Dear Austin,

You know Austin entrepreneurs dream big. We’ve got innovative tech wizards; pioneering music producers; rocket-science rockstars. And me. I’m Ryan Shehan. I’m 17. And I’ve already spent almost 9 years chasing my dream of being the first born-and-raised Austinite to make it to the pinnacle of motorsport, Formula 1.

My Austin community has stuck by me as I honed my skills through karting, recovered from a life-threatening incident on the track, and finished my second year as a Formula 4 driver (with multiple trips to the podium and a couple of WINS!). Next up, I’ve been invited to drive in the elite, invitation-only Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand in January 2023, and I’ll be racing at Austin’s Circuit of the America (COTA) again next year in the Formula Regional Americas Championship.

As you may have guessed, COTA is my happy place. And my favorite local entrepreneurs are the ones who first envisioned this one-of-a-kind racetrack. It’s the only permanent Formula 1 track in the United States and it’s the place where I first fell in love with racing. It’s also where I learned there’s much more to racing than having great reflexes and a fast car. Motorsports is a multi-billion-dollar enterprise with sponsorships and reputations on the line.  Connecting with businesses who want to leverage the power of motorsports in their marketing is a top priority.

I’m building the resources and the team to climb to the top of the podium next year and beyond, but in addition to Partners and Sponsors, I also need to build my network of enthusiastic community supporters.

Could I ask a couple of favors?

  1. Please become my Wingman. It’s FREE!
  2. Follow me on social media and my video channels. You’ll find the links on the Wingman page and all my social media.
  3. Celebrate the victories with me and have fun being part of my virtual team. Knowing you’re out there, cheering me on, means the world to me.

Thank you for the opportunity to dream big, Austin! You’re the best.


P.S. If you’re one of the first 500 people to SIGN UP as my Wingman, I’ll put your name on my car when I’m racing in New Zealand! It’ll be a daily reminder that my friends in Austin are riding with me!