is in the blood of the Jurca family. Long before David Jurca was born,
Miroslav, his grandfather, was racing cars. Miroslav built a racecar
with an aluminum body and a BMW Boxter engine and raced it all across
the Czech Republic. He was a very accomplished racer in the 1950’s
but was forced to quit early by the Communist Government.
David’s father Peter can still recall
the days when he watched his own father race. Even though he was only
five years old, he distinctly remembers sitting in his father’s
racecar while the mechanics would push him around the pits. Throughout
his life, Peter always dreamed of racing, but due to the political state
of the Czech Republic, he never received his chance. Instead, he would
devote his time and energy to his son's racing career.
David Jurca was born in Austria in 1985, less
than one year after his family escaped the Czech Republic. Two months
later, David and his family flew to Seattle, Washington to begin a new
life. At the young age of four, David was already an avid Formula One
fan. At five, David was going to the local kart track to watch the racing
action. David started karting as soon as he turned eight in April of
1993. He now has more than eighteen years of karting under his belt.
During that time, he has won numerous championships and races in both
karting and cars, which includes being ranked the number one shifter
kart driver in North America in 2003, 2004, and 2006.
Hard work, dedication, and focus are what
have kept David going all of these years. He continually works on his
karts to prepare them for every race. During the winter, David practices
in his kart as much as possible. He goes to the gym at least three times
a week to stay in shape for the tough demands of the sport. Furthermore,
David has always done well in school. In the summer of 2003, David graduated
high school in the top 10% of his class. After taking four years off
of school to focus on racing full time, David continued to appreciate
the importance of an education and in 2011 he graduated cum laude from
the University of Washington, majoring in Business Administration with
a focus in finance and information systems.
David now works in the investment industry
as a manager research analyst for Russell Investments. He continues
to race with Italian Motors, while eyeing opportunities in sports cars
when they present themselves.