This weekend’s race in Fontana will be young Anthony Alfredo’s first time on track with Richard Childress Racing, behind the wheel of the No. 21 Chevrolet Camaro. No stranger to the track, Alfredo has spent time in NASCAR’s Truck Series, K&N Pro Series, and the CARS Late Model Stock Tour prior to taking the step up to the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Before we see what Alfredo can do on the track, we wanted to get to know him off the track.
- What are your goals when it comes to racing on the track? I want to be able to learn as much as possible during every single lap I turn. I know that each track and each practice session and each race will teach me more and more, which will only help me be the best I can be as a driver. It is incredibly important to me that I give it all I have, every time I get into the car, in order to secure the best finish as possible for my team, partners, and fans.
- How about your goals off the track? My goals off the track are purely dedicated to utilizing my platform, as a person and as a racer, to do the right thing for others and inspire them to pursue their own dreams. I want to serve as a role model to young kids who have the desire of becoming a successful driver at the sport’s highest level, which is no different than how I consider myself.
- Who do you consider your inspiration? If I was talking to you about who my inspiration is in life, and not thinking of the race track and competition side of life, it would definitely be my dad. Not only is my dad a great father, but he has become self-made from the extremely hard work and dedication he has put into his career over the years. When it comes to the inspiration on the race track though, Jimmie Johnson is hands down my pick. From watching him since I was young, he has always appeared to remain humble, kind and respectful, on top of his astounding career successes. This is something I admire and someone who I want to mold myself after when I am racing, but also in my everyday life.
- Tell us more about your love for gaming and eSports – how did your passion for this start, and how do you feel it translates to your real racing? My interest for gaming started with playing Call of Duty at a young age. My passion for the eSports industry though, sparked when I discovered Faze Clan when I was about 12 years old. Faze Clan creates fun and entertaining content from the same games I have always loved to play, and watching them grow into a global brand and eSports powerhouse is what inspired me to get involved myself. I decided to formulate an eSports racing league, since we all know that iRacing and sim racing is where the racing industry and eSports industry collide. I wanted to provide opportunity for virtual racers to make names for themselves. After all, simulation has played a significant role in my career, and I know it could for other up-and-coming drivers, too. It is the closest thing to real life and is a valuable training tool for real drivers like myself.
- What’s your favorite moment in NASCAR history? My favorite moment in NASCAR history was watching Jimmie Johnson win his seventh NASCAR Cup Series championship and tie the all-time record with Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Richard Petty. It was incredible to see because it is unlikely that anyone else will be able to do that with how much the sport has evolved.