At just 18 years old, American sports car driver Parker Chase is one of North America’s up and coming sports car drivers. Already a champion in professional auto racing by age 17, Chase is quickly setting a name for himself as a driver to watch. In 2018, just seven years after beginning his racing career at age 10, Chase clinched the Pirelli World Challenge GT SprintX Pro/Am Championship with co-driver Ryan Dalziel, piloting an Audi R8 GT3. This year, the successful duo of Chase and Dalziel will compete together again, stepping up to race in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GTD class. Beginning with the legendary Rolex 24 At Daytona, the pair will travel across North America this season, racing the Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo. The step up to one of North America’s most competitive sports car series will bring new challenges, including four endurance races within the full season calendar. Follow along as Parker Chase begins this exciting new endeavor.
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 Pro-kart 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 realized that professional racing was rapidly moving in the direction of sports cars. 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.
In 2018, Parker Chase joined TruSpeed AutoSport and raced the Audi R8 LMS GT3 in the Pirelli World Challenge Sprint Championship, as well as the SprintX Championship with renowned sports car driver Ryan Dalziel as his co-driver. In his four Sprint events, Chase earned six podiums and two wins. His success continued into the SprintX Championship with Dalziel, and in sixteen rounds, the pair finished on the podium an astounding 15 times, scoring five additional wins. Together the pair clinched the Pirelli World Challenge GT SprintX Pro/Am Championship with two races remaining in the schedule.
For the 2019 season, Parker Chase will join championship winning sports car team Starworks Motorsports in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Chase will be reunited with last year’s co-driver, Ryan Dalziel. The 2018 Pirelli World Challenge GT SprintX Pro/Am champions will run the Audi R8 LMS GT3 with the new 2019 Evo kit, racing against some of the best teams and drivers across North America.