January 5, 1999
“The Sky is the Limit!” – A quote learned from his grandfather.
Any type of chicken, nice and simple.
First liked Bobby Labonte and his green Interstate Batteries Car.
Dale Earnhardt, Sr. – Everyone in the family rooted for Sr.
Alan Kulwicki – Wasn’t alive to see him race in person but is motivated by his story of being an outsider from the north and giving up everything to go racing.
Favorite TV Shows
Doesn’t watch enough TV to have a favorite show but enjoys anything racing related including:
Days of Thunder (can watch it over and over again)
The Ride of their Lives
ESPN’s 30 for 30 on Tim Richmond
Speed and Danger
Watching old NASCAR races on YouTube
Fishing, jet skiing, spending time at the family cabin and working on his vehicles including ATVs when younger and his pick-up truck now. Also enjoys studying the history of NASCAR, especially watching races from the 1980s.
Tony Mrakovich grew up on the outskirts of Elizabethtown, PA with his parents, Shane and Andrea, and two brothers. From the age of seven, Tony knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life, and that was race cars. After racing his bikes and playing with die-cast cars, his family knew it was time to take the next step and Tony began racing go-karts the following year. Soon, every weekend was spent at the race track.
As Tony worked on his craft behind the wheel, his father realized that he also needed to understand the finance and marketing aspects of the sport. At age 11, he would drive his son to local businesses with the goal of obtaining sponsorship. As it turned out, Tony was a natural, earning the respect and support of several business owners including Street Stores Hardware, Librandis Machine Shop and Champions Sports Bar many of which still sponsor him today.
Hard work and dedication followed Tony throughout the next stages of his career as he advanced to faster classes in go-karts and eventually broke into the Legend Series, competing across the Mid-Atlantic. After his father experienced health problems in 2016, Tony remained determined to continue his season, which often required him to drive the car to the track himself. In fact, since he was under 18, Tony would need to find a “dad” at the track who would sign a waiver to let him race.
During the 2016 season, Tony would connect with NASCAR team owner Carl Long who invited the young driver to the ARCA test session in January 2017. Despite the fact that he would be logging his first laps in a car over two thousand pounds, Tony ran impressive laps and caught the attention of NASCAR veteran and team owner, Ken Schrader. The effort earned Tony with the opportunity to race for Schrader and fellow NASCAR veteran Andy Hillenburg in the ARCA series, all while finishing his senior year at both Lancaster Catholic High and Lancaster County Technical Institute. Mrakovich logged two top-10 finishes in his first three starts and was one untimely caution away from going three-for-three. He is looking forward to continuing his trajectory through the NASCAR ranks by gaining more experience in ARCA in the near future with the goal of one day competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.