49 Sebastian
Landy

Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Biography

Born in Fairfax VA in 1995, Sebastian was fast out of the box, showing up two months early!  Fascinated by cars, driving and things that go fast he jumped at the opportunity to compete in the kids league at Allsports GP, an indoor kart facility in Dulles VA at the age of 8 and excelled, winning the series in his second season.  Hindered by parents who thought school was more important than motor racing Sebastian had to satisfy his passion through limited outings in Rotax Go Karts for four long years.  It was at this time that he learned the true meaning of the sport and famously counseled other young drivers with his observation that, ‘racing is 98% disappointment’!

In 2011, one month after his 15th birthday, a Skip Barber Racing School at Palm Beach International Raceway gave the youngster his first experience in a racing car and then, equipped with a 1995 Mazda Miata, Sebastian went through the driving school with the Washington DC region of the SCCA and began racing Spec Miata, widely recognized as the most competitive class in North American Club Racing. In 2012 Sebastian began racing Mazda MX 5’s and made his debut in Mazda’s MX-5 Cup competing in two events, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/Mosport and VIR finishing 5th on both occasions. In 2013 the 17 year old competed in the SCCA Mid Atlantic Road Racing Series (MARRS) Spec Miata Championship. Despite missing 5 rounds due to scheduling issues with other series, Sebastian won the championship, becoming the youngest ever winner of the coveted series.

 In 2014, Sebastian’s senior year in high school, he committed to his first full season of Mazda’s MX-5 Cup as well as 7 rounds of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series racing for Irish Mike’s Racing in their inaugural year in the series fielding a Hyundai Genesis.  While the Genesis was capable of a strong showing at some of the tracks, (qualified 5th at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park) tire wear, fuel consumption and reliability issues which are to be expected with a cars first year in the series left results not entirely reflective of the team's potential.  The Mazda MX-5 cup season also had its challenges, engine compression issues early on in the season and a DNF at Road America due to a technical glitch meant a series win was unlikely, however 8 podiums including two great wins at Road Atlanta, the series finale, put Sebastian third overall in the championship, missing second place by only 11 points.

Late in 2014 Audi Sport announced a brand new series to run as a support race for the 2015 DTM series in Europe: The Audi Sport TT Cup.   Hundreds of applicants from around the world applied for the 18 available spots and Sebastian was awarded his place as the only American.  The Audi  TT Cup posed a tremendous challenge for Sebastian, as he was racing on all new tracks in a powerful front wheel drive car, against a group of very talented competitors from 13 nations.  Also in 2015, Sebastian competed in select rounds of the Porsche GT3 Cup Gold category in a Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Car, winning a race at each event he entered.

In 2016, Sebastian competed in a full season of the Porsche GT3 Cup USA with TPC Racing, in an attempt to win the Porsche GT3 Cup USA Gold championship. Sebastian had a very successful year; with nine 9 victories,  as well as multiple pole positions and track records en route to finishing 2nd in the championship after an unfortunate disqualification late in the season created too great a points gap for him to make up. Along with his main focus of the Porsche GT3 Cup USA Gold Championship, Sebastian was involved in a one-off appearance in the Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge GS Class with Automatic Racing. In his first start in the series, Sebastian qualified on pole and led for the majority of his stint.

For 2017, Sebastian has remained in the Porsche GT3 Cup USA, stepping up to the Platinum Class in the brand new 2017 Porsche 991.2 Generation car. Competing with the well known Alex Job Racing team, Sebastian is ready for what will surely be a very tough and competitive year!

