“DRIVE FAST TAKE CHANCES!”
Hi, my name is Mitchell DeJong, I’m 15 years old and have been racing since I was 5 years old. I started racing go-karts and still drive go-karts to keep my skills sharp. For the past 4 years I have transitioned into off-road trucks and recently, Legends cars. My goal is to become a race champion like my heroes, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Travis Pastrana and of course my Dad, Vince DeJong. Once I’m at the highest level, I can use my talents to hold celebrity events to offer rides to kids who have illnesses, giving them a chance to experience something exciting and special.
When I’m not racing and my schoolwork is done you can find me spending time with my dad prepping my race vehicles, or building and racing TRAXXAS R/C cars. I’m an 8th grade student in Temecula, CA and have maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout my education. I spend a lot of time at my parents business, DeJong Off Road Mfg., where they design and manufacture some of the coolest off road vehicles and develop components for the race, medical and aerospace industries in the machine shop.
9 CHAMPIONSHIPS! 6 YEARS!
- 2007 Apex Open Karting Championship
- 2007 CORR Trophy Kart Championship
- 2008 LEMX Championship
- 2008 BITD Primm Desert Championship
- 2009 Traxxas TORC Championship
- 2009 Lucas Oil Off Road Race Series – 5th
- 2010 Lucas Oil Off Road Championship
- 2011 Lucas Oil Off Road Championship
- 2011 Arizona Short Course Championship
- 2012 TORC Pro-Buggy Championship
- 2012 TORC Pro-Buggy Rookie of the Year
Alex Striler, X-Play Nation
“For the first time in off road history, there was a feeder class for future racing professionals. Young Racers, like the 2007 Apex Open Go Kart Champion, Mitchell deJong, jumped into a trophy kart and began racing alongside other children his age. After his first full year of racing, at only ten years of age, deJong secured the 2007 CORR Trophy Kart Championship. In 2008, he was the first place and overall winner of the Best In The Desert Primm 25 races series. That year he also won the 2008 Lake Elsinore Motorcycle Park Championship in the Trophy Kart class. The following year, deJong won the 2009 Traxxas Off Road Racing Championship at only 12 years of age. In 2010, deJong won the Lucas Oil Off Road Modified Kart Championship. He’s the youngest – and most winning – four wheeled professional racer in the United States with several season Championships in multiple classes. In October 2010, Mitchell deJong was signed by Red Bull and became the energy drink’s youngest professional off-road racer. Red Bull had noticed deJong’s series of successes and natural talent and wanted him aboard their team.”
– Chapter 15, pgs 185-186 (Available at http://www.x-playnation.com/)