#12 Darren Dryden

Darren Dryden

#12 Darren Dryden

Hometown: Freelton, ON
Age: 22
Status: Single
Years in Can-Am Midgets: 

Owner: Darren Dryden
Wayne Gray Motorsports
Engine: Suzuki GSXR 750

Other Experience: Go Karts, Mini stocks, and Canadian Vintage Modifieds

Driver Stats:

  • 2018 Lucas Oil Can Am Midget Champion
  • Full ­time competitive go kart racer from 2008 – 2014
  • Rookie of the Year in 2008 and finished 5th in season points
  •  2 Championships in karting (Jr. Light Champion in 2010 and Sr. Medium Champion in 2014)
  • Achieved Jr. High Points in 2010 (highest points without drops over all junior divisions)
  • Sr. Medium all­time track record holder
  • Placed top 3 in season points 5 out of 7 years in karting
  • 5 top 3 finishes in the Canadian Nationals with the Brian Stewart Racing Karting Championship Series
  • Awarded “Best Appearing Kart” 5 out of 7 years of karting
  • Awarded “Most Sportsmanlike Driver” 4 out of 7 years of karting
  • 1.5 years as a Ministock driver in a 1989 Ford Mustang at Flamboro Speedway with consistent top 5 finishes
  • Rookie Standout in the Canadian Vintage Modified division
  • Won the heat and feature race in only his 3rd race day in the Canadian Vintage Modified
  • Has not yet been passed by another Canadian Vintage Modified Driver after his first 4 appearances in 2014
  • Has completed 29 passes in only his first 4 races in the division
  • Achieved the most passes in 3 out of 4 race days in the Canadian Vintage Modified division, however, won
  • the heat race and feature race in the race day where most passes wasn’t achieved
  • Won Hard Charger award in 2014 for most passes in one race throughout the year
  • Finished 2nd in second race ever in a Can­Am Midget
  • 2015 heat race win
  • 2016 Won the heat race and feature race in only his 4th race in his new car
  • 2016 Stats – 2 wins, 5 top 3’s, 8 top 5’s, 2 top 10’s

Sponsors: NAPA Auto Parts, Retail Design Group, DJD Graphics, Sharpie Art by Darren Dryden, Epic Racewear, John Dryden Autobody, BJ Custom Finishes, Wix Filters, Rosie’s Custom Paint & Polish, and State Farm Burnside Insurance.

Family: John (father), Christine (mother), Jessica (sister)

Special thanks to: My father and Wayne Gray for their hard work. Also thanks to Steve Gary, Paul Rose, and Kyle Lewis for their help as pit crew members. Thanks to my mom, grandparents, and the rest of the family for their continued support.