On The Track

Connor Zilisch


Connor Zilisch

Matthews, NC

I love everything about racing – the competition, traveling to different tracks, hanging out with friends and learning to go faster and outrace other drivers. I’ve been racing karts since I was 5 and lots of people have always told me I had potential but having potential and becoming a champion are two different things. Becoming a champion takes hard work, determination and support from lots of other people and great companies like Champion.

I got nicknamed Flipper because I flipped my kart twice in back-to-back sessions in 2013 and once again in 2014. It took me a long time to get my confidence back from the flips, but I kept working and never quit. Things turned around for me in 2017. In October, I became only the 2nd American ever to win the Rok Cup World Championship in Italy against 162 drivers from 31 countries and in November I won the SKUSA SuperNationals race in Vegas - 2 of the biggest, championship level, cadet races in the world. I know I have to keep working hard to become the best I can be and want to race more overseas against the world’s best drivers. Thank you for your support.