I came to America when I was 16 years old, on my own, with no friends or relatives in the country. At first I attended a language school in Redondo Beach, after which I went on to pursue a business degree. It was a great experience, something that to this day seems like an incredible journey. Living in "the big melting pot" that is Los Angeles and being exposed to different cultures and lifestyles everyday is something that I will never get tired of. California is a fantastic place that I have grown very fond of and I am proud to call it my second home.
I have always loved racing and going fast, but as a child I never really got exposed to it. Growing up it was more of hockey and boxing as something that I did in my spare time, and there wasn’t an opportunity for me to go to a go kart track nearby and have a go at it. No one in my family was into motorsport and it was nearly non-existent in Russia at that time. Once I have discovered it for myself as an adult while living in the States it was a genuine revelation to me. A lot of people can go through their life and are not able to discover their true passion. I consider myself extremely lucky to have found this for myself and have a chance at succeeding. The fact that I am now on the Mazda Road to Indy is just amazing, but I have no plans to leave it at that.
Pro Mazda Championship:
Finished 5th overall, with two podiums and 6 other top-5 finishes.
Earned Royal Purple "Slickest Pass" award ( Best overtake of the season )
Toyota Racing Series:
Competed in the Toyota Racing Series with a top-10 result at Hampton Downs
Finished eighth in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season, with 11 Top-10 finishes and a season-high finish of fifth at Barber Motorsports Park
Finished eighth in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, with 13 Top-10 finishes and a season-high fifth-place finish in the finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Won the Tilton Hard Charger Award ( Most Positions Gained throughout the season )
Skip Barber Summer Racing Series:
3rd Place In The Championship
SCCA Formula 1600 Championship:
1st Place In The Championship
RECORD: SCCA Lap Record At Buttonwillow Raceway
RECORD: SCCA Lap Record At Seattle Pacific Raceways
SCCA PRO F1600 Championship:
RECORD: Lap Record At Watkins Glen International
SKIP BARBER WINTER RACING SERIES:
2nd Place In The Championship
Most Improved Driver Award
RECORD: Lap Record At NOLA Motorsports Park
2 Last-To-First Victories