Man has used the crucible of competition to advance his capabilities for as long as he has walked the earth. More than just another STEM program, Racing UPward takes advantage of new technology that allows us to simulate with incredible accuracy the entire world of motorsports, providing an exciting platform for young people to explore not just engineering, math and physics, but also physiology, psychology, logistics, communications, even marketing, storytelling, art and design.
This 6 week summer curriculum includes comprehensive online course material and testing, live educational seminars, and a series of interactive, competitive events designed to test the student’s mastery of the material while promoting teamwork and problem solving more-so than winning races. It also allows groups of kids to connect from all over the country and even around the globe.
Each participating school or locality will need to acquire and set-up a simulation rig to participate, but these rigs are standardized, professional quality, and cost controlled (one time cost of approximately $6000) making the program accessible to virtually anyone.
The curriculum caters to absolute beginners, teaching everything from the very basics of how to drive to advanced vehicular control.
Other included topics:
Victor has a varied background which ranges from entrepreneurship, industry and education including
teaching senior-level mechanical engineering in racecar vehicle dynamics and racecar performance for
Old Dominion University for 9 years. The teaching model engaged students by pulling together
engineering knowledge from various classes of racing in a practical and exciting manner with on-track
performance data. Now that the technological fidelity has improved enough to support it, the
methodology can be applied virtually.
While instructing for Old Dominion University the VIPER (Virginia Institute for Performance Engineering and Research), he extended this educational platform into a full-fledged professional race team. Traveling the US and Canada competing in both regional and national amateur events with SCCA, and professional competition with IMSA Prototype Challenge, the lab was grown into a self-sustaining business that provided employment and internship opportunities for students. The race team was very successful winning several championships culminating with winning the Masters class of IMSA Prototype Challenge and the IMSA Spirit of Speed in 2017.
Victor is an accomplished driver in his own right with experience from 2002 working as a driver coach, race engineer and team manager while driving semi-professionally. In 2019 he won the prestigious SCCA National Championship in Formula Mazda.
His industry experience includes working as a mechanical engineer and engineering manager in industry for companies including Caterpillar and VTTI.
His educational background includes an undergraduate engineering degree from Virginia Tech and an MBA from NC State.
Wyatt is a pioneer combining real-world driving and coaching expertise with the use of
connected online digital simulation systems to help clients and teams develop to the
fullest. He has worked on numerous platforms throughout their rapid development,
including being invited to compete amongst the world’s elite simracers in the Formula E-
sponsored Road to Vegas Challenge, which had a 1 million dollar top prize. As the
advanced simulations such as iRacing have expanded in capability and industry
participation, he has also expanded his repertoire to include everything from advanced
driving techniques and race craft to system design and optimization encompassing
every aspect of the sport.
Wyatt’s skillset is not limited to the virtual. His on-track performance and several victories eared him Rookie of the Year in the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDi Championship. Since 2011, he has competed in professional formula car competition, accumulating many victories and support from manufacturers such as Honda. He became a finalist for the Team USA Scholarship, as well as being ranked the #1 Formula Ford driver in the USA.
Born in Cleveland Ohio and residing in Dallas Texas, Wyatt designs and builds simulators for training specifically for iRacing through his company Simshop LLC.
Bryan’s ability to adapt to unexpected challenges and create real-world solutions with the available tools
has made him a valuable manager in the business world, but his ability to coordinate the logistical
nightmare that is an online racing series sets him in a class of his own. This virtual world contains every
facet of its real-world counterpart, including every potential hurdle. He has successfully developed,
organized, and implemented several multi-race series with drivers and teams from all over the world,
managing events simultaneously on multiple platforms; implementing team communication systems for
logistics and data sharing; sponsorship recruitment and social media promotion; real-time broadcast
with data support of professional race announcement; graphic design with logo and livery creation and
Bryan is also an accomplished photographer. He and his fiancé live in Raleigh, NC.