INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A Roncalli senior is gearing up for the biggest spotlight of his life. Race car driver Kyle O'Gara will make his Firestone Indy Lights debut at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this May.
"To race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in my opinion, is when you can say you've made it," said Kyle O'Gara.
Then, at 18 years of age, O'Gara will soon be making it as a race car driver.
"He's going to have some of the school colors on there, and have the logo on one side of his helmet," said Roncalli Principal, Chuck Weisenbach.
Roncalli's school logo, as in, Roncalli High School.
"It's always a little hard. School work gets in the way sometimes and racing gets in the way sometimes of school work so I've got that balanced out pretty well," said O'Gara.
O'Gara won't have even graduated before he races in the Firestone Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
"I just think he's ready. I watched him at Kentucky and he adapted really well to these cars," said Sarah Fisher.
O'Gara is driving for Sarah Fisher Hartman racing. She also happens to be family.
"Being around him his whole career, seeing his driving style mature and the techniques that he has, that skill set is really important at Indianapolis. The smooth, the tolerance, being able to handle good cars and bad cars and still come away with a good performance," said Fisher.
Good performance or not family, friends and even the entire Roncalli school body will be at IMS for O'Gara's debut.
"It works out perfectly for us because that's our last day of school and so it's going to work out well and be kind of a nice little way to wrap up a school year and go out to the world's greatest race course and cheer for Kyle," said Weisenbach.
It's that support that Kyle credits for his success and for the chance of a lifetime for a high school senior from the southside of Indianapolis.
"I couldn't have done it without all my family and friends and everybody that's helped me to get here. It's going to be a special day," said O'Gara.
May 2 is when Kyle will turn his first lap at IMS during a test.
The Firestone Freedom 100 goes down May 24.
The Boone County Sheriff's Office asked that drivers use caution Wednesday morning as black ice was reported on some bridges in the county.
An investigation is underway into an early morning crash in Vigo County.
Three fires sent three different families out into the cold overnight.