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Ryan Shehan Is Set for the Castrol Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand

Ryan Shehan Is Set for the Castrol Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand

With one more event weekend still remaining in the F4 United States Championship Powered by Honda, American standout and Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport driver Ryan Shehan has confirmed his intentions to compete overseas. With aspirations to climb the ladder and compete in the Formula One World Championship, Shehan will enter the highly contested Castrol Toyota Racing Series (TRS) in New Zealand.

“Ever since making the move from karts to cars, the TRS program is something that I have wanted to compete in and made it a goal of mine to do so,” explained Shehan, who will compete with the top-tier Giles Motorsport program overseas. “TRS has produced multiple past and current Formula One drivers and is a breeding ground for success. While I hope I can go over there and win, my goal will be to continue to build my experience and knowledge to climb the motorsports ladder.”

At only seventeen years of age, Shehan who hails from Austin, Texas, and is close to the famed Circuit of the Americas (COTA), is a multi-time F4 US winner this season and sits fourth in the championship point standings with three wheel-to-wheel races remaining.

“We are super proud of Ryan and his results this season,” explained Garry Orton. “TRS will really set him up for the 2023 USA season. The FT60 race car is very different from what Ryan has driven but he will adapt quickly, and I know he will learn a lot in New Zealand. Racing with Stephen Giles and Giles Motorsport will extend the efforts that we have done with Ryan in 2022 as he progresses towards his 2023 race program.”

Orton continued, “Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport and Giles Motorsport have worked very closely with one another sharing personnel and engineering with Giles Motorsport and Stephen Giles providing Engineering for Ryan throughout the 2022 season. To keep Ryan on the upward trend, we believe keeping Ryan and Stephen together for TRS was best for all involved and could provide for some more race-winning results.”

Teena Larsen added, “Having Ryan come to New Zealand is super cool, we just love to show our drivers the country, and culture, as well as watch them gain valuable experience that will help them when they return to the United States for the 2023 season.”

“I can’t say enough of how proud we are of Ryan,” explained Gill Kaszuba. “In a little under two years, Ryan has not only grown into an exceptional race driver but also an outstanding young man off the track. His dedication and determination are something to be admired. There is no doubt in my mind that we can expect great things from him in the future.”

“It’s exciting to see Ryan get the opportunity to compete in the Toyota Racing Series,” exclaimed Tony Parella, CEO of Parella Motorsports Holdings. “As an American racer in the Formula 4 United States Championship, this is an excellent opportunity for Ryan to get global experience while getting acclimated to the F3 chassis and staying sharp during the traditional ‘off season’ of North American motorsports.”

Shehan continued, “I have a job to do in a few weeks’ time in my home event and the goal is to close the season with three more wins before shifting my focus to New Zealand and continuing to put all the funding in place to make sure that not only can I compete, but that I can do a great job as well.”

The 2023 Castrol Toyota Racing Series Schedule is five straight weeks of wheel-to-wheel racing through New Zealand at the country’s best-racing circuits. Hailed as a series of very high standards, Shehan will not only aim to gain experience but fight for race wins, podium results, and valuable FIA license points.

The 2023 Castrol Toyota Racing Series Schedule
January 13-15 – Highlands Motorsport Park
January 20-22 – Teretonga Park Raceway
January 27-29 – Manfeild – Circuit Chris Amon
February 3-5 – Hampton Downs International Motorsport Park
February 10-12 – Taupo International Motorsport Park

Shehan (age 17) is an aspiring Formula One racer, growing business leader, and nonprofit founder making an impact on youth in the Austin community. His company, Ryan Shehan Racing, builds solutions that enable his partners and sponsors to leverage motorsports to uniquely and economically brand, promote, and build/maintain relationships in 360° with customers, employees, vendors, and other stakeholders. His nonprofit, Shehan Strong, allows him to support, engage, and inspire the next generation. He and his organizations are active members of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and Austin Gives.

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Ryan Shehan Wins at the Virginia International Raceway

Ryan Shehan Wins at the Virginia International Raceway

The penultimate F4 United States Championship Powered by Honda weekend started on a high for Ryan Shehan as he rocketed his way to the front of the field and scored the round 13 victory. Showing speed and maturity, Shehan attacked the weekend to earn the win in race one, a third in race two, and will now shift his focus to the season-ending race at his home facility, the Circuit of the Americas.

It was a strong qualifying effort on Friday afternoon for Ryan Shehan as the Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport driver was able to turn a time fast enough to start on the front row for race one. Narrowly missing the pole position in a dramatic session, Shehan provided the Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport program with a front-row lockout as he would start race one alongside his teammate Bryson Morris.

Maintaining his position at the start of the first race, the caution flag flew late in the first lap for contact deep in the field. After a lengthy cleanup which took up much of the allotted time slot, the F4 drivers took the green just past mid-race distance and Shehan went on the attack. With the white flag flying, Shehan made a strong power move as he utilized the draft to slingshot his way to the point and never looked back to score his second F4 United States Championship Powered by Honda race win of his sophomore season.

