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Humans of the U: Bryson Lew

“Racing at 170 miles per hour, surrounded by 37 Lamborghinis, any little mistake could result in severe injuries. But there’s no better feeling than zoning out distractions and going to the racetrack to hone my skills. I love the feeling of my adrenaline pumping as I hit 170 surrounded by 30-plus skilled race car drivers.

As a 19-year-old race car driver with 11 years of racing experience, I have been fortunate enough to be able to travel around the world to race. Balancing my studies in the U’s Business Scholars program and professional auto racing is challenging but it motivates me to excel. I chose the U because of its amazing business program and the limitless outdoor activities like skiing, mountain biking, and proximity to Utah Motorsports Park.

I raced in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America series last year, where I won eight of 14 races, including the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America ProAm Championship with my co-driver John Dubets. This Huracan-based racecar is rear wheel drive with a whopping 620 horsepower. I’m honored to have been selected by Lamborghini, as 1 of 15 worldwide drivers for their Young Driver Program. I’m also one of seven finalists for the IMSA Diverse Driver Scholarship.

Many people ask how I got into racing cars? When I was 5 years old my dad would push me around the kitchen on a Radio Flyer and I learned how to drift. When I finished chores I would earn toy cars from the Cars movie as allowance. My passion for racing accelerated ever since I started racing go-karts at eight years old. At 13, I raced in the ROK Karting World Finals in Italy, and at 15, I raced for a French Formula 4 team from April until October. This is how Formula 1 drivers begin their racing careers.

My physical training includes weight training, mountain biking, skiing, and practicing on my racing simulator. For mental training, I analyze complex racing data and racing videos for many hours before a race. Racing has also taught me to be a better public speaker and use marketing skills that help me to build countless connections for my racing and business career. Through my racing, I’ve learned so many life lessons and it has built me into the person I am today.”

—Bryson Lew, sophomore majoring in finance