season of 2022-23 for a strong finish on the podium in third place.
If the #8 car looks familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen it on the web, in a newspaper or on TV. Here are some of the places where you can catch Thomas off track!
- Prior Lake American: Nine Different Drivers Take Home Feature Victories on the Oval (6/19/23)
- CBS Minnesota: 10-year-old Prior Lake boy to compete in races at Elko Speedway (6/30/23)
- Fox 9: 10-year-old MN boy inspires with racing dreams at Elko Speedway (7/2/23)
- CNN Turk: Küçük yar??ç? saatte 100 kilometre h?za ula??yor (7/2/23, in Turkish)
- TCjewfolk.com: Race Car Driver Representing Jewish, Native American Roots (7/7/23)
- Native News Online: Thomas Poretsky: 10 Year Old Indigenous-Jewish Race Car Driver (7/20/23)
- Jewish Telegraphic Agency: Meet Thomas Poretsky, 10-year-old Native American-Jewish racer (7/21/23)