What has the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series meant to you and your career?
“Running in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge the last few years has been a blast.
“I grew up around Showroom Stock racing as a kid and love racing vehicles that are built from production road cars.”
“Running an endurance format and having the whole team involved, especially in the four-hour races, just gives the series every aspect of motorsports.
“I think the on-track racing in Continental Tire Challenge is the best in the United States and I’m happy with the number of manufacturers that are currently involved.
“I have run at ‘higher levels’ but feel that this is the best series and I really enjoy it!”
The ST class in in its final year this year. As a former class champion, what made that class special to compete in?
“I have always been a big fan of the ST category in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.
“Growing up in a family that had smaller import cars, I could most closely relate to the cars in the ST class.
“I have driven at least 50% of the model of vehicles raced in ST and really enjoyed each one of them.
“I think moving forward TCR will do a great job of filling the void. I’m just hoping more manufacturers will be involved soon.”
What is the significance of the relationship that you have developed with your longtime co-driver Jeff Mosing?
“I first met my co-driver/bro-driver Jeff Mosing in 2008. He came to a private test for a Mazda MX-5 team in which I was the driver coach.
“We hit it off immediately, Jeff has a great sense of humor and is a very kind, generous person. When Jeff told me that I would be driving with him in 2014 I was beyond excited.
“We spend a bit of time together away from the races and talk several times a week. We are both car nuts and have very similar interests (except for Jeff’s unicycle, I can’t ride one).
“Everyday on our commute to and from the racetrack we are always pulling up some random song to see if the other has heard of it.
“We usually share a hotel room and most evenings the TV is on something along the lines of Family Guy or Rick and Morty.
“Whether at the track or just meeting up somewhere, we are all about having a good time!”
How have you seen Continental Tire’s involvement shape the Continental Tire Challenge series?
“Continental Tire has been such a great partner for IMSA. I am sad that they will be leaving the series at the end of the 2018 season.
“Continental Tire has really given better access to the fans and keeps them engaged with promotions and great coverage of the series.
“I think the upcoming tire company has big shoes to fill for the next season in both on track performance and fan activations.
“Plus, how can we not love the Continental Tire sponsored Dinner with Racers Podcast?”