I was born and raised in a small mountain town in Northern California called Mt. Shasta. While it’s certainly not a breeding ground for racing drivers, and my family has no past involvement in motorsport, a burning passion for racing was ignited in the heart of my 7 year old self. The catalyst? Watching my hero Alex Zanardi win and do donuts right in front of me after spectating my first professional race with my brother. That weekend is when my dream of racing cars began.
In a rare path into professional motorsport, I got my break playing video games! In 2011 I competed in the North American Nissan GT Academy, a competition that took the fastest Gran Turismo 5 video game racers in the US, and put them in real cars; I ultimately finished 2nd, narrowly missing out on victory. I returned to California determined and empowered to pursue my passion and realize my dream of racing.
After months of hard work, travel, networking, and a heap of tenacity, I was able to put together a program to go racing in 2012 and competed in my first full season of racing in my life in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge with Wright Motorsports. We clinched the championship with one race weekend to go, finishing the season with 14 podium finishes of the 15 races! I then moved to Europe to go race in the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany from 2013 on.
Three years later, having unsuccessfully battled the demon of too-high expectations coming off a storybook year in 2012, and having lived through the sudden death of my closest friend and teammate Sean Edwards who was killed in a coaching accident, I decided to take a step away from the world of professional motorsports. Life had raised the bar on me quicker than I was able to keep up with, and I didn’t have the maturity to process all the many challenges, disappointments, and loss simultaneously.
So I took the backward step and went to live in a Zen Center in Santa Fe for a year. This experience brought my feet back to the ground and was the perfect place for me to do some healing and really learn how to work with my mind. I returned to Germany in 2018, and have started down a new path, exploring the discipline of Rally!
A Vision for the Future
In 2015, I spectated Rallye Deutschland, the German round of the World Rally Championship. After experiencing that event first-hand, a new passion for rally was ignited in my heart and my dreams and aspirations in professional motorsport began to shift away from sports car racing.
My vision now? I want to be competing in the top class of the WRC! In the past 3 years, I’ve gone from never driven a rally in my life, to setting top 3 stage times in the WRC3, a support category to the World Championship. Driving in the WRC used to be a dream, but thanks to our efforts it’s transitioning to an attainable goal now. I know this goal is still big and that there remains lots of hard work, learning, experience gathering, and development to get through before this goal is attained, but I’m keeping my head down, and working as hard as I can with Alex as we take steps closer to this collective dream of being the first American crew to compete full time at the highest level of international rallying. We’re engaging our process, making good progress, and are grateful for all the many incredible experiences along the way!
I also hope that my story can inspire other young people to pursue their dreams as well. My journey of pursuing my passion in this capacity has been the most challenging, incredible, heartbreaking, and fulfilling experience of my life, and there’s every reason to continue.