In 2014, at the age of nine, young Ryan Shehan started racing cadet karts at a track an hour from his home and within eighteen months he was racing in his first regional event. Five fast years later, in 2019, Ryan joined the Team Crosslink. With a karts-to-cars program, this was the perfect path for Ryan and the growth of his career. With the guidance and mentoring of his new Manager and Engineer/Coach, Ryan quickly took to his new team, as evidenced by his highest finishes ever.
2020 started off with success and Ryan competed at both the SKUSA Winter Series and ROK Cup USA Florida Winter Tour in early January 2020. Only a week later, Ryan’s career came to an abrupt halt. A major incident in testing left Ryan severely injured as he was taken by helicopter to a local hospital. With injuries to his head, jaw, back, arm and legs including major burns, the fact the Ryan survived is a testament to the fast-acting medical responders and the first responders to the scene.
After the incident, not only the karting industry, but the motorsports community rallied behind Ryan. With donations coming in from around the world, Ryan’s progress was documented by the #ShehanStrong hashtag. Fast-forward a few months and countless doctor visits, Ryan returned to the seat of his Team Crosslink prepared Exprit kart and began his road back to the top step of the podium. Only through the support of his family, doctors, coaches, teammates, and the motorsports industry was Ryan mentally and physically prepared to return to competition.
With a move from karts to cars in 2021, Shehan entered the F4 United States Championship Powered by Honda with his potent Team Crosslink program. He learned a tremendous amount, both in the car and in the motorsports business. In October, he had a ribbon cutting with the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and then was able to fulfill his dream of racing at COTA (Circuit of the Americas) in his hometown of Austin.
For the 2022 season, he will be competing for the F4 US Championship with the winningest team in US F4 history, Crosslink/Kiwi Motorsport.
The next challenge Ryan faces in reaching his goal of driving in Formula One is one all businesses face, generating the revenue to pay for operations (racing) and career growth.