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Frost, Petrov & Rasmussen visit victory lane at Road America As the Road to Indy Series got back on track for the 1st time in the 2020 season. For the first time since 2019, the Road to Indy and IndyCar Series was competing on the same weekend at Road America and based upon the IndyCar results the Road to Indy stars that have graduated from the series were truly shining in the IndyCar series with Pato OWard, Felix Rosenqvist having great showings and duking it out in race number two at Road America. Focusing on the action that took place with the Indy Pro 2000 both of the series on the Road to Indy qualified in wet conditions. The series was on the track at Road America on Thursday and Friday so that they could be out of the track in time for the Indy cars to come in for the weekend double-header. In the first race with the Indy Pro 2000, Danial Frost only led one lap, that was the very last lap. He had qualified in the pole position but due to a gearing issue he was bumped back and had a penalty that he had to start at the rear of the grid, and he made his way all the way up by winning the race by .0556 seconds over Devlin DeFrancesco. Colin Kaminsky in his first run in the Indy Pro 2000 was on the podium for that race. The fast lap of the race was Manuel Sulaiman and he turned in that fast lap. That meant that he was on the pole for race number two. Race number two was won by Artem Petrov from St. Petersburg, Russia. He started third in the race and was able to move himself into the winning position. Sting Ray Robb finished second and Danial Frost followed up his victory in the first race with a podium finish. Two drivers that do not want to even have you mention Road America again Hunter McElrae the rookie in the series moving up from USF2000 and Parker Thompson. Both finished in the back half of the field, the back bottom portion of the field. Good solid showings for last year's USF2000 champion Braden Eves in the first race. Let me check the details here. The first race he had a fourth just off of the podium and in the second race fifth. So, if we look at the points and here's something that I wish that would be worked out with Road to Indy especially with there not being any Indy Lights this year, no Indy Lights races. I would love to see a graphic popped up during the main NBC broadcast or NBC Sports Network that gave you the top three or top five and points of the series because as you see, those drivers that are on the Road to Indy actually end up making it into the Series. They're folks that the race fans need to know a little bit more about it. But the top standings for Indy Pro 2000 Danial Frost with his victory and podium position. He leads with 52 points, Devlin DeFrancesco with 46 points, Sting Ray Robb in third with 42, Artem Petrov with his win in the second race, a lower standing in the first race but he's fourth at 39. Colin Kaminski very solid 37 points tied with Braden Eves and that rounds out your top five or top six of it. In the team championship Juncos Racing 52 points. Turn 3 Motorsports, Danial Frost running for Turn 3 Motorsports, absolutely fantastic to see this. One of the hardest working teams putting their cars together and having different drivers in it at spring training when I was down at Homestead. It's great to see the results for this team of not only what Danial Frost is doing but eighth place and points Antoine Comeau being there. So, Juncos, Turn 3, Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport not in the Indy Lights. So, they're fielding a car in Indy Pro and then Exclusive Autosport. Turning the page to USF2000 Christian Rasmussen. Christian Rasmussen, he took the lead or took the points lead won both races max points because he was the fastest in both races. In race number one he edged out Josh Green with Cape Motorsport, a great showing for Josh with back to back podiums a second place and a third place in the second race. Eduardo Barrichello in third and then Matt Rou...
During the break in the racing action, I caught up with Max Esterson after his iRacing team won the 12 hours of Sebring online. We also talk about his recent announcement with Team Pelfrey to run F1600 in 2020.
