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Pensive Freelancer

Henry Morse

Biography


Henry was born into a motorsports family in 2000. Raised southern California's Redondo Beach, he grew up around his father Benjamin who won a dozen championships racing mostly motorcycles, and his grandfather Stephen who won the FIM US Grand Prix 200cc class at Daytona in 1965, among countless other motorsports events. Starting at age 5, Henry raced pocket bikes until age 9, achieving consistent podium finishes, when he transitioned to indoor electric karting in the name of safety. At age 10 he won his local indoor kart track's Teen Cup championship, the first of his 13 championships in motorsports. At age 11 he debuted in outdoor karting at the Calspeed Super Series in Fontana, California, the world's largest arrive-and-drive karting series which has hosted 90-120 driver fields for a decade. In this series he cut his teeth, becoming the youngest podium finisher ever, youngest winner ever, and was the winningest driver of the 2016 season despite missing 2 rounds. At age 13 Henry made his first start in an open-wheel two stroke kart, eventually going on to win the 2013 GoKartWorld EuroKart series, the 2014 Jim Hall Kart Racing School in a rental 100cc kart against privately owned and maintained machinery, the 2015 So-Cal Rotax Challenge, and the Grand National Champion's title at the 2017 International Karting Federation's Sprint Grand Nationals Senior LO206 Heavy class. Henry also was the ROTY runner-up in the 2015 Los Angeles Karting Championship 125cc Senior class and 2015 SuperKarts!USA Semi-Pro Shifter class. In 2016, at age 15, Henry participated in the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car B category in a Mazda2 managed by Hale Motorsports, finishing 3rd on debut at Circuit of the Americas. He went on to stand on the podium another 6 times, including standing on the top step at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and Laguna Seca where he set the class lap record in qualifying, ending the season 3rd overall in points and ROTY. In 2017, Henry won the Mitjet Series USA Sprint Championship with 6 wins, 6 poles, and 10 podium finishes from 10 starts. He also participated in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill and finished 2nd in by far the most competitive class (more than 2x entries of the next largest class). This season Henry also got 3rd in the Los Angeles Karting Championship LO206 class and won the most races all season. The following year he ranked 3rd in the KA100 class despite missing half the season. Since 2017, he has not participated in a full racing season due to focus on academics. However, in 2019 he participated in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill once more in the top class driving a Pescarolo 02 Le Mans Prototype powered by a 550-hp LS3 V8, gaining invaluable experience in the rain with zero electronic driver assists or roof. Henry is a certified "goober" when it comes to the iRacing service and can frequently be seen starting Miata, Radical, Street Stock, or really any type of race as far back as possible to have fun passing people and not really caring as much about where he finishes as he should.



 

VW Jetta Cup powered by GT Omega


Season 2


Starts: 16

Podiums: 3

Highest Grid: 3 (x2)

Highest Finish: 1 (x3)

Fastest Laps: 1

Standings: 12th



Season 1


Starts: 22

Podiums: 13

Highest Grid: 1 (x2)

Highest Finish: 1 (x5)

Fastest Laps: 2

Standings: 3rd



 

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