1987

  • born

1997

  • sees a scale-model, Le Mans-winning Porsche race car at the local mall. the dream is born

2000

  • every racing book that can be obtained is read, and re-read
  • starts working towards first car

2003

  • buys first car, miata
  • begins secretly practicing in the canyons while his parents are asleep

2004-2005

  • volunteer trash collector, Skip Barber Racing School, Monterey, CA
  • Doc Wong Driving Clinics, Northern California
  • first introduction to organized racing: Jim Russell Racing School - Techniques of Karting Class, Sonoma, CA
  • invited to Jim Russell Racing School's Scholarship Runoffs (reserved only for school's fastest pupils). Declines and uses entry funds towards college degree

2005-2009

  • UCLA - B.A., International Development Studies
  • Div. 1 Pac-10 academic-scholar athlete, co-captain, varsity rowing
  • insomnia due to racing dreams

2009-2010

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), SF Bay Area
  • insomnia due to racing dreams

2010-2012

  • Peace Corps Liberia, Education volunteer (West Africa)
    • first group to return since country's 14 year-long civil war
    • triples HS exit-exam pass rates for seniors as teacher, admin. advisor
    • constructs first science laboratory in school district, USAID SPA grant
    • invited by Liberian Ministry of Education to develop national middle and HS academic curricula
    • climbs Kilimanjaro, rides a Honda 125cc from Cape Town > Dar es Salaam with best friend
    • insomnia due to racing dreams

2012-2013

  • fundraising for Canada
    • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    • private tutoring
    • insomnia due to racing dreams

2014

  • Bridgestone Racing Academy - Mechanic Trainee Program
    • Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Ontario, Canada
    • previous attendees include F1 World Champion & Indy 500 winner Jacques Villeneuve, NASCAR's Danica Patrick, and IndyCar's James Hinchcliffe
    • trades labor for driving time in school's F2000 open-wheel, formula race cars
      • 10 year racing hiatus, begins season 15+ seconds off the pace
      • sets lap-time equal to chief instructor in final race
      • recommendation by academy president to obtain competition racing license

2015

  • Rotax 125cc Kart Racing Series with Simraceway Performance Driving School (former Jim Russell school), Sonoma, CA
  • first season racing go-karts, slicks
    • Season Results:
      Race 1,  3/28/15 - 11th
      Race 2, 4/25/15 - 6th
      Race 3, 5/23/15 - 10th
      Race 4, 6/13/15  - 7th
      Race 5, 7/11/15   - 3rd    (podium)
      Race 6, 8/15/15  - 3rd    (podium)
      Race 7, 9/5/15    - 9th
      Race 8. 10/10/15 - 5th    (hit, fastest lap)
      Race 9, 10/31/15 - 5th    (hit, fastest lap)
       
    • Season Standings - Tied for 4th out of 22 competitors

2016

  • offered, accepts Instructor position with Simraceway Performance Driving Center - Sonoma, CA
  • training

2017

  • raises $16,000 with online GoFundme fundraiser and gala event, purchases race car
  • competes in SCCA Majors/Hoosier Super Tour (top amateur level in U.S.), SCCA Regionals with support from sponsors: Hana Japan Steak & Seafood, Marin Acura, Cafe Tapioca, and Tomas Sport Tuning
    (6 races, abbreviated season due to budget)
    • 100% probability to place top-5
    • 66%  podium finish rate
    • 50%  pole position rate
    • 33%  win rate
    • all new, first-time tracks
    • self-crewed race car, pit-crew comprised of friends staying in tents

2018

  • VLN 1 - BMW M235iR, Cup 5 Class - Nurburgring, Germany
    • 7th in class, 67th overall
    • Highest finishing American in class
    • Highest finishing Japanese driver overall, 2nd @ P95 Toyota Gazoo Racing
    • Finished higher than: 3x Le Mans Champion; F1 Junior Development driver; Porsche, Lamborghini, Toyota factory drivers
    • Total laps on Nurburgring prior to first race weekend: 2
  • Lead Instructor - Simraceway Performance Driving Center, Sonoma, CA, USA