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BACKGROUND

Jeff Westphal started his racing career with no prior experience when he got hired at a local indoor go-cart track in 2004. From impressing the staff at that facility, his boss sponsored him in the 2004 Redbull® Driver Search Runoffs. Jeff made the semi finals at Infinion Raceway in Sonoma, California, and finished 26th out of 125 participants, most of whom had already been competitively go-karting for years. Although the RedBull door closed, Jeff saw that he had potential in racing with a little more seat time and experience.

The two options were to go-kart nationally or to get into a race car series, and due to Jeff being 18 at the time, the car route looked more beneficial with his age being in the upper end of the spectrum for go-karts.

He got his schooling done at Laguna Seca with Skip Barber Racing Schools in Salinas, California in late 2005. He raced one regional race at Laguna with Skip Barber and scored one second and one third place finish for his car racing debut, only to then race the entire 2006 season with Jim Russell Racing School of Infineon Raceway.

Jeff’s rookie season, he finished 14 out of his 17 races in the top 5 with Russell. He recorded four 3rd place finishes, one second place finish, and two 1st place finishes with three poll positions in qualifying and one track record during the season, all amounting to a 3rd place overall in the championship.

In 2007 Jeff competed in the Pacific F2000 Championship with the former Team GFRO. He had a stellar opening year in his first professional series with one pole position, five thirds, and two seconds putting him third overall. Jeff then got in touch with Opak Racing, the North American pipeline to Spoon Sports, where he was one of 5 hand selected drivers to pilot the new 2008 Right Hand Drive Civic Type R in the grueling 25 Hours of Thunderhill.

2008, Jeff has just finished racing in the Pacific F2000 championship with the reigning champions PR1 Motorsports. He was successful in keeping the Championship in house this year by way of 9 wins (breaking the previous record of 8) in 12 races. He also scored 8 pole positions and 8 fastest laps with two being new records in the F2000 car. “This was a monster year, it came together pretty much as well as i could’ve hoped with only minor set backs. I really want to thank my team and all my sponsors this year for making this year possible.” These outstanding achievements earned Jeff a test with Rahal Letterman Racing in their Indy Lights machine, as well as PR1 Motorsport’s Grand Am GT car.

2009 Included a handful of Grand Am Rolex Races, not the least of which included the famed 24 Hours of Daytona where Jeff was immediately the quickest on his PR1 Motorsports squad. He qualified within .2 of the factory GM driver Paul Edwards, and helped mount the team to an 11th place finish in their first 24HR. Later in the year, Jeff debuted the PR1/Dinan BMW M6 at Watkins Glen, and gave the team their highest finish in GT competition of 4th at Miller Motorsports Park.

2010 saw Westphal in the 24 Hours of Daytona again, this time with hopes of success in the great race. “The car was in and out of the lead for the first 5 hours, but when it was handed over to one of our team mates who struggled to keep the car on the black top, our chances of winning were done right there.” In addition the Rolex series, Jeff began competing in Redline Time Attack’s Unlimited class for GST Motorsports in their Subaru Impreza L. “Mike Warfield and I came up with the idea of running the car under the alias “The G Stig” for the duration of the season, which was quite fun as we won that Championship setting multiple track records and earning “Driver of the Year” explained the Californian.

2011 Jeff was hired by Insight Racing to substitute for good friend and fellow driver, Tyler Mc Quarrie when a Formula Drift conflict kept Tyler from competing in Grand Am’s Continental Challenge. Jeff starred in two events for the new team, earning them their first pole position ever at Watkins Glen in his second appearance. Time Attack focus with GST Motorsports switched to new series, Gobal Time Attack, or GTA. In the 4 events that year, Westphal and GST won overall at 3 and in class at 4, again leaving more broken records in his wake.

2012 continues with Insight Racing in Grand Am and GST Motorsports in GTA.