When Ty Majeski was 9-years-old, his friends started playing tackle football. But that's when the Seymour native started down a different road.
"I'm about 5'4'', 130 pounds and obviously I was smaller then and my parents were worried about me getting hurt. My dad's like well, how bout I go buy you a go kart instead and I'm like, oh that'd be pretty cool," explained stock car driver Ty Majeski.
From go karts, to stock cars Majeski had a fast rise in the sport. He's the back to back ARCA Midwest champ and has become one of the top driving prospects in all of motorsports.
Ty's dad and spotter Brad Majeski is thrilled with his success. "What he's done in his career of racing went beyond our expectations. We never thought it would get to the point where he's had the opportunities like he's had here," said Brad.
2016 kicked things into high gear. Roush Fenway, the winningest team in NASCAR history, signed him to a developmental program. Plus, he was honored as a member of this year's Nascar Next class.
"Obviously it's exciting, I mean it's something I've been working toward since I started racing. But at the same time it adds a little pressure. We've got to go out and keep winning races, I've got to continue improving," said Ty.
This new journey means he's one step closer to chasing his ultimate goal.
"We have live pit stops and the car's a lot heavier, different kind of tire. I'm really close, closer than I've ever been before and we just need to keep moving forward," added Ty.
Ty's being groomed to move up the racing ranks, but he also started his own developmental program. Majeski trains youngsters from eight to twelve years old how to drive go karts.
"Helping drivers with their lines and stuff and helping the dads with the set up on the go karts. It's cool to give back. I always say I'm never going to forget where I come from no matter how far I go up the ladder," explained Ty.
Being a first generation racer, Ty prides himself on putting in the work every step of the way.
"We put our blood, sweat and tears into this and we don't have a huge budget, we kind of do it the old school way. It definitely makes it that much sweeter," said Ty.
Ty's mom and public relations manager added, "Am I proud? That's an understatement. I can't even begin to tell you how proud I am. The more you give this kid, the better he does."
Toby Nuttleman, Ty's crew chief said," I want to be able to sit on my couch and watch him race on Sundays. With the right moves, he can achieve that."
It's clear Majeski's fueling up for a long ride ahead.