His experiences as a driver and as an African American in the IndyCar Series. Like many drivers, George Mack started in Go-Karting with his Father in California. With his success, he moved up the ranks until he found himself racing in Europe. With the creation of the Indy Racing League, George Mack secured a ride on the IndyCar Series with an underfunded team and competed in the 2002 season, running the oval only series. George Mack is the highest finishing African American driver in the Indy 500 to date, finishing 17th in 2002. He and Willy T. Ribbs hold they distinction of being the only 2 African Americans to run in the Indianapolis 500. He credits Willy T. Ribbs as being a mentor and a supporter of his racing career and we discuss his thoughts on the Netlix movie - Uppity. I caught up with George Mack on the way home from work in Los Angeles traffic (please pardon the video quality and framing in some portions of the interview). George was born in Hollywood, California and has always called the LA area home. Subscribe and Listen to the 33 Dreams of Indy Podcast on your favorite player Subscribe to this Channel: Apple Podcast: Google Play: Spotify: Stitcher: TuneIn: George Mack - IndyCar Driver - Affrican American History
The 2018 Lucas Oil School of Racing Shootout Winner and 2019 Lucas Oil Formula Car Series Champion is ready for the next step - USF2000 on the Road to Indy. I had an opportunity to catch up with Prescott during a break from his engineering studies in England, just before he left to attend preseason testing in Homestead. Exclusive Autosport is thrilled to announce that 19-year-old Prescott Campbell will make his debut in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship this season with their race-winning operation. The Newport Beach, CA native and Oxford, UK resident will pilot the teams #91 Tatuus USF-17, featuring their trademark red and black Exclusive Autosport livery with branding from the Lucas Oil School of Racing. Campbell is the reigning 2019 Lucas Oil Formula Car Race Series champion, an accomplishment that earned him a $75,000 scholarship towards the 2020 USF2000 season. In 2012 Campbell began racing cadet karts in the Southern California region, marking the start of his racing career. He graduated to the senior kart categories in 2016 where he began his climb up the Superkarts! USA Shifter Stock Moto ladder system. He progressed through the ranks before making his debut in the Pro Shifter category at the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals XXII in 2018. At the end of that year, he was one of 30 drivers invited to compete in the inaugural Cooper Tire Karting Scholarship Shootout held at Sebring International Raceway. A panel of well-accomplished figures in the motorsport industry selected him as the winner of the three-day judged event, for which he received a scholarship to run the full 2019 Lucas Oil Formula Car Race Series calendar. Prescott broke his femur in a karting accident mid-season, but was able to come back to win the championship despite missing three of the series 18 races. An impressive drive in the season finale saw him clinch the title by a crucial four points and win the $75,000 scholarship towards this years USF2000 season. He was also a finalist in last years Team USA Scholarship Shootout. Subscribe and Listen to the 33 Dreams of Indy Podcast on your favorite player Subscribe to this Channel: Apple Podcast: Google Play: Spotify: Stitcher: TuneIn:
David Dalton, Jr. Dreams that it is him Episode 28 of the 33 Dreams of Indy Podcast In 1985. a brash yet confident driver by the name of Willy T. Ribbs showed up at the Indianapolis Speedway with dreams of making it into the field of 33. It was not meant to be that year, as documented in the new movie available on Netflix - Uppity. Uppity - Available on Netflix Willy T.'s dream would have to wait until 1991 when he became the Jackie Robinson of IndyCar Racing by being the 1st African American to start in the Indy 500. He raced at Indy again in 1993 - finishing 21st. It was 9 years later in 2002 that George Mack follow the path set by Willy T. by making the field of 33 and finishing 17th. In the 18 years that have followed, there has not been an African American as part of the 33. In a dual fold manner - to celebrate Black History Month and also to shine a light on a up and coming driver, I interviewed David Dalton, Jr. David dreams of being the 3rd African American Driver to race in the Indy 500. But he knows he has a long ways to go to get there and is open to doing what he loves to do - Race. So much so that he recently submitted an application to the NASCAR REV - Drive for Diversity Program. David is not just looking for an advantage or a hand out - rather he is touting his results in his young racing career. In 2018 he participated in the Inaugural Lucas Oil School of Racing Shootout, finishing 5th. This finished earned him a place in races during the 2019 Lucas Oil Formula Car Series. He shined, making 12 out of the 18 events, with 1 win and 3 Podium Finishes. 2018 Lucas Oil School of Racing Shootout Finalist In this interview, we talk about David racing along with the challenges that he has faced along the way. If you would like to support David Dalton, Jr. I have included a link to his efforts:
That is a great question. The current Simulation systems on the market do not have the specific cars that are used in the Road to Indy's 3 main series. This leaves drivers having to use other models of cars as a substitute. That will change at the track atleast. I sat down with Greg De Giorgis, Owner and Lead Engineer for SimMetric Driver Performance Labs. Greg has developed a commercial-grade driving simulator in a custom-built, first-of-its-kind mobile coaching lab, that gives drivers more track time in order to gain an advantage over their competitors in a safe, controlled environment.  The system is loaded with the specific car models used by the USF2000 Indy Pro 2000 & Indy Lights series. For this reason and many others, SimMetric Labs was named an Official Partner of the Road to Indy Series presented by Cooper Tires. The SimMetric Labs will be on the road this season and at the Road to Indy events to be utilized by drivers and teams, starting with the preseason testing at Homestead.
