For 13-year-old Ben Gloddy of Northfield, the last couple of years have been nothing short of remarkable. After making the decision to expand his motorcycle racing career from Flat Track to Road Racing, Ben has adapted quite well. From body positioning to the types of motorcycles raced, these two disciplines are drastically different, and 2018 was a big year for Ben. He was one of only two youth racers selected to participate in the Penguin Racing School Mentor Program. He was also accepted, one year earlier than previously allowed, to race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the Loudon Road Race Series on his Argo Cycles Ninja 300. In addition to his race program in the Loudon Road Race Series, Ben also raced in the NESBC Series in Canaan, and attended various events in Maine, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Deleware and Florida. In total, he finished his 2018 season with 43 podium finishes, of which 22 were wins. After a successful first season at NHMS, Ben was named the LRRS 2018 Vanson Leathers Rookie of the Year!
Eric Wood, President of the Penguin Racing School said: “The Penguin School was proud to work with Ben Gloddy in 2018. Ben has an internal drive that is something that can't be taught. He worked hard all season long and his exceptional results stand as a testament to his dedication to improving his craft. Best of all, Ben is an absolute pleasure to be around. His toughness and drive are balanced well with his humility, positive attitude and courtesy. We look forward to see all that he can accomplish on the next level.”
Ben stated “I would like to thank Eric Wood and John Grush of the Penguin Racing School for all of their support and guidance throughout the year. I would also like to thank everyone at LRRS for the opportunity to be able to race at NHMS during the 2018 season. None of this would be possible without the support from all of my sponsors, friends and family – Thank you everyone.”
Ben will be training on the ice locally this winter as he prepares for his 2019 season. In June, he becomes eligible in June, to race in the MotoAmerica Junior Cup Series on a Kawasaki Ninja 400. For updates, you can check out his website, bengloddyracing.com or you can also follow him on Facebook or Instagram @BenGloddyRacing.