Meet the Drivers is a new feature from the Suffolk Times, where we’ll highlight one driver from Riverhead Raceway each week. The racing season kicked off May 5.
Name: Shawn Solomito
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While only 23, Shawn Solomito is a veteran driver who’s been racing for 15 years. He’s currently in his second year competing at Riverhead Raceway. He began in go-karts before moving to a charger car in 2007.
Solomito began the 2012 season with a 10th place finish in the modified twin 30s. His brother Timmy was the modifieds winner Saturday. Their brother Jerry races modifieds as well.
Solomito said his favorite memory as a racer was winning the 50-lap Cromarty Cup in 2011. His favorite part of racing at Riverhead is being close to home with friends and family, he said. His wife, Kristy, has been one of his biggest supporters along with Jay Trinca.
When not racing, Solomito enjoys jet-skiing.
Visit riverheadraceway.com for a racing schedule and more information.