Carter Pease ended 2019 on a high note. He finished second in the Lucas Oil School of Racing Shootout in Sebring and by doing so he knew what he would be doing in 2020. Well, he knew what he would be doing for half of the season. Due to his finish in the shootout, Carter earned a scholarship to compete in half of the race weekends on the upcoming 2020 Lucas Oil Formula Car Series. So how does a recent college graduate fund the rest of the season? What I have found out by talking to Carter is that it is not his plan to do anything halfway. We talk about this and much more in this episode of the podcast. Subscribe and Listen to the 33 Dreams of Indy Podcast on your favorite player
What does the winner of the 2019 F3 Americas Championship do for an encore? How about claiming a podium finish in the 1st race of 2020 in the IMSA Prototype Challenge at Daytona International Raceway. I had the pleasure of catching up with Dakota Dickerson, 2015 Team USA Scholarship winner, to discuss his great start to 2020 and his Indy Dreams. Dakota still dreams of the Indy 500 someday, but in the interim he is making the best of his partnership with Ligier and MLT Motorsports on the IMSA Circuit. To give some context, IMSA Prototype Challenge is a six-event endurance racing championship with two drivers sharing a car to race for either one hour 45 minutes or three hours. The championship requires that an FIA rated bronze driver (for example, my teammate Dean Baker) pairs up with an FIA rated silver driver (myself). We believe we?ve created a strong lineup for the year. Dean is an experienced prototype racer and competed against us in the 2019 season. Unlike the junior formula car championships that we had been competing in, Prototype Challenge allows different manufacturers to compete in the same class. We all have the same tires, engine and transmission but we can choose between chassis manufacturers. We will be competing in the Ligier JSP3 which is a very nice continuation of our relationship and success with Ligier in the F4 US Championship (Ligier JSF4) and F3 Americas Championship (Ligier JSF3). The other popular chassis is the Norma M30 which typically yields great straight-line speed but lacks in aerodynamic grip relative to the Ligier. It creates great racing and a fun, competitive dynamic in the paddock between the two manufacturers.Dakota Dickerson MLT Motorsports was only formed less than one year ago, having made its debut at Sebring, so this year represented its first-ever visit to Daytona International Speedway the first week of January for the opening race of the new season. There was a lot of work involved but we made great progress during the three practice sessions, and both myself and Dean felt very comfortable in the car. The only real item up in the air was our aero settings. We knew we couldn?t compete with the Normas in a straight line, but with the impending rainy weather on race day, some extra aero seemed like our best bet to challenge for a win. Dean spent the final practice session prepping for qualifying and we all felt strong heading into Saturday. Dakota Dickerson Our next event will be at Sebring International Raceway during the ?Super Sebring? event in March. We will be working really hard as a team to continue improving, and I?m fully confident we will be able to challenge for another win there as well. None of this would be possible without the support and guidance of Dr. Mike Thompson, MLT Motorsports, Ligier Automotive NA and all of our personal partners. Likewise, I really appreciate you all for following my progress and I hope to have a ?winning? blog for all of you come March. In the meantime, I?ll be active on social media via Instagram/Twitter (@dickersonracing) and Facebook/YouTube (Dakota Dickerson Racing)! Dakota Dickerson Enjoy Episode 25... Dakota Dickerson - 2020 Prototype Challenge LMP3 Ligier with MLT Motorsports Subscribe and Listen to the 33 Dreams of Indy Podcast on your favorite player Apple Podcast: Google Play: Spotify: Stitcher: TuneIn:
Elysiah Navarro (Ely) was awarded the Scholarship by the Lucas Oil School of Racing Shootout presented by Cooper Tires in December of 2019. Ely rose to the top of the 27 driver field over the 3 days of driving and instruction. His scholarship will allow him to compete in the 2020 Lucas Oil Formula Car race series. The winner of that series will get a $75,000 scholarship to apply towards a 2021 USF2000 entry, so there is a alot on the line for Ely as he enters 2020.
