By TJ Millman
Jarod Millman does not even have a driver’s license yet, but he knows how to drive. At 15 years old, he has been racing for over half of his lifetime, and this past year he made his leap from the go-kart track to the much larger race car track. A soon-to-be sophomore at Milford High School, Millman is the only person in his class under the age of 30, but he does not let that intimidate him.
“Everyone is a lot older than me, but it doesn’t matter when it comes down to driving. I have plenty of racing experience, and when I’m on the track I’m not afraid of anything,” Millman said.
Millman started racing go-karts when he was only seven years old at a track called Club Milton and was in a class of only two racers. He moved up quickly, and won his first championship the very next year at the age of 8. He has traveled up and down the East Coast, even getting to race in Daytona, and emerged as a top talent in his age group.
Millman’s love for racing was born from his childhood, growing up watching videos of his father drive. His dad, Tim Millman, raced at Delaware International Speedway for years before Jarod was born, and it was in those videos that he found his inspiration.
“My dad stopped racing when I was too little to really remember getting to watch him, but people would always talk about it. I would hear people talk about my dad the race car driver, and I would watch his tapes, and I just knew that I wanted to race too,” he said.
This year is all about experience for him, as he gets his feet wet driving something that is the size of an actual car. He is only running in a part-time class, the street stocks, but he plans to use this year as a segue into a larger, full-time class.
“The street stock class is small and only runs 5 times this year, but I needed to learn how to drive a real race car. Go-karts are small and respond to the slightest of movements, and a car this big is just different. I have never even driven a real car before, so learning to drive a race car has definitely been a unique experience,” he said.
Millman also competes on the swim team at Milford High School, and has bounced around other sports over his years. He played a year of lacrosse, basketball, and some years of baseball, but racing has always been number one. He has dreamt of being a NASCAR driver since he was a little kid, but he acknowledges the reality of that dream.
Due to weather, he has only had the opportunity to race once this year, but he finished second in his class and is looking forward to his next race on August 10. He also wants to thank his biggest fans, his family.
“Since I first started racing, my family has come to all of my races. My grandmothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, everybody. They all come out to watch me whenever I race, and they treat me like I just won no matter where I finish. Having them there with me helps me to stay calm and keeps the nerves away,” he said.
When asked about finally getting to take Drivers Ed this year, Millman just laughed and said, “I don’t think I will have a problem with going too slow.”
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