At an age when most kids were pushing toy cars across the carpet pretending to be race car drivers, Mitchell DeJong was winning race championships. He won his first two championships -- in two different disciplines -- in the same year, at age 9. After a racing career that has moved him from go-karts to off-road modified trucks to Legend cars, DeJong has stepped up to the next off-road challenge, pitting him against drivers twice his age. But for a driver who knew at age 3 that he would be a racer, competing in the pro classes is just another challenge that he’ll tackle with the tenacity and skill he uses to attack the course.
Young but experienced, DeJong has raced competitively from the age of five and has proven himself a winner on pavement and dirt. He has the talent and ability to transform his skills between totally opposite forms of racing as he proved at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. DeJong raced his off-road modified truck on the short course dirt track to victory, then literally jumped out of his truck and rushed next door to the famous Las Vegas Bull Ring to race his Legend car on a 3/8-mile paved oval track and won it as well, all in the same day.
DeJong has taken Legends pavement racing by storm, claiming three Young Lions victories his first year. More impressively, he has earned two podium finishes, a Top 5 and a Top 10 in only four races of the Legends PRO Adult class.
His hard work has paid off in overwhelming success; DeJong captured eight championship titles by the time he was 14 years of age. He is the youngest and winningest four-wheeled professional racer in the world and has been referred to as “the young phenom” of racing.