Forbes just recently sat down with Sebastian Landy to talk about him being selected to race for Audi in the TT Sport Cup. Sebastian, 19 years old at the moment, suffered a life threatening disease as a child. After beating the disease and getting healthy, he set his sights on the world of Motorsport. His father got him into racing at a young age, as he raced classic cars at local tracks. At five years old, Sebastian attended his first Le Mans race and was immediately hooked.
As Sebastian got older, he started kart racing indoors, which eventually led to racing bigger karts on outdoor tracks. After mastering the karts, Sebastian got himself a Mazda Miata and raced it with his local SCCA region. In 2012, at the age of 16, he won the SCCA Pro Mazda MX-5 Cup. The MX-5 Cup is a big deal for aspiring race car drivers, as it’s a first step of a long journey towards becoming the real deal. Since then, Sebastian has been racing all over the country in various different races, to both hone his skills and make a name for himself.
He then applied for Audi’s inaugural season of TT Sport Cup racing. Part of the application was creating a racing resume and sending it to Audi for one of the positions.Of the 160 applicants, 100 we chosen to visit the test track, show their abilities and talk to Audi about their goals and aspirations. Of those 100 drivers, only 18 were chosen. Sebastian was one of those 18. It will be a challenge for him, to race in the TT Sport Cup, as it’s a very different race in a very different car than he is used to. The circuits are entirely different and the cars have considerably more horsepower than Sebastian is used to as well as being front-wheel drive, compared to the rear-wheel drive of his Miata.
Currently, Sebastian is also juggling school, as he attends Babson College. Fortunately for him, his professors are very accommodating and are helping Sebastian miss time to race and still manage to get his studies and school work done. It’s an admirable struggle he faces, as he pursues his dream without compromising his education in the process. Sebastian is also dedicating future wins to the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help sick children achieve their goals and dreams just like he did. It’s an inspiring story of an inspiring young man.