In addition to his midget schedule in 2016, Macedo pieced together as many sprint car rides as possible.
“I drove sprint cars for a lot people that year in one-weekend deals. One of them at the end of the year was the No. 3g car with Joe Gaerte,” Macedo explained. “I called him to run a couple of MOWA (Midwest Open Wheel Ass’n) races in Granite City, Ill., on a night when the midgets were also racing. We didn’t run that race, but we ended up hooking up and running the World Finals at Charlotte. Basically, it took off from there.”
It certainly did as Macedo has been one of the hottest young sprint car drivers over the last two seasons and his performance has earned him the chance to fulfill his dream in one of the sport’s premier rides.
“I think it’s cool that Kyle is willing to give a young guy a shot because in the World of Outlaws there is a group of elite drivers and those guys kind of rotate from team to team,” Macedo said. “I haven’t been out there and experienced the whole tour. There are a lot of unknowns and for him to give me a shot like that is phenomenal. It says a lot about his character.
“Kyle said in a few interviews when he decided he wanted to do his own team that he wanted to give a young guy a shot like he got when he was coming up through the sport. I really think we can build something together long term,” Macedo added. “I think myself and Joe work really well together. I think it’s really cool he gave me a shot and Joe a shot because it’s so important to have that chemistry right off the bat when you are going into something like this.
“Joe and I, we don’t talk nearly as much as people would think. We go to the track and I do my job and he does his job, and that’s because we both have a lot of faith in each other. A lot of the times when I get out of the race car he knows what I need before I do. There aren’t many teams that have that kind of chemistry.”
Gaerte has a long history in sprint car racing as an engine builder, crew chief, car owner and driver. The 10-time World of Outlaws feature winner sees enough potential in his driver that he is willing to upend his life and return to the road on a full-time basis.
“I think he has a bright future because he’s young, he’s only 22, and he’s looking at making this his full-time job,” Gaerte said. “He’s not interested in NASCAR; he’s not interested in any of that type of stuff. He just wants to race sprint cars for a living.
“The biggest obstacle will be all of the race tracks he hasn’t seen because sometimes you struggle when you haven’t seen a place. Some of the bigger stuff might be an issue,” Gaerte continued. “Being from California, they don’t have a lot of big tracks. We struggled at Eldora a little bit until we got on to it, but Carson picks things up really quick.”
Macedo concluded, “There are going to be challenges, but I think we have a great team and we have all of the tools.”