"Sharing A Love For Racing"
“I’ve been fortunate in that racing has always been a part of my life. I started racing quarter midgets at age 6, advanced to 120 mile per hour open-wheel midgets by age 11 and then began winning in several racing programs at the Gateway Kartplex.”
Most recently, I have been presented with opportunities to race both USAC Silver Crown and ARCA Super Late Models against many of the sport’s top drivers. In my 15 year career, I’ve experienced everything from racing on a 1/12th mile oval all the way to running wide-open at more than 170 miles per hour on a 1.25 mile oval.
My love of racing is something I’ve wanted to share with others in hopes of winning new fans for the sport. In addition, I’ve wanted to show that there’s tremendous opportunities for anyone who loves cars, technology and spending time with their friends. When World Wide Technology Raceway first began the Raceway Gives program, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to get involved. One of my first roles was organizing appearances at Camp WeCanDu with the Disabled Athletes Sports Association. The experience of introducing the sport to the camp attendees made me want to do more and I jumped to be a representative of Raceway Gives in other areas.
I was honored to represent Raceway Gives by taking part in the NASCAR Acceleration Nation program, a youth outreach curriculum which revolves around motorsports. I visited the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Community Center equipped with my USAC Silver Crown race car, educational materials and challenges for Jackie’s kids. I enjoyed teaching them about my race car and explaining what type of maintenance goes into preparing it for a race. They had so many provoking questions. It was inspiring to see how fascinated they were in the sport and with their new found knowledge of what the future could hold for them in this vast industry. It was an unforgettable opportunity teaching the kids about my experience as a racer.
Engaging The Next Gen Of Racing Fans
“Raceway Gives continues to immerse me in the world of Esports by tasking me to lead the charge on an Esports Rocket League partnership with world Esports player, UGC. Esports provides an opportunity to meaningfully engage the next generation of racing fans.”
High School students are the key component of the Gen-Z population. I am excited to work with UGC to provide tailored Esports competition opportunities for these targeted participation segments: youth (age under 18) and open division (age 18+).
In addition to racing on track, I am actively involved in drone racing and have used that experience to launch a career in the television and film industry. My drone chase camera work has been showcased on FOX, CBS Sports and with DirTVision productions. I’ve been able to utilize my racing experience and knowledge of the sport to push the limits for the viewing audience. In a very short time I’ve been able to establish myself as an innovator in this developing category. I am currently developing a Drone Racing Advanced Technology program for inclusion in the Raceway Gives education curriculum. My goal is to be a role model for both aspiring racers or those who want to pursue a non-traditional career in motorsports.
I am grateful for the opportunities I have been given. As I continue to secure sponsorships to continue my on-track career in multiple platforms, I’m also committed to my passion for racing and drone technology to increase motorsports engagement and loyalty.