Driver and Personal Trainer Austin Langenstein Whips the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series Into Shape
Being born into a family of racers can put pressure on some drivers to continue the lineage, but Legend Car driver Austin Langenstein has been busy making a name for himself at the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series.
"Both of my parents actually raced and my family has been involved in racing my whole life so I was pretty much born into it," said Langenstein.
The 20-year old grew up in Concord, N.C., the heart of racing country, with a family that had racing in its blood. Langenstein's father, Charlie, currently works for Phil Parsons Racing, the team of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Josh Wise. Although he was constantly surrounded by the racing culture, Langenstein insists driving was something he always had the desire to start doing himself.
"My parents never pushed me into it, but I grew up around it so it was a pretty natural fit to get started with it," said Langenstein. "I always wanted to do it, I was around it a lot and I also really love it."
Langenstein started off racing quarter-midgets at age 8 and quickly moved up to WKA Dirt Go-Karts at age 9. With big dreams of racing in NASCAR one day, and the legendary Charlotte Motor Speedway right around the corner, he began racing Bandolero cars at the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series in 2008.
"When I was a kid and started out running Bandoleros here at Summer Shootout it was on such a big stage," Langenstein said with a smile. "You've got all the fans and such a great atmosphere, it made it really special and a big deal to be racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway."
Always keeping the racing tradition a family affair, Langenstein says one of the best parts about racing at Summer Shootout, now in a Legend Car, is building and working on the car with family members.
"One of the cool things is that my dad and I take care of the car ourselves, along with the help of my cousin, so it's definitely a family deal," Langenstein said. "I kind of like that because we can run with and beat the bigger teams which is a pretty good feeling because at the end of the day you know that you did that."
Outside the track, Austin has been busy putting in work to pursue another dream. Along with his accomplishments as a race car driver, he has also graduated as a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and currently works in a gym in Concord, N.C. Langenstein discovered the world of fitness when he was 16 years old and has been hooked on fitness ever since. The driver turned personal trainer also started participating in CrossFit in 2010.
"Fitness is my day job and I think it actually makes me a better race car driver, especially CrossFit because a lot of it trains you mentally," said Langenstein. "You have to learn to pace yourself so it helps me not let things get in my head in the car."
In a division as tough as the Quaker Steak & Lube Legend Car Semi-Pros, Langenstein has managed to hold his own and then some. Fresh off his win in Round 5, the Concord native is just starting to hit his stride.
With both his success on the track and a promising career in fitness, Langenstein sees only good things for his future. But Legend Car racing and the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series will always be near and dear to his heart.
"I'll probably never stop racing; I'll always drive, whether it's Summer Shootout every year or something else," said Langenstein. "I'll always stay involved in it, maybe running at a local short track like Summer Shootout."
Fans can watch Langenstein and other aspiring professional racers when the 21st annual Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series continues Tuesday, July 8. In addition to a full slate of Legend Cars and Bandoleros, the night will feature the crowd-favorite Faster Pastor School Bus Race.
Tickets for the Summer Shootout Series are available in advance at the speedway ticket office and at Gates 4 and 5 the night of the event. Parking is free. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with preliminary action starting at 5:10 p.m. Opening ceremonies are at 6:45 p.m. and feature races are scheduled to conclude by approximately 10 p.m.
For tickets to the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series, call Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com
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