Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, Nate Adams stumbled upon freestyle motocross as many others do, from motocross racing. Switching over to freestyle, Nate instantly found success in IFMA events and after only one year as a pro, he was crowned the World Freestyle Motocross Champion in 2002. Today Nate has become one of the best freestyle motocross riders in the world. Since achieving the 2002 World Freestyle Motocross Title, Nate has focused hius aim on becoming the best freestyler in the world. Despite winning numerous events during his early professional years, there was one title that Adams couldn’t seem to conquer: the illustrious X Games Gold. Finally in 2004, Adams took home the one title that had eluded him and joined the freestyle elite.
With that X Games Gold medal under his belt, Adams continued to take on the competition headfirst. He has claimed multiple titles and podium finishes in competitions including AST Dew Tour, Red Bull X Fighters, and securing double gold medals at the 2011 X Games FMX and Speed & Style. Nate is on a level of his own. His high level of technicality and difficulty with his tricks gives him the edge over nearly any other competing athlete. Nate has continued to maintain the high standard he sets for himself with a gold medal and three bronze medals in the 2013 International X Games stops. Nate has also graced the covers of numerous industry magazines as well as being a featured athlete in the ESPN X Games and NBC Dew Tour commercials.
JR Hildebrand, hailed as the most talented young American driver in open-wheel racing, passed on an opportunity to attend the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to pursue a career in motorsports, and since graduating from high school as a National Merit Scholar, he’s skyrocketed up the open-wheel racing ladder; quickly moving from karts to the Cooper Tires Formula Ford 2000 championship, to a seventh-place finish in the Toyota Atlantic Championship and then to Firestone Indy Lights, where he captured his first career victory at Kansas Speedway in 2008 in his second ever start on an oval track. The following year he dominated in Indy Lights, capturing four victories and six poles en route to a decisive championship crown. The following year he made his IZOD IndyCar Series debut with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, making his first start at Mid-Ohio and later at Infineon Raceway, within the shadows of his hometown, where he ran as high as fourth and set the fastest lap of the race.
With immense on-track talent and maturity well beyond his years, Hildebrand quickly rose to the top of Panther’s list of driver candidates at the end of the 2010 season. A two-day test in December of 2010 at the challenging Phoenix International Raceway under the watchful eye of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. was more than enough to convince Panther team owner John Barnes that the young Californian was the next pilot to take over the reins of the No. 4 National Guard entry, following in the footsteps of other Panther drivers like Scott Goodyear, Sam Hornish Jr., Tomas Scheckter, Vitor Meira and Dan Wheldon.
JR is currently working with MIT on a STEM based curriculum for 9th - 12th graders. He also recently got married to his longtime girlfriend Kristin Paine.