CENTREVILLE, Va. - He may not be old enough to have a driver’s license, but an 11-year-old boy in Fairfax County is no stranger to getting behind the wheel.
Jacob Putman has yet to start 6th grade, but the young racing phenom is already a seasoned veteran with six first-place finishes and more than 100 trophies on his shelf.
“I’ll wait a few laps and then try to get around them,” Jacob explained. “Be patient and wait for them to make a mistake.”
The shaggy-haired tween has been racing since he was 4 years old, but his father said the racing doesn’t stop on the track.
“Everything is first. He’s going to be the first one on the school bus. If there are seven kids down at the school bus he’s going to be the first one out of every one of them and I don’t care where he’s standing at. He’s going to beat everyone to that bus. The same way I’m sure he is at lunch,” Jacob’s father Vince Putnam explained.
In the video player above, FOX 5’s award-winning photojournalist Chip Baysden and Brody Logan bring us the story of the young speed racer catching attention in Virginia.