Levon Bates, Jr., affectionately known as “LBJ” by his family and friends, is a twenty year old racing phenomenon who was born in the racing capitol of the world, Indianapolis, Indiana. His family knew from an early age that Levon was not only attracted to, but was quite adept at, riding anything with wheels on it. He was riding a bicycle without training wheels at the age of two, and at the age of four, was the youngest person ever to compete in BMX races at the Major Taylor Velodrome in Indianapolis. Levon’s love went from bicycles to battery-operated jeeps and ATV’s, and Dune Buggies to motorized ATV’s, dirt bikes, mopeds and two-seater karts to actual professional go karts. He was riding a Yamaha 50 dirt bike at the age of 4. Levon’s interest in professional racing was inspired by his next door neighbor, John Andretti, whom he credits with starting his love for racing. Although Levon has only karted off and on since he was 13, he has already been making a name for himself. Many people feel he possesses a natural ability that many see as a God-given gift/talent for driving.