Shelby Blackstock’s dream of being a professional driver truly began to take shape in January 2010 when he attended the highly touted Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Racing, quickly turning heads during the four days of classes. A few months later Blackstock attended the the Skip Barber Racing School before making his official racing debut on Aug. 28, 2010 at the Mustang Challenge Miller Cup. The start of 2011 saw Blackstock at legendary Daytona in the Continental Tire Challenge Grand-Am 200.
Blackstock is the son of country legend Reba McIntire. Away from the track, he enjoys golf, working out, rock climbing, and, when time permits, returning home to Nashville and hanging out with friends.
Hobbies: Golf, working out, rock climbing, hanging out with friends, working on cars (street and race cars)
Racing goal: To be a successful race car driver, make it up the Mazda Road to Indy ladder and become an Indianapolis 500 winner/IndyCar champion
Racing heros: Ayrton Senna, Dan Wheldon, Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen
My fitness routine includes: Working out at Roush Fenway Racing – Mondays and Wednesdays are strength training, Tuesdays and Thursdays are cardio, Fridays and weekends cycling and rock climbing.
Any pre-race rituals or superstitions: Get in the car, pray, think through what I have to do that session or race, then mentally turn everything off and just do it.
The one talent I wish I had: To speak another language.
An interesting note about me: I worked on the road since I was 14 putting up stages for professional entertainers.
2013: Finished third in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires with one win, seven podiums and three pole positions … also competed in Grand-Am Continental Challenge (now IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge) garnering one podium, two top-five and five top-10 finishes.
2012: Finished ninth in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda with 10 top-10 finishes … finished fourth in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Winterfest with four top-five finishes in the six races ... also competed in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge with four top-10 finishes.
2011: Finished fifth in the Skip Barber National Series with two podium finishes ... claimed two wins and finished fourth in the point standings in the Skip Barber Summer Series ... also competed in Formula Ford 1600 and the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.
2010: Competed in the Skip Barber Summer Series and Skip Barber Southern Regional Series.