1987

  • born

1997

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

2000

  • purchases, reads every racing book that can be obtained

  • starts working towards first car

2003

  • buys first car, 1990 Nissan 240sx. sells for a Mazda Miata

  • begins practicing in the canyons while parents are sleep

2004-2005

  • volunteer janitor, Skip Barber Racing School - Monterey, CA

  • attends Doc Wong Driving Clinics, Northern California

  • Jim Russell Racing School - Techniques of Karting Class - Sonoma, CA

  • Invited to Jim Russell Racing School's Scholarship Runoffs,
    declines and uses entry funds towards college degree

2005-2009

  • UCLA - B.A., International Development Studies

  • Division 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, Education Volunteer - Liberia, West Africa

    • first group to return since country's 14 year-long civil war

    • triples HS exit-exam pass rates for seniors as teacher, administrative adviser

    • constructs first science laboratory in school district, USAID SPA Grant

    • invited by Liberian Ministry of Education to develop national middle and HS academic curricula

    • summits Mt. Kilimanjaro, rides a Honda 125cc motorcycle from Cape Town > Dar es Salaam with 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 - Ontario, Canada

    • Trades labor for seat time driving the school's F2000 open-wheel, formula race cars

      • 10 year racing hiatus

      • sets lap-time equal to chief instructor in final race

      • receives recommendation by academy president to obtain competition racing license

      • previous attendees of school include F1 World Champion & Indy 500 winner Jacques Villeneuve, NASCAR's Danica Patrick, and IndyCar's James Hinchcliffe

2015

  • Rotax 125cc Kart Racing Series - Sonoma, CA

  • Multiple podiums, fastest laps

2016

  • Offered and accepts instructor position with Simraceway Performance Driving Center (formerly known as Jim Russell Racing School) - Sonoma, CA

2017

  • Raises $16,000 USD and purchases race car with online GoFundme fundraiser (crowdfunding) and Gala event

  • Competes in SCCA Majors/Hoosier Super Tour (top amateur level in U.S.) STL Class

  • 6 race abbreviated season due to budget:

    • 100% top-5 finish rate

    • 66% podium finish rate

    • 50% pole position rate

    • 33% win rate

    • all new, first-time tracks

    • self-crewed race car, team comprising of friends staying in tents

2018

  • VLN 1 - BMW M235iR, Cup 5 Class - Nurburgring, Germany

    • 7th in class, 67th overall of 160+ cars

    • Highest finishing American in class

    • Highest finishing Japanese driver overall, 2nd @ P95 Toyota Gazoo Racing

    • Higher finish 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

2019

  • Meetings with NISMO, Subaru Technica International (STI), Toyota Gazoo Racing, Super GT and Super Taikyu teams