On the fast track

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Harmony students learn from young driver

By Kenny Colston

Like many 15-year-olds, Carrollton native Cody Brown likes to drive fast.

The difference between Brown and his peers, though, is Brown is finally getting paid to do so.

The freshman at Carroll County High School spends his weekends racing for U.S. Legends Car International, spending time in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio racing the smaller cars.

And last week, while many Oldham County students were on the beach for Spring Break, about a dozen Harmony Elementary students got to meet the young racecar driver.

As part of Husky Hangout, a youth enrichment program at Harmony, Brown capped off a week dedicated to racing. Earlier, students visited Kentucky Speedway, a place Brown has raced before.

Husky Hangout Director Debbie Gross said she tries to schedule a different topic for each holiday break and racing made the cut this time around. She said her students were excited to hear from a real racecar driver after learning about racing all week.

“I think they were pretty excited,” Gross said. “And for him to be so young, I think they were pretty impressed.”

The students sat in their own “racecars” for Brown’s speech and also got to take a photo in his Legend car afterward.

For Brown, his desire to be a racecar driver started early. He started racing four-wheelers at five years old, he said, and graduated to actual cars at 12.

This year marks his rookie season in a Legend car, often racing against men decades older than him, he said.

“It’s my rookie season and I’m already second in the points,” Brown told the students.

Like other drivers, Brown has a handful of sponsors, with Lucas Oil his primary one. The 15-year-old looks and dresses the part of a seasoned driver.

And with a few years of racing under his belt, Brown said his career path is set.

“My goal is to make NASCAR,” Brown said. “Whether it’s the trucks, Nationwide or the main racing circuit.”

Brown said he realized that dream at a very young age watching Sprint Cup races on TV. It was further cemented in his very first race, he said.

Brown is using his age to reach out to student groups, but he said his main love for racing is the feeling he gets on the track.

“Seeing the people and being on the track … when you get in that car, it’s just a thrill,” he said.

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