Motorsports enthusiast Rodin Younessi has raced vehicles and motorcycles for years and has even invested in some of the nation’s highest-volume Lamborghini and Harley-Davidson dealerships. In his career, he was selected to compete in many top competitions such as the Le Mans 24-hour race, the Baltimore Sports Car Challenge, and the 2013 Blancpain Endurance series.
While professionally pursuing law or studying science, Rodin Younessi always held firm to his passion for racing and motorsports. Since an early age, he raced in various competitions driving both motorcycles and cars. Years later, he pursued his passions to world-renowned competitions where he was permitted to drive specialty vehicles such as Formula 1 cars and McLarens.
Racing is at Rodin Younessi’s core, and it shows in his various motorsport accomplishments. He’s earned many top distinctions, including being the first American to compete in prestigious international races and the first to drive specific vehicles.
After demonstrating his worth during a number of national competitions, Rodin Younessi was selected to become the second American driver to complete the line-up for 2013’s Le Mans 24 Hours race, which is a high-endurance and specialized race.
“I am overwhelmed by the opportunity I’ve been given to competing in the 90th Anniversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans; the feeling is surreal,” Rodin Younessi said of his selection. “I am grateful for the faith, confidence, and the once in a lifetime opportunity that Boutsen Ginion Racing has given me to be at the helm of their LMP2 car.”
In 2012, Performance Tech Motorsports recruited Rodin Younessi to be a part of a racing team alongside Raphael Matos in the year’s team driver line up. Together, Younessi and Matos competed in the 2012 Baltimore Grand Prix presented by SRT and demonstrated complimentary racing talent. The challenge took to the streets of Baltimore, Maryland for a two-hour competition that included 67 laps of the 3.3 kilometer-circuit, and a total racing distance of 218 kilometers.
Rodin Younessi was also selected as one of the only Americans to compete in the 2013 Blancpain Endurance Series, which is a tremendous achievement. The Blancpain Endurance race of 2013 began in Monza, Italy and ended months later in Nurburgring, Germany (featuring tracks along the way such as Silverstone and Circuit Paul Ricard). Each of the five rounds totaled around three hours of racing time––not including the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and the 1000 km Nürburgring events.
Rodin Younessi was selected to pilot the McