Biography | Russell Soto Racing
Russell has been karting since 2009, under the watchful eye of Stevan McAleer, founder of Cold Spring Motorsports and a professional, championship-winning racing driver that ranks amongst the very best driving coaches in the country. In the past five years, Russell has won two indoor karting championships, and has placed in several others against older and more experienced competition.
Russell Thomas Soto was born in New York City in September of 2000 to a Filipino mother and Puerto Rican father. Raised in the New York/New Jersey tri-state area (Jersey City), Russell is a lifelong honor student with portfolio full of academic and community accomplishments. He is currently attending the Hudson County Schools of Technology's High Tech High School - one of the most prestigious in the State – where he is majoring in Automotive Engineering.
At 9 years old. First time ever in a go-kart
With Stevan McAleer and Ryan Sheehy of McAleer Motorsports, first championship win
In the 2015 and 2016 racing seasons, Russell has been competing at the club level at Oakland Valley Race Park, and at the Regional level in the North East Rotax Max Challenge in the Junior Max category with McAleer Motorsports. For 2017 he joined the PSL Northeast team, competing in the Rotax US Open in the Senior MAX category, and achieved second place in the Regional Northeast Super Series of karting (Senior TAG category).
Looking after his kart at the 2014 Northeast Rotax Max Challenge, Oakland Valley Raceway Park
In 2014, Russell joined McAleer Motorsports (Cold Spring Motorsports’ karting team) for his first year in outdoor karting competition, bringing his natural ability, high level of commitment and contagious enthusiasm to this new arena.
Russell's determination to learn, commitment and fighting attitude turns heads at every race meeting - where he is known for his thrilling starts and daring overtakes, against tough competitors in often better equipment.
On the grid at the Northeast Rotax Regional race, August, 2015
Mixing it up at the Oakland Valley Race Park - Summer, 2015
With PSL Northeast, racing in the rain at Oakland Valley Raceway Park - Summer, 2017
In the later part of the 2017 season, Russell attended the Lucas Oil Race School, where he successfully transitioned into driving an open wheel racing car. He then competed in the 2018
As he says: "It's not the winning that I love the most, it's the work and the effort you have to put into it."