Paddock Magazine is joined by racing driver Arick Scoby today. Coby has already established itself as a one-on-one watch in international karts and is widely known to be Ireland’s next racing star. Ask her about the year of her breakout and her jump to the world stage.
Birthday: June 9, 2004
From: Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland
You are now one of the most illustrious stars in Kart, how did you first get involved in motorsport?
I started driving a kart at the age of 6 and started racing at the age of 8. My dad was a racing driver and I had a small team in Ireland so I grew up around the track and always thought I would be a racing driver. It’s hard to remember long ago, but for the first time I remembered the feeling of the engine and just didn’t want to get out of the cart.
The Irish racing scene is, of course, a smaller community than the UK and Italy, but with really great drivers, the competition was fierce and it was a great training before we started racing internationally. I am very proud to be part of the new wave of internationally renowned Irish racers.
In 2020, we received new support from CJJ Motorsports and Navigate Partners to advance our career. What did it teach you about the racing industry?
Being selected by the late motorsport philanthropist John Campion as the only Carter to participate in the CJJ Motorsports program has been a great boost to my career, confidence and profile. There have been rumors in Ireland for some time about what John is putting together, and he could have chosen any driver to be chosen because the only Carter was incredible. Getting the recognition and support of a man like John is a dream for young drivers. He sadly died this fall. This was a huge loss to the Irish motorsport scene. He was a great man and a big supporter of sports at all levels.
I am very proud to be part of the new wave of internationally renowned Irish racers.
Driver, Coby Motorsport
In November I was signed by the Navigate Partners Driver Management Program in London. Their focus is on developing an environment that gives me everything I need to build a professional driver career. One of the first things they said is that you don’t have to wait to reach the next level to strengthen your readiness. I need to think like a professional driver, fit the race, prepare mentally, engage and prepare for the race when the opportunity arises. This winter I’ve been working with elite athlete and international hockey player performance coach Nicola Daly, but I’ve never been confident in preparing. Everyone around me knows the reality of building a career in racing. It’s nice to have this ground.
What is the future of Alyx Coby?
Many people say, “I want to race in F1,” but as a driver, there are many things I can’t control. My plan is to build a career as a professional racing driver and focus on enjoying my race. In 2021 I will not only continue to kart internationally, but also take the first step towards a car. Our plan is very exciting and the team around me is very strong now. I never dreamed I was in this position just a year ago.
My personal goal for the next 12 months is to increase my work experience with different teams and engineers. We also want to increase the variety of races and inspire young girls. Ireland Please put it in the cart and give it a try. Whether you’re fighting for victory or just running, you can learn a lot about yourself in the kart. It’s very easy to forget, and many don’t try it for fear of “not succeeding.” That’s what I want to change.
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