Editor’s Note: Logan Seavey, 20, is the defending POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League champion and current P1 Insurance USAC National Midget Series point leader. Beginning May 29 through June 3, Seavey will be sharing his experiences with SPEED SPORT readers while competing during Indiana Midget Week. 

Seavey drives the No. 67 Toyota-powered midget for Keith Kunz Motorsports. Below is Seavey’s first diary. Indiana Midget Week begins tonight at Montpelier Motor Speedway in Montpelier, Ind.

Logan Seavey

MONTPELIER, Ind. — Many of you may know my back story, but for those of you that don’t, I’m from Northern California.

When I was five I climbed into my first kart and I won my first race when I was six in a box stock kart. I won my first championship in 2007 when I was 10. When most kids were finishing up school, I was racing any and every time I could.

Then I found out I had a congenital heart defect called Scimitar Syndrome. It was something I was born with. We didn’t know about it until I began struggling to catch my breath all the time.

The doctors told me I needed surgery and I wanted to keep racing. When I was 18, they moved one of my veins to a different part of my heart. The operation was a success and they told me I could finally go racing again.

Almost exactly one year ago we won the last night of the Illinois Speed Week. Last year was awesome — we won the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League championship as well as rookie-of-the-year honors.

Today is the first day of Indiana Midget Week. I feel really good about this week. It is six nights of racing and five of the tracks I’ve never seen before, so I’m looking forward to getting to the new tracks.

Today’s race at Montpelier Motor Speedway is a bit easier on the team because the cars are ready to go ahead of time. We have been consistently fast every time we race.

There is no tougher competition in midget racing than Indiana Midget Week. I can’t wait!