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About Sebastian

Team: Alex Job Racing
Birthday: December 14th 1995
Birthplace: Great Falls, VA USA
Height: 1.85M, 6’1
Weight: 80.7 K, 178 lbs
Car: Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
Contact: contact@sebastianlandy.com
PR Contact: jcpin@mercuryllc.com

Races

Date Series Track Qualifying Position Finishing Position Championship Position
March 17th Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Sebring International Raceway

6th 6th 6th
March 18th Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Sebring International Raceway

6th 4th 5th
April 22nd Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Barber Motorsports Park

5th 6th 5th
April 23rd Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Barber Motorsports Park

5th 21st 6th
May 5th Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Circuit of the Americas

8th 6th 7th
May 6th Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Circuit of the Americas

8th 4th 5th
July 1st Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Watkins Glen

12th 10th 7th
August 4th Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Road America

8th 6th 6th
August 5th Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Road America

4th 3rd 5th
August 6th Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Road America

3rd 3rd 4th
August 26th Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Virginia International Raceway

5th 1st 4th
August 27th Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Virginia International Raceway

4th 1st 4th
September 16th Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Sonoma Raceway

7th 7th 4th
September 17th Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Sonoma Raceway

6th 8th 4th
Porsche GT3 Cup USA
Date March 17th
Track

Sebring International Raceway

Qualifying Position 6th
Finishing Position 6th
Championship Position 6th
Porsche GT3 Cup USA
Date March 18th
Track

Sebring International Raceway

Qualifying Position 6th
Finishing Position 4th
Championship Position 5th
Porsche GT3 Cup USA
Date April 22nd
Track

Barber Motorsports Park

Qualifying Position 5th
Finishing Position 6th
Championship Position 5th
Porsche GT3 Cup USA
Date April 23rd
Track

Barber Motorsports Park

Qualifying Position 5th
Finishing Position 21st
Championship Position 6th
Porsche GT3 Cup USA
Date May 5th
Track

Circuit of the Americas

Qualifying Position 8th
Finishing Position 6th
Championship Position 7th
Porsche GT3 Cup USA
Date May 6th
Track

Circuit of the Americas

Qualifying Position 8th
Finishing Position 4th
Championship Position 5th
Porsche GT3 Cup USA
Date July 1st
Track

Watkins Glen

Qualifying Position 12th
Finishing Position 10th
Championship Position 7th
Porsche GT3 Cup USA
Date August 4th
Track

Road America

Qualifying Position 8th
Finishing Position 6th
Championship Position 6th
Porsche GT3 Cup USA
Date August 5th
Track

Road America

Qualifying Position 4th
Finishing Position 3rd
Championship Position 5th
Porsche GT3 Cup USA
Date August 6th
Track

Road America

Qualifying Position 3rd
Finishing Position 3rd
Championship Position 4th
Porsche GT3 Cup USA
Date August 26th
Track

Virginia International Raceway

Qualifying Position 5th
Finishing Position 1st
Championship Position 4th
Porsche GT3 Cup USA
Date August 27th
Track

Virginia International Raceway

Qualifying Position 4th
Finishing Position 1st
Championship Position 4th
Porsche GT3 Cup USA
Date September 16th
Track

Sonoma Raceway

Qualifying Position 7th
Finishing Position 7th
Championship Position 4th
Porsche GT3 Cup USA
Date September 17th
Track

Sonoma Raceway

Qualifying Position 6th
Finishing Position 8th
Championship Position 4th
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Sebastian In The News

Landy Snags Pole in First Grand Sport Attempt

ALTON, Va. – One day after landing a ride with Automatic Racing for his first career race in the Grand Sport class, Sebastian Landy captured his first career TOTAL Pole Award in IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge qualifying for Saturday’s Oak Tree Grand Prix.

Landy ran a track record lap of 1:56.929 (100.6 mph) in the No. 99 Invisible Glass/Rogue Engineering/Melbourne BMW/Red Glare Records Aston Martin Vantage co-driven by Rob Ecklin.

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ALTON, Va. – One day after landing a ride with Automatic Racing for his first career race in the Grand Sport class, Sebastian Landy captured his first career TOTAL Pole Award in IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge qualifying for Saturday’s Oak Tree Grand Prix.

Landy ran a track record lap of 1:56.929 (100.6 mph) in the No. 99 Invisible Glass/Rogue Engineering/Melbourne BMW/Red Glare Records Aston Martin Vantage co-driven by Rob Ecklin.

