The Kulwicki Driver Development Program looks for drivers to be well-rounded in all aspects of life, not just on the race track. One of the drivers that best embodies that is Michael Ostdiek. The 20-year-old Minnesota native has a penchant for charity work, and a knack for scoring checkered flags.
Ostdiek is running a quarter-midget driver development program to help kids get started in racing the same way he did 15 years ago. He’s also working hard away from the race track to help special need children with the Best Buddies program and HopeKids, a program that deals with pediatric cancer patients and children with other life-threatening conditions.
Next year Ostdiek will be hosting a charity golf tournament with Brady Skjei of the New York Rangers and Charlie Lindgren of the Montreal Canadiens.
On the track, Ostdiek picked up three wins at Elko Speedway in Minnesota and won the ARCA Midwest Tour Rookie of the Year award.
But finding the time to race was a difficult task for Ostdiek who just finished the first semester of his third year at Iowa State University.
“During the week I’m there to go to school and then on Fridays I’ll head to wherever I have to go. It was kind of hard to close out the year on-track being three hours away from the shop. But it’s very rewarding being able to race and also have a good foundation for my future as well, whether that’s at a race track or not.”
Staying busy while at school is something that Ostdiek said is very important to him. He’s involved with multiple clubs, as well as on the club lacrosse team.
All of those things show a well-rounded individual, exactly what the Kulwicki Driver Development Program looks for when selecting their drivers. That’s why Ostdiek has been in the program for two years now.
Ostdiek said he wanted to be apart of the program after seeing what the program did for fellow Midwest racers Ty Majeski, Steve Apel and Reagan May.
“Seeing what they do for their drivers is very attractive for a young racer trying to grow their career.”
Ostdiek will be honored on at the Kulwicki Driver Development Program banquet on Thursday, December 14 for his second-place result in the 2017 KDDP standings. Family, friends and fans can watch the KDDP banquet live on Speed51.com.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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