I interviewed one of the drivers that shined in the recent 2019 Lucas Oil School of Racing Shootout presented by Cooper Tires, Elliott Budzinski. Elliott traveled from his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan to participate in the 3 day event at Sebring that was held December 10-12th. Drivers were not just driving the Lucas Oil Ray GR-RSC Formula Cars, they were also being evaluated as they worked with school instructors and expert panelist. Elliott Budzinski getting feedback and instruction from Pippa Mann at the 2019 Lucas Oil School of Racing Shootout presented by Cooper Tires Subscribe and Listen to the 33 Dreams of Indy Podcast on your favorite player Apple Podcast: Google Play: Spotify: Stitcher: TuneIn:
I sat down with F3 Driver Kent Vaccaro prior to his trip to Sebring where he competed in the 2020 Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour in the Formula Atlantic / F3 class. Kent took the victory on Saturday after capturing the fast time during qualifications. He was not able to compete Sunday because he has to get back to school to take his finals. As with a number of young drivers that dream of racing professionally at some point, Kent juggles the demands of school, racing, practice, sponsorship and life. We talk about this during the episode and get to know Kent better as he approaches the 2020 season. Enjoy Episode 22: Subscribe and Listen to the 33 Dreams of Indy Podcast on your favorite player Apple Podcast: Google Play: Spotify: Stitcher: TuneIn: Available on Youtube - Kent Vaccaro
Mystery/Racing Novelist Tammy Kaehler joined 33 Dreams of Indy to talk about here series of books that follow the racing career of a fictional female racer - Kate Reilly. Kiss the Bricks is Kaehler's 5th book and it takes place during the month of May leading up to and including the Indy 500. Tammy's book is not just an edge of the seat mystery story. It also explains some aspects of racing in detail that all can understand, race fan or not. She also explores the challenges faced by her character, Kate Reilly, as she is a female racer facing barriers that are not just on the track. During this interview we talk about the book, Tammy's path to racing and about challenges faced by women in racing in 2020. I hope you enjoy and would love your feedback and comments. It is my intention that this interview is the first of many in a series on women in racing and why there are so few opportunities for female drivers. Here you go, Episode 21: Robert Earl: Welcome back to 33 Dreams of Indy. I'm your host, Robert Earl and today I'm joined by Tammy Kaehler. Tammy, how are you doing? Tammy Kaehler: I'm good, thanks. How about you? Robert Earl: I'm doing fantastic. Tammy is a mystery novelist. Her books have followed the adventures and career of a fictional Kate Riley as she pursues her dreams of Indy in her racing career. And I got my hands on her fifth entry, Kiss the Bricks, and matter of fact spilled coffee on it, and had to actually get it on Kindle as well, because I could not put it down. But this is the fifth in a series at Dead Man's Switch, where Kate follows her American Le Mans series as she starts out. Breaking Points, which is set at Road America and Petite Le Mans. Avoidable Contact, you jump into the 24 hours at Daytona, I'll be there here in a just a couple of weeks. And then Red Flags, where she participates at the Long Beach Grand Prix, but then also starts to test Indy cars and then is a? To set the stage, she's a full time participant on the IndyCar series and is successful in the Indy 500 when we enter into the story, correct? Tammy Kaehler: Yeah, that's correct. Robert Earl: Fantastic. Welcome to the show. Tammy Kaehler: Thank you. Robert Earl: How did you get into writing? Tammy Kaehler: I've always been a writer in my career. I started out in college admissions actually, strangely enough. But I gravitated to any of the writing or the publication tasks in that job. And then I had the good fortune