USF was the defining experience of my life. Most people don’t understand how absolutely critical USF was, especially for us in Ybor City. There were six or seven guys who grew up together in the old neighborhood, all children of immigrants, who became members of the charter class. We were so proud, so gratified to be accepted. It made an enormous difference in our lives.
Sometimes it was tough being on the road during the weekend, then getting back for class. But it was all worth it. I love my career. I love to race. USF has played an important role in all of that.