Hayden Gillim, cousin of 2006 MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden, claimed the AMA Roadrace Horizon Award during the Road Race Grand Championships, on July 12-14, at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
15-year-old Gillim won three races and finished second in another to earn the coveted award, which is given to the amateur roadracer who shows the most promise for a successful professional roadracing career.
"Hayden was impressive all week, taking every challenge and, just as importantly, conducted himself as a professional would," said AMA director of racing Joe Bromley.
"We expect big things from this young man's talent on the professional roadrace circuits, and this award represents our confidence that Hayden can deliver on those expectations."
Gillim had his sights set on the Horizon Award from the first day of the three-day event. He was elated to see his dream come true.
"I feel amazing. I feel great," he said. "It's a hard award to get. I had to work for it. Garrett Gerloff gave me a hard time."
Gillim, like so many members of the Hayden family, is also a talented dirt-track racer and is currently vying for the AMA Dirt Track Horizon Award.
All three Hayden brothers - Nicky, Roger Lee and Tommy - are racing at Laguna Seca this weekend.
Nicky and Roger Lee are riding in MotoGP, for Ducati and LCR Honda respectively - Roger Lee standing in for the injured Randy de Puniet - while Tommy is battling for the AMA Superbike crown for Suzuki.