Logan Seavey Is Overcoming Obstacles

Logan Seavey
Logan Seavey is slowing beginning to make his mark in the open-wheel racing world.

Born in the small Northern California town of Sutter, Logan Seavey grew up in outlaw kart racing country, with both Cycleland Speedway and the Red Bluff Outlaws less than two hours from his hometown.

He got into karts in 2002 at the ripe young age of 5 years old. At the time, Seavey was following in the footsteps of his older brother, Tyler, who had begun racing outlaw karts two years prior. From that point on, Logan Seavey hasn’t looked back and hasn’t slowed one bit.

Before Tyler Seavey began driving karts, there was no racing background in the Seavey family. It did not take long, though, for Logan Seavey to figure out what it took to be one of the best. He won his first race when he was 6 years old behind the wheel of his box stock kart.

In 2007, just his fifth year behind the wheel, Seavey won his first championship, claiming the Box Stock title at Cycleland Speedway, which is located outside of Chico, Calif. He now has six championships in outlaw kart competition. Three of his six championships are in the premier Open class. He also has two titles in the 250 Intermediate class. He won back-to-back championships during the Red Bluff Outlaws Winter Indoor Series in 2015 and ’16.

Seavey is regarded as one of the top outlaw kart drivers in the country and is one of the favorites to win on any given race day.
“Winning the SPEED SPORT Challenge at Mill­bridge Speedway and Kyle Larson’s Outlaw Kart Showcase at Cycleland are definitely the two biggest wins of my career so far,” Seavey said.

Seavey topped the SPEED SPORT Challenge in May of 2015 and won Kyle Larson’s Outlaw Kart Showcase in September of last year. Seavey’s victory at “The Showcase” was his last win of 2016 and also his last start behind the wheel before open-heart surgery sidelined him for the rest of the year.

While on the fast track to success it seemed as though nothing could slow Seavey. He has been fast in everything he has driven from outlaw karts, to midgets, to sprint cars. One thing, though, that has slowed him was of all things — his heart.

“I knew from a young age that something was different about my heart, but was told it wouldn’t affect my life,” Seavey said.

That changed last March of 2016 when Seavey was told by doctors he would need open- heart surgery to correct a congenital heart disease known as Scitimar Syn­drome.

“I was relieved to hear that they could fix it because the side effects were not pleasant. The first thing I asked my cardiologist, though, was if the surgery could be put off until the end of race season,” Seavey recalled.

With the doctor’s OK, the surgery was put off until Sept. 19, a little more than a week after he won Kyle Larson’s Outlaw Kart Showcase. Seavey has spent the time since his surgery rehabbing and working to get back into shape as quickly as possible. He was released by his doctor for “normal activities” at the beginning of November.