Robert Noaker, MX-5 Cup driver at age 14

Robert Noaker, MX-5 Cup driver at age 14

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Robert Noaker, MX-5 Cup driver at age 14


After honing his skills in Skip Barber and Spec Miata, young Pennsylvania racer sets his sights on the pro ranks

There is much to be said about starting young. It’s generally agreed that if a racer wants to make it to the top of the professional ranks, he or she better start in karts at an early age. Robert Noaker did that, at age 5, but he moved on to cars much earlier than many, and at 14 years old he’s ready to make his debut in the Battery Tender Global Mazda-MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires.

Noaker moved to the Skip Barber Racing Series two years ago, and last year raced in Spec Miata with NASA. And he raced a lot. His father, Bob Noaker, says the Pennsylvania driver put 10,000 racing miles on his Miata over 16 weekends and 32 races with four wins. He finished the year off running with John Dean and Sick Sideways at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill in a Global MX-5 Cup car.

“His dream is endurance racing,” says Bob Noaker. “That was the very first opportunity and the first endurance race he could do. He’s not old enough to do any other kind of endurance racing. Being NASA, and that he has his competition license, he was legal to do that race, and he wanted to do one at a real young age.”

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