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Full Speed Ahead: Kyle Taraska’s Journey to the Finish Line
When it comes to being an athlete, a full-time student, and an employee, Kyle Taraska finds that his success has come from his drive. The upcoming senior and race car driver has shown just how far he can go, as he pushes new limits and finds himself passing the finish line.
Kyle first discovered his love for motor sports at the age of 6. He grew up watching NASCAR with his father and enjoyed the thrill of fast cars. One day, when Kyle was a teenager, he discovered a contest that was sponsored by a racing school. The grand prize was private driving lessons on the school’s track. With no experience as a racer, Kyle took his chances and won the grand prize.
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Today, Kyle drives the #16 TQ Midget for the Spitfire Racing team in the ATQMRA series. He has traveled around the country taking his racing to the next level.
The racer and Business major discovered Berkeley College after seeing a banner advertisement in the Menlo Park Mall. Feeling inspired, Kyle called the Woodbridge campus and decided to schedule a meeting. After sitting with advisors, Kyle knew transferring to Berkeley College was the right move for him.
“Everyone treated me like a person at Berkeley College. I am on a first name basis with all of my professors,” shared Kyle.
He credits the staff members who have supported him as a student, employee, and athlete. “Michael Russo, Campus Operating Officer, is always the guy who has his door open and is available to all students,” noted Kyle.
See Kyle go at his next race on Saturday, September 22, at 7 PM located at Wall Stadium Speedway.