Biography


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Brett Smrz began racing at the age of twelve, after his father bought him a go-kart for Christmas. Immediately at home behind the wheel, Brett was competing nationally by his second year of kart racing, winning multiple national championships before graduating to the Mazda MX-5 Cup Series. One week after qualifying pole and finishing third in his first professional race in Houston, TX, Brett suffered a serious leg injury on a trampoline. Following ten complex surgeries he eventually lost his left leg below the knee. Despite this setback, Brett lost none of his singular determination to become a professional racing driver.

Following intense physical therapy, Brett was back in the cockpit only three months later for the San Francisco Formula Ford triple header at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. He celebrated by winning all three races, setting a new class track record, and earning the San Francisco Region Driver of the Year Award. Brett went on to win the Jim Russell Championship Series two years running, along with multiple podium finishes in the Mazda MX-5 Cup and the Skip Barber National Series. 

These performances earned him a prestigious Team USA Scholarship as one of two Americans selected to compete in England against over 100 of the best young drivers in the world in the International Formula Ford Festival. 

Previous recipiants of this scholarship include IndyCar champion Jimmy Vasser, Buddy Rice, A.J. Allmendinger, and Josef Newgarden. Brett had a brilliant international debut, qualifying on the front row at Brands Hatch and charging from the back of the field after contact in his semi-final race to finish third. At Silverstone Brett took a pole position and heat race win before finishing ninth in a damaged car in the renowned Walter Hayes Trophy race. 

A young man of remarkable determination and proven talent, Brett Smrz has also established himself as an elite stunt driver in the film, commercial, and television industry with Drivers Inc., while actively pursuing sponsorship to realize his professional racing goals. 

Birthdate:
February 28, 1991

Birthplace:
Burlington, NJ

Residence:
Simi Valley, CA

Height / Weight:
5' 9" / 160 lbs.

Family:
Father: Gregg
Mother: Shirley
Sister: Kelly
Pet: Clutch (Dog)

Life Goals:
My life goal is to become the top stunt driver in the film business. I would also like to become a factory driver for BMW some day, and win a Formula Drift Pro Championship. 

Most memorable racing achievement:
Coming from 27th to 4th at the Brands Hatch Formula Ford Festival.

Heroes:
Alex Zanardi, Valentino Rossi, Travis Pastrana, Les Brown, Muhammad Ali, Frankie Edgar, and Conor McGregor

If not racing:
I am practicing stunt driving at a skid pad, doing track days, shooting some guns, playing some video games, and riding my motorcycle. 

Favorite Quote:
Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, you are right. -Henry Ford

Person who was the greatest influence:
My dad and Alex Zanardi were my two greatest influences. My physical therapist Brad Sharples also played a massive role in my return.

Physical preparation:
6 Days a week in the gym. Vigorous training, followed by eating healthy. Gathering a new meal plan at the moment. 

Hobbies:
PC Games, Photoshop, Motorcycle Rides, UFC, Guns

Favorite clothes:
I like to dress nice and look professional. Nordstrom is a good choice!

Personal vehicles:
2017 BMW F700GS 
2012 Suzuki DRZ 400
2005 Dodge RAM 2500 Turbo Diesel
2003 BMW E46 M3
2002 BMW E46 M3 (Formula Drift Car - Being Built)
1996 BMW E36 M3 (Time Attack Car)
1995 BMW E36 M3
1991 BMW E34 M5
1989 BMW E30 M3 
1987 BMW E24 M6 

Favorite Band:
Trivium, Alt J

Favorite Song:
Chet Faker - I'm Into You

Favorite TV shows:
I don't really have a favorite TV show. I like watching UFC. 

Favorite movie:
Men of Honor

Favorite actor:
Leonardo DiCaprio

Favorite books:
Alex Zanardi: My Sweetest Victory
Drive to Win: Carroll Smith 

Favorite food:
Sushi! 

Favorite drink:
Water! 

Personal cooking specialty:
Breakfast Bowls 

Best day of the year:
Race Day

Favorite off-track sport:
UFC / MMA