Germany

 sunrise from the rhine river bonn, germany 

sunrise from the rhine river
bonn, germany 

It's been 10 days since I sold most of my belongings, packed up my stuff, and moved to Germany.
The plan for 2018 is to race on the Nurburgring-Nordschleife circuit in Germany

 best panini in my life in lisbon, portugal

best panini in my life in lisbon, portugal

i'm 30 years old, a college athlete that's kept up the two workouts a day, and in the best racing form of my life.
Every race i'm improving significantly, my track record proves it

 portuguese bread, wine, and sardines in the silkiest, stupidest olive oil that an airport merchant gave me for free

portuguese bread, wine, and sardines in the silkiest, stupidest olive oil that an airport merchant gave me for free

I quit everything 4 years ago and have sacrificed all that i could towards this dream.
But now it's time to test myself among the top German and international pros

 photo credit: dejansokolovski.com

photo credit: dejansokolovski.com

No better place to do so than on the longest, most difficult, and dangerous race track in the world: the Nurburgring-Nordschleife

Facts:
-nicknamed, 'The Green Hell' by Sir Jackie Stewart
-170 corners, 12.9 miles (20.8km)
-nestled in the forest of Nurburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
-a track that Formula 1 used to race on until too many people started losing their lives

The idea is that if I can win here, I should be able to win anywhere

 the rental for ten days - 2018 ford fiesta 6spd, top-speed 221km (tested w/draft)

the rental for ten days - 2018 ford fiesta 6spd, top-speed 221km (tested w/draft)

10 scheduled races this year, including the crazy 24 Hours of Nurburgring,
one of the largest spectator races in the world where the Germans party in the forest for a week

oh, and it's my first time ever in Europe

Today marks 10 days in Germany. I have, with so much help from my couchsurfing host, Uwe

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have found a place to crash anytime i need, 45 minutes from the Nurburgring,
registered as a German resident

acquired a German bank account, phone number,
health/auto insurance, license plates and vehicle registration
oh, and I also bought a freaking BMW!

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everybody say hello to Emma.

1996 BMW 320i E36

inline-6, 150hp/140ft/lb, 5spd with only 103k miles
bone stock, previous owner was an 80yr old man
and one of the cleanest interiors i have ever seen.

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thanks to this guy, Rosario Guidara,
who took half off the sticker price because he too was down for the dream. Nuts

 

But now comes the hardest part: knocking on the doors of teams and potential sponsors.
I came with all the money I had. It's still not enough but I can't give up now 👊

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