Like most young boys, Craig
Cutler had a passion for cars and racing, and starting with his first time in a “Pay-Per-Lap” Kart experience
at age 11, fantasizing that he was Jim Hall driving the legendary Chaparral, he was completely hooked. At 16, with Driver’s License in hand, and living in Los Angeles, he soon found his way to Mulholland
Drive and began honing his road racing skills in a less then legal fashion, and then quickly bonded with a group of racing
fanatics that regularly congregated on “The Hill”, to exercise their passion for speed and the challenge of the
twisty strip of asphalt. Several members of this eclectic group also competed
in more “legitimate” forms of racing, competing in SCCA Regional and National events at the late Riverside International
Raceway, Willow Springs Raceway, etc. Although Craig had the passion and desire
to compete in this arena, financial constraints prohibited him from doing so at that time.
So…after 20 years of competing in the business world, Craig decided enough time had passed and it was now time
to realize his passion for racing and after taking several courses at Jim Hall Karting school, began competing in the school’s
Race Series, winning the Championship in 1995, with first prize being a 3-Day School with Skip Barber Racing. An interesting twist to this story was meeting Jim Hall II, founder of the Karting School, and son of the
famed Chaparral designer, builder and driver, after so many years ago, having fantasized of being Hall, Sr. while driving
the “Rent-A-Kart”. After participating in the Skip
Barber School and mulling over
the possibility of competing in the Barber Race Series, Craig found himself with the opportunity to drive a 125cc Shifter
Kart and was completely addicted, and set out to purchase a Kart and begin competing.
Craig campaigned his first Shifter Kart in local Sprint and Road Race Club events in 1996 and 1997, with a best finish
of 2nd Place at the 96 California State Championship, along with numerous other Top 5 finishes. In 1998, Craig moved up a notch from his 125cc Kart to an ICE 250cc Superkart, competing in local Road
Race club events on some of the larger tracks, such Willow Springs Raceway and Buttonwillow Raceway, with strong results. After a brief hiatus from racing, in 2000 Craig competed in the Jim Russell Race Series,
in their Formula Mazda “Arrive & Drive” formula cars, scoring 2nd and 3rd place finishes
in the four events entered. After deciding to start racing Karts again, Craig
competed in the KRC Cup sporadically in 2001 through mid-2003, scoring several podium finishes. Again, after taking a 2 ½
year break from racing, Craig decided to begin competing in the ProKart Challenge, a highly competitive southern California regional Karting championship.
After completing his due diligence, choose FX Racing to manage his race program, providing preparation, transportation,
engineering, coaching and mechanical support.