Drive Second to None Fuels Little
For Jesse Little, a 18-year old, who graduated in May from Bandys High School, North Carolina, his future path is crystal clear: He wants to
be a professional racecar driver. And with a win in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East at New Hampshire
Motor Speedway in July, last year, Little is well on his way to making that dream a
“I’ve pretty much been around racetracks as long as I can remember,”
said Little, driver of the No. 97 NASCAR Technical Institute Chevrolet
and a native of Sherrills Ford, North Carolina. “Some of my earliest
memories are of my birthday parties at racetracks, when my dad was
racing in the Cup series.” For Jesse, being around racing from a young age afforded him the
opportunity to develop a deep understanding of racing and race cars, and
he’s translated that experience to success on the track.
"His drive and will are second to none"
Harold Holly has spent nearly three decades in the racing industry. He is currently the Competition Director at GMS Racing. He has known Jesse Little since he was a child, and has played a key
role in Little’s development as a racer. According to Holly, Jesse
Little’s rare ability to combine an unyielding desire to win, an
analytical approach to racing decisions, and an unmatched work ethic is
what separates him from the competition. “He has so much drive, he’s so athletic, his comprehension of the engineering aspects of the car – it amazes me,” said Holly.
Maturity brings Success -" I don't see myself doing anything other than racing"
After winning the 2013 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award in the K&N
Pro Series East, Little was named to the 2014-2015 NASCAR Next class and also the 2015-2016 NASCAR Next class.
NASCAR Next is an industry program that spotlights and develops emerging
talent in the sport. “Being a part of the Next class is a huge honor,” Little said. “It
has opened so many doors already, and seeing the success that other
drivers who’ve come through the program have had, I feel very fortunate
to be a part of it." Little agrees that he’s adapted a more strategic approach to in-race
decisions, considering the long-term consequences before making a move. “I don’t see myself doing anything other than racing professionally, I
want to make it to the top. It’s something that will take a lot of work
and I’m willing to do it – I like the challenge.”