to be hired as a technical writer by a manager who was looking for someone who wasn't actually technical, but could translate. And that sort of launched me into a tech writing career. I was very active writing websites and things for the web 1.0 version, when all of a sudden everyone needed a website and no one had anything. And I specialized in small technical companies. So I've continued that. I still do a lot of web content these days. Everyone needs web content, got to have content got to have content. So I do a lot of that kind of writing. Tammy Kaehler: But fiction didn't come along because I was not one of those kids scribbling stories or writing all the time. Never wrote fiction. I'd have told you I couldn't write fiction. Robert Earl: Really? Tammy Kaehler: Yeah. Yeah. Strange. I just didn't feel like I had that in me, but that came along in 2003 so it's been some years now. I woke up one morning with an idea, just this scene in my head that wouldn't go away. And I kept going, "That's weird, that doesn't happen to me, this is fiction." So I think I'm running into probably some of your other questions, but I'm just going to keep talking. I found a class actually near me at a very good independent bookstore that was called, Do You Have a Book in You? Because I figured that that was the question. And so I started writing and I kept writing. This was not mystery, this was not racing,
Wyatt Brichcek followed up his strong F4 campaign with Jay Howard Driver Development and his start at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca with an announcement that he will be running full time with JHDD in USF2000 in 2020. Wyatt joined 33 Dreams of Indy Podcast after participating in the Palm Beach and Homestead FL portions of the Yacademy Winter Testing with his teammates Christian Rasmussen and Christian Bogle. Wyatt Brichacek - USF2000 in 2020 with Jay Howard Driver Development Here is the announcement from the team. Jay Howard Driver Development (JHDD) is delighted to announce that Wyatt Brichacek will be joining the team's Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship outfit for the 2020 season. Having competed for JHDD's F4 US Championship team in 2018 and 2019, Brichacek also made his Cooper Tires USF2000 debut at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca for the season finale back in September.? After demonstrating consistent top-10 pace throughout the event, the logical progression for the young American is to compete full time on the Road to Indy in 2020.? "I am very excited to be taking the next step in my career with a team I am already very comfortable with," said an excited Brichacek. "I learned a lot in 2019 and combined with the teams noteworthy first year on the Road to Indy, it?s looking like 2020 will be a very successful year. The first round of the USF2000 championship can?t come soon enough!" Team-owner Jay Howard was encouraged by Brichacek?s breakout performances in 2019, and with a strong off-season testing program in place, the plan is to hit the ground running when the season gets underway on the streets of St Petersburg in March. ?Wyatt really came to life in the second half of the 2019 season, and his performance at Weathertech Raceway was nothing less than he deserved,? commented Howard.  ?Now that he?s getting seat time over the winter, I?m confident he will enjoy a successful rookie season in USF2000.  Overall, it?s exciting to welcome Wyatt back to the team as not only will he be quick, but he fits right in with all of the boys which is very important as we look to battle for championships.? Brichacek and JHDD are in the midst of an off-season testing program, before Road to Indy Spring Training brings the 2020 Cooper Tires USF2000 field together for the first time on March 7-8 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  The 2020 season officially gets underway the following weekend on the Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, March 13-15.
