Full Name: Sean Winkler 
Long Answer: Sean Thomas Michael Winkler (yes I really have two middle names) But, Sean Winkler works just fine. We like Sean Winkler, too. ;)

Age: 31

City: Edmonds, Wa

Fav Course to Race or Dream of Racing: 

I have driven 8 laps of the Nurburgring Nordschleife; four in a Renault Clio Cup and four in an E92 M3. (**The best driving experience I've ever had for sure.)

 The tracks I would love to drive include Spa, Monza, Le Mans, Long Beach, Sebring, Monaco, Daytona, and Suzuka. True drivers circuits steeped in history and with varying degrees of technical requirements. My favorite course to race would have to be the first course I've raced, Portland International Speedway. I have The Ridge and Oregon Raceway Park on my calendar for this season, so my answer might change by the end of the year.

Fav Food: Mesquite Charcoal Grilled dry aged Ribeye Steak - medium rare. This is a man who knows what he likes!

Hobby other than racing: There are other hobbies? Ok, probably traveling. I've been over to Europe three times now, and down as far as Malaysia (to catch the Malaysian Grand Prix), so you could say my hobbies are very much motorsports related. 

Get the inside scoop:

1. How long have you been involved in the racing industry and how did you get your start?

I have been involved in the racing industry for approximately six years now. I got my start from my good friend Kenny Murray when he invited me out to be a volunteer at an Evergreen Drift event at Evergreen Speedway. I honestly knew nothing about drifting, or even how to be a corner worker. But my desire to be around motorsports kept me there and it's been an amazing journey ever since. From being on the corner I got to know the Evergreen Drift director at the time, Russell O'Connell, and I moved from corner working to running the Pro-AM entry-speed radar gun for a season after running the radar gun at the Las Vegas FD event in 2010. After a season behind the gun I trained others to operate it and with the blessing of Russell and Kelly Hale I moved up into the tower to take over social media, including broadcasting the Evergreen Drift Livestream channel that has delivered at the time of this writing over 338,196 viewed minutes of content for the Evergreen Drift program. During that time I took a good family friend, Daryl Owens, out drifting with me. After I spent a day repeatedly hitting the 3/8th's bank at about 60mph he knew I had more car control than common sense . Turns out Daryl has numerous superkart championships under his belt and also owns an F1000 car. So a period of time after that day at Evergreen he extended to me a co-drive in his car and the rest is history.

2. What car do you race and what events in the NW or USA do you participate in?

The car I drive is a 2004 R3 Motorsports F1R. It is powered by a vicious Yamaha R1 engine, has beefy Willwood brakes, a Quaife differential, paddle shift, weights in at a scant 850 pounds and is the most incredible machine I've ever driven. I am a licensed member of the IRDC and drive in ICSCC "Conference" at tracks including PIR, PR, ORP, Mission, Spokane and The Ridge. 

3.What tip would you give someone who is thinking about or has recently started racing?

 One tip I can give is to be aware of your mindset. Mindset is critical in motorsports. You either control your thoughts or your thoughts control you. When you allow your thoughts and external situations to control you, your performance will suffer. At all times be aware of what is happening around you and know how to stay calm when unexpected circumstances are presented to you. Also be aware of the compound effect. What you do in one corner will be multiplied later in the lap. So even one or two miles per hour extra at the beginning of a corner can end up being 15 or 20mph more at the end of a straight. Also, remember to breathe! You can't focus when you're starving your brain of oxygen. And if you want any more tips, I accept paypal. Ha ha. (He takes VISA & Mastercard folks)

4.What is your most memorable track day and why?

 My most memorable civilian track day was definitely driving the 'Ring. That's every red-blooded car lovers dream to drive. Eight laps of that track at speed will teach you more than you can imagine.  You're constantly passing, being passed, and trying not to clip a curb and go spinning off into the Armco (which you have to pay to repair, mind you.) My most memorable race day has to be on my birthday 4-28-13. That day was my first ever licensed race as a Novice Open Wheel driver, and I was racing against many other senior licensed drivers. In my debut I took first in class, and second overall, lapping all the way through third place. It was a dream come true and a day I will never ever forget.

5.What is your advantage behind the wheel? What gives you an edge above the competition?

 My advantage behind the wheel is my mindset, confidence, consistency and ability to learn from my mistakes. Don't be a fast learner, be a fast applyer. (See Sean Winkler's First Edition Dictionary)  Yes, I made that word up. (We thought, so...but we like it )Apply your knowledge or else it is useless. A good friend of mine recently called me a kamikaze because I will find a way to pass you somehow, someway. Before each session I close my eyes visualize my perfect line. Nothing else matters once the green flag drops. If I am in your mirror, you are in trouble. If you are in my mirror, it's probably too late. 

6.What are your 3 MUST HAVE's as far as racing products?

 My 3 must haves are ear plugs, my NecksGen, and my Contour HD camera. Ear Plugs really help you stay focused with all the wind noise at speed, my NecksGen will save my life, and my Contour HD camera records all my runs for immediate review. If nothing else, buy a Contour camera from 425 Motorsports, study your line with a senior driver in your class, and APPLY EVERYTHING they correct you on. I promise you will be faster for it. We couldn't agree more...great picks!

7.If you could be in the passenger seat of any famous racer's car who would it be and why?

The driver I'd most like to be in the passenger seat with would probably be Tom Kristinsen. He has an illustrious endurance racing career including eight Le Mans victories with five of them being consecutive, and he currently leads the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship in his Audi R18 e-tron Quattro. I want to know his secrets for endurance racing because when you're at speed, the driver who can endure the longest usually comes out on top. It's one thing to put in one or two fast laps but it's a completely different world to do it hour after hour. Great answer!