Aurora performing an original song in Tarrytown, NY.

Aurora Straus drove for the first time with Stevan McAleer right seat at 13 years old in a Spec Mazda Miata. With no prior karting experience, her quickly-developed passion for motorsports grew as she began wheel-to-wheel racing against all ages in 2014. At 15 years old, she competed in several International Trophy Cup and Skip Barber Series, racing Porsche Caymans and Mazda MX-5s. In 2015, she placed second in class in the PBOC 6-Hour Enduro at Sebring, and continued to drive competitively in endurance races across the country. Eager to get behind the wheel in a professional series, Aurora made her debut in the Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BF Goodrich in March 2015. After running a half season last year, she is making her name in the series another year, as well as in those above it: in her debut Continental Tire Series Challenge, Aurora drove her RS1 Porsche Cayman from 24th to 10th place, ultimately finishing in 8th. Currently, Straus is seeking opportunities to make the next step into her career in the Continental Tire Series.

Before Aurora dove into the motorsports industry, she had already flourished with her love of music. A piano player as of five years old, she quickly began performing and composing her own material, instrumental and vocal, by nine years old. An avid guitar and bass player as well, she now plays regularly in her school and restaurants in the area, and hopes to release an EP of original music in the coming months.

When she’s not burning rubber or playing guitar, Aurora tutors. In addition to continuing her racing and musical careers, she plans to pursue degrees in mechanical engineering and English literature.