I was born and raised in a small mountain town in Northern California called Mt. Shasta. While it’s certainly not a normal breeding ground for racing drivers, and my family has no past involvement in racing, it became clear that racing is what I needed to do with my life after my brother took me to see my first professional race when I was seven. That weekend is when my dreams of racing cars began.
In an unusual path into professional motorsport, I got my first break playing video games! In 2011 I had the opportunity to compete in the North American Nissan GT Academy, a competition that took the fastest Gran Turismo 5 video game racers in the US, and put them in real cars; In the end, I finished 2nd, narrowly missing out on victory. I returned to the US as determined and empowered as ever to pursue my passion and realize my dream of racing. After several months of hard work, travel, networking, and a good dose of tenacity, I was able to put together a program to go racing in 2012 and competed in my first full season of racing in my life in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge with Wright Motorsports. The results we were able to produce exceeded any expectation I could have dreamed of achieving in my first season of racing. We clinched the championship with one race weekend to go, finishing the season with 14 podium finishes of the 15 races. Gratitude is a good start, but doesn’t really even come close to describing my feelings for all the mentors, coaches, sponsors, teammates, mechanics, engineers, family and friends that helped make last year as special as it was. Coming off such a great season, I knew I had to continue to push myself even farther in the upcoming season and It’s with great excitement that I have been able to do exactly that with a move to Germany to race in the fiercely competitive Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. This is an incredible opportunity and the exact challenge I’m looking for; I couldn’t be happier to be starting the next chapter of my career here in Germany with Project 1 Motorsports!
A Vision for the Future
After the GT Academy, I had the opportunity to go to France and watch the 24hrs of Le Mans. After experiencing that event, it became clear to me that endurance sports car racing is what I want to do with my life. My vision? I want to be racing at Le Mans at some point in the next 5 years, and in a prototype not long after that if I’m not already. I know my dream is big, but I’m keeping my head down, taking each step as it comes, and working as hard as I can every day to get me closer to my dream. I also hope that my story can inspire other young people to pursue their dreams as well. My journey of pursuing my passion in this capacity has been the most fulfilling experience of my life, and there’s every reason to continue.