Chris Neria, Octane Academy
I've always believed that if you're going to do something, then you should do it right. Hence the cinematography, the perfect location, and the amazing racecar used in the production of my Octane Academy entry. Hope you enjoy it!
I’m twenty-eight years old, born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. I've grown up around all things motorsports. When I was younger, my dad took me to drag races in Pomona, CA. I remember hanging out in the pits with some of drag racing's legends and saying I want to live as dangerously as they do. My first life experience of wheel-to-wheel GT racing was at Willow Springs when I was 14 years old. My uncle took me to one of his club races and seeing him race made me crave the sport even more. I started racing my Subaru STi in 2004 in local autocross events where I quickly determined that my passion for racing was going to take over my life. In 2006, my local racetrack Miller Motorsports Park opened. From the moment I got behind the wheel of a fully prepped racecar I knew this was something I would do the rest of my life. In my second year of racing I took 2nd in the championship and learned many valuable lessons during the season. It takes more than just passion and a well-prepped racecar to be successful; it takes sacrifice, guts, and “open ears” to be the best. That is what I've spent most all of my free time doing. The past two years I've been developing my race craft in a 125 stock moto shifter kart. I can honestly say it’s been an amazing experience and makes sense that most of the world’s greatest drivers got their start in a go-kart. As I mentioned in my video, in my second year of racing a go-kart I took 2nd in the Championship. I'm fortunate enough to race among some of the country's best talent and their expertise has enabled me to be competitive in a short period of time. Racing is my passion; I work so I can race. It's as simple as that.
Outside of racing I like to stay physically fit. I have completed 11 marathons, and its not because I love to run but because I love finishing something that I've worked hard for. If chosen for the Octane Academy you will see that I will bring this same drive into the competition. I've submitted this application with the intention of competing, and I will compete to win in the Octane Academy.
- Chris Neria