This month in our Focus on Pitt Lane section, we are featuring Madison Campeau. She is the 2016 WKA Yamaha Sportsman National Karting Champion and she is only 13 years old!
Madison’s love for racing began at a young age. Her father raced Grand Prix motorcycles, so she was no stranger to the track. When she was five her Dad asked her if she wanted to try Karting. She loved it and began racing a year later.
Madison started racing on our Wilson Circuit in 2010. She was the first girl to win a championship here in 2011. In addition to this outstanding honor, she holds a record for the most wins (12 out of 14 races) in her division. Madison continued her triumph in 2013 when she won the Yamaha Sportsman Championship.
Madison’s favorite part about racing at Pitt Race is that there is a little bit of everything, like changes in elevation and off camber turns. She notes that “it’s a driver’s track”. Madison’s driving skills allow her reach speeds of up to 80 mph in her kart. She is inspired the most by Max Verstahppen, because he is the youngest formula one driver. Her words of wisdom to those who just started racing competitively is to “not get frustrated when you do poorly, it takes time to develop race craft”.
Racing is a big part of Madison’s life, but she also excels at other extracurricular activities. She plays club soccer for Northern Steel, as well as violin for the Chamber Orchestra at her Pine-Richland middle school. Madison plans to continue her racing career and hopes to try out other types of open wheel racing. Way to go, Madison!