Eric Powell is a 29 year old full-time stunt driver for Walt Disney World and race car driver since the age of 13. He has a strong work ethic and unparalleled passion for the sport, accepting nothing short of race wins and championships. The 2014 NASA Western States PTD and TTD Champion is looking to continue his racing success while continuing to build value for partners.
Powell’s diverse background offers continued success both on and off the track. His experience stems from a wide range of karting in WKA dirt ovals to tag and shifter karts before moving up to stock cars. Eric competed in FASCAR mini stocks and late models for several years before desiring to continue his education and graduated from Universal Technical Institute followed by the NASCAR technical institute.
Combined with his new found knowledge and working for several race teams, Eric began his foray into the road racing world by participating in track days and testing with a Pro Formula Mazda team in 2006. Later that year he entered the Jim Russell Racing School’s annual driver shootout scholarship competing against almost 100 other drivers, and went on to be one of the winners despite being the only person in the competition that had not driven on that track or in those cars. He would go on to take poles and wins in each of the four races he competed in the Jim Russell championship series in 2007. That year Eric would also debut in the Grand-Am Koni Challenge series (IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge) and immediately grabbed attention by topping the time sheets in only his second practice session at the season opening event.
Since then, Eric has explored many opportunities including testing for an American Le Mans Porsche GT2 program, instructing for racing schools (Turn Key Driving Experience, Signature Motorsports), coaching private clients, and is now racing and winning regularly in NASA’s club racing series including the 2014 NASA West Coast Championships in Performance Touring D and Time Trial D with a car he built himself. As a result ,Eric earned the opportunity to compete in Mazda’s annual Club Racer Shootout along with seven others. Eric attributes a large part of his success to understanding the mechanics of the car which in turn makes him a better driver because of his ability to effectively identify and provide solutions for any setup or mechanical challenges.
Eric rises to every occasion, is business-savvy, out-going, and determined to persevere as a racing driver and brand ambassador.