By Jarrod Harris
Times West Virginian
Thornville, Ohio, native Patrick Gallagher has been putting the pedal to the metal since he was a child.
The 20-year-old Ohio State mechanical engineering major has done something only a few have accomplished, and many have dreamt about — to win a national championship.
But Gallagher didn’t just win one national championship — he has two under his belt, the first coming at the age of 17 and the second coming a few months ago.
Because of all the hype and the drive to win, this success has put Gallagher on the map, ranking him as one of the top race car drivers in the nation.
“You can only win one national championship a year, and some people race all of their lives trying to win one,” Gallagher said. “I’m fortunate enough to have won two by the time I was 20, so that helped separate me as a driver from other kids my age.”
He didn’t separate himself from his competition — he ran away from it. With the pair of national titles and a laundry list of wins, Gallagher was able to select his own race team.
Unlike Gallagher, many young drivers have to take what they can get; however, Gallagher was able to select from more than 10 race car affiliates.