John Edwards

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John began racing karts in 2003 winning the Great Lakes Sprint Series Jr Briggs Restricted Cham­pi­onship. That same year he became the youngest ever licensed driver in U.S. open-wheel road racing. Competing in the Skip Barber Formula Dodge Race Series on January 17, 2004, John became the youngest winner in open wheel road racing history, at just 12 years of age (click here to read his first inter­view-  click here for his ‘Boys’ Life Cover, story begins on page 12).  Later in 2004 John won the Red Bull Driver Search, an effort to find the next Amer­ican F1 World Champion.

In 2005 John moved to Europe, first competing in inter­na­tional karting. His early mid-year promo­tion to Formula Renault resulted in him becoming the youngest to ever hold a FIA license.  After a first year of “baptism by fire” John completed a successful campaign in 2006 with podium finishes at Spa-Franchorchamps and the Nurbur­gring, and his first Euro­pean victory at Anderstorp.

In 2007 John raced the compet­i­tive Atlantic Cham­pi­onship, another youngest achieve­ment, but a prema­ture step up in class. He had a second place at Toronto, as well as several other top-five finishes, ulti­mately ending 9th in the cham­pi­onship.  In 2008, John won the Star Mazda Cham­pi­onship.  In spite of missing the first race he secured 4 poles, 8 podiums, and 5 race wins in 11 races. For 2009 John returned to the Atlantic Cham­pi­onship. It was a return of deter­mi­na­tion as he won a hard fought cham­pi­onship, perhaps the high­light of his racing career.  He finished the season with 3 poles, 4 wins, and 9 podiums in 12 races.

For 2010 John teamed with Adam Christodoulou in a SpeedSource-prepared Mazda RX-8 in Grand-Am GT. They achieved one win, two seconds and a third in eleven races. For 2011 John joined Matt Bell and the Stevenson Motor­sports Team in the Grand Am GS Series, achieving wins at Laguna Seca and Road America.  In addi­tion he raced a partial season with Team Sahlen in the Grand Am GT series, taking the Mazda to the podium several times with co-driver Wayne Nonna­maker. For 2012 John once again raced for Stevenson Motor­sports, achieving wins in both the Grand Am GS and GT series.

For 2013 John is once again paired with Robin Liddell and Stevenson Motor­sports in the Grand Am GT series, and Matt Bell in the Grand Am GS series.  He will also race a partial season in the Amer­ican Le Mans series with Rahal Letterman Racing driving the Z4 GTE BMW.