His passion for speed and drive to succeed have led him to achieve a high level of driving experience by competing in difficult divisions, earning several wins and podium finishes since a very early age. During his latest race in May of this year at the F1000 Grand Prix of Motorsport in Canada, Ortiz, the youngest driver on the racetrack, finished in the top five.
Ortiz started racing go-karts at age 13. Since then, his sole focus has been to continue advancing in the motorsport world and one day become a Formula 1 driver. His strong commitment to racing has not, however, affected his performance at school. Recently recognized for his academic achievements, Ortiz is an outstanding student involved in various extracurricular activities including volunteer projects with Key Club and Ventana de los Sueños, a local charity that supports autism research.
Ortiz admits his family is part of the secret to his success. Racing is a family affair at the Ortiz’s household. His parents have committed not only longs hours to accompany him to his training sessions and races abroad, but also all of their savings, as the investment for each individual race can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Native to Cartagena, Colombia, mom and dad are immigrants who came to the United States chasing the American dream and are now very proud of their young man with big dreams.