Having a World of Outlaw Sprint Car driver as a father, it’s not too hard to figure out what Austin is trying to do. Austin started racing in a go-kart at the young age of eleven at an indoor track in Waterloo, IA and even raced a few shows at the dirt track in Newton. With his father Terry being gone most of the summer it was hard for young Austin to get much racing in. The indoor venues were nice because of the simple fact that they were during the winter season and it was easier for the entire family to be a part of Austin’s karting career. Austin was no slouch behind the wheel of the kart as he won nearly 30% of the races he entered in.
After just a few races in 2006, it was time to move up and a 600cc Micro Sprint class seemed to be the best option. His first year in the Micro’s, he raced at the local 1/6th mile high banked clay oval of English Creek Speedway. He dominated and took home 12 feature wins, the Rookie of the Year Honors and the Season Championship; not a bad rookie season. This was just the first step towards professional driving and he knew that the sprint car had to be next. After the dominating season at English Creek, the McCarl family decided it was time for young Austin to get behind the wheel of a 360 Sprint Car.
Now, with one year of wheeling a sprint car under his belt, Austin is ready to take on the legendary Knoxville Raceway in the seat of an Outlaw Sprint Car. Austin, with car owner Terry and Lori McCarl, will be running the entire 410 Championship Cup Sprints schedule at Knoxville this year. The 2010 goals for this 17 year old driver are to make ever main event and have a lot of fun.