Driver Profile: Tom Martin - From Rockets To Racing

By Winding Road Staff

March 14, 2016

During the week Tom Martin works as an aerospace engineer at SpaceX, where he designs rocket systems. ““When we’re going to geo-synchronous orbit, the acceleration forces are pretty amazing and we need to get up to 17,000 mph, so working with speed and pressure is kind of a day-to-day thing,” says Martin. “But honestly, being in a race car is much more exciting. After all, I’m not on the spacecraft and anyway, the flying is done by computers.”
 
Factoids
 
·        Age: 28
·        Residence: Redondo Beach, CA
·        From: Austin, TX
·        Licenses: SCCA Pro, NASA, SVRA, PCA
·        Day Job: Mechanical Engineer, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX)
 
Selected Competition History
 
·        9/120, Formula SAE World Championships, 2010
·        First Place (M5), Targa Newfoundland, 2012
·        First Place (E0), 25 Hours Of Thunderhill, 2013
·        First Place (MP4), The Hawk With Brian Redman, 2014
·        First Place (GT3A), The Hawk With Brian Redman, 2015
 
Meet The Driver (next event or special events)
 
·        Battery Tender MX-5 Cup, Round 1
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
April 29-May 1, 2016 
 
Recent Racing News
 
 
Current Racing Challenge:
 
·        Finish in top 10 of Global MX-5 Cup in 2016
 
Videos
 

 

 

 

 
Gallery of Racecars Driven
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Published Articles
 
 Learning Curve: If You Can't Be Safe And Clean, Go Home
 
Try The Outside Line At Laguna Seca
 
 
 
Favorite Tracks
 
·        Le Mans
·        COTA
·        Road America
 
Favorite Drivers
 
·        Allan McNish
 
Favorite Cars
 
·        Spec Miata
·        Wolf GB08
·        Porsche 356
·        Porsche GT3 Cup
 
Equipment Used
 
·        Stilo ST5 Carbon
·        Alpinestars Tech 1Z gloves
·        Momo Advanced Driver Cooling shirt
 
When I’m Not Racing
 
·        French cooking
  
My Garage
 



 
Racing Services Offered
 
  
Contact Info
 
·        tbmartin.iii@gmail.com