South African born Stephen Simpson’s professional motor racing career has taken him all over the world. After winning the South African Formula Ford Championship at the age of 16 years old, the Capetonian then packed his bags and moved to the UK to further his career. In the years to come, Stephen would live in Italy for a year and race all over Europe.
His first professional job as a race car driver came when he was selected to race for South Africa in A1 Grand Prix, the World Cup of Motorsport. This took him all over the world competing professionally.
In 2006 Stephen made the move to America. This proved to be a great move for Stephen as he competed in the Formula Atlantic Championship before switching to race full time in the Indy Lights Series. During this time he raced at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway on both the Oval and the Road Course configurations.
In 2009 Stephen switched gears and moved into Sports Car racing for the first time competing in the ALMS and European LMS in an LMP1 Prototype Sports Car.
In 2014, after a challenging few years without any driving, Stephen was back in a full time race seat driving for JDC Miller Motorsports in the Tudor United Sport Car Championship - Prototype Challenge Class. A highlight of the season was a 3rd place finish at Road America.
In 2015, Stephen raced in selected races in the Tudor United Sports Car Championship and finished 3rd at the Daytona 24 Hours, 2nd at Detroit and had a Pole Position at Lime Rock. During 2015, Stephen was also a race driver for LAP Motorsports, the official team of MINI USA.
In 2016, Stephen raced in the JDC Miller Motorsport’s ORECA Chevrolet in the IMSA WeatherTech Championship in the PC class.
Stephen will also race in the Continental Tire Series with paralyzed co-driver Michael Johnson in the BMW 228i, the pair shared last year.
Stephen Simpson Race CV
1994-1997 - Double Karting Champion in South Africa
1999 - South African Formula Ford Championship
2000 - South African & Formula Ford Champion at age 16
2001 - British Formula Ford Championship
2002 - European & Italian Formula Renault 2.0 Championship
2003 - Runner-up in British Formula Renault Championship for Benetton Junior Team
2005 - Raced for South Africa in the A1 Grand Prix World Cup of Motorsport
A1 Grand Prix Rookie of the Year Award
Voted Motoring News Race Ace of Great Britain
2006 - US Formula Atlantic
2007 - US Indy Lights
2008 - US Indy Lights
2009 - American Le Mans Series
LMP1 Class & European Le Mans Series
2010 - Porsche International Trophy Cup
2014 - Tudor United SportsCar Championship - Prototype Challenge Class
2015 - Tudor United SportsCar Championship - Prototype Challenge Class
2016 - Winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona in the Prototype Challenge Class
- Winner of the Grand Prix of Long Beach in the Prototype Challenge Class
- IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship - Prototype Challenge Class