My path to motorsport was different. Unlike most other drivers, I did not come from a racing family. My entry into motorsport was entirely accidental. My dad, who was an insurance appraiser, stopped by the race track Road Atlanta one day and brought my brother and I home some magazines and brochures. One article in particular, about the 24 Hours of Le Mans, caught my attention and that was all that was required.
Wanting to get into karting, we had very little money to do so. I began mowing lawns to slowly save for my first kart. With a little additional help from my parents, I managed to buy a very cheap kart. I spent as much time as possible doing lap after lap.
When indoor karting grew a larger interest in the U.S. we were lucky to have an Andretti Speed Lab open about an hour and a half from our home. We went as a treat but my real break came when Red Bull announced their Formula One Driver Search. This was an effort to find an American F1 driver and consisted of a national qualifying at numerous karting locations (including the Andretti circuit near us), a shootout for those finalists, then another shootout in Rotax karts to qualify you for the car portion.
I made it to the regional finals but fell short of moving on in the program. However, I was extremely excited with the races and seat time I had from Red Bull and learned a lot. My next move was moving to endurance karting where we raced numerous events thanks to some small sponsorships and did quite well. I was self-taught early on in the ins and outs of motorsport marketing. It's also one of the reasons I went back to earn a Bachelor's degree in business management with a minor in marketing.
Eventually, I moved on to autocross with the SCCA, track days, and finally started racing which I showcase some of the series I have raced in and still race in below.
NÜRBURGRING ENDURANCE SERIES
In 2021, I finally made the move to earn my B-Permit for the Nordschleife to compete in the Nürburgring Langstrecken-Serie (NLS) formally known as VLN. In 2022, I began racing in the series driving a BMW with Sorg Rennsport in the ultra-competitive VT2 R+4WD category. So far, my best result was 4th in VT2+FWD in the Sorg Rennsport BMW 128ti.
In 2017, the 24H Series made its inaugural visit to the United States. I had always been a fan of the series, ever since the first Dubai 24H, and I wanted to take part in it. I raced twice in the BMW Cup 1 class for M240IR Racing Cup cars and then had a big break moving to GT4. I raced with Sorg Rennsport in the 2019 Dubai 24 Hours clinching 2nd place on the final lap and ended the season as GT4 champions in the Champion of the Continents title after competing on three different continents.
WORLD RACING LEAGUE
I began racing in WRL in 2017 in a Mazda Miata before moving into an MX-5 Cup car in 2018. From 2017 to 2019 we racked up numerous wins and podium finishes in class including the Concorso Daytona 14 Hours. After a break, I will return to WRL in 2023 for select races.
I raced extensively in club races, primarily with the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) and the HSR (Historic Sportscar Racing). Experience ranges from racing a Dodge Neon in SCCA to winning the American Road Race of Champions in a Volkswagen MK1 GTI. We were able to rack up many wins and podium finishes in club racing, including numerous class wins and overall podiums at The Mitty at Road Atlanta.