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August 24, 2013

Kart racers enjoy family atmosphere, support system at Alexandria Grand Prix

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One of the most successful racers on the circuit is Mike Hornyak, who races two karts in two different classes. He agreed that SIRA and karting in general is like a huge family of support, and he's been drawn to it since he was young.

One of Hornyak's karts is in a restricted division, with more stipulations put on the engine. He's currently first in the SIRA standings in that division and placed third in Saturday's heats. Several racers said the hobby is exciting, but quite expensive. Hornyak disagreed.

Despite having decade-old chassis and frugally obtaining parts, Hornyak has compiled a very successful career. The Ohio native and Columbus, Ind., resident is an engineer at Cummins, and said he relies on his knowledge and ability over money to get the job done.

"I love racing and going fast. Simple as that. I enjoy coming to small towns like this and performing in front of a crowd. I pride myself on putting on a show for someone. A lot of people like to race like NASCAR and do a lot of bumping. I'm not like that," he said.

Like Jack Molitor on Facebook and follow him @aggiejack4 on Twitter, or call 640-4883.

Sunday schedule Downtown Alexandria Races from 1 to 5 p.m.

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