Audi of America

Sebastian LandyBorn: December 14, 1995
Hometown: Great Falls, Virginia

Driver History:

Born in Fairfax VA in 1995, Sebastian was fast out of the box, showing up two months early! Fascinated by cars, driving and things that go fast he jumped at the opportunity to compete in the kids league at Allsports GP, an indoor kart facility in Dulles VA at the age of 8 and excelled, winning the series in his second season. Hindered by parents who thought school was more important than motor racing Sebastian had to satisfy his passion through limited outings in Rotax Go Karts for four long years. It was at this time that he learned the true meaning of the sport and famously counseled other young drivers with his observation that, ‘racing is 98% disappointment’!

In 2011, one month after his 15th birthday, a Skip Barber Racing School at Palm Beach International Raceway gave the youngster his first experience in a racing car and then, equipped with a 1995 Mazda Miata, Sebastian went through the driving school with the Washington DC region of the SCCA and began racing Spec Miata, widely recognized as the most competitive class in North American Club Racing. In 2012 Sebastian began racing Mazda MX 5’s and made his debut in Mazda’s MX-5 Cup competing in two events, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/Mosport and VIR finishing 5th on both occasions. In 2013 the 17 year old competed in the SCCA Mid Atlantic Road Racing Series (MARRS) Spec Miata Championship. Despite missing 5 rounds due to scheduling issues with other series, Sebastian won the championship, becoming the youngest ever winner of the coveted series.

In 2014, Sebastian’s senior year in high school, he committed to his first full season of Mazda’s MX-5 Cup as well as 7 rounds of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series racing for Irish Mike’s Racing in their inaugural year in the series fielding a Hyundai Genesis. While the Genesis was capable of a strong showing at some of the tracks, (qualified 5th at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park) tire wear, fuel consumption and reliability issues which are to be expected with a cars first year in the series left results not entirely reflective of the team's potential. The Mazda MX-5 cup season also had its challenges, engine compression issues early on in the season and a DNF at Road America due to a technical glitch meant a series win was unlikely, however 8 podiums including two great wins at Road Atlanta, the series finale, put Sebastian third overall in the championship, missing second place by only 11 points.

Late in 2014 Audi Sport announced a brand new series to run as a support race for the 2015 DTM series in Europe: The Audi Sport TT Cup. Hundreds of applicants from around the world applied for the 18 available spots and Sebastian was awarded his place as the only American. The Audi TT Cup posed a tremendous challenge for Sebastian, as he was racing on all new tracks in a powerful front wheel drive car, against a group of very talented competitors from 13 nations. Also in 2015, Sebastian competed in select rounds of the Porsche GT3 Cup Gold category in a Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Car, winning a race at each event he entered.

In 2016, Sebastian competed in a full season of the Porsche GT3 Cup USA with TPC Racing, in an attempt to win the Porsche GT3 Cup USA Gold championship. Sebastian had a very successful year; with nine 9 victories, as well as multiple pole positions and track records en route to finishing 2nd in the championship after an unfortunate disqualification late in the season created too great a points gap for him to make up. Along with his main focus of the Porsche GT3 Cup USA Gold Championship, Sebastian was involved in a one-off appearance in the Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge GS Class with Automatic Racing. In his first start in the series, Sebastian qualified on pole and led for the majority of his stint.

For 2017, Sebastian has remained in the Porsche GT3 Cup USA, stepping up to the Platinum Class in the brand new 2017 Porsche 991.2 Generation car. Competing with the well known Alex Job Racing team, Sebastian is ready for what will surely be a very tough and competitive year!

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