Pro Mazda - Garett Grist

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Garett Grist
Garett Grist
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Garett Grist
Biography of Garett Grist

Grist, from Grimsby, Ontario, spent 10 years racing karts, before moving onto Formula Ford in Ontario and Quebec, where he set a new track record at Canadian Motorsports Park. The former F1600 Formula F driver is a Derek Daly Academy driver, and was also selected as a Team Canada Racing scholarship winner in 2012.

Outside of the track, Grist devotes much of his racing effort supporting SickKids Hospital in Toronto. Each year he allows the hospital's patients to submit helmet drawings, he then chooses one drawing to be worn during a race. The helmet featuring the winning design is then auctioned off to support the hospital's initiatives.

Hobbies: Playing basketball, working out, traveling, hanging with friends

Snapshot: I love watching sports, all sports, especially NBA basketball. My favorite team is the OKC Thunder because they have Kevin Durant. I like basketball because for me it is a real challenge. No one expects a short guy to be good at basketball so that motivates me. Once my racing took off I had to stop playing travel basketball as I missed too many games and practices. I play every chance I get. Hoops anyone?

Racing goal: To continue to learn and improve and win races.

Racing hero: Kimi Raikkonen because he drives the wheels off the car every time.

My fitness routine includes: Lots of basketball and weights

Any pre-race rituals or superstitions: Always eat a bowl of Mac and Cheese before a race.

The one talent I wish I had: I wish I could play an instrument. I have no musical talent whatsoever. I mean zero.

An interesting note about me: A lot of people think I look like Cody Simpson. I have been asked for my picture so many times by screaming teenage girls. It’s kind of funny and freaky at the same time.

2014: Finished third in the pre-season Cooper Tires Winterfest Championship with one win at NOLA Motorsports Park and an additional podium at Barber Motorsports Park of third.

2013: Finished third in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda and earned Rookie of the Year honors … claimed one win, three additional podiums and one pole position… recorded seven top-five finishes and three fastest race laps.

2012: Finished fourth in the F1600 Formula F Series, driving for Bryan Herta Autosport ... claimed three podium finishes and seven top-10 results ... competed in the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch in England after winning the Team Canada Racing Scholarship ... also raced at the Walter Hayes Trophy Formula Ford race at Silverstone, finishing eighth in the Grand Final.

2011: Competed in the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge, claiming three wins and 10 top-10 finishes ... also contested six races in the Quebec Formula Tour, claiming a win and three podium finishes. Broke the track record at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

2010: Won the Western Canadian Challenge Junior Rotax Championship. Went to Italy on Team Canada.

2001-2009: Began racing karts at age 6 ... voted Inside Track Magazine Kart Racer of the Year in 2009. 2009 Rotax Max Jr Canadian National Champion. Went to Egypt for Team Canada. 

Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
2013 Cooper Tires USF2000 14 1 1 7 10 12 7
Total 14 1 1 7 10 12 7
2014 Pro Mazda 14 2 3 3 10 109 13
Total 14 2 3 3 10 109 13
* Under INDYCAR sanction RAF = Running at Finish
** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points
Andretti Autosport

Based in Indianapolis and led by racing legend Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport fields multiple entries in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Andretti Autosport also campaigns multiple cars in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.

The company boasts four IndyCar Series championships (2004, 2005, 2007 and 2012), two Indy Lights titles (2008 and 2009), one USF2000 championship (2010) and has won the Indianapolis 500 in 2005, 2007 and 2014.

Andretti competed for 19 years in CART before moving to the IndyCar Series in 2003. He retired from full-time driving following the 2003 Indianapolis 500 to concentrate on team ownership and drove for the final time in the 2006 Indianapolis 500.