“I’ve always wanted to race in GS, and it’s a great day to start on the pole for my first race,” said Landy, a five-time Gold Cup race winner this year i nPorsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama competition. “I’d like to thank Automatic Racing for getting me a great car.”

Danny Burkett – a two-time pole winner this season – qualified second with a lap of 1:57.283 (100.3 mph) in the No. 33 CJ Wilson Racing ONE Capital Management/MotorOilMatters.org Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport. Scott Maxwell qualified third, running 1:57.473 in the No. 15 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Shelby GT350R-C. Maxwell and Billy Johnson enter the event with a 23-point lead over Burkett and Marc Miller, 228-205.

Kevin Boehm captured his first career TOTAL Pole Award in Street Tuner, running a track-record lap of 2:04.660 (94.4 mph) in the No. 92 HART Honda Civic Si co-driven by Cameron Lawrence. It was Honda’s first pole in the series since Road Atlanta in 2014.

“This is the track where I grew up driving, so it feels awesome,” Boehm said. “I grew up only three hours for me, so VIR is very special for me. I came here with high hopes, so it feels great to put it all together. The team gave me a great car, so it was up to me to hit my marks and making it happen.”

Chad Gilsinger will round off an all-HART front row in the No. 93 HART Honda with a lap of 2:04.807 (94.3 mph). Virginia driver James Clay originally qualified second in the No. 84 BimmerWorld OPTIMA Batteries BMW 328i, but the car’s times were disallowed for exceeding maximum negative camber.

 

 

 

Alex Job Racing’s Landy Earns Two Podiums in Three Races at Road America

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Sebastian Landy (Great Falls, Va.) earned his first two career Platinum Cup podium finishes in IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge competition at Road America, as part of this weekend’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase.

The IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge had three races this weekend. The first (Friday) was a rescheduled race from the event that was abandoned earlier this season at Watkins Glen International Raceway. That race was followed by the two regularly scheduled races one each Saturday and Sunday.

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ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Sebastian Landy (Great Falls, Va.) earned his first two career Platinum Cup podium finishes in IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge competition at Road America, as part of this weekend’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase.

The IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge had three races this weekend. The first (Friday) was a rescheduled race from the event that was abandoned earlier this season at Watkins Glen International Raceway. That race was followed by the two regularly scheduled races one each Saturday and Sunday.

Back in July at Watkins Glen International, Landy qualified eighth to start the first of two IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup races that weekend. Unfortunately, the first race was abandoned due to a nine-car accident just two laps into the race. This brought out the red flag to remove heavily damaged cars and debris from the track. The subsequent cleanup took more than the 45-minutes allotted for the race so IMSA decided to drop the checkered flag and reschedule the race for later in the year. Friday was the makeup day for the race previously abandoned at Watkins Glen.

With a steady light rain and temperatures in the low 60s, Landy started eighth and quickly had the No.49 Forto Strong Coffee Porsche 991 in the top five just six laps into the 45-minute race. Through the middle part of the race, the third, fourth and fifth place cars (which included Landy) were running in a nose-to-tail train with all three having a realistic shot at the final podium spot. However, on the race’s penultimate lap, Landy was running fifth when he gave up two spots after being passed by two cars heading into Turn Five. Landy managed to get one of the spots back and finished sixth.

“A wet race is always a little crazier than a dry race,” Landy said. “I just tried to make sure I got a good start. It was single file that usually means you don’t have as many opportunities to make a move at the start. I tried to be as aggressive and as controlled at doing that as possible. A couple of people around me fell off. It was kind of just me trying to put my head down the first couple of laps and chase down the guys in front. I was gaining a lot momentum and trying to bring the gap back down when the yellow came out and it started to rain a lot more. I don’t know if our setup was as good for the heavy rain as it was for the light rain at the beginning. From there, it was a little trickier.

“At that point, I knew the pace that we had in the car was probably not good enough to make a move on the guys in front of me unless one of them made a mistake. So, I was just trying to keep it all together and keep it collected. I left a little bit of a lane up the inside in Turn Five and Corey [Fergus] got by me, which was a good move. Then, McKay [Snow] got by me because I was slowed up with Corey. Thankfully, I was able to get back by him when he made a mistake. Fifth would have been a good result. It’s a little disappointing. But, I’m still really happy that we finished the race clean with pretty much no damage.”

