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IP2K McElrea

Hunter McElrea

#18 Pabst Racing


Birthdate: November 21, 1999
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Residence: Gold Coast, Australia
Website: HunterMcElrea.com
Twitter: @huntermcelrea
Instagram: @huntermcelrea
YouTube: Hunter McElrea
Facebook: Hunter McElrea


Giltrap Group / Doric NZ / Miles Advisory Partners / Highlands Motorsport Park / Bell Racing USA

Nationality: Dual United States/New Zealand citizenship

Languages spoken: English

Height/weight: 6’3” / 162 lbs.

Education: High School Graduate, Business CERT 3, Business Diploma

Hobbies: Running, cycling, fitness, jet skiing, sim racing

Favorite sports to watch: Any form of Motorsports, or watching the All Blacks (New Zealand's Rugby Team)

Charity work: I am a sports ambassador for Australian Youth Health Safety Program N2C (No Second Chance), encouraging young people to make smart decisions about their safety.

Guilty food pleasure: Sugar!

Favorite restaurant: IESCO (Italian Restaurant in Gold Coast Australia) or ETSU (Japanese Restaurant in Broadbeach Australia)

Pet peeve: When people are untidy

Driver training preferences: Cardio, some strength & conditioning and NECK TRAINING

Racing goal: Become an Indy 500 Winner & NTT IndyCar Series champion

Racing hero: Ayrton Senna

Career results:


  • Finished fifth in his rookie Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires season, with a late-season surge that saw him earn his first series victory in the finale at St. Petersburg
  • Ended the year with six podium finishes
  • Presented the series' Spirit Award, which is given to a driver or team who embodies the “heart of a champion” as they aspire to reach their goals


  • Finished an agonizingly close second in his rookie Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship season, only five points behind the champion
  • Earned four victories, five poles and a season-leading 12 podiums
  • Helped his Pabst Racing team capture their third straight Team Champion title


  • Won the Road to Indy $200k Shootout, earning a scholarship into the 2019 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship
  • Won the Australian Formula Ford Championship with a record-setting 13 wins, three pole positions and 16 podium finishes
  • Also earned two wins in six Victorian Formula Ford Fiesta Championship races and four wins in six New South Wales Formula Ford Fiesta Championship races


  • Finished fourth in the Australian Formula Ford Championship with two wins, two poles and 9 podium finishes in 17 races
  • Competed in the Victorian Formula Ford Fiesta Championship and the New South Wales Formula Ford Fiesta Championship


  • Earned six wins in six races in the Queensland Formula Ford Championship
  • Took six wins in eight races in the Queensland Formula Ford 1600 Series
  • Competed in 12 Australian Formula Ford Series races and three races of the Queensland Sports Car Championship


  • Earned a victory in his first car event, the Queensland Formula Ford Championship, going on to take two victories and a pole position in three races