2018 will see Parker Chase join a new team, with new teammates and a new car. Piloting an Audi R8 GT3 for TruSpeed AutoSport in the Pirelli World Challenge program, Chase will compete across the nation against a stout field of drivers. Running in both Sprint and SprintX endurance style events, Chase will co-drive with Ryan Daziel, one of North America's top sports car drivers. Kicking the season off in March at the St. Pete Grand Prix in St. Petersburg, Florida, Chase will begin his quest for race wins, podium results and the end of the year championship as one of the youngest drivers in the series.
At 16 years old, most drivers are starting their progression from Karting to cars and trying to understand the best route for the future. However, in the case of Parker Chase, things are quite different.
In 2011, a then 10 year old Parker persuaded his father to allow him begin racing in Karts, taking in an event at their local Hill Country Kart Club in New Braunfels, Texas. Showing an instant natural ability behind the wheel while still being a rookie in the cadet class, Chase’s racing career was starting to unfold.
From there, Parker under the family team banner of Chase Racing participated on a regional and then national level from 2012 onwards. Many race wins and championship titles would follow, and despite a major off in the middle of 2013 that necessitated a brief spell on the side-lines to recover from his injuries, Parker was still crowned Champion in the Texas Prokart Challenge for that year.
Reclaiming the title again in 2014 and having defied the odds beyond his years, Chase wanted to continue the trend and was eyeing up a move to cars. In 2015, that ambition would become a reality, as he started out in the F1600 championship. However Parkers time in the series would be short, as he quickly realised that professional racing was rapidly moving in the direction of sportscars. One of the youngest drivers to ever be granted a National AutoSport Association Pro Licence, in June of 2015 Parker entered his first tin-top race amongst a field of 25 experienced drivers. Finishing second with the second fastest lap of the race, this new chapter was rapidly starting to unfold.
Like his Karting career, further success would follow as he built his experience. In 2016, Chase competed in three different series including the Red Bull Global Rallycross Series, IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Series and the GTS Class of the Pirelli World Challenge as a factory Ginetta Driver. Results of note included Rookie of the Year in the Pirelli World Challenge compliments of his ten finishes inside the top five, eight of these on the podium and finishing first in class and second overall at the wheel of a Ginetta G57 Prototype during a one-off outing in Thunderhill.
In 2017, Parker Chase ran a limited season as part of the Ginetta Driver Development Program. Competing overseas in Europe, the Texan returned to the United States to compete in the final rounds of the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge. Scoring three podium results in the final four races, including fast lap honors in one, Chase ended the season with momentum as he turned the page on the next chapter in his motorsports career. Announced in mid-January, Parker Chase has joined TruSpeed AutoSport and will be behind the wheel of an Audi R8 GT3 machine as he competes in the full 2018 PWC season.