Aurora has a passion for automotive racing, music, and teaching. And while she continues to pursue and challenge herself in each of these passions, nothing defines Aurora better than her love of sharing these passions with others.
At 13 and with no prior karting experience, Aurora drove a Mazda Miata for the first time with Stevan McAleer, Mazda MX-5 Cup 2013 and IMSA Continental Tire ST 2015 Champion. At 15, she competed in several International Trophy Cup and Skip Barber Series events, racing Porsche Caymans and Mazda MX-5s. In January 2015, she placed second in class at Sebring International Raceway in the PBOC 6-Hour Enduro. Eager to get behind the wheel in a professional series, Aurora made her debut in the Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich in March 2015. After running a half-season in 2015, Aurora completed the full 2016 MX-5 Cup season. In July, 2016, at age 17, Aurora also made her debut in another professional series,IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, as its youngest driver. At Watkins Glen, she drove the #18 RS1 Porsche from 24th to 9th place, ultimately finishing 8th with co-driver Justin Piscitell. In 2017, Aurora is competing in the #18 ModSpace RS1 Porsche for the entire season with co-driver Connor Bloum.
Before Aurora dove into motorsports, she had already flourished with her love of music. Born with perfect pitch, she quickly began performing and composing her own material, instrumental and vocal, by nine years old. An avid piano, guitar, and bass player, she now plays regularly in her school and restaurants in the area.
When she’s not burning rubber or playing guitar, Aurora loves teaching and sharing. Sheleads the tutoring program at Hackley High School where she mentors peers and young students, as well as connecting other tutors to the right students. Aurora also teaches music at various programs where students help instruct at underprivileged schools, like Change for Kid’s program at PS81. Her love for teaching and sharing extends to her passion for racing as well: you’ll often find young racefans, especially girls,drawn to Aurora – where she insists that they sit in her racecar and follow their own dreams.
Aurora will graduate from high school in 2017 and was accepted to Harvard University’s class of 2021. She plans to pursue degrees in both mechanical engineering and English literature.