Alex’s passion for rallying began as a toddler, insisting to watch the tape of Ari Vatanen tackling Pikes Peak every day after his nap. At the age of six, his father took Alex to the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally for the first time, and from then on, he decided he wanted to compete at the top-level in rallying. Since Alex’s first rally in 2003, he has co-driven in over 150 rallies across 20 different countries in nearly every class of car. In 2005, he won his first national championship, and in 2008 he joined the Subaru Rally Team USA alongside the late BMX legend Dave Mirra and obtained a bronze in the X Games. Finally, in 2012, he realized his life-long dream by making his debut in the World Rally Championship in Finland. After his first taste of the WRC, Alex, like Sean, moved to Europe in 2013 to continue to progress his racing career. Since then, he’s been co-driving in several national, European, and World Rally Championship events across the continent from his base in London. Outside his 16 year-long rally career, Alex has completed university at Penn State, double-majoring in Information Sciences and Economics. After graduating, Alex began working full-time at Ernst & Young (EY) in Philadelphia and is currently a Senior Manager for a data analytics team based in London. Throughout Alex’s 10 years at EY, the firm has been extraordinarily supportive of his rallying, from allowing him time off in his first few weeks as an intern to compete in X Games, to sponsoring his transfer to the UK and allowing him a reduced work schedule to compete in more rallies. He currently maintains a blog on work-life balance to write about his unique experience, share lessons learned, and advocate for inclusive, flexible, and positive work environments.
What connects us
Currently, we’re the only North American team competing at the international level, and the only American team to ever relocate to Europe in order to commit to a proper rally development program, working to compete at the highest level of the sport. We both left friends, family, and home for Europe in 2013 to follow our racing dreams and share the same vision, experience, and sacrifice. In order to utilize each other’s strengths, we need to be on the same wavelength, and trust and understand each other fully. We also need to enjoy working together seamlessly because over the course of the average WRC event, we’ll spend about 100 hours working together! And as a result of our shared passion, shared experiences, and shared fun on rally weekends, we’ve also developed a great friendship outside the car which has in turn become the foundation for the working relationship as well.