The second IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge race of the weekend was actually what was supposed to be the first race. That said, Landy qualified fourth for Saturday’s 45-minute race and dropped a couple spots at the race start. But, quickly got them back. On lap 13, he passed the No. 63 Porsche heading into Turn One and made it stick for third place. He was 6.5 seconds behind the race leaders when the race’s first full course caution came out to get the No. 99 Porsche out of the Turn One sand. The caution negated the 6.5 second gap and it was a perfect opportunity for the 21-year-old to make his run at the top step of the podium when the race went green.

With seven minutes remaining in the race, the race went green and Landy passed the No. 24 Porsche driven by Jake Eidson for second heading into Turn Two. Unfortunately, Eidson took the position back heading into Turn Three, coupled with some contact with the No. 19 Porsche. This chain of events put Landy solidly in third place.

With about three minutes to go, the No. 42 and No. 99 Porsches wrecked in the Kink. This brought out the second caution, which is how the race ended.

“The Alex Job Racing guys have been working hard all year,” Landy said after his first GT3 Cup podium of the 2017 season. “We’ve been plugging away at it trying to get the results I know we’ve been capable of. We qualified really well here – the best I think we’ve had all year. I wanted to go forward from there. I started fourth. I wanted to stay at least fourth at the start and then maybe gain a couple of spots. Unfortunately, I think I lost a spot or two at the start. So, I had my work cut out for me trying to fight back from there.

“I did not get as good of a launch as I wanted on the restart. Corey and Jake caught me out a little bit. But, I knew Jake was probably going to have a shot going into Turn One and he did. I tried to make what I could out of that. We ran side-by-side from there. I think we both drifted through Turn Three. Then, we went side-by-side in Turn Five and he had the inside. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get second. But, I’m really happy with third.

“The car was great, thanks to all the guys. They’ve been doing a really great job all year. To finally get a podium for them is great for them and it’s great for me. I’m really happy to get Forto Strong Coffee back on the podium.”

Thanks to his third place finish in Saturday’s race, Landy started third for Sunday’s final race of the weekend. Landy dropped one spot to fourth at the race start. Landy was behind the No. 63 Porsche driven by McKay Snow when Snow received a mechanical black flag because his brake lights were stuck in the on position.

Unfortunately, Snow did not yield to the black flag and come into the pits. This forced Landy to fight hard to pass Snow. Landy finally completed the pass for third after Snow locked up his brakes on lap 12. By then, Landy had lost touch with the race leaders, who were a few seconds in front, and brought the car home third.

“It was a good run like yesterday, not perfect,” Landy said about his second podium finish of the weekend. “The same thing happened at the start. I got a good run behind Corey [Fergus]. But, because I was behind him, I had to check up a little going into Turn One. The next thing you know I’m sitting in fourth. I just tried to keep my head down and keep it clean. The car was good and tires were good. They lasted throughout the whole race. I got stuck behind Snow. They [IMSA] were giving him the mechanical black flag, but he decided to stay out. He was blocking me a little bit. So I lost touch with the leaders. Once he was out of the way, it was just about trying to push as much as I could to catch them. But, they [the leaders] didn’t make a mistake. They were running good. But, I’m definitely really happy with how the weekend went.”

“Sebastian had a great three race weekend,” Alex Job, team owner said. “Getting on the podium twice with very strong runs at a very fast and challenging Road America circuit tells you the kind of driver he is becoming. The front guys in the field are very fast and Sebastian fits right in among them on the track.”

Landy Wins Thrilling Round 14 At COTA

Sebastian Landy, from Great Falls, Virginia, used a last-lap pass to also sweep the Gold Cup competition for the event in the No. 49 TPC Racing Porsche.

Landy earned his class-leading eight victory of the season after arguably the fiercest but cleanest three-way fight of the season in any class. He passed Michael de Quesada on the final lap for the victory by .455 of a second.

