DOB: April 4, 2003
Hometown: Plover, WI
Years Racing: 7
Parents: Scott & Sheri Sommers
Hobbies: Snowboarding, riding dirt bikes, water skiing, racing, hunting, fishing
Gabe Sommers began racing a Bandolero in the Midwest Bandolero Series, competing in a 14-race schedule at three different racetracks in central Wisconsin. Despite having never been in a racecar before, Gabe’s average finish in his first season was sixth, with four top fives and an 11th-place result in the final point standings.
In 2015 he also competed in the Bandolero Series, a 15-race schedule in which he averaged a third-place finish and had 13 top fives and was runner up five times with one clean sweep (fast time, first in heat and first in feature.). He finished second in points, missing the championship by just 34 points. He also finished second in the Wisconsin Championship Bandolero Outlaw class and still holds the Midwest Bandolero track record at Dells Raceway Park.
From 2016 to 2017, Gabe competed in the Midwest Truck Series, where he became the youngest driver to ever compete in the series at just 13 years old in 2016. He also racked up two feature wins and several fast time awards along with numerous top-10 finishes. He became the youngest driver to ever win a Truck Series race at 13 years old in 2016. He also earned the series’ Rookie of the Year title in 2017.
Gabe only began driving his Super Later Model in 2018 and quickly rose to the top of the field. He won his first super late feature at Golden Sands Speedway, en route to the TUNDRA Series’ Rookie of the Year title and scored multiple top five finishes.
But there was more work to be done.
Gabe tackled a new challenge and emerged successful in 2019, winning the ARCA Midwest Tour Rookie of the Year honor at the age of 16 — the second-youngest driver to grab the award. He finished Tour runner-up win 2020. He has 20 top-10 finishes and 10 top-5 finishes in 30 career Midwest Tour races.