A third-generation race car driver is rare. A third-generation car salesman who sells the cars he professionally races? Even more rare.
Corey Fergus grew up at the track, following his dad - former professional driver John Fergus - from race to race. The 'race baby' attended his first race when he was just eight days old. Thirteen years later, someone at the track asked him when he was getting into racing.
"I was like, 'Well, that's a good question," Fergus said. "My parents really let me decide if I wanted to race or not because I was involved in a ton of sports."
The then 13-year-old raced karts until he was 16. From there, he moved on to racing in an open cockpit Sports 2000 where he competed against his own dad for seven years.
"I had my mentor and my biggest competitor on my team," Fergus said. "It was role reversal; I traveled all around the country watching my dad, then I raced with him for seven years, and now he follows me around the country watching me race.
"It's a real family thing for us. My mom also raced in vintage for a bit and had some fun with that. She's watched my dad and I race together and that was the most nervous seven years of her life - her only two boys on the track together."
Now, at 28, Fergus already has two prominent sports car championships under his belt.
The slogan on Fergus' No. 00 USLED/Byers/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup car reads, 'Byers Porsche: We race what we sell.'
Said Fergus: "The dealership really got on board with me racing. Traveling to races and being off work is part of the deal and my general manager is extremely supportive; actually, that's an understatement - he is so on board with this program and they love that I race.Not only does Fergus get the pleasure of racing and competing in a Porsche, he also sells them. When he's not competing at the race track, Fergus is a Porsche Brand Ambassador at Byers Porsche dealership in Columbus, Ohio. In fact, Byers Porsche recently bought Fergus' 2017 GT3 Cup Car for him to race in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series.
"I bring something different to the dealership that nobody else does - I'm the only Porsche seller who races at the professional level in the United States."
Fergus frequently meets customers at Porsche Club of America (PCA) events at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
"It really separates Byers from the rest of the dealerships. Customers almost feel like they're part of the Byers Porsche team. It's like a VIP experience for them."
Fergus' passion for cars runs deep as his grandfather and great uncle were one of the original five distributors for Volkswagen in the United States, and his father also sold cars - making him a third-generation car salesman.
The ambitious driver is looking forward to the 2017 season and racing within Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama for the first time.
"International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) is super competitive and I think it's a great fit for me," Fergus said. "My dad and I have always had a very high opinion of David Moore's program with Moorespeed and this year, things just fell together in the right way."
Austin, Texas-based Moorespeed, founded in 1991, is owned by David and Chris Moore. David Moore has more than 25 years of experience as a race engineer, team manager and crew chief, and serves as the GT3 Cup Challenge Team Manager.
Legendary driver Price Cobb, the 1990 24 Hours of Le Mans Champion and four-time winner of the prestigious Porsche Cup, will serve as Fergus' primary coach. Along with Moore and Cobb, Porsche factory driver Patrick Pilet will also assist the Moorespeed team this season.
"We are very excited about Corey joining our team and the opportunity he has for a championship this season," Moore said. "Everyone on our Moorespeed team believes that we have a legitimate shot for both Corey and his teammate, Will Hardeman, to make a run. We want them to race each other hard for the top step of the podium all season. It is our goal to see them in first and second place at the end of the 2017 season."
Moorespeed is rapidly becoming known as a premier driver development program in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama.
Fergus' teammate Hardeman, of Austin, Texas, made his full-season racing debut in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama in the Platinum Cup class in March 2015 under the direction of Moorespeed. The then rookie driver persevered and learned through a fast, intense regimen of training and testing in race cars with Moore and Cobb, much like Fergus will do during his 2017 season.
Fergus' No. 00 entry is sponsored by USLED, a lighting company based in Houston, Texas, Aero, a paint technology company that wrapped his Porsche GT3 Cup car and of course, Byers Porsche.
"These three sponsors have completely made this 2017 race season possible for me and I'm very fortunate," Fergus said.
"I'm really looking forward to continuing my relationship with Porsche," Fergus said. "These cars are absolutely amazing. Plus, I'm excited for some close and competitive racing this year.
"My goal is to win another championship and I know it'll be a long, hard road but I think that's possible with Moorespeed."