At only 18-years of age, New Sarepta, Alberta’s Matthew Taskinen started his motorsports career relatively late compared to his peers. Getting behind the wheel of kart in the junior ranks at the age of thirteen, the Exclusive Autosport driver quickly became a champion in both Canada and the United States. Competing on the national karting circuit in several of the elite karting series across North America, the now F1600 driver developed a reputation of being fast and aggressive, yet calculated, in his quest for race wins and podium results. Always a threat week in and week out, Taskinen continued his prowess as he moved into open wheel racing scoring three wins and four podiums in only fourteen race starts.
Now, with a year under his belt and experience to challenge for championships, the multi-sport athlete has entered both the Toyo Tire F1600 Championship Series and F1600 Canada programs as he begins his march up the motorsports ladder.
With his ultimate goal to compete in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Taskinen progresses through the 2018 season with support from Venables Machine Works, Hub International and Snubco Pressure Control. As fast as he in on the track and as marketable as he is off of it, Taskinen is also a brand ambassador for his marketing partners and uses his passion of motorsports to help promote their products and services.