Grant Palmer, a 21-year-old race car driver from St. Charles, Missouri, has an ambitious goal; to become an IndyCar champion. By the estimation of industry experts, to this point in his young racing career, Grant has shown the talent, drive, and determination to make his ambition a reality.
Grant has been a longtime fan of all forms of motorsports, including NASCAR, IndyCar, and Formula 1. He grew up watching races with his dad on television, dreaming of the day when he would finally get his chance to get behind the wheel.
At 14, after an award-laden baseball career, Grant was allowed to try out a rental go-kart at the local karting complex, and he loved it. A few weeks later, Grant’s parents purchased his first go-kart and his racing career began.
2016 – Began racing karts at age 15 after a successful youth baseball career. Finished as Vice Champion in both a local and regional series while also competing in national karting events.
2017/2018 – Trained with Phil Giebler Racing, one of the top kart development programs in the country. Raced in the SKUSA ProKart Series in California and national karting events across the country.
2018 – Selected to compete in the Lucas Oil Karting Scholarship Shootout with 30 of the best kart racers worldwide. Qualified as one of the finalists.
2019 – Debuted in the Lucas Oil Racing series for formula cars. In his first 3 races, scored two 2nd place finishes and a 4th place. Also trained and raced in various formula cars, including a step up to an F4 car, in which he showed great poise and pace.
2020 – Began the season with two podium finishes and an FX class track record in an F4 car at Circuit of the Americas, followed by two class wins at WWT Raceway to become the 2020 SCCA Super Tour FX Class Champion. Was offered the opportunity to train and race in England with Low Dempsey Racing in the British Racing and Sports Car Club (BRSCC) FF1600 championship and other club championships. Scored a win, and many other top finishes against some of the toughest competition in the world, impressing his race team and industry insiders.
2021 – Racing in the USF2000 series to begin climbing the Road to Indy ladder. The next steps will be the FR series, Indy Lights, and ultimately the NTT IndyCar Series.
2022 – Testing with Future Star Racing. Grant plans to race in the USF2000 or FR America’s Series.