Derek Kraus is a 14-year-old race car driver with a family based team out of Stratford, Wisconsin. He started his racing career when he was 7 in go karts progressed to bandoleros when he turned 11. He raced bandoleros and trucks in 2014 and won two track championships. In 2015, he ran two truck series, a local track in his late model and numerous specials down south. All his dedication paid off in 2015 as he won a Truck championship in one series, Rookie of the Year in third place in points in the other series, and Rookie of the Year title, seventh place in points in his late model.
"I feel my biggest accomplishment was qualifying into the Snowball Derby in Florida in the late model which has entries full of top drivers. I was very proud to be able to accomplish that for my team. Always striving to be a champion in all that I do. My passion for racing is hard for most people outside the racing world to understand. Racing isn't something you try, it is something you commit to. I promise as a driver, both on and off the track, to always strive to do my best and to handle each situation with dignity."