A member of the Red Bull Junior Team, Jak Crawford is a versatile racing talent aiming to fly the flag for America in Formula 1.
Once nicknamed ‘Jetpak Jak’ for his ability in kart racing, Jak Crawford has his sights set on becoming America’s next great Formula 1 racing driver.
Having started racing at the age of six in the Kids Kart Racing across Texas series Jak has achieved outstanding results in a variety of series’ in differing disciplines and vehicles.
But it was Jak’s performances in Formula 4 NACAM in 2018-19, where he collected six wins and 14 podiums in 20 races en route to second in the championship, that drew the attention of Dr. Helmut Marko, advisor to Red Bull Racing and head of the driver development program.
In early 2020 it was announced that Jak had joined the Red Bull Junior Team and been placed with the Dutch racing team, Van Amersfoort Racing (VAR).
The highly successful and enduring VAR racing program, based near Amsterdam, Netherlands, has been the home for many up and coming Formula 1 drivers, including Max Verstappen.
“It would mean so much to me just to be in an F1 car,” Jak said. “There’s lots of talent in America, but not many Americans get recognised for F1. It would be amazing if I could get into F1 and go to the United States Grand Prix (at Circuit of The Americas) and race in front of my home crowd in Texas.”
Towards the end of 2020 it was announced that Jak would spend the 2021 season racing in Formula 3, moving him one step closer to his goal of driving in F1.
In his free time, Jak enjoys enjoys basketball, cycling, trail-riding 4-wheelers and gaming, as well as eating steak and listening to pop and pop-rap.
He also volunteers with the Fast Friends Foundation, his own organisation dedicated, in part, to helping sick, disabled and under privileged kids enjoy the sport of racing.