Instead of a long bio, how about getting to know me through the questions I'm most frequently asked? I hope you enjoy this format. Feel free to send me new questions using the form at the bottom of this page.
How did you get started?
Like so many in the sport, my dad was a racer himself and he introduced me to it. I was four-and-a-half years old the first time I drove a go-kart. My dad didn't know whether I would remember to brake, so they strapped the go-kart to a quad, followed me around and made sure I didn't wreck!
What kind of machine did you race first?
At the time the class was called Kid Karts. It was the 5-8 year old group. They went about 35 miles an hour and every other Saturday we'd race at PKRA, the local karting track in Phoenix, Arizona where I lived.
What kind of cars have you driven?
In addition to karts, the junior cars I've driven include a Formula Skip Barber, Formula Mazda, US F2000 and Prototype Lites (Elan DP02) and the big cars have included LMP2 (Cadillac DPi-V.R, Ligier JS P2, Zytek Z11SN & Lola EX-257), LMP3 (Ginetta G57), LMPC (Oreca FLM09) and GT3 (Porsche 911 GT R, Bentley Continental and Lamborghini Gallardo).
Do you have a favorite race car?
That's a really hard question. I'm not sure that I have a favorite. Everything that I've driven has represented a new challenge. Each car is a little different from the next and its fun to figure out their personalities and how to find the limit. If you forced me to come up with an answer, I'd probably say ... that I'm just so thankful to be driving whatever I'm driving that weekend.
Do you remember your first win?
My first win was at the local kart track, PKRA, and it came in mixed conditions which are really unusual in Arizona where it only rains about 7" a year. We were all on slicks and the drizzle started on the warm up laps. It was treacherous, but I stayed clean and made a last corner, last lap pass for the win!
What's your favorite race track?
I love tracks with big fast corners where substantial downforce is in play, precision is key and your mind is pushed to the limit. So far, that means my favorites are Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Le Mans, Spa-Francorchamps and Mont Tremblant.
What's the fastest you've ever gone?
This is probably the most frequently asked question. The answer: 203 mph at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014 in the Greaves Motorsports Nissan-powered Zytek Z11SN. These sorts of speeds are typically only reached when you're going straight, so they really aren't any big deal. What gets your attention are high speed corners, like turn 2 at Mosport or the Porsche Curves at Le Mans, where risk and the sensation of speed is greater, even though you're traveling slower.
What's the best racing advice you've ever received?
I have been so fortunate to hear advice from many names you will know like Johnny O'Connell, Allan McNish, Bruno Junquiera, Tom Kristensen, James Weaver, Guy Smith, Johnny Mowlem, Chris Dyson, Tom Kimber-Smith and others, and names you might not be as familiar with like Gerardo Bonilla and Alan Rudolph. Racing is a life's education. The most memorable tip, though, was Rob Dyson saying, "Find something to drive and drive it" meaning seat time is king. The funniest was O'Connell's "You can cheat on your taxes, but never cheat on an apex."
Of all your races, which one is most memorable?
No question, it was the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014. I had worked so hard to make the dream of becoming the youngest driver at the famed race happen, and then I was there and it happened. A 55-year-record fell. It was intense, dramatic and fun all at the same time. You can learn more about my Le Mans experience and the record here.
When you're not racing what are you doing?
I'm a sophomore at University of California, Irvine, studying aerospace and mechanical engineering. So, when I'm not racing, I'm usually in class with my fellow Anteaters. In my free time I like camping, biking and traveling, and dreaming about the future, thinking about inventions, and learning languages.
What kind of car do you drive away from the race track?
Right now its a 2012 Range Rover Sport. I like biking and camping and need a car with some room to haul my gear, and this car does that while looking super sporty and with great handling and performance (5.0-liter V-8 engine generating 375 horsepower and 375 lb.-ft. of torque).
What are your racing career goals?
That's an easy question to answer: it is to become one of the greatest sports car drivers, and to be known as a driver that can be super quick on any track in any car under any condition, that is a good teammate and that takes care of the equipment.