Braden Eves is a 20-year-old racing driver, entrepreneur, and brand ambassador. This is a brief look at his life and what brought him to where he is today in the racing world.
Braden has grown up living the racing life, starting in karting at age six. Aspiring to be the best racer in the country, he worked his way up, winning his first club championship in 2011 and continuing his development by competing in regional and national championships as he began his teen years. He was widely regarded as the most-improved driver throughout his first national championship season. After failing to qualify for his first national race at Daytona, he improved consistently, winning his first national race a year later in a field of 42 drivers at age 12.
Braden moved up into the older and more skilled junior class for ages 12-15 the following
season. Most drivers consider their first year in the Junior category a learning year, as they
develop their skills to compete with the older and more experienced drivers.
Braden impressed everyone in his second junior race, qualifying 1st in a field of 30 drivers.
He continued to develop his skills and progress for the remainder of the 2013 season.
Braden was then able to join J3 Competition, a team of the highest caliber, which proved to
be a valuable connection later in his career. With the support of J3, Braden displayed his
skills in the fall of 2013 at the SKUSA Supernationals, an international karting race.
The 2014 season was a breakthrough year for Braden in the national championship standings. He finished as vice-champion of the United States Pro Kart Championship Series, finishing on the podium in all but one race during the season, demonstrating the consistency that is an extremely valuable trait for a racing driver. As the season came to an end, J3 Competition launched their CompKart racing chassis. J3 chose Braden as their official race team driver for the Junior category, sponsoring him with race chassis as well as helping him compete in more international series. Braden qualified 4th in his debut with CompKart at the SKUSA Supernationals, where he competed against an international field of 88 drivers including world champions and national champions from many countries.
Braden moved up to the highest level of karting competition in the Senior category
and impressed immediately, just as he did during the transition from Cadet to Junior.
He qualified 1st in his first race in the Senior category, then repeated this effort at his
next race, qualifying 1st again. Braden consistently finished in the top 5 during his
first Senior season. Toward the end of 2015, Braden was contacted by IndyCar driver
Jay Howard, who offered him a spot on his Driver Development team, with the goal
of taking Braden from karting into Formula car racing.
Jay Howard Driver Development
From late 2015 to mid-2018, Braden worked with IndyCar driver Jay Howard. Jay coached Braden on the skills he has acquired throughout his own career both on and off the track. Jay helped Braden to win his first national karting race in the Senior category, as well as coaching him to two national championships in 2017. Jay launched his Formula 4 United States Championship team in 2017, and Braden joined it for three race weekends that season. Braden once again impressed everyone at the track, as he finished every race in his first weekend inside the top 4, including 2nd and 3rd place finishes. Braden followed this outstanding debut with his first win during his second race weekend in F4 U.S. Braden continued to race with Jay Howard Driver Development for the first half of the 2018 F4 U.S. Championship season, before deciding to split ways to focus on different series.
After competing in the three rounds of the F4 U.S. Championship, Braden decided to
focus his efforts into getting seat time in different series, competing in the Formula Race
Promotions F1600 Championship Series. He won on debut, and finished 1st in two of the
three races, and placed 2nd in the other. He then tested a U.S. F2000 car and competed in
the penultimate round of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Series Powered by Mazda.
Impressing all in his series debut Qualifying 4th and placing 6th in the two races of the weekend.
Braden then competed in the prestigous Team USA Scholarship shootout at Road America, after getting nominated earlier in the year. He was selected to represent Team USA in England, although he was not able to accept due to a medical procedure.
Braden graduated from Gahanna Lincoln High School in 2018, graduating with a 3.9 GPA despite missing an average of 25 school days each year for racing. Braden was also a member of the highly selective DECA program at his high school, a nationally recognized program in which students learn marketing skills and compete at different levels, each time trying to pass through to the next level. He won his district competition and placed 3rd of 30 in state competitions which allowed the top 4 to pass on to nationals. He then placed top 2 in his heat of 11 teams, making him an international finalist at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. He tested in the top 4% of all SAT test takers and was offered many scholarships to colleges across the country. Making the decision to pursue racing rather than taking on college at this point, he has been focusing 100% of his time on racing and developing his marketing skills, as well as improving his physical fitness every day in the gym and keeping his driving skills sharp with daily sessions on the simulator. Braden is currently pursuing long term partnerships, working to elevate the marketing program of different brands in order to support his racing career.