Who Am I?
My name is Ashton Chilton, I am 17 years old and I live in Key Largo, Florida.
My passion is Racing and my goal in life is to become a Professional Racecar Driver. I started racing in 2012 when I was 6 years old in Kid Kart and I am now racing Legend Cars.
In 2014, I won my first Championship, the Palm Beach Rotax Micromax Championship.
In 2015, I finished second in the Florida Pro Kart Series Championship Mini Swift / IAME and won the Florida Pro Kart Series Championship Mini Swift / Tag Cadet. I finished eleventh in the Rok Cup USA Championship and won the Fall Championship Series in Homestead.
2016 was a great year as I raced again the Rok Cup Championship finishing 6th in points. i also raced in the Rok Cup South and won the Championship. I also won the local Spring Series Championship in Homestead, FL. This summer, I was able for the first time to race out of state in the WKA Manufacturers / National Series in Newcastle, Indiana (twice) and in Pittsburgh, PA.
I also won the Palm Beach Championship, undefeated, where I finished first in all 5 races.
In December, I raced the WKA Daytona Kart Week and won the Championship leading every lap of the competition the entire week except 2 laps of the last race.
2017 was an excellent year. I finished a strong 2nd in the world biggest winter race, FWT. After being sponsored by "Nitro Kart" we continued the National WKA series winning again in Jacksonville (Week-end Champion) and securing the WKA National Winter Championship in Ocala with more podiums and another weekend Championship in Pittsburgh. I raced all around the country and was finally crowned the 2017 WKA National Champion.
Not to forget, I also got my first big crash in Indiana which included 3 flips but fortunately I was not hurt.
2018 started quite rough with several crashes as I moved up to the Junior class (Junior IAME X30 and Junior LO206). Bigger kart, a lot more power and a lot to learn to be competitive. This was a new beginning but I persevered. I really applied myself, learnt everything there is to know about my kart, increased my body strength in order to be able to handle my kart (150 push ups nightly) and all my efforts paid off. Within a couple of months, I finally reach the required level to be competitive. I ran 5 different Florida Championships. I finished 3rd in SSKC. I won the Ocala Spring / Summer Championship and finished 2nd in Ocala Fall / Winter Championship. By winning that overall Championship (total of 12 races) I am also the recipient of the Ocala 4 Year University Scholarship.
I also won the SOFLOKC LO206 championship.
I finished the year with a Double Championship at AMR Motorplex in 2 different division LO206 Jr and X30 Junior, first time in the history of the track.
2019, as I won State and National championships with over 100 podiums in my career, it is time for me to say goodbye to Go Karting and move up to Legend Car racing in September. Right away, I really took on this kind of racing and I finished all my races in the Top 10. I will keep digging, improving and looking forward to an excellent 2020 season including my first participation at the Nationals in this series.
2020 has been a very challenging year with Covid. Some races have been cancelled or postponed but we managed to complete the season and after over 30 races, I finished 2nd in the Legend Car Racing Florida State Championship, Young Lions division and 3rd in the Auburndale Local Championship.
2021 was a good year where I still raced my Legend car, Young Lions Division but with a brand new car and engine as well as a new number 56. I finished 4th in the Nationals in Nashville, Tennessee. I also got to race a road course where I finished 1st and twice 3rd. I also won several Florida races.
2022, I ran the spring and Nationals series in Legend Car and scored 2 Top 10 finishes. Unfortunately, I lost 2 of my main sponsors ( health issues and relocation) so I have been able to race as much.
For 2023, we are still evaluating what we are going to do. In order to be competitive, i would have to move to super late model or ARCA but unfortunately we don't have the financial means to race at that level, unless a team hires me or we find some major sponsors. Time will tell.
Not only do I drive but I also do mechanic work every day on my car with my father, who is also my mentor, my coach and my mechanic. My goal is to compete at the national level and become the best in the Nation. Racing is an extremely expensive sport between travel costs, entry fees and maintenance of the car. By sponsoring me, you are helping me becoming more competitive against the bigger teams, and making my dream comes true.
It is also a great opportunity for you to showcase, promote and advertise your company.
On a personal note, when I am not racing, I love flat fishing on my Hewes boat (that I purchased myself after working construction and other jobs).
I still remain active in the racing world as I also coach and tune for different Kart racing teams at the pro races (local, state and national).
I hope you will join us and become part of my success.