Phil Bloom, from New York, finished third in the No. 11 Wright Motorsports Porsche.

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Sebastian Landy, from Great Falls, Virginia, used a last-lap pass to also sweep the Gold Cup competition for the event in the No. 49 TPC Racing Porsche.

Landy earned his class-leading eight victory of the season after arguably the fiercest but cleanest three-way fight of the season in any class. He passed Michael de Quesada on the final lap for the victory by .455 of a second.

Phil Bloom, from New York, finished third in the No. 11 Wright Motorsports Porsche.

“Greatest Gold race ever!” Landy said. “A lot of these races are the longest 45 minutes of your life, and I think this one felt like five times that. It was a mental workout and a physical workout the whole time.”

De Quesada, from Tampa, Florida, leads Landy by 15 points, 242-227, with two rounds remaining at Road Atlanta.

The top three finishers never were separated by more than 1.2 seconds for the entire race and usually raced around the circuit within one length of each other in a stunning show of aggression and precision.

De Quesada, 16, started from the class pole in the No. 31 Alegra Motorsports Porsche and kept Bloom and Landy at bay for the first 15 minutes. But then Bloom passed de Quesada for the lead with 30 minutes remaining.

Just one lap later, Bloom ran wide in Turn 12 but managed to keep the lead from de Quesada and Landy, running second and third, respectively. Bloom’s gap over de Quesada was just .6 of a second with 12 minutes remaining as the trio charged around the challenging circuit.

One of two flashpoints in the race took place with six minutes to go. Bloom locked his tires in Turn 12, opening a hole that de Quesada and Landy threaded through for first and second, respectively.

Landy pulled to within one length of de Quesada with two minutes left in the race, but de Quesada wasn’t yielding an inch. He led by .41 of a second at the white flag.

But on the final lap, Landy sneaked past de Quesada exiting Turn 6 and leading into Turn 7 to take the lead. He kept his cool and held off de Quesada for the victory.

“Bloom and Michael, I felt they were faster than me the whole time,” Landy said. “I was just trying to hang on and hope they drove their tires off. I tried to drive a smart race. Thankfully, things came to me a little bit.

“I think it was some of the best racing that the Porsche GT3 Cup USA has seen, let alone just the Gold class, so hats off to everyone who puts the show on.”

Straddling Two Worlds

Like most Babson students, Sebastian Landy ’18 has had his fair share of adrenaline rushes (An A? I thought I failed!) and tense moments (That paper is due when?) in the classroom. But unlike most of his classmates, Landy also has experienced thrills and chills on the track as a professional racing driver.

During the summer and in between classes, Landy travels the world to racing series, where he navigates winding courses in sports cars, such as Audis and the Porsche 911, traveling at speeds of up to 160 mph.

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Like most Babson students, Sebastian Landy ’18 has had his fair share of adrenaline rushes (An A? I thought I failed!) and tense moments (That paper is due when?) in the classroom. But unlike most of his classmates, Landy also has experienced thrills and chills on the track as a professional racing driver.

During the summer and in between classes, Landy travels the world to racing series, where he navigates winding courses in sports cars, such as Audis and the Porsche 911, traveling at speeds of up to 160 mph. He wears three layers of fireproof clothing, and the temperature in his car can reach 200 degrees Fahrenheit. And Landy loves it. “I love the adrenaline and creating order out of chaos,” he says. “When I’m in the car, I just get in the zone.”

Landy began racing as a kid when his dad introduced him and his older brother, Forrest ’17, who also races and goes to Babson, to go-karts. At 15, the youngest age at which individuals are allowed to race semiprofessionally, Landy got on the track. And when he turned 16, he started racing professionally.

