Birthdate: Sept. 27, 2001
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Chassis: COMPKARTEngine(s): Rotax 125; IAME X30; IAME Parilla Leopard, Yamaha KT100.Engine Builder: TBDHead Tuner: Wes Phillips
Accomplishments: 2013 Rotax Mini MAX World Finals Invitational champion, 2014 Florida Winter Tour TaG Jr champion, 2014 USPKS Leopard Jr champion, 2nd place TaG Jr 2014 SKUSA SuperNats XVIII.
Driving Strengths: Strategizing passing opportunities during last laps
Motto: “Don’t quit until you see the checkered flag.”
Best Race Track: New Castle (Ind.) Motorsports Park
Favorite Class: Rotax
Subject: Math (David is an honor student in Math and Science)
Hobbies: Math, Science, Reading, Art, Chorus, Band, Saxophone, Piano, Dancing
Sports: Football, Soccer, Wresting, Jujitsu
Sports Team: Chicago Bears
Racing Series: Formula One, NASCAR Sprint Cup
Racecar Driver: Kyle Busch, Sebastian Vettel
Music: Hip Hop
Coverage of local go-kart racing in a Chicago-area newspaper prompted Lithuania-born Henry Malukas to make an hour and a half drive to Indiana’s Michiana Raceway Park (MRP), a state-of-the-art karting facility located near South Bend, about 75 miles east of the Windy City.
Henry, an accomplished kart racer in his own right, was interested in involving his then 7-year-old son, David, in the sport of karting. After a visit to MRP and the purchase of a new Birel chassis, engines and the necessary safety equipment, the proud father had his young son ready for his first foray onto the technical MRP circuit.
David recalls being slightly nervous his first day behind the wheel, but remembers quickly getting the hang of wheeling his Birel mount around the hilly, challenging South Bend road course.
Less than three years after his first drive at MRP, David had become one of the most accomplished Junior Sportsman racers in the United States, becoming a multi-time feature winner and top-five finisher in SKUSA!, the World Karting Association’s Manufacturers Cup Series, the Route 66 Sprint Series and major Rotax MAX karting events around the country.
David started gaining serious attention and accolades in 2013, when he raced to a number of big wins, including his first Florida Winter Tour Rotax win in March, multiple WKA and United States Pro Kart Series (USPKS) wins and one of the highlights of his karting career, a victory in the Mini MAX Invitational as a part of the Rotax Grand Finals at NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans.
The 2013 season also saw Malukas and the HMD Trucking team switch from Birel chassis to Top Karts. In mid-2015, Malukas made the switch to COMPKART chassis, supported by J3 Competition of Erie, Pa.
While race wins and top finishes were coming nearly every time Malukas hit the track, a championship had eluded his career through the 2013 season. That changed in 2014, when David — always supported by Henry and his tuner, Wes Phillips — won two major karting championships.
David wrapped up his first championship early in the year with the TaG Junior title in the Florida Winter Tour. When finished in Florida, Malukas focused much of his attention toward the USPKS tour, which has become one of the most competitive sprint karting series in the country. Malukas capped a strong ’14 USPKS season with a sweep of the Leopard Junior finals at New Castle Motorsports Park and the Leopard Junior USPKS national championship.
Not only did the 2014 USPKS season produce a championship for the now-13-year-old David, but it also made him and his family a star on truTV’s KART LIFE, which shot a full season following the Malukases and other racing families through the four-race-weekend USPKS national tour.
David immediately began gaining national notoriety in and outside of the karting circles with the premier of KART LIFE in the winter of 2015.
Now, children and adults around the U.S., as well as Europe, and particularly Henry and Daiva’s native Lithuania, know more than just the name, David Malukas. They are learning the driving prowess and cool, calm persona that make David one of the brightest young karting talents in the sport.
Continue to follow David’s racing through his official website, his Facebook fan page and his Instagram account.
|First day karting ('09)...
||First National win ('12)...
||Racing to World Finals win ('13)...
||2014 USPKS champion...