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Senior eyes career that will provide the fuel for auto racing

2013-04-04T00:00:00Z Senior eyes career that will provide the fuel for auto racingBy Kimberly Cheek-Stanley Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 04, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Jacob Linkiewicz, of Calumet City, is looking forward to a successful career as a pipefitter.

A senior at Luther East High School in Lansing, Linkiewicz is a member of National Honor Society and a salutatorian candidate. He plans to attend the Chicago Pipe Fitter’s Training Center Local Union 597, in Mokena.

“Pipefitters require certain skills, such as welding, rigging and pipe threading. That’s the trade that my dad is a part of, and I’m not really interested in much else,” he said.

“My ideal career is to do something that I enjoy doing. I want to pursue this line of work because I like working with my hands and I’m willing to work hard to succeed and to be where I want to be later in life.”

Linkiewicz hopes his career will fund his interest in auto racing at a local short track in the future, preferably in the Late Model division.

“Late Model racing is the highest tier local stock car racing. Series range from touring to a one-track schedule,” he said.

“The whole racing deal was actually inspired because when I was really young my family would go to the Illiana Motor Speedway in Schererville almost every weekend.”

“Going there is what really got me into that mindset, and it’s always been something that I’ve been interested in,” he said.

The son of Michael and Diana Linkiewicz, Jacob is a member of Luther East’s soccer team and enjoys bass fishing and playing guitar.

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