Westlake High School Junior Sets His Sights on the Checkered Flag

Westlake High School junior John Paul Southern

Westlake High School junior John Paul Southern recently was the youngest competitor in the Formula 3 (F3) class main support races at the Formula 1 (F1) Pirelli 2018 United State Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.

The 16-year-old, who began racing at the age of 5, is one of only about 450 drivers in the world to have Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) super points necessary for earning an FIA Super License. John Paul has six FIA super points. Drivers earn points by competing in races and being successful in junior motorsport categories. FIA is the global governing body of motorsport worldwide.

His father, John Paul Southern Sr., says JP is proud to be from Westlake and is always looking for local business support for his racing.

“He is proud of Westlake and has chosen to keep that as the town he is identified with in his introductions and listings,” Southern Sr. said.

John Paul is a five-time World Karting Association National Karting Champion. He’s been a professional race car driver for more than two years, and is currently racing in the F3 Americas series – the FIA ladder to F1. The F3 Americas class is two steps from F1 – the pinnacle of worldwide motorsports. John Paul will race again next year in F3 Americas. His goal is to make it to IndyCar or F1.

At WHS, JP works with WHS School Resource Officer Scott Fortkamp supporting Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). You can follow his racing career on his YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/channel/UCMz2rF9gEywq2qGKVoFrAvw.

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