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Evanston, Ill. – As a racing driver the art of reflection and process of understanding has become a major part of my life. I have mentioned this before and find myself doing so again as I continue to move forward in life, doing what I love. Confronting expected challenges and those I never saw coming, the last two weeks has managed to be a bit of a mind game. From the incredible successes to unfavorable defeats, the world of motorsport …

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London, England – The 40th running of the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch proved to be an absolute thriller in every possible way. The field was littered with ruthless and skilled drivers from across the globe. Varying track conditions then added to the intensity and unpredictability of the weekend making for nonstop action through every breathing moment. The week started off in similar fashion to last year and had me scratching my head as to why? With testing having …

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Brigstock, England – Hmm, how to put my last few days into words…. Thinking, thinking, oh, I got it! Inspiring, surreal, unbelievable, jaw-dropping, heart-warming and a mind-blowing experience of a LIFE TIME! If two years ago I told you that I would one day find my way into the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS Formula 1 Team headquarters in Brackley England, you probably would have thought I was absolutely crazy, and to be honest I would have agreed! We need to remember …

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Brigstock, England – The past few months have been completely mesmerizing. Having narrowly missed out on the Skip Barber Racing/Mazda scholarship to race in USF2000 this year and not being able to secure a full-time ride in 2015 meant it was time to hit the pavement. Thankfully, aside from some Cooper Tires USF2000 Winterfest races early in the year with Afterburner Autosport and a one-off F1600 ride with JAY Motorsports at VIR in June, I managed to maintain a foothold …

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Evanston, Ill. – “Am I going to make the cut. . . !?”     A dozen drivers originally were nominated for the 2015 Team USA Scholarship. This number would be trimmed to only six who were invited to the second and final round of the shootout. A few days later, the echo of my phone rang in the distance, and prompted a panicked sprint up the stairs. Mr. Jeremy Shaw was on the line; I paused to catch my …

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Evanston, Ill. – I believe tremendous knowledge and great inspiration has been the driving force in the evolution of motorsport. Last year my efforts were focused on learning as much as possible inside of a racing car, to grasp the concepts of what it took to go fast: Vehicle and track knowledge, the effects of weather, mental acuity, physical endurance and time. All these things help us, as racing drivers, determine the definition of speed! During the past few months, …

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Alton, Va. — Race One began as the angry field of 19 F1600 cars snaked their way onto the front straight at Virginia International Raceway. My focus was set on the lead car and the voice of Mr. Jay Green over the radio. “Ready . . . ready . . . ready, GREEN GREEN GREEN!!” My eyes widened as my attention narrowed to only the view out my visor as cars began darting every which way heading into Turn One. …

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Evanston Ill. – There are 12 months in every year but ONE makes a statement like no other in the racing community. Yeah, you guessed it, the month of May! On Memorial Day weekend, the biggest spectacle in motor sports comes out to play at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Filled with emotion and outright history, my first visit to the “500″ has come and gone in dramatic fashion, leaving an impression I will never forget. In May of 2014, exactly …

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Michai and Dario Franchitti

Evanston, Ill. – From legendary Titans to those in pursuit of their own legacy, the Grand Prix of Long Beach had it all and didn’t disappoint! The good times kicked off while transferring flights in Arizona. Approaching the gate, I spotted a familiar face. It was Dario Franchitti! He noticed me too, and motioned me over to introduce me to Mr. Harley Cluxton and his wife Colette. Now a group of four, we boarded the plane with force and authority. …

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Written by Team USA. Posted in Driver Blog, Feature, Michai Stephens Published on March 04, 2015 Evanston, Ill. – During the last week I have experienced a refining process of my belief in myself. In pursuit of my dream, my desire and commitment to something I love has challenged me with uncertainties and misunderstanding. These minor bumps in the road seem to come with the territory. I believe this happens when one holds something close to one’s heart. With hardship …

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