Two years ago, it was just a dream for Washington DC native Rajah Caruth. Now it is a reality.
Caruth will make his NASCAR National Series debut in the Xfinity Series in 2022 with Alpha Prime Racing. This appearance will make Caruth the eighth black driver in NASCAR history to participate in a race.
Caruth was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to a Caribbean family – his father from St. Vincent and his mother from Barbados. He moved periodically as he grew up, until 2009 when his parents moved to Washington DC. They have lived there ever since, and Caruth considers himself a native of DC.
“I spent the longest of my childhood in DC growing up,” Caruth said. “All my friends and memories are from DC”
Caruth has been a die-hard NASCAR fan from a young age, and he knew early on that he wanted to be a race car driver. His parents gave him the book “NASCAR: The Complete History”, which he read over and over until the pages torn.
“I’ve read this book back and forth so many times,” Caruth said. “I took it everywhere with me on long journeys by car and plane. I could never let go.
The 19-year-old was noticed on iRacing, a computer-based racing simulation that gives users the experience of driving behind the wheel of a racing car. In his first year of using iRacing in 2018, Caruth ran 500 races on his home office setup and made the playoffs in a league.
In 2019, Caruth had to compete with eight other drivers for one of four spots on Rev Racing, a NASCAR-backed racing team launched to develop female drivers and drivers of color.
He was one of six drivers selected to participate in NASCAR Drive for Diversity 2020, a driver development program. The program is designed to help diversify motorsports and has helped build NASCAR careers like that of Bubba Wallace, Caruth’s biggest influence.
“If it hadn’t been for iRacing, I wouldn’t have a career to start with,” Caruth said. “I didn’t have the connections to start running anywhere. Participating in iRacing really prepared me to get on the NASCAR Drive for Diversity radar and try their youth development program.
After being chosen to participate in the program, Caruth became the only driver to transition to the NASCAR program with only iRacing training.
With many accomplishments to his name and a strong running program, he continued his college career in North Carolina, one hour from his training facility. Caruth is in his second year at Winston-Salem State University, a historically black university, studying Motorsport Management.
“Winston Salem was an option for me because they had motorsport management as their major,” Caruth said. “Knowing people who have attended HBCUs and enjoyed the experience of being there was all I needed to choose an HBCU.
In addition to appearances in the # 44 Xfinity Series car, Caruth will race full time in the ARCA Menards Series with Rev Racing owner Max Siegel in 2022.