Ian James is an ex Pat Brit who moved to America from England in 1999 after a successful open wheel career racing junior open wheel formulas. He has been racing successfully ever since in the United States. He is a race winner in the former American LeMans and Grand Am series and well as the continental sports car series. Ian has a truly diversified career and a keen ability to adapt to all types of vehicles. He currently races for Alex Job Racing in the Tudor Sportscar series driving the heart of Racing 991 GT America Porsche where he’s been a drive for the past four years. Team Seattle is a group known by their Racing for the Heart program where they have raised over five million dollars for Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Early in his racing career, Ian couldn’t find sponsorship to continue and things looked bleak. Listen to what he did to turn things around and find a way to get in to the driver’s seat and continue racing.
When qualifying for a race at Donington Park Circuit, a team owner, Tom Walkinshaw, gave Ian some advice that created his ah-ha moment. Tom said, “If you get in front of the pack, turn your mirrors down and just don’t look back!”
FIRST SPECIAL RACE
In 2006 Racing at Le Mans when Ian’s team came in third and he stood on the podium.
BEST RACING ADVICE
“Make sure when you’re on the race track you take advantage of it.
– Ron Tauranac
Go Like Hell – A.J. Baime
It is important to do right in life and do things for people without expecting something in return.
HOW TO FIND IAN
IMSA – www.imsa.com
The Heart of Racing – www.theheartofracing.org
Team Seattle- www.teamseattle.com
Twitter – www.twitter.com/Ijracer1
Facebook – www.facebook.com/teamseattle
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