Feature Friday: David French
David French of Rome Pennsylvania recently attended the U.S. INEX Champions award banquet held at the Speedway Club at Charlotte Motor Speedway with his parents David and Valerie French. While at the banquet David was recognized for finishing 2nd place nationally out of 104 competitors in the INEX Bandolero Outlaw division for the 2015 season. He was also distinguished as the U.S. INEX Bandolero Outlaw State Champion.
The Bandolero Car is a turnkey, spec-series racecar designed by USCLI used as a stepping stone between a 1/4 midget or go cart and a full size racecar.
David had 39 starts at 4 different tracks in 3 states with 27 feature wins and 12 top 3 finishes.
At the beginning of the 2015 season David travelled to Orlando Speedworld and competed in INEX Winter Nationals, a 5 race event where he tied for 2nd at the end of the series. In April he then went to Texas Motor Speedway and participated in the Battle at the Big Top another 5 race event where he finished 2nd overall.
In New York, at Bethel Motor Speedway he competed in 22 events and had a record 21 wins and 1 second place finish, winning the track championship and the greatly coveted Legendstock race. Also in New York he had 7 starts at Chemung Speedrome with 6 wins and a 2nd place finish.
David began racing in 2007 driving a Microd and competing at Southern Tier Microd Club as well as in the touring series for New York State Microd Association. At the age of seven he was named Rookie of The Year and most improved driver for the New York State Microd Association. In 2008 David competed in a Microd and an Open Wheel, he finished 2nd in point at Midstate Microd Club in Cortland NY and 3rd at Southern Tier Microd Club in Candor NY. After finishing 3rd in STMC points in 2009 and 2nd in 2010, David made the move to Bandoleros.
In his Rookie season David was the INEX Bandolero Bandit PA State champion, he competed weekly at Chemung Speedrome winning the track championship. He also raced at Bethel Motor Speedway weekly where he finished 5th overall and was awarded Rookie of The Year.
In 2012 David had feature wins at Mountain Speedway, Chemung Speedrome and Bethel Motor Speedway where he also won the weekend long event Firecracker Madness. He finished the 2012 season by placing 3rd at the Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National Motor Sports Park in Lucama NC.
2013 brought another track championship at Chemung Speedrome, he also had multiple feature wins at Chemung and Waterford Speedbowl in CT and ended up 3rd overall at Bethel. David was also the INEX Bandolero Outlaw PA State Champion. In 2014
David continued to compete in the US INEX Bandolero Outlaw Division. He had 40 starts with 24 wins and 11 top 5 finishes. These finishes were recognized with 2 Track Championships, Chemung Speedrome where he had 13 starts with 11 wins and Bethel Motor Speedway with 21 starts with 13 wins. He also competed at Concord Speedway in NC. And he again was the US INEX PA State Champion in the Bandolero Outlaw Division.
In 2015 in addition to competing in the Bandolero Outlaw Division David also raced a US INEX Legend car owned By Jim Sylvester. David participated in 17 races at Bethel Motor Speedway picking up 11 2nd place finishes and 6 top 5's. In the Legend car David collected rookie of the Year honors in the Young Lion Division at Bethel Motor Speedway and is grateful for the opportunity to drive for Jim Sylvester.
David ran a limited season in a 305 Sprint Car racing in the CRSA Touring Series, where he won a qualifying heat race at his sixth event. David credits his success to all the knowledge his father share with him as well as all the support of his family, fans and sponsors.
David is a 10th grade honor student at Notre Dame High School in Elmira New York.
David's passion is racing and if you don't see him out on the track odds are he is busy in the garage gearing up for his next race.