Your hands tightly clench the wheel; your ears flood with engines roaring. You’re seconds away from thrusting your foot on the pedal, but your mind? For Roman De Angelis, it’s completely still.
“It's almost blank,” says De Angelis, a 21-year-old professional driver who’s spent more than half of his life on the raceway.
“The second you begin rolling to the start line, everything clears and it’s really quiet and calm. Then, when the race starts, that's kind of when all the chaos breaks loose.”
De Angelis is a third-year mechanical engineering student who’s managed to find time to clinch first place finishes in the Detroit Grand Prix, Northeast Grand Prix and in both the U.S. and Canadian Porsche GT3 Cup Challenges, all while studying full time at the University of Windsor.
His team, The Heart of Racing, competes internationally with an Aston Martin Vantage GT3 and uses its platform to raise funds for children’s hospitals. They’ve raised more than $8 million to date.