According to an article in the Daily Titan, at 3 years old, Kenton Koch wore out the tires on multiple Big Wheel tricycles. At age 4, he liberated his bike from its training wheels, simply because they were slowing him down. At age 6, Kenton and his father went to the LA Auto Show, where Kenton’s passion for racing shifted into high gear.
From the Daily Titan website:
At 5 a.m., Kenton Koch climbs into his Mazda race car to drive for three consecutive hours around the Daytona International Speedway. With a morning chill in the air, the tires on Kenton’s vehicle have become cold.
“It’s a combination for disaster if you don’t take your time in warming them up,” Kenton said.
The condition of the tires causes Kenton’s car to skid into a tire barrier, losing valuable time he needs to finish the race for his team.
“At that moment in time, I was scared because we were leading this race and I could’ve cost the team the win,” he said.
But he didn’t. Instead, Koch and his team went on to win the Rolex 24 in Daytona, which, according to Kenton, is the Super Bowl of professional sports car racing.