Fresh off his winter testing in a Indy Pro 2000 car at the Yacademy Winter Testing with Juncos Racing in Florida, Matt Round-Garrido joined 33 Dreams of Indy from his home in England. Matt is a former Northern Irish Formula Ford Champion. This experience prepared him to make the jump to the Road to Indy. He finished 14th in the 2019 USF2000 Standing despite missing the final 4 races. He took a podium in race 2 at Toronto to highlight his campaign. Matt and the Earl talk about the test sessions in Palm Beach FL, Homestead and Sebring and how the experience went with Juncos Racing. We also discuss Matt's early racing days in England and Spain and the challenges of coming to the States to race.
Episode 18 - ABOUT ANTOINE & PETER: Both residents of Chicagoland, Peter and Antoine first met at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet where Antoine was racing and Peter was coaching. Peter helped develop Antoine in his Radical SR3 car as he was beginning his racing career. Antoine decided to broaden his racing resume by purchasing an Indy Pro 2000 car which Peter then built for him during the winter of 2017/2018. The pair started testing the car in June last year and joined the Indy Pro 2000 series as rookies for the second half of the 2019 season. In 2020, Turn 3 Motorsport plans to grow its Indy Pro 2000 program to a 2-3 car team and compete in their first full season in the series. T3M is also currently competing in a full season of the Radical Cup North America In the team?s debut season, Turn 3 Motorsport and Antoine Comeau were crowned the overall champions of the 2019 Blue Marble Cocktails Radical Cup North America series during this weekend?s finale event at Circuit of the Americas in Austin. In addition to the outright title, the rookie team swept up the 1340 and 1500 class team and driver championships with drivers Eric Wagner and Antoine Comeau. ABOUT ANTOINE COMEAU: Antoine Comeau is originally from Montreal, Quebec. He moved from Montreal to study at Cornell University in 2008, then to Chicago in 2010 where he currently lives and works full time as a partner for an options trading firm. He actually didn't start racing until 2015 where he started out with some club races at Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois. Then he competed in his first non-club race in 2016 and has been focused on growing his racing career since then.  ABOUT PETER DEMPSEY & TURN 3 MOTORSPORT: Turn 3 Motorsport is a full service operation specializing in race car preparation, engineering and driver development. Founded and managed by race car driver and coach Peter Dempsey, T3M is focused on professional service, team member growth and high level performance across multiple racing series.Peter Dempsey is an Irish race car driver, engineer and driver development leader with a lifetime of motorsport experience. Peter began his career racing go-karts in Ireland at age 8. In 2004, he began racing competitively in the Formula Ford Series in Ireland and the UK as a driver for his father's racing team, Cliff Dempsey Racing. In 2005, he entered into his first full season of competitive racing in the Formula Ford Series where he won 33 out of the 43 races that he competed in. That same year, Peter was awarded the Motorsport Ireland Young Racing Driver of the Year Award. In 2008, Peter moved to the USA to join the Road to Indy and pursue a career in American motorsports. Peter?s extensive racing record includes nine wins in the Indy Pro 2000 (formerly Star Mazda) Championship series and a title of Vice Champion, an Indy Lights series win that was one of the most exciting finishes in the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and being one of only two drivers to win the prestigious Walter Hayes Trophy three times.In addition to his own racing resume, Peter has enjoyed mentoring and coaching many drivers to reach their full potential as they climb the motorsports ladder.
