Interview by: Lina Neaga | @linaneaga | Photography: Eames Alexander | @thisiseames
SKYN: So Daniel, tell our SKYN subscribers what you do exactly.
DANIEL: I currently race for Policaro Motorsports and Porsche Centre Oakville in the Porsche GT3 Cup Series, also acting as their Brand Ambassador alongside Jonathan Bernier of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Sebastian Giovinco of Toronto FC. During the off-season, which is generally from October to April, I am the Performance Brand Ambassador for Audi Canada. But that’s not all! I’m also mentoring and coaching a young, talented, up and coming driver in karting. All of that together keeps me extremely busy!
SKYN: It`s not a career people talk about everyday but it certainly is fascinating! What got you interested in motorsports?
DANIEL: This is probably the first question that everybody asks when they find out what I do. When I was 7 years old, I joined a local hockey skills camp. My uncle was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks and played pro hockey for 20 years. My mom didn’t want me to lose my teeth in hockey, so one day; my dad went indoor karting with some friends. He thought it would be a fun toy for my 8th birthday. Shortly after, we joined a local kart club called Goodwood Kartways. Before we knew it, I had won 13 national karting championships across North America from age 9 to 15.
SKYN: You must have been the coolest kid in your class! Tell us about winning the 2010 World Championship in the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Italy.
DANIEL: After I graduated into car racing at 15 years old, I always felt like something was missing on my resumé. I never had the chance to compete in the World Championships and represent Canada. There is a hilarious story that is attached to this one. Most people have seen it one way or another but you know what they say, any publicity is good publicity. I will let you watch the video, laugh a little, then I will explain it.
DANIEL: As you can see from this picture, as I crossed the finish line, the tie rod connecting the steering system to the tires snapped. It was incredibly lucky that it only broke just as I crossed the line. It made for one memorable World Championship. One thing people can’t take away is the fact that I won it, and I can call myself a World Champion. That is something that will stay with me forever.
SKYN: It`s always great to finish with a ‘bang’. Haha. How did you become affiliated with Porsche Centre Oakville?
DANIEL: Just one week before the first race of the Porsche GT3 Cup, Alegra Motorsport, a team based out of Florida, signed me to race for them. A mutual friend heard of the news and quickly put me in touch with Porsche Centre Oakville. It really made sense on the business side to get together and launch their motorsport program. The partnership was seamless. They’ve treated me like family from day one. I guess we didn't have too bad of a first year either, winning at the biggest event of the year at the Toronto Indy and winning the Porsche GT3 Cup Team Championship in our first year.
SKYN: You`re a role model for your friends and I`m sure other kids aspiring to have a career like yours. What would you say to someone wanting to enter into the industry?
DANIEL: Motorsports is a tricky industry. I would say, if you want to get involved, do it through somebody that has experience doing it. It is a very complex industry, but can be very rewarding if done correctly.
SKYN: Who has inspired you the most in your career?
DANIEL: There is one moment that jumps to my mind right away. I attended my first motorsport event in 1998 at the Toronto Indy, I was incredibly excited and wanted to meet all of the drivers. Some drivers wouldn't sign autographs or take pictures. I mean, I was only 8 years old so naturally, I was incredibly hurt by that. Those are the people who made me who I am today. I vowed to never make a kid feel the way I did when I was 8! In terms of inspiration and support, my parents have been incredible. Without their support, I would not be where I am today. I owe everything to them
SKYN: Tell us about what you hope to accomplish in 2016?
DANIEL: In 2015, Porsche Motorsport took notice of my performance and invited me to a private evaluation. They will be monitoring my performance in 2016. I would like to earn the opportunity to try out for their factory race team. In 2015, I also drove for Sofina Foods and Samsung in Europe, so it would be awesome to be invited back to race for them.
SKYN: What keeps you motivated to achieve these goals?
DANIEL: I’m a very competitive person by nature. Nobody motivates me more than myself. I just want to be the best that I can possibly be, all the time.
SKYN: How will you know when you have achieved your goals? What does success look like to you?
DANIEL: Success means that you are operating at your peak personal performance. If you can control and master your part of the equation, success and results are a byproduct of that.
SKYN: Tell us something random about yourself.
DANIEL: I’m a very good cook, I think… Haha.
SKYN: What`s something you can cook well?
DANIEL: You name it, I cook it! I love grilling, so when it comes to BBQ, that`s where I really excel. I do have a delicate side as well.
SKYN: What is one thing you find attractive in a woman?
DANIEL: I am what you would call a sapiosexual. That means that I am attracted to intelligence.
SKYN: You must be in a relationship with a pretty smart lady, then. What is the most romantic thing you have ever done for your girlfriend?
DANIEL: Recently, I completely redecorated and refurnished her place while she was visiting her parents back in France. She had no clue about it. When I brought her home after her trip, she opened the door and started crying. At first, I thought she hated it because she was crying, but I quickly realized that they were tears of joy! I think it is safe to say that she likes my taste in decor.
SKYN: That is so sweet! I`m sure you got extra boyfriend points for that. What is the most important lesson you have learned about being in a relationship?
DANIEL: Trust and communication are key. All you need is a side of fries and it’s a happy meal!
SKYN: Funny man, Dan! Haha. What would you like to be remembered as?
DANIEL: The nice guy that made it.
SKYN: Thanks for chatting with us Daniel, we wish you the best in your career!
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Interview by: Lina Neaga | @linaneaga
Photography: Eames Alexander | @thisiseames
Editor-in-chief: Ashley Hassard | @thehassard
As seen on Daniel:
Watch: Tag Heuer Carrera $7,900 | Race Suit: Adidas $2,500 | Arai Helmet w/ Design | Helmet Designs: $7,500
Car: 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup $400,000 | Trophy: World Championship $Priceless
Sponsors / Special thanks to:
Porsche Centre Oakville | Policaro Automotive Family | Alegra Motorsport | Adidas Motorsport | VIAGP
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