Driver Profile: Tom Martin – From Rockets To Racing

Features, Racing I By Winding Road Staff I March 14, 2016
During the week Tom Martin works as an aerospace engineer at SpaceX, where he designs rocket systems. ““When we’re going to geo-synchronous orbit, the acceleration forces are pretty amazing and we need to get up to 17,000 mph, so working with speed and pressure is kind of a day-to-day thing,” says Martin. “But honestly, being in a race car is much more exciting. After all, I’m not on the spacecraft and anyway, the flying is done by computers.”

·        Age: 28
·        Residence: Redondo Beach, CA
·        From: Austin, TX
·        Licenses: SCCA Pro, NASA, SVRA, PCA
·        Day Job: Mechanical Engineer, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX)
Selected Competition History
·        9/120, Formula SAE World Championships, 2010
·        First Place (M5), Targa Newfoundland, 2012
·        First Place (E0), 25 Hours Of Thunderhill, 2013
·        First Place (MP4), The Hawk With Brian Redman, 2014
·        First Place (GT3A), The Hawk With Brian Redman, 2015
Meet The Driver (next event or special events)
·        Battery Tender MX-5 Cup, Round 1
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
April 29-May 1, 2016 
Recent Racing News
Current Racing Challenge:
·        Finish in top 10 of Global MX-5 Cup in 2016




Gallery of Racecars Driven

Published Articles
Favorite Tracks
·        Le Mans
·        COTA
·        Road America
Favorite Drivers
·        Allan McNish
Favorite Cars
·        Spec Miata
·        Wolf GB08
·        Porsche 356
·        Porsche GT3 Cup
Equipment Used
·        Stilo ST5 Carbon
When I’m Not Racing
·        French cooking
My Garage


Racing Services Offered
Contact Info
·        [email protected]

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