How did you get into cars?
“I first got into cars through my family. My uncle was kind of into drag racing, and my cousin was a flat truck racer, so I went to a few of those events. Aside from that, I just thought it was cool. I wanted to make my car look cool. I liked the import scene which was growing around the time I turned sixteen and got my license. I kind of latched onto the desire to build my own car.”
“For my first car, I got myself a Mazda RX-7, 1988 because I didn’t want a front-wheel-drive car, and I wanted a turbo. I don’t know why though.”
“Working on that led me to discover drifting, and well, doing burnouts is cool, but doing burnouts while moving is cooler. I just slowly taught myself how to drift out in Pennsylvania through trial and error.”
Did you have a moment where you realized you loved cars?
“I remember at one point just wanting to get better and better at drifting. Something clicked, and I started doing well, linking corners faster than most. It was so satisfying, I think I just picked up steam along the way.”
“One of the original founders of Donut Media was really just a group of friends that wanted to start a motorsport based media production company. We solely produce automotive content, and we try to stay ahead of the curve. We have Ryan Tuerck alongside myself for our series called Drift Garage, a show with Network A, and we also have Up To Speed, How It Works, The New Car Show, and a couple of other series we produce.”
What do you think you’d be doing with your free time if you weren’t involved with cars at all?
“I have no idea. I’d be so bored.”
Is there a moment or experience you’ve had behind the wheel that stands out to you?
“It’s gotta be winning my first (Formula Drift) Championship back in 2009. Easily the highpoint, not to say that the other two weren’t better, but the first one is always the best.”
What’s your favorite thing about being around cars all the time?
“Drifting is the most fun you can have on four wheels. The cars are so different from every other form of racing in the world. If you can’t go to a racetrack and have a good time, then I don’t know what’s wrong with you! It’s not just about the race. It’s also about everything else going on around the race. This event is the perfect example of that. Yes, there’s drifting or time attack going on, but it’s about the community and the people that are involved which makes it super fun the entire time.”
What advice would you give to younger enthusiasts?
“You absolutely have to get out to the track for a sanctioned event. Ask for help. Somebody is always willing to lend a hand or tell you what you’re doing wrong and save you some time. You will have a lot more fun, and you will get in a lot less trouble at the track anyway.”