My Story
Growing up less than ten miles away from “America’s National Park of Speed,” Road America, my dream to be a racecar driver began the moment my dad put a helmet on my head at the age of three while out at the racetrack. At the age of six, my dad and uncle surprised me with a go-kart. I raced karts at Road America’s Motorplex for four years and later raced in a few Sports Car Club of America events. As a teenage racecar driver, I quickly learned that financial support would be the biggest obstacle I would face in pursuing my dream. While attending college at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, I heard about a program called GT Academy. It was an opportunity for Gran Turismo gamers to have a chance of becoming a professional racecar driver. After three years of trying and countless hours of practice and preparation, I was 1 of 32 who qualified for national finals out of 400,000. From there, I became 1 of 12 who traveled to Silverstone, England, to compete in a weeklong competition. Judges, Rob Barff, Danny Sullivan, and Boris Said, assessed my speed, strength, and soul through various driving and physical challenges. On the last day, I not only ended up taking the checkered flag in the final race, but I also earned the title of 2014 GT Academy Champion. It was truly a dream come true! From there, I had the opportunity to race in the 24 Hours of Dubai, the Blancpain Sprint Series, the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, and Pirelli World Challenge. Unfortunately, Nissan cut the GT Academy program in 2016, and I was back to chasing my childhood dream. Along with finishing up school at UNCC, I’m working hard to find sponsorship and funding to race professionally again. As a kid I remember rooting for Mark Martin as he drove the #6 Valvoline Ford around the track, and I would feel honored to be a brand ambassador for Valvoline. Together we will write the next chapter of my story about dedication, adversity, perseverance, and dreaming big while sporting the red, white, and blue Valvoline logo.

Occupation
Mechanical Engineering Student at UNC Charlotte

Racing Classification
Road Course

Vehicle Type
Global MX-5 Cup/SCCA World Challenge TC

Highlights
Began kart racing at age 6 Began racing Sports Car Club of America regional events at age 16 2014 Nissan GT Academy North American Champion 5th overall and 2nd in class at the 24 Hours of Dubai Led multiple IMSA Continental Tire races in my rookie season with a best finish of 4th at Circuit of the Americas & Road America Raced in multiple Pirelli World Challenge TC and GTS races with a best finish of 6th at Sonoma Raceway Competed in two NASCAR XFINITY races in 2016 at Watkins Glen and Road America with a best finish of 28th in my first ever start. Competed in one NASCAR XFINITY race in 2017 finishing 29th at Road America.

Sponsorships & Partners
Northwoods Shelby Club