Porsche Young Driver Academy Class of 2018
IMSA Hurley Haywood GT3 Scholarship recipient 2018
31 Podiums in 44 career GT3 Cup Races
Max Root began nurturing his need for speed at an early age with a burning passion for motocross, racing at notable Southern Californian MX tracks such as Glen Helen Raceway, Barona Oaks MX, Pala Raceway, Starwest Motocross Park and Cahuilla Creek Motocross. He then transitioned to high-performance off-road UTV’s where he honed his driving skills while navigating the deserts of Mexico and Southern California.
His curiosity for competing caused him to evaluate the motorsport landscape, and he quickly realized the growth potential in racing sports cars. He embarked upon the transition to road courses through his coaches and instructors at Skip Barber Racing School at Laguna Seca. Through this testing and racing in an open wheel platform, he realized his skills could translate into some of the more challenging rear-engine race cars.
In 2017, Max commenced his road racing career in the 2017 Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA. Max exceeded all expectations by winning the opening round of the 2017 Pirelli cup at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willow, California, topping a 31-car field in his very first professional sports car race. Max completed his extraordinary inaugural 16-race season by podiuming every weekend in finishing as runner-up in the highly contested 2017 Pirelli Cup Trophy USA Diamond-class championship.
In 2018, Max was awarded the prestigious IMSA Hurley Haywood GT3 Cup Scholarship, recognizing his exceptional race results. Max moved up to the incredibly competitive IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama season, finishing 4th overall in the Platinum division after 16 hotly contested races against some of the finest 911 GT3 Cup pilots around. Max is a junior at Pepperdine University studying business and his additional interests include road rally driving, drifting, UTV, motocross, road cycling and mountain biking.