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Aurora Straus is a 20-year-old professional racecar driver in the USA, a student, and a musician. She currently competes in the IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge, and previously raced in the Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup. She lives in Cold Spring, NY, and is currently (Feb 2019) attending Harvard University for her undergraduate degree. She, when 19 years of age, was the only professional teenage female sportscar racer in North America.

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Personal lifeEdit

Straus is the daughter of Molly McCoy and Ari Straus, the CEO of Monticello Motor Club. She graduated from Hackley School's Class of 2017 and will soon attend Harvard's Class of 2022 as a double-major in English Literature and Mechanical Engineering.[1] Straus is taking a gap year to work at ZappRx, a digital health company that focuses on management of specialty medications.[2] She was a National Merit Finalist, representing less than 1% of high school seniors in the United States.[3] Straus is also an avid musician that plays frequently in local venues in Cold Spring and Tarrytown, NY. She sang at a Holiday Charity Music Fest in December 2015 that benefited Hope's Door, a safe haven for domestic abuse survivors in Pleasantville, NY.[4]

Racing careerEdit

As a 13-year-old with no prior karting experience, Straus got behind the wheel of a Mazda Miata under the tutelage of Stevan McAleer, the 2015 Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge Champion. She raced in several Intercontinental Trophy Cup and Skip Barber Cup races before spending two seasons in semi-professional racing in the Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup. After the 2015 and 2016 seasons, she made her Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge (CTSC) debut at Watkins Glen in July 2016, during which she piloted her Cayman from 24th to 9th place before handing her car over to her codriver, Justin Piscitell.[5] For the 2017 season, she is racing in CTSC full-time on the Rennsport-One Team with codriver Connor Bloum.[6]

MediaEdit

Straus was featured in the Mazda Commercial "The Driver in All of Us," shown in theaters across the US.[7] At 14 years old, Gearhead Girls covered Aurora as part of their focus on female talent.[8] She was invited to the Inaugural Mazda Global Invitational as one of 10 competitors from the US.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Official Website of Aurora Straus | Mazda MX-5 Cup Racer". www.aurorastraus.com. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  2. ^ "News | Blog | Aurora Straus | Aurora Straus". www.aurorastraus.com. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  3. ^ "Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow Students Named National Merit Semifinalists". Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow, NY Patch. 2016-09-14. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  4. ^ "Hope's Door" (PDF). Hope's Door. 2015.
  5. ^ "About Aurora Straus | Racer | Musician | Aurora Straus". www.aurorastraus.com. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  6. ^ Miller, Josh (2016-09-22). "Aurora Straus". Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  7. ^ "The Driver In All Of Us - Inside Mazda". Inside Mazda. 2016-08-18. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  8. ^ #27. "Aurora Straus: Start Small, Finish Big! by Jes Zurell | because there is no women's league". Retrieved 2017-06-21.
  9. ^ "U.S. Drivers for Inaugural Mazda MX-5 Cup Global Invitational - Inside Mazda". Inside Mazda. Retrieved 2017-06-21.