By: Tim Church
Jonathon Lesiecki, a full time college student has been racing for fifteen years. When I asked about how he got started in racing he says, “I’d have to thank my Dad, because he was the main reason either my brother AJ or I started racing.” Jonathon’s Dad grew up going to supermodified races with his Dad. Jonathon’s Dad’s dream was for his sons to race. With the support from Jonathon’s Mom, he and AJ got a yard kart for Christmas in 2001. A couple of years later both they both had quarter midgets. “The end goal was always supermodifieds”, said Johnathon. Jonathon lists his career highlights as winning a quarter midget race in Ft. Wayne.
A third place finish at Toledo last year and winning the rookie of the year with MSA. The future is bright for this young racer. The number fourteen is a 1990’s Hyder-Hawk that has been redone by Graham Gott and finished in 2011. They made a lot of changes to the car last year in order to work with their wing they have designed. This year they are making no real changes. “ I was comfortable last year and it worked well for us. So if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”
Jonathon plans on running the full MSS schedule this year. Last year they sat out some shows due to just getting the car back together, but they are ready to go this year. If all goes well they may support some ISMA shows. You can check for updates about his schedule by following his Facebook page, AJD Racing.
So what are the goals for AJD Racing? Seat time for Jonathon is going to be top priority this year. “With running a full schedule, it would be really nice to try and sneak into the top five in points too.” Johnathon points out just owning a supermodified is an accomplishment.
I asked Jonathon how he balances going to college full time and racing. “We are pretty organized for a bunch of guys. Either on the ride home from the track or the Sunday following the race, we make a list of what has to be done. From weekly maintenance to fixing any problems that we encountered that week. I then go through and figure out what homework or exams I have to study for that week and plan one night to do them. Monday and Wednesdays are definite shop nights. So there is not much time for relaxing for Johnathon.
Jonathon would like to thank sponsors St. Anthony of Padua Lorain, Town Money Saver, and Gregs Professional Painting. He would also like to thank AJ and Derick Becker for all of their time in the shop also, Scott Purgason, Stevin Berlin, and Randy Eggler for all of their help at the track.