Birth Date: December 24, 1990
Hometown: Canton, Ill.
Residence: West Lafayette, Ind.
Chris Windom is an open-wheel race winner and budding Stock Car standout.
Windom has tested his driving skills at various levels of racing. He made his first competitive laps in a go-kart in 1997 and, by the age of 11, the talented young driver picked up two national championships. From ages 12 to 14, he raced a 600CC Mini Sprinter and won the U.S. 24 Outlaw Nationals before he advanced to Sprint Car racing in 2004.
He immediately excelled with his first attempt in a Sprint Car at Indiana’s Paragon Speedway, resulting in a runner-up finish. In his third race at Paragon, Windom notched his first career Sprint Car victory.
In 2005, 15-year-old Windom competed in several non-sanctioned Sprint Car events and won four races in a non-winged Sprint Car. At the end of the 2005 season, he ran two USAC Kenyon Midget races before tackling the USAC National Midget Series in 2006.
At the age of 16, Windom won six non-sanctioned events, and earned the USAC Kenyon Midget Championship. He also won one pavement USAC National Midget race and four non-sanctioned dirt races. Driving for several different Sprint Car owners in 2008, he scored two victories.
Windom started 2009 by finishing seventh in the prestigious Chili Bowl Midget Nationals. He began the USAC season driving for Jeff Walker Racing and tallied six victories, including three during Illinois Sprint Week. Although Windom started the five day-long series strong, it didn’t end on a positive note. On the fourth night of competition, Windom was passing for the lead when an accident resulted; he suffered a broken back from the crash. His injury parked him from June until the first week of September that year. On the week of his return, an eager and determined Windom ran second in two of the three events that weekend.
In 2010, Windom earned his first career USAC National Sprint Car win at Pennsylvania’s Big Diamond Raceway. He also claimed a victory in the Perris Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway in California. Windom concluded the season with 10 total wins, two in USAC National features and eight in unsanctioned Sprint Car events, while finishing sixth in the USAC National Sprint Car Series points and eighth in the USAC National Driver’s Championship.
He captured the win in the 2011 Little 500 at Anderson Speedway. Windom also secured his place in history when he won the USAC Indiana Sprint Week Championship. That year also included four USAC National Sprint Car victories – Bloomington Speedway (Indiana), Perris Auto Speedway and twice at Terre Haute Action Track (Indiana) – driving for Baldwin Brothers Racing.
Toward the end of 2011, Windom tried his hand at Stock Car racing. He finished third in his ARCA Series debut at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. He followed that up with a 13th-place finish at Illinois’s Du Quoin Fairgrounds. He opened the 2012 ARCA season with an eighth-place finish at Daytona International Speedway. Windom also continued his open-wheel racing prowess last year, scoring USAC wins at Big Diamond Speedway, Lincoln Park Speedway (Indiana) and Kokomo Speedway (Indiana).