Carson Macedo, a 22-year-old fourth-generation racer from Lemoore, Calif., is the latest addition to the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series’ roster of full-time competitors.
Handpicked by fellow Californian Kyle Larson to wheel the No. 2 sprint car fielded by Kyle Larson Racing, Macedo will achieve his goal of racing with the nation’s premier sprint car series.
“But I don’t necessarily just want to race with the World of Outlaws. I want to win,” Macedo told SPEED SPORT. “I don’t want to just be out there and participate. That’s never been my mindset in anything I’ve done. I want to win races and I want to win championships. I understand that’s a big goal and it might take some time, but I go to the race track every single night with the mindset to win.
“With the tools I have now with Kyle Larson Racing, with Joe Gaerte as the crew chief and with Heath Moyle as the car chief, I really think we have the recipe for success. I definitely have a lot of confidence in my team and I think that’s super important,” Macedo continued. “Obviously, racing with the Outlaws is going be one of the toughest things I’ve ever done in the sport. They are the best in the business. They are the best teams, they are the best funded, they have the best drivers and they have the best mechanics, so it’s not easy to win races. I’m definitely aware of the challenge, but I’m up for it.”
Born into a racing family, Macedo was only 5 years old when he started driving a 100cc junior sprint with guidance from his grandfather, longtime West Coast racer Robby Tarlton. Macedo steadily advanced through the micro sprint ranks and began racing a winged sprint car when he was 15.
“My mom and dad didn’t have the financial backing to race sprint cars,” Macedo said. “We did the micro thing for a little while and my dad ended up building a house, buying some land and started farming out here in Lemoore. So we sold all of our micro stuff and I was very fortunate that Tom and Tommy Tarlton bought all of that stuff and I ran a year or two for them. Then they put me in a sprint car.”
Macedo’s early sprint car success included winning a prelim night feature during the 2014 Gold Cup Race of Champions World of Outlaws event at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif., and claiming the King of the West title in 2015.
In 2016, Macedo packed his bags and headed to the Midwest where he raced a midget for Keith Kunz Motorsports with sponsorship from Tom and Tommy Tarlton’s construction company, Tarlton and Son Inc.
“Driving for Keith Kunz was an opportunity for me to be in a ride that had a lot of eyes on it,” Macedo recalled. “I was able to race that whole season in the midget. I had never raced a midget before and I was able to step into one of the best rides and right away I was able to win races. It was an opportunity to move out there and have a lot of people see what I was doing and for it to lead to other things.”
While Larson, Jason Leffler and Christopher Bell are among those who utilized KKM as a stepping stone to NASCAR, racing stock cars was never part of Macedo’s plan.
“A lot people have asked why I didn’t want to go to the NASCAR scene,” he said. “If a door had opened, I might have walked through it, but that opportunity never came up for me so I didn’t put a lot of thought into it. I really wanted to be a World of Outlaws driver.”