He studied at Cornell University where he joined the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers' race car design team. His design team won the national championship twice, enhancing his love for racing.
In late February 2008, he was suspended from all NASCAR events for six races for having an illegal rear spoiler in the opening inspection on Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s race-car. He was fined $25,000 and placed on probation until December 31, 2008. He resigned from the team in July 2008.