John Edwards Racing Biography
John began racing karts in 2003 winning the Great Lakes Sprint Series Jr Briggs Restricted Championship. That same year he became the youngest ever licensed driver in U.S. open-wheel road racing. Competing in the Skip Barber Formula Dodge Race Series on January 17, 2004, John became the youngest winner in open wheel road racing history, at just 12 years of age—read his first interview. John did an interview with Boys' Life—his Boys' Life Cover, story begins on page 12. Later in 2004 John won the Red Bull Driver Search, an effort to find the next American F1 World Champion.
2005 - 2006
In 2005 John moved to Europe, first competing in international karting. His early mid-year promotion to Formula Renault resulted in him becoming the youngest to ever hold a FIA license. After a first year of "baptism by fire" John completed a successful campaign in 2006 with podium finishes at Spa-Franchorchamps and the Nurburgring, and his first European victory at Anderstorp.
2007 - 2009
In 2007 John raced the competitive Atlantic Championship, another youngest achievement, but a premature step up in class. He had a second place at Toronto, as well as several other top-five finishes, ultimately ending 9th in the championship. In 2008, John won the Star Mazda Championship. In spite of missing the first race he secured 4 poles, 8 podiums, and 4 race wins in 11 races. For 2009 John returned to the Atlantic Championship. It was a return of determination as he won a hard fought championship, perhaps the highlight of his racing career. He finished the season with 3 poles, 4 wins, and 9 podiums in 12 races.
2010 - 2012
For 2010 John teamed with Adam Christodoulou in a SpeedSource-prepared Mazda RX-8 in Grand-Am GT. They achieved one win, two seconds and a third in eleven races. For 2011 John joined Matt Bell and the Stevenson Motorsports Team in the Grand Am GS Series, achieving wins at Laguna Seca and Road America. In addition he raced a partial season with Team Sahlen in the Grand Am GT series, taking the Mazda to the podium several times with co-driver Wayne Nonnamaker. For 2012 John once again raced for Stevenson Motorsports, achieving wins in both the Grand Am GS and GT series.
In 2013 John returned to Stevenson Motorsports, finishing 3rd in the GT championship alongside co-driver Robin Liddell. The pair ended the season with 4 wins and 5 podiums, fighting for the championship until the last race. John and co-driver Matt Bell finished 2nd in the GS championship for Stevenson, with 2 wins and 6 podiums. John also joined BMW Team RLL for a partial season in the competitive ALMS GTE class. He and co-driver Dirk Müller took the #56 BMW Z4 to the podium 4 times, including winning at Lime Rock Park.
In 2014 John drove once again drove for BMW team Rahal Letterman Lanigan with Dirk Müller in the #56 Z4 with three podium finishes at Long Beach, Road America, and VIR. During that same year he partnered with Trent Hindman and Fall Line Motorsports team to drive the #46 BMW M3 to the GS team championship title with wins at Laguna Seca and Austin Texas.
For 2015 John once again drives for BMW team Rahal Letterman Lanigan in the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship. He will also do a series of events at the Nurburgring including the 24 hours of the Nurburgring. Please visit BMW Motorsport for more information about John and the team.
A Few Personal Facts about Racing Driver John Michael Edwards
- Current Residence: Jackson, WY, U.S.A.
- Interests: Hiking, Biking, Licensed Aviation Pilot
- Favorite Movie: Pulp Fiction
- Favorite Food: Sushi
- Favorite Race Track: The Nurburgring, Nurburg Germany
- Most Memorable Racing Event: First Open-Wheel Win at 12 years of age.