She’s 23 and owns a racing team and a few championships. Canadian-born Samantha Tan runs ST Racing, which races high-performance factory built BMWs. Episode 9 features an interview with this groundbreaking driver.
Tan started racing when she was 16 years old in National Autosport Association’s races, back in 2014. After getting her driver’s license, she jumped into a 1991 Honda Civic to begin her racing career, continuing to compete while she studied economics at the University of California—Irvine.
Blazing in BMWs
Tan’s first BMW was the M235iR, and now her and her drivers at ST Racing compete in BMW M4 GT4 models, primarily in the Pirelli GT4 America SprintX Silver Class. Much of the format Tan and her team races consists of one-hour races but she’s also competed in 24-hour races.
Tan and ST Racing won 2020’s Pirelli GT4 America SprintX Silver Class Team Competition, as well as both last year’s Driver Competition and Team Competition. Tan races the #38 BMW M4 car along with fellow veteran Jon Miller, an American driver.
Women Dominating in Motorsports?
“When I first started racing,” Tan says “I never considered gender at all or thought much about it. I have come to realize that there are these little moments in which you see that women aren’t always taken seriously in motorsports.”
Winning competitions as a driver and owner, however, makes its own statement.
“As a team owner and driver, I let my performance speak for itself.”
- 1:30 Tan on how she began racing, racing while in college
- 2:41 Why race BMWs?
- 4:15 Driving toward perfection, and winning
- 6:20 Tan explains why Pirelli America series is so competitive
- 10:20 Hitting a wall at 100mph, recovering to win