A little about me...
Ever since I was little I was obsessed with racing cars. My father took me to the 1997 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and I was hooked, I was really too little to have a one-track mind like I do now, but I loved it all. That was just a taste of it all; it wasn't until I was twelve and I was flickering through the television channels one Sunday morning and stumbled upon a Formula 1 race, that I was completely obsessed with motorsports. From there it just kept growing, from Formula 1 sprouted an interest in Indy Car and from there Le Mans Series, Rally, Hill Climb, Paris-Dakar, Rally Cross and the list keeps going and going and going. I was obsessed with it all. Catching all the racing when I could, and in that time was the birth and uprising of Youtube which opened up all the motorsport videos an obsessed twelve year old could ever want. About three years of this went by and in that time I met a national karting champion who went to my middle school. He invited me to come and watch him race at a kart track called Ocala Gran Prix, in Ocala, Florida; and on that day I bought my first kart and started practicing until I was fifteen and old enough to race in the senior categories of karting. The rest is history...and also featured on my about page.
My first practice day at the Historic Jacksonville 103rd Street.
Where Am I Going?
Well right now, the question is, where do I want to go? I get asked these questions quite a bit as well: "What are your goals?", "Where do you see yourself in five years?", "Isn't that dangerous?", "are you crazy?"All of these questions are familiar to me. I love to answer questions when it comes to my career and just motorsports in general, but one question in particular I never answer too much into detail because the average person who does not know too much about motorsports or racing doesn't typically want to hear it, let alone understand it. This is all understandable, so for the people who want to know my answers to the questions "where do I want to race?" or "what are your goals in racing?"; well here they are. By the way, a quick warning, this is about to get pretty content heavy so grab some snacks or maybe a drink, or both, I don't know.
I like mainstream motorsports like Indy Car and Formula 1 but when it comes down to it, my favorite road racing is endurance events. When I started racing karts it was a dream to compete in cars and to actually build a career out of this very unlikely dream job but now as my dream is actually starting to come true it started crossing my mind as to what I want the pinnacle of my dream career to be. It didn't take long before I threw together just what I wanted my career goals to be. Endurance car racing, unlike other forms of motorsports, is very tradition heavy. The traditions of endurance racing stretch way back to the very beginning of motorsports. One that immediately comes to mind is the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which indeed is one of the events that I would love to include in the pinnacle of my dream career. So without further ado here are my goals, in other words the height and pinnacle of what I want to do with my racing career.
24 Hours of Le Mans
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is an Endurance race located in the town of Le Mans, France, about two and half hours south-west of Paris. Remember when I said endurance racing was steeped in tradition, well this is the king, the very top of endurance. This race itself was started back in the 1920's on public streets. Some of these streets are still used today while a fraction of the circuit is a permanent circuit known as Circuit Bugatti. Since then the best of the best in motorsports have made their right of passage by just competing in the event. I would love just to compete in this event and to have enough pride to say that I competed in such a prestigious event.
24 Hours of Nurburgring
If the 24 Hours of Le Mans is the king of endurance racing then Nurburgring would be the emperor. Known only as the most grueling endurance event ever to be conceived, this event takes place on a fifteen mile circuit known commonly as "die Gruene Hoelle" or in English, the Green Hell. The track is settled in the Eiffel mountains, with that being said there is an estimated 500 to 1000 feet of total elevation change through out one lap of Nurburgring. On top of the elevation change is changes in climate throughout one lap. It can be raining on one portion, foggy on another, snowing and then extremely hot. It has been said that one can experience multiple extremes of climate when taking a lap of Nurburgring. Since the event is typically held at the end of May, it rains, and when it rains at Nurburgring, the topography creates rivers, often bad enough to bring out red flags for several hours. Take all of these factors and add the 200+ cars racing at one time for twenty-four hours and you have a bit of majestic chaos that no one would want to miss. Definitely my favorite of all racing events, nothing can top the 24 Hours of Nurburgring.
24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
Yet another twenty-four hour endurance event, although this is another event that does not make news across the pond. The circuit Spa-Francorchamps is settled in the Ardennes forest in Belgium. Like Le Mans, Spa was brought to life back in the 1920's making this circuit quite the jewel of history. Even if the circuit has been changed and downsized for safety concerns over the years, the old parts of the circuit can still be visited today. What makes this event eccentric with the rest of the twenty-four hour events is that there is only one class of cars racing at one time. Unlike Nurburgring and Le Mans which both have four or more different classes of cars competing for class and overall victories. 24 Hours of Spa technically has two classes competing but each class has the same cars and speed making the race more of a sprint race than an endurance event.
Now that I have covered a bit of what I want to do with a career in racing, lets take a look at some very early plans for the next two years of my career. Let's face it, having a career in motorsports is very lucrative, there are many problems an up-and-coming driver can or will be faced with. Lack of funding, team filing bankruptcy, sponsors pulling funding out of a program, and even family issues are all very common, yet challenging obstacles to over come. However for the sake of plans, lets just say the road for the next two years is solid and luckily smooth, here is how the next two years of my career is going to play out.
2014 Racing Season
In 2014, I plan to be competing in various SCCA regional and national events across the South East United States. I will be competing in mainly endurance events that run for an hour and thirty minutes, including one mandatory pit-stop. The car I will be racing is a Spec Racer Ford and the team I will partner with is Robinson Motorsports. The same team that has jump started my car career as soon as I stepped out of karting. I am currently working through the tentative schedule for 2014, which will be released fairly soon.
2015 Racing Season
For the 2015 racing season, I am planning to be racing in IMSA Prototype Lites with 8Star Motorsports. IMSA Lites is going to be a support and feeder series for the new Tudor United Sports Car Championship which debuts at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in 2014(I will be attending, not racing...yet). The plans for 2015 are very tentative and in fact there is no set dates, schedules or anything of the sort quite yet.
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