Tim DoyonAge: 52
Born: Feb. 28, 1964, Los Angeles, Ca.
Resides: Eagle, Idaho
Tim Doyon carried a remarkable streak of 15 straight feature victories on ovals and road courses in the Snake River Karters entering the final two events of the Senior 4-cycle 2016 season. Doyon’s three wins in 2016 include the prestigious Doug Lindemood Memorial.
Doyon was undefeated in 2015 with eight straight victories in the Senior 4-cycle sprint and three straight in Senior 4-cycle speedway, all run at Snake Rivers’ Glen Morgan Raceway in Star, Idaho.
In 2014, Doyon had seven consecutive wins in Senior 4-cycle oval and three victories in Rotax/TaG en route to the championships and added two wins and finished third in 4-cycle Senior 4 Animal.
After an extended hiatus, taken to start a family and build his custom car-building business (www.KosmicKustoms.com), Doyon resumed his career in 2013 with a victory in Rotax sprint.
Growing up in metro Los Angeles, Doyon was introduced to racing by his father.
”I had always loved racing,” Doyon said. “My youngest memory was in San Fernando Valley. My dad took me to a quarter midget race where kids were driving. I can still remember the smell of the fuel to this day. I was in the third grade.
“My dad had driven stock cars and done drag racing and always had a cool hot rod. He bought my first go kart at 13 and told me not to race or take it out on the street. Lots of luck on that. I came home from school one day and my friend and I raced it all over the neighborhood and blew up the clutch. We had a stand off who would fix it and I lost. My dad sold it a week later to teach me a lesson, ahhh, what could have been. Finally, as an adult I just wanted to try it and bought a used Emmick. A couple races later I won my first race.”
Even though he had a late start in his 30s, Doyon showed he had tremendous talent. He won championships in the Los Angeles Karting Club Super Can, Gold Coast Super Can at Jim Hall Jr.’s track in Ventura, Calif., and the International Karting Federation’s Sportsman regional in 1995. He also was third in the IKF Grand Nationals in Sportsman Heavy at Canby, Ore., and was runner-up in the Las Vegas, Nev., Pro race, the forerunner of the prestigious Superkarts! USA SuperNationals, in 1995.
In 1996, Doyon was runner-up in the IKF’s regional series in Super Can and IKF HPV.
Doyon’s 1997 ended with a terrible crash and a broken leg in the season opener at Las Vegas.
“I was racing Joey Hand (now a prominent professional sports car driver) and flipped,” Doyon said. “It was a really bad karting accident and couldn’t walk for eight months. The crash wasn’t the only reason we stopped racing We were starting a family and we decided to get out of karting for a while.”
Doyon returned to karting in 2013.
“I always loved racing and wanted to continue in 1997, but it just wasn’t in my sights,” he said. “I really enjoy karting and thought about it in 2013 and decided to do a couple of races for fun. I take it seriously, but karting is as far as my career is going.”
Doyon also serves as Phil Giebler Racing development driver Trey Manker’s coach.
“I have helped a lot of drivers at our local track including my own competitors,” Doyon said. “People are drawn to me not just because I'm fast but I love helping anyone who asks and sometimes doesn't. I have a fun and helpful personality and I love getting people new and old faster and to enjoy karting.”