Landy has a small team—including his dad who serves as his manager—that works with him at every race. But Landy is responsible for much of his own promotion. “Racing is a business. You need to work with companies to find and create partnerships,” he says. “Sponsorships need to create value for the sponsors and for you.” Recently, Landy landed a partnership with a new sponsor, Forto, a maker of coffee-based energy shots. Social media also is a big part of the racing world, and Landy is responsible for all the marketing on his channels, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

But nothing garners more recognition than winning races, and Landy is doing just that. Currently, he is participating in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA, a series that races across the country and spans the calendar year. So far he has won three times and finished second twice, which has helped him hover in the top three for the overall championship rankings. While Landy prides himself on his accomplishments, he also tries to learn from his mistakes. “In 2015, I spent a year racing in Europe in the Audi Sport TT Cup. But I didn’t get there as far in advance of the races as I should have, so I didn’t have enough time to review and prepare,” he says. “It was not a good showing, and I knew I could do better.”

Landy says his time at Babson has been invaluable in helping him succeed in the racing world thus far. “Racing is work. The level of professionalism at Babson is something that no other college has and that has helped me learn how to manage myself well in the racing world,” he says.

Whether he will continue to race after he graduates, Landy isn’t sure. For now, he is happy to be a full-time student and a professional racer, straddling two worlds that compete for his time, energy, and business acumen. “I’m lucky to be able to pursue the dreams I have for as long as I have. Less than half a percent of racing drivers make a sustainable career out of this,” he says. “I don’t know if I want to do it forever, but it will always be a part of my life.”

Interview: Audi Motorsport Selects 19-Year-Old Student As Driver For TT Cup

Miguel Forbes: I just caught up with Sebastian Landy, a 19-year-old student who was recently selected by Audi Motorsport for their prestigious TT Cup. He has achieved a number of high profile wins against much older and more experienced drivers and all of this after surviving a life threatening illness as a child. This compelled him to dedicate future wins to “Make a Wish” an organization that allows children with severe health challenges to experience their dreams.

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Miguel Forbes: I just caught up with Sebastian Landy, a 19-year-old student who was recently selected by Audi Motorsport for their prestigious TT Cup. He has achieved a number of high profile wins against much older and more experienced drivers and all of this after surviving a life threatening illness as a child. This compelled him to dedicate future wins to “Make a Wish” an organization that allows children with severe health challenges to experience their dreams.

Miguel Forbes: How did you get into auto racing?

Sebastian Landy: My interest in motorsports was sparked at an early age, spending my Sunday afternoons with my brother and father watching Formula 1 on the television. While my dad was always interested in motorsports, he never got the chance to experience it until he began racing historic cars in the early 2000s, which gave me the opportunity to spend a lot of time around some amazing cars and race tracks. When I was five years old I was lucky enough to experience the 24 Hours of Le Mans and to this day I can still remember the sights, sounds and smells from that amazing race! I started racing when I was eight, competing at a local indoor kart track with my brother. Soon after that I began racing in much faster outdoor karts, but because it was always difficult to take the time off school to go racing I was never able to compete seriously at that level, being unwilling to compromise my education. When I was 15 I started racing a Mazda Miata with my local SCCA region, competing in the regional championship for a few years and winning the championship in 2013. In 2012, at the age of 16 I competed in my first race in the SCCA Pro Mazda Mx-5 Cup, a highly competitive series that is for many aspiring drivers, the first step on the racing ladder. From then until now it’s been a case of racing as much as I can and as often as I can, competing in various sports car racing series in the USA and Europe.

Forbes: How did you get the slot with Audi and the Audi TT Sport Cup?

Landy: Over 160 people applied to be a part of the inaugural season of the Audi Sport TT Cup, and I was thrilled to be one of the 18 drivers that they selected. To be selected for the TT Cup, I had to put together my racing résumé and apply directly for one of the positions. Then, Audi selected around 100 individuals to visit their test track, so they could gauge their abilities and ask them questions about their aspirations so as to better gain an understanding of the drivers that they were considering. I was fortunate to be selected for the series on my racing accomplishments alone, and so did not have to attend the initial track test. As the only American in the series I have to learn all new circuits and an entirely different type of race car, as the Audi TT Cup car is a high horsepower front wheel drive machine, but I think that I’m up to the challenge!

Forbes: How do you balance school and racing?

