Parker Kligerman Is a Name to Remember for Racing Fans

Clayton CaldwellCorrespondent IJuly 22, 2009

Ron Hornaday isn't the only one dominating a series nowadays.

For people who watch the ARCA RE/MAX Series, they will tell you about an 18-year-old kid from Westport, Conn.

The kid's name is Parker Kligerman.

It's the ARCA RE/MAX Series—the same series that gave Ken Schrader, Kyle Petty, and Davey Allison their first shot in stock cars.

Even they were not as good as Kligerman. 

Kligerman has won four races in a row in the ARCA Series, and in 11 races this season, has finished out of the top 10 just once. Not to mention he has a 150-point lead over Justin Lofton.

Lofton's name ring a bell? Well it should. He just signed on to drive three races later this year for CJM Racing in the Nationwide Series.

It's not like Kligerman is beating nobodies. Lofton, as I mentioned before, is considered by many experts to be an up-and-coming star. Third in the series point standings is nine-time series champion Frank Kimmel, and 22-year-old Brian Silas is another good raw talent, many experts say.

Sitting seventh in the points is Patrick Sheltra. Known more for his horrific accident at Daytona, Sheltra won the following weekend at Rockingham and has run some Nationwide Series races in his career.

So who is Parker Kligerman, anyway?

Kligerman began his racing career just five years ago, running two-stroke go-karts. At age 15, Kligerman moved to the Skip Barber Series, where he raced three races and won them all.

At just the age of 16, Kligerman was running in the Formula TR Pro Series. In 14 starts, Kligerman won 11 times and took home the championship in 2006.

In 2007, Kligerman moved to USAC Midgets, a series where many cup drivers have made a name for themselves.

In 2008, The Cunningham Junior Development team signed him to a contract to run the ARCA Series full time in 2009. Roger Penske thought so much of him that he signed him to a development contract beginning this year.

Many "experts" thought Kligerman would struggle with his jump to stock cars. However, many others disagreed.

Reza Hornarvar, owner of Paladin Motorsports said "Golf has Tiger Woods, the NBA brought us Kobe Bryant, now motorsports has Parker Kligerman."

Quite a nice compliment.

Kligerman's stats are impressive. If he can keep his pace up, he'd be the first driver in ARCA RE/MAX Series History to win Rookie of the Year and the championship in the same season.

Pretty impressive for a guy who is only 18.

This weekend's race is at the Berlin Speedway in Marne, Mich., and Kligerman looks to make it five in a row.

Remember the name race fans, because I am sure you will be hearing it real soon.