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Growing up with a passion...

 

Go karts or dirt bikes? he said...

 

        From a young age I spent my weekends at the race track cheering on my dad. When I finally strapped a helmet on for the first time I knew motorsports was my passion. The deal was, an excellent performance at school led to more days at Goodwood Kartway and more opportunities to get my racing education.

 

       By sixteen I graduated to formula cars and completed the Jim Russell Racing School. I had plenty to learn, I was keen to develop and spent a year at the Bridgestone Racing Academy learning race craft. It was time to up the ante and take the next step. We met with the Willis brothers at Canadian based AIM Autosport about campaigning their designed, built and highly successful Aero 2 in the Canadian Formula Ford Championship. This would be the start of a ten year partnership with the Canadian team where I learned, developed and where we collectively achieved success in a multitude of different classes. After five seasons of open wheel campaigning and looking at the motorsport landscape at the time, we elected to enter the world of Sports Car racing.

 

       One of my first sports car races was the Rolex 24, in 2004, when I shared a Porsche GT3 Cup with my dad and we went on to podium in my first attempt at the gruelling race. We finished third a year later and he promised me it wasn't that easy.. I would go on to podium and win multiple races but wouldn't podium at the Rolex again until 2013. The Grand Am Rolex SportsCar Series and the Daytona Prototype looked like an excellent platform and a great way to make inroads in the sports car racing scene. The most notable highlights were back to back wins at Montreal and Watkins Glen with Brian Frisselle as co-driver. We also had the closest finish in Grand Am series history at Montreal. I joined Level 5 in 2010 and went on to win all of the endurance races in ALMS at the time.

 

       My long term goal however, was to become a factory driver, which came to fruition in 2012 when I was asked to join Kinetic Motorsports and drive for the factory KIA Racing program in the Pirelli World Challenge. Being a part of a manufacturer based program allowed me to highlight my skills behind the wheel but also to put my automotive management and marketing background to good use. During my tenure with Kia, we achieved great successes for the brand, I came close to winning two driver's titles and more importantly, we would go on to win the 2014 manufacturers championship for Kia. This was the first time a Korean car manufacturer had ever won a championship of this kind.

 

       I've been fortunate to take my passion a long way and I owe a great deal of that to my family. When I'm away from the race track I enjoy spending time with my wife, our son and our two dogs. Passions outside of racing include snowmobiling, skiing, mountain biking and training. 

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