DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 8, 2015) – Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama driver Jeff Mosing started his year with a few thrills, one of which came before the season opener at Sebring International Raceway.
Mosing and his wife, Yuliya, welcomed their daughter, Nina, into the world a few weeks before Sebring. Nina is Mosing’s fourth child and his wife’s first. Mosing is a Lafayette, Louisiana, native who lives in Austin, Texas.
Though Mosing has experience at being a dad, he admits that just like each of his kids, little Nina has him wrapped around her finger.
“There’s been an adjustment period of getting back into racing and having a baby,” Mosing said. “She was born four or five weeks before Sebring, so it’s hard to leave the wife I love and my little girl back home.
“But I wouldn’t say that it’s had an affect on my racing. I don’t really have the new parent anxiety. Bringing a little girl into the world is something very special. When I call home from the track, I always have to ask how she slept and how she’s doing.”
Like many other new parents, the Mosings find it easy to spoil their daughter. But while most are buying playhouses and dresses, car fanatic Mosing took it one step further by already buying his daughter’s “Sweet 16” gift — a 25th anniversary edition of the Mazda MX-5, the same type of car in which Mosing began his professional driving career.
“I plan to teach her to drive in it,” Mosing said. “I’m going to make sure she has the same enthusiasm as her dad. But really, if she wants to go to school and be a scientist or ride a unicycle and be a clown, I’ll certainty give her support.”
Nina Mosing’s first taste of race action may come this year. The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series visits Mosing’s home track, Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 18-19.
Welcoming a new child is one of the many reasons Mosing stands by his motto, “Drive Yourself Happy.”
Found on the back of Mosing’s Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car is the trademarked motto originally created for his business, Mosing Motorcars, which buys and sells collectable vehicles. Being an enthusiast who enjoys cars for their unique nuances, he found the saying fit what he felt when he got behind the wheel of any vehicle.
“I’ve been through a lot over the past five years,” Mosing said. “In five years, I have had a divorce, remarried and welcomed a new baby girl into my life. I went from lows to highs. To me, it is a reminder that no matter what, you can hop in a car and alter your mood.
“To me, driving is not just something I enjoy: It is a mood-altering experience. I have a motley crew of misfit cars back at my office. Each of them has a different meaning to me, and that’s why I like them. At the end of the day, I always say, ‘If it’s not fun, don’t do it. You need to enjoy yourself.’”
One of the places where Mosing most enjoys himself is on track. It’s why he has chosen to continue in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series for a second season, still balancing in his Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge efforts with driver coach Eric Foss.
During Rounds 1 and 2 last month at Sebring, Mosing finished on the podium twice. In Round 1, Mosing capitalized on a costly move made by Sebastian Landy and took home the win. In Round 2, Mosing finished second after he was unable to create a gap on Landy as they raced side-by-side, turn for turn.
“Sebring isn’t a track suited to my driving characteristic, necessarily,” Mosing said. “Luckily Eric got me up to speed. Usually there isn’t too big of a difference between our times, but Sebring took a little work to get there.
“I’m racing a lot of the same guys as last year. I know Sebastian Landy from my days in the SCCA. He’s a good guy, and it’s good to race against him again. (Michael) Levitas, (David) Ducote and Landy are all great guys and great competitors. They’re fun to race against.”
Mosing and the rest of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama field will be back in action April 10-12 at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana, as part of the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana weekend. Race 1 takes place at 2:25 p.m. (CT) Saturday, April 11. Race 2 will take place at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, April 12.
For updates on the race, follow @IMSALive on Twitter or timing and scoring at scoring.imsa.com.
Delayed television coverage of the NOLA rounds will be provided on major network affiliates in more than 50 U.S. markets by Sinclair Broadcast Group on the weekend of April 25-26. Check local listings or visit IMSA.com for availability in specific markets. The broadcast also will be available on YouTube after it airs on television.