For the first Feature Friday of 2015, we're spotlighting our 2014 Young Lion Dirt National Champion, Joe Bongiorno.

Your Name, Class & Championship Title: 

 Joe Bongiorno, Young Lion (Dirt), 2014 Young Lion Dirt National Champion


What's your favorite racing memory of 2014? 

Getting the opportunity to race at the famed Knoxville Nationals in August for the Legends C.O.P.S race, which raises money and awareness for the families of fallen police officers.


What sparked your interest in competing in racing? 

When I was 8, my grandparents bought me a go-kart to drive around on at their cabin in Upper Michigan.  We built a track and I did laps for days, and I got the need for speed!  I started racing karts competitively when I was 10, and started in Legends at 14.


Who are your favorite drivers to compete against?

 Brian Peterson, Ethan Ross, Nelson Stewart (Tony's dad).


What are your goals for the 2015 season?

I have decided to race asphalt Late Models, so for the 2015 season, my goal is to become the Rookie of the Year at Slinger Speedway.


Which track is your favorite?

Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, WI.  This track has tons of history and is home of the National Midget Hall of Fame; it is a true driver's track. 


Are there any sponsors or people you'd like to thank?

 My parents Mike and Mary Bongiorno, Grandpa Ray, Grandma Gloria, Grandpa Jack, Grandma Sue, Aunt Lori, Joe Vitale, Chris Rice, Jeff Steenbergen and Ultimate Race Cars, Hank Scott Racing, Paul Conway Shields, Friends on Forest Home, Matco Tools, Stem 101, and Elmbrook Painting.