Looking to continue that momentum into race two Saturday afternoon, Shehan was back at the pointy end of the field and battling for the win. In a game of high-speed chess, Shehan led early before settling into the second position for most of the race. Going into turn 14 on the last lap, the third-place competitor made a very high-risk pass forcing Shehan to take evasive action to avoid being taken out of the race, allowing both the third and fourth-place drivers to pass him.

“Disappointing to have to end the race as we did,” added Shehan, who crossed the line in fourth. “We were battling for second, but it just didn’t work out. Congrats to my team, Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport for the win with Bryson (Morris), and we will be back tomorrow for race three.”

Subsequently, the race officials penalized the third-place finisher for a penalty earlier in the race and Shehan received third place.

Returning Sunday with first and third-place results to his credit this weekend, Shehan would look to be back on the podium and began that quest from the top-ten. Unfortunately, it was short-lived for the Texan as contact on the first lap caused severe damage to his Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport entry as he was able to limp back to the pits for repairs. Assessing the damage and seeing an oil leak, the team elected to park the #66 entry to avoid any further damage.

Shehan added, “Difficult way to end the weekend. It is such a high when you win and celebrate on the podium but such a low when you must watch your competitors finish the race while you are in the pits. We will get everything fixed and ready to go for my home event in a few weeks at COTA and see if we can finish the season strong.”

Shehan (age 17) is an aspiring Formula One racer, growing business leader, and nonprofit founder making an impact on youth in the Austin community. His company, Ryan Shehan Racing, builds solutions that enable his partners and sponsors to leverage motorsports to uniquely and economically brand, promote, and build/maintain relationships in 360° with customers, employees, vendors, and other stakeholders. His nonprofit, Shehan Strong, allows him to support, engage, and inspire the next generation. He and his organizations are active members of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and Austin Gives.

Want to learn more about the Ryan Shehan Partnership Program? Click HERE
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Want to help Ryan inspire and impact his youth audience? Click HERE
Don’t have access to the website? Call us at – 1.833.6.Racing (1-833-672-2464)

For more information on Ryan Shehan, please contact RTD Media & Management or follow Ryan on social media on Twitter (@RyanShehanRace), Instagram (@RyanShehanOfficial), Facebook (@RyanShehanOfficial), and Website (RyanShehan.com).

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Ryan Shehan Returns to F4 United States Championship Competition With Momentum On His Side

Ryan Shehan Returns to F4 United States Championship Competition With Momentum On His Side

In his most recent F4 United States Championship Powered by Honda event, Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport driver Ryan Shehan earned himself his first career F4 victory en route to a trio of podium results. Now, nearly two months later, the Texas native is looking to carry that momentum into the VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) this weekend.

“I am anxious and excited to get back behind the wheel of the F4 car and continue my current podium streak,” explained Shehan. “It is my second year in the series, and I continue to trend up. It is great to see the progression from year-to-year not only in myself but in the team as well.”

Sitting fourth in the F4 championship standings, Shehan has found his rhythm in his sophomore season courtesy of one win and six podium results. Riding the wave of momentum as the season has gone on, Shehan has earned four podium finishes in the past four races and scored more points than any other series driver in the same time frame.

Shehan continued, “The more I am on the podium, the hungrier I am to have more success not only for myself and my team but my growing partner base as well.”

With Thursday reserved for pre-event testing, official practice and qualifying will take place Friday on the 3.27-mile, 17-turn legendary track. Wheel-to-wheel action will begin on Saturday and run through Sunday with three races. Following the final checkered flag on Sunday, drivers will shift their focus to the last event of the season at the Circuit of the Americas in November.

Shehan (age 17) is an aspiring Formula One racer, growing business leader, and nonprofit founder making an impact on youth in the Austin community. His company, Ryan Shehan Racing, builds solutions that enable his partners and sponsors to leverage motorsports to uniquely and economically brand, promote, and build/maintain relationships in 360° with customers, employees, vendors, and other stakeholders. His nonprofit, Shehan Strong, allows him to support, engage, and inspire the next generation. He and his organizations are active members of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and Austin Gives.

Want to learn more about the Ryan Shehan Partnership Program? Click HERE
Looking to be Ryan Shehan’s Pathfinder? Click HERE
Want to help Ryan inspire and impact his youth audience? Click HERE
Don’t have access to the website? Call us at – 1.833.6.Racing (1-833-672-2464)

For more information on Ryan Shehan, please contact RTD Media & Management or follow Ryan on social media on Twitter (@RyanShehanRace), Instagram (@RyanShehanOfficial), Facebook (@RyanShehanOfficial), and Website (RyanShehan.com).

Photo Credit: RTD Media