Landy: That is probably the most difficult thing for me to manage, as overseas travel to each round of the Audi Sport TT Cup takes a whole week out of the academic year for four of the six race weekends. Fortunately, Babson College and my professors have been incredibly supportive trying to accommodate my absences and the impact they have on my studies but it certainly isn’t the ideal situation. It’s an added challenge that I have to work around in order to pursue a career in racing while also focusing on a college education. You might get a different answer from my parents, but that’s a separate matter!

Forbes: What was your most exciting experience racing?

Landy: In terms of excitement, I’d have to say that my best experience racing thus far would have to be winning both races at Road Atlanta in the Mx-5 Cup last year. Both wins were as different as you could imagine, and both were incredibly special to me. In the first race, I had to fight back to the lead after being knocked off the track early on, and falling back to 14th. After putting my head down and charging back to the front, I was able to take the lead with one lap to go, which was an amazing experience! The next day was a rain race, and Atlanta Motorsports Group gave me the perfect set up for the wet conditions, so much so that I was lapping much faster than any other car on track. I ended up winning the race by around 8 seconds, which was a brilliant way to cap off one of the best weekends I’ve ever had!

Forbes: Is there any one race that you dream of winning and why? Is F1 in your plans?

Landy: If I had to pick just one race to win, it would have to be the 24 hours of Le Mans. Ever since I saw the race for the first time in 2000 I’ve always had a special place in my heart for the world’s greatest endurance race, and endurance racing itself as a sport. To me, Le Mans is one of those races that still manages to capture the magic of motorsports, that indescribable feeling that I felt for the first time sitting in the stands at the start of the race, and it would be a fantastic opportunity to be able to compete there.

While I certainly don’t think that there is a racing driver alive that would turn down a future in Formula 1, sports car racing and endurance racing is what I love the most, and when you take into account the massive amounts of funding necessary to make it to Formula 1 these days, I don’t think it’s the most realistic of career options.

Forbes: What would you tell young people that dream of racing but not sure how to get involved?

Landy: Join the SCCA. For me personally, joining the SCCA was a great way to get involved in motorsport for the first time. Your local SCCA chapter can give you access to racetracks where you can get into the racing world, and allow you to talk to people who will help you understand what it takes to actually get behind the wheel of a racing car. The SCCA also hosts High Performance Driving Events, track days, and racing schools which are all a great way to get your feet wet in racing.

Forbes: Tell us about Porsche GT3 Cup series?

Landy: Let’s face it, the Porsche 911 is an amazing and iconic car, one that has captured the imaginations of drivers for decades. To be able to drive them in anger on a race track and against other competitors is a fantastic experience! The Porsche GT3 Cup USA series is one of 19 global Porsche 911 GT3 Cup one-make championships that provide thrilling action and groom drivers for future competition in North America or professional GT races worldwide.

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge features semi-professional drivers racing head to head in matched Porsches in the largest single-make series in North America. Powered by one of the world’s most successful race cars, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, the multi-class structure of the series teaches drivers essential skills for an eventual career in motorsports. The three class divisions are Gold Cup, Platinum Cup and a Masters Championship (for drivers 45 and over).

Developed for Porsche one-make Cups worldwide, the 2015 version of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car is based on the street version of the current Porsche 911. The power unit featured in the new 911 GT3 Cup car was largely identical to the production engine of the 911 GT3 RS with the same output of 460 bhp and the same maximum engine speed of 8,500 rpm. The 2010-2013 versions compete in the Gold Cup class, while the new 2014 model races for Platinum Cup honors.

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge competes alongside other IMSA series at every race weekend, and the series runs 14 of its 16 rounds during TUDOR Championship events.

Forbes: Is there’s charity that you would dedicate future wins to?

Landy: One cause that has been important to me for a long time now is supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. As someone who suffered a life threatening illness as a child, I know the strain that can be put on families in similar situations. If I could dedicate any future wins to a cause that exists solely to offer incredible experiences to kids who through no fault of their own find themselves suffering illness and adversity, I would.

