Lucas Catania ’15 and his father, Dr. Joseph Catania ’83, P’15, have a distinctive common bond that extends beyond their affiliation with the Colleges. They also share an enthusiasm for racing sports cars around the country, an interest that’s been met with plenty of success this spring.
Lucas and Joseph spent a weekend earlier this month racing in Austin, Texas, at the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) sports car series. Sanctioned under the SCCA, a national motorsports organization for sports car racing, the series event in Austin attracts some of today’s best drivers.
“This is arguably the most competitive field in sports car racing with the best drivers in the country due to the evenness and sameness of the cars,” Lucas says. “I finished 13th and 19th place in a field of about 75 cars in the Spec Miata class. I also placed 8th and 15th in a field of about 40 cars in the Super Touring Lite (STL) class.”
At the Austin track, Lucas competed in four races, which marked his second appearance at a national SCCA event.
Joining his son on the track, Joseph also had a strong showing in Austin by finishing 35th and 36th in the Spec Miata class and 17th and 21th in the Super Touring Lite class.
“Racing with Lucas is rewarding and enriching,” Joseph says. “Lucas is focused and highly competitive. He possesses a natural skill set that makes us both better drivers. We race independently, but with a team approach. I much prefer to be on the track racing with Lucas rather than watching as it is quite stressful seeing him engaged in the race battles that often ensue.”
The impressive results in Austin follow previous racing successes by the father and son racing duo, including great runs at the 2012 Porsche Club of America (PCA) race at Watkins Glen International, where Lucas finished first in a field of 60 and Joseph took second place.
Following the Austin races, Lucas and Joseph participated in the PCA race series, with the most recent event held at Road Atlanta International Race Track. Together, the Catanias, who race with the Porsche Cayman S and Spec Miata in the SCCA, expect to participate in approximately 10 to 12 races this year.
The Catanias, who are currently racing in their third season together, became involved in sports car racing after attending a Skip Barber Performance Driving school. Later, when Lucas was 16, they joined the Monticello Motor Club, a private race track club, which afforded more on-track driving opportunities.
“Soon after we became members at Monticello, and built two similar Porsche Boxster racecars,” Lucas happily recalls.
After that, the Catanias started racing in a member race series which gradually grew to their current race interest.
For Lucas, the successes he’s experienced at the SCCA sports car series in Austin are only the beginning for him. He says he intends on continuing his participation in national events and plans to make his professional debut this May with a Porsche Cayman.
While Lucas enjoys the early accomplishments of his racing career, off the racetrack he says his experience at Hobart and William Smith also has been met with successes. At the Colleges, he is a pre-med student, majoring in biochemistry with a philosophy minor.
“The Colleges have shaped the person I am now and have given me the opportunity to succeed and continue with the success that I have enjoyed,” he says.
For racing updates and information about Lucas, visit his Facebook Fan Page at: https://www.facebook.com/LucasCataniaRacing
In the photo above, Dr. Joseph Catania ’83, P’15 (left) and Lucas Catania ’15 (right) pose with driving coach Aaron Povoledo (middle) at a Porsche Club of America (PCA) race series event held at Road Atlanta International Race Track.