We continue our little mini series with another special guest, who when he saw his teammates interview, he just had to have his own feature as well. Ryan Ellis, driver of the No. 46 Nationwide car for The Motorsports Group, will join us for a special one-on-one interview. Pull out your iPhone, or tablet, or even join us from your Smart TV, either way you prefer you are not going to want to miss this opportunity to get to know one of the drivers in NASCAR’s top three divisions.
The Weekly Racer: Well first off Ryan, let me start off by thanking you for reaching out and showing interest in this style of an interview! If these go anything like the past we should have a good time strolling down memory lane, and allowing the fans to get to know a new side of Ryan Ellis. Before we get to involved why don’t you tell those reading who have maybe not read your Wikapedia page a little bit about who you are!
Ryan Ellis: Well I was born out in California, I am 24 years old now, have been racing for 20 years now. I grew up racing quarter midgets and karts in the Virginia area. Well Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia area till I was about twelve. Racing guys like Reed Sorenson and Justin Allgaier for national championships. Then I moved into Legends cars and raced with them a little and some new drivers as well. Did that until I was about sixteen then did some Late Model racing until that team fell apart.
TWR: What did you end up doing after that deal fell apart?
RE: I started looking for anyway to drive a race car that next year and some how wound up in road racing. We ran that for about five or six years and then the next thing I knew I was offered a start and park gig in the Nationwide series. Now I am a full-time Nationwide driver. You know I don’t even know how I got here, I even say that every day I don’t know how I got here but I am going to fight to stay in the series.
TWR: What made you even want to get into racing in the first place?
RE: I somehow knew before I was even born that I wanted to be a race car driver. My father was a racer and so was his father, so I was pretty much born into the sport. I don’t even know how I would have found it if I wasn’t born into. I mean I was sitting in race cars when I was only weeks old. When I was kid even I would sleep with like toy motorcycles instead of the typical stuffed animals so I would always wake up with this motorcycle imprinted on the side of my face. It’s all that I have ever wanted to do.