Rejoins HMD Motorsports for 2020 "Team expands to three cars" Episode 17 - With the start of the 2020 race season still over four months away, HMD Motorsports continues to make strides on their growing program. With the move of the team to the Indianapolis, Indiana area and the hiring of an experienced staff, the team is happy to announce that David Malukas will be back for his sophomore Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship season. "We are very happy to have David back in 2020," explained Team Manager John Cummiskey. "2019 was a great learning year for David, and he was able to gather podium results in Austin as well as on the oval in St. Louis. Returning for 2020 with renewed focus, energy and experience by his side, David will be a contender for the series title as we head towards Laguna Seca next September."  Only 18 years of age, Malukas has been on a meteoric rise through the Road to Indy. Competing in only a handful of Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship events where he showed his speed right away, the Chicago, Illinois resident became a victor in the Indy Pro 2000 Championship in 2018 with a dominating event weekend at Road America and proved that was no fluke with a win in Portland. 2019 saw another step up in series to Indy Lights where he was an instant top-five runner and managed to find his way to the podium on two occasions.  "To say I was happy with my 2019 season would be a lie," added David Malukas. "I want to win, but also know that I was against a steep learning curve. I took each and every session, each and every lap and the highs and the lows of the season all in stride and gained experience along the way. The team made some big administrative changes behind the scenes and at least one of the HMD drivers were on the podium in the final five event weekends of the season so I am confident that 2020 will bring success." Malukas is set to take on the upcoming series test at the Sebring International Raceway December 11th and 12th in his final test before the holiday season. In other news, HMD Motorsports has added to the Indy Lights fleet expanding the quantity of cars from two to three, opening the path for another driver to compete in the upper tier of the Road to Indy. Currently, all HMD Motorsports USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000 equipment is for sale.  Please be sure to follow HMD Motorsports on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching @HMDMotorsports and also stay tuned for the launch of a new team website. In the meantime, for more information on HMD Motorsports, please contact John Cummiskey at 317.557.6731.
Episode 15 - Ayrton Ori has been on a journey since he started his racing career and the next step into the 2019 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship has been no different. He is attacking this step with the same passion that he does when he is off the track with a message of possibilities and anti-bullying. As an Ambassador for the Human Growth Foundation, the young driver will take part in support events throughout the off season and into next year including the fourth annual 'Say No to Bullying Festival' in Los Angeles, California ( Featuring Disney Kids, health care professionals, growth hormone patients and more, Ayrton will represent the motorsports community as he gives back to the community.  "I have been taking Human Growth Hormone Replacement Therapy since the age of seven," explained Ori, who is a is a freshman at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando. "I was so small that in karting, my dad had to carry my birth certificate around with us in order for me to compete. It was challenging but I am looking forward to sharing my journey, and in the beginning of that journey I did experience bullying." Ayrton Ori Ayrton is a fighter, and he is doing things that other kids his age have a distinct advantage in due to their size," added Keith Ori, father of Ayrton. "Bullying was something my son faced because he was initially so far below normal height; it was something we had to work through, and he's looking forward to sharing his experience and how he overcame it." Keith Ori One of the ways Ayrton learned to deal with bullying was through martial arts, taking eight years of Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and achieving the rank of green belt in an effort to build confidence. Ori continued, "Jiu Jitsu helped me a lot at that time of my life, but now that I've grown at a normal rate and I'm able to fight my own battles, I want to give back to the younger kids who suffer from bullying. I know first-hand what these kids are going through and will do whatever I can to help. It all starts ... at the Say No to Bullying Festival." Ayrton Ori As an Ambassador for the Human Growth Foundation (, Ayrton will be sharing his journey from the diagnosis of a partially functioning pituitary gland, his initially small stature, the bullying that came with it, how he dealt with it, and his maturation through a regimen of growth hormone replacement therapy which provides what his body should produce on its own, but does not. This will not be the first occasion that Ayrton has been a public speaker in an ambassador type role; the young race car driver spoke to the youth of today about his experience in New Orleans in March and at the Kennedy Space Center just a few weeks ago.  To follow Ayrton Ori on Instagram, please find him at @ayrtonoriracing. Ayrton Ori at the 'Say No to Bullying Festival' in Los Angeles, California Episode 14 - Subscribe and Listen to the 33 Dreams of Indy Podcast on your favorite player Apple Podcast: Play:
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