Landy Goes Two-For-Two In Mazda Mx-5 Cup at Road Atlanta

BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 3, 2014) – Sebastian Landy, of Great Falls, Virginia, completed the weekend sweep at Road Atlanta after winning Round 12 of the SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires. Kenton Koch, of Glendora, California, and Joey Bickers, of Moorpark, California, completed the podium.

Landy notched his second career win, and first weekend sweep, in Mazda MX-5 Cup competition in the final round of the 2014 season. In the No. 49 Excitations.com/Atlanta Motorsports Group MX-5, Landy controlled most of the race that averaged 77.867 mph around the 12-turn, 2.54-mile circuit by leading 17 of 23 laps.

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BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 3, 2014) – Sebastian Landy, of Great Falls, Virginia, completed the weekend sweep at Road Atlanta after winning Round 12 of the SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires. Kenton Koch, of Glendora, California, and Joey Bickers, of Moorpark, California, completed the podium.

Landy notched his second career win, and first weekend sweep, in Mazda MX-5 Cup competition in the final round of the 2014 season. In the No. 49 Excitations.com/Atlanta Motorsports Group MX-5, Landy controlled most of the race that averaged 77.867 mph around the 12-turn, 2.54-mile circuit by leading 17 of 23 laps. The race was slowed by wet conditions and an aborted start as the leaders picked up the throttle too early.

While Landy controlled the field from the front, Koch was pushing hard contesting for the race win, however Landy proved to have what it took to win.

“It was definitely a great weekend,” Landy said. “Coming into it, we were just looking for a good result. After qualifying, we knew we didn’t have a great starting position in sixth for both races even though we were only 0.6-second off the pole speed.

“It’s a draft track here, and you’re always going to be in the mix for the win as long as you stay toward the front. It feels good to be consistent and run at the front like that, without any problems. Whatever we do next year, it think it will give us a good push in the right direction.”

In the No. 12 ALARA Racing/Mazda Motorsports/BFGoodrich Tires MX-5, Kenton Koch was trying to end his 2014 campaign on top. He was scored as the leader of the opening two laps until Landy was able to make the pass for the lead during lap three. At that point, Koch stayed within two car lengths of Landy. On lap 12, Koch was able to retake the lead but could not hold off the charging Landy and lost the lead two laps later.

With the Championship in hand, Koch was content with a second-place finish in the race.

“It feels good now that it’s all over,” Koch said. “Coming into this weekend, we knew anything could happen. But, I was feeling pretty good and just wanted to focus on having fun.

“The race went well. I didn’t have any incidents, which was good. The car got a little loose at the end with the drying track. Sebastian [Landy] was quick and had a good car under him. He was able to pull away from me, but I just was trying to keep from doing anything stupid. I can’t thank the ALARA guys enough for providing me a great car all year long. I also have to thank BFGoodrich Tires and Mazda for providing an awesome ladder system. Without that, I couldn’t be here.”

Bickers was able to notch his first career Mazda MX-5 Cup podium after he piloted the No. 29 Mazda Motorsports/BFGoodrich Tires MX-5 to a third-place finish. Starting 10th, Bickers found himself in the middle of an intense mid-pack shuffle for position. He bounced between sixth and ninth until he was able to make his move toward the front of the field, on lap 20. By lap 21, Bickers worked his way up to the rear bumper of Ara Malkhassian. On the final lap of the race, Bickers was able to get around Malkhassian and took his teammate, Devin Jones, with him.

“This is my first podium finish this season, so I’m really happy,” Bickers said. “I think the rain gave me a little bit of an advantage. It seemed like some of these guys were taking it a bit easy toward the end, but I saw a dry line forming. So, I just pushed as hard as I could.

“Thank you to C.J. Wilson Racing for giving me a great car. We were rushing to get these rain tires on at the last minute, but we got it done and came home with a good result.”

Fourth place marked the highest finish for Jones in his rookie year of the series, while behind the wheel of the No. 35 Veristor MX-5. He spent much of the race just behind Malkhassian until getting a boost from Bickers.