Patrick Staropoli began 2013 as just a medical student at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He thought he was going to be chasing his dream of becoming a doctor but his world was spun around a track when he won the PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge, a reality television show for aspiring race car drivers. Staropoli won an opportunity to race in the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 Race as well as two more races after that.
Staropoli had been racing for more than ten years and always dreamed of racing in NASCAR. He was finally able to chase that dream this year while also balancing the rigorous schedule of medical school. Let’s take a look back at his wild year in a slideshow posted above.