Samantha Tan

I am a 20-year old professional race car driver from Gormley - a town located just north of Toronto, Canada. My interest in cars started when I was 5 years old, when my dad bought me a Power Wheels Jeep. I remember drifting around the driveway in front of my house non-stop. I kept trying to do 360 degree spins.

When I was 14 years old, I started driving on the race track in Tremblant, QC. I was the youngest driver ever to participate in the Ferrari Driving Experience at that time. I got to sit in a Ferrari Challenge race car and go for a hot lap with a pro driver. I will never forget that feeling of going around the track at crazy, nonsensical speeds and braking at the last possible second! This inimitable feeling inspired me to start racing. In March 2014, I competed with the National AutoSport Association (NASA) in my first regional races. I won two 3rd place finishes at Virginia International Raceway, and a 2nd place finish at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Soon after, in the same year, I competed in the Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) in the #45 Mini-Cooper S JCW. I finished 5th out of 22 cars in the Touring Class, and 9th out of 47 overall in the Series. That year, I was awarded the Rookie of the Year title.

In 2015, I joined Kinetic Motorsports and moved over to Pirelli World Challenge. I drove the #38 Kia Forte in the TCA class, finishing 6th out of 28 cars. In the following year, my dad and I decided to create our own race team: Samantha Tan Racing. Since then, I have been the pilot of a 2015 Honda Civic SI and a 2016 BMW M235iR. Presently, this is my 4th year competing in Pirelli World Challenge, and my first time driving a BMW M4 GT4 in the GTS SprintX class. I have a great teammate in Nick Wittmer and we’ve had great runs so far this season.

Aside from being a full-time race car driver, I am also a student at the University of California Irvine, where I'm majoring in Economics and minoring in Humanities & Law. In my spare time, if I have any, I play piano and I draw. Actually, I designed our logo for ST Racing. Drawing is also something that I do to get into the zone before a race. I am presently working on a design for my race helmet.

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Samantha is an up and coming star in road racing with a great following on Instagram. She competes in the Pirelli World Challenge, which is America's top road racing series for GT cars. She drives a BMW M2 and owns a two-car team. She has also made the podium in multiple races since 2014. Whats more impressive is Sam is going to college at University of California, Irvine studying Economics.


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