After 4 years in karting, this year, 2023, Joey Andrews made the step up to cars driving a Spec Miata for Hicks Motorsports in the NASA Teen Mazda Challenge. He finished P3 in both the overall championship and Teen Mazda Challenge subcategory in addition to being the highest finishing rookie..
Joey’s move to cars follows what many fellow racers and coaches called “Joey’s breakout year.” Finishing 3rd in Tri-C Karters in his rookie year racing in the LO206 Senior class, in addition to many other achievements, made 2022 a very memorable year.
Joey is 18 years old and has lived in Los Angeles for his entire life. His motorsports journey started at 11 when he started watching Top Gear and wanted to be the next Stig. He then came up with the nickname “The Stiglette.”
In 2018, Joey won a trip to the US Grand Prix which sparked his racing bug, and in 2019 he started racing karts on an outdoor circuit for the first time.
In 2020 Joey continued to improve earning his first 2 podiums. During the Covid-19 lockdown, Joey spent his time sim racing trying to improve in every way possible. Off the track, Joey was invited to host the Porsche Club of America’s Virtual California Festival Speed featuring guests such as Patrick Long.
In 2021, Joey finished P4 in the CalSpeed Karting Sprint Series SE Championship and P10 in his first ever endurance race, the Machismo 12 Hour. Away from the track Joey interned at WRTeknica and Late Night Playset, spending every weekend networking in the automotive and motorsport world.
Joey started 2022 by winning the A-Main in the first round of the CalSpeed Karting Sprint Series. Joey finished 3rd in Tri-C Karters in the LO206 Senior class. He also competed in his first national karting race, The 4 Cycle Super Showdown. He ended the year by again competing in the Machismo 12 Hour and doing his very first test in a Spec Miata.
2023 was Joey’s first year racing in Spec Miata. Joey finished P3 in his first race and continued to improve every weekend. He finished the season’s final round on the podium in both races with a pair of second-place finishes. All of the hard work paid off with Joey finishing P3 in both the overall championship and Teen Mazda Challenge subcategory.
Joey will continue racing in the NASA SoCal Spec Miata Teen Mazda Challenge in 2024 with the goal of going to the Mazda MX-5 Cup Shootout at the end of the year. Joey will also be dipping his toes into as many cars as possible next year with plans on competing in endurance races.
2023 NASA Spec Miata Teen Mazda Challenge
In Joey’s first year racing Spec Miata, he finished P3 in both the overall championship and Teen Mazda Challenge sub-category. In addition, he was also the highest finishing rookie in the field.
2022 Tri-C Karters LO206 Sr.
In his rookie year of racing in the LO206 class, Joey finished P3 in the championship with 3 podiums and 6 top 4 finishes in 8 rounds.
2022 The 4 Cycle Super Showdown
In his first national karting race Joey finished P18 out of 36 drivers.
2022 Machismo 12 Hour
Joey raced in the Pro class with 5 other drivers and took on the role of team manager. Their race was ultimately defined by mechanical failures but they still managed to finish.
2022 CalSpeed Karting Sprint Series
Joey earned his first A-Main Sprint Series victory in Round 1, subsequently followed by another podium, and a pole position.
6 Podiums | 1 Win | 1 Pole
3 Podiums | 1 Win
2021 CalSpeed Karting Super Series
2021 CalSpeed Karting Sprint Series
Joey started consistently running in the top 10 of the B-Main proving that he was continuing to improve and finished P4 in the SE Championship.
2021 Machismo 12 Hour
Joey drove in his first endurance race with 4 other drivers. They finished P10 in the S1 class.
2020 CalSpeed Karting Sprint Series
2020 CalSpeed Karting Super Series
2019 CalSpeed Karting Super Series
2019 CalSpeed Karting Sprint Series
Joey’s first year racing karts on an outdoor circuit