I'm passionate about racing and flying - and I love to build things. I
started racing when I was 14, and went on to autocrossing, dirt track
karts, sports car endurance racing, and small Formula cars. I've built
two cars and won a championship. I've also built and flown my own
aerobatic airplane in competition.
I grew up in New England and upstate New York, but I've lived in the
deep South too, and have seen most of the states in the US at one time
or another. I've visited many of the tracks that Kate and Rachel race
on, and have driven on almost all of them, either in real life or in
simulators. I've gone too deep into corners wheel to wheel with other
drivers, and I know from experience what it feels and sounds like when
two cars make contact. I've seen the world upside down from the cockpit
of an inverted race car.
At various times I've studied physics, engineering, and English in
college, and I made my living as a self-taught software engineer for
many years. Building and tweaking race cars (and keeping ancient street
cars alive) helped me understand a lot about handling, braking,
reliability. There are few things I love more than the feel of a smooth
ratchet in my hand and the cheerful clicking sound it emits as I twirl
In 1995 a long-term chronic illness cut short my racing and my flying,
derailed my software engineering career, and eventually took away
everything that mattered to me except my family. But I'm still
fighting, and I still dream of grasping the steering wheel of a
fire-breathing race car in my hands again someday.
Until then, come with me into Kate and Rachel's world. Let's feel the
wind on our faces...