Our next driver is no stranger to success in open wheel racing. Brian Gerster was a kid who grew up always being exposed to racing living in the racing capitol of the world Indianapolis. He can remember going weekly to Friday night late model races at IRP, USAC races at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Brian always wanted to drive racecars. In 1984 Brian got his chance in a go-kart at the Muncie, IN kart track. Brian ran go-karts until 1990 when Donnie Adams and his dad let him run their midget at the Speedrome a couple of times. That fall his dad sold their karting equipment and bought their first midget where they ran mostly at the Speedrome. In 1991 he made his first start at IRP and the high banks of Salem late in the year. He has been running midgets, sprint cars, and silver crown ever since. Brian’s success in midgets came quickly as in 1992 he was the USAC National Midget Series Rookie of the Year. We asked Brian who has been his biggest influence? “My dad has been a great partner. He has worked very hard since we started kart racing. I have had great support from my wife Kelly, daughters Macey and Lesley, and mom Connie. I’ve also had a couple drivers who I have always looked up to. Tom Bigelow was my favorite driver growing up. I have had the pleasure of becoming good friends with him the last several years which has been very cool for me. I was also a big fan of Rich Vogler who I have seen run so many races. It just seemed like he was superman in an open wheel car!” Just like the drivers he looked up to Brian has some very decorated accomplishments such as:
Winning USAC races at IRP and the Springfield mile in the midget owned by his dad
Setting the World Sprint Car record at Bristol motor speedway, being the only sprint car driver to qualify over 150 mph and winning the feature
Midget and Sprint car wins at Winchester
Winning the Joe/Pat O’Connor at Salem
Earning his Indy car license
Spotting an Indy 500
Must See racing sprint car Championship in 2013 & 2014 driver for RAM Engineering team of Deborah and Richard Myers
Out of all the memories he has winning his first USAC National midget race at IRP in 1994 as his best racing memory. Looking towards the future Brian wants to stay competitive and win races with a shot at the 500. If anyone out there has a wing dirt car he would love the chance to pick up some wins there too. We asked Brian what would he tell someone just starting in racing? “It is hard work and money doesn’t buy success. Make a plan and execute. I’ve seen so many people who can afford to race that think it’s only about money. Hard work and perseverance is the only thing that pays off in the long run.”
Brian would like to thank the following sponsors Winchester Furniture, Jet Star, and Image Express for the partnership which allows him to run his own car at the Little 500. Ram Engineering Midwest who owns the wing spring car with an awesome Gaerte engine under the hood.
Why does Brian choose Landrum Spring? “Landrum Springs are made by racers for racers! The quality is first rate and I appreciate the attention to detail like getting an individual dyno sheet with every spring. I don’t question Richard Myers so if he thinks Landrum are the best springs for his wing car they must be the best for my car too.”
Landrum would like to thank Brian for his continued support of Landrum Spring, and the way he represents himself on and off the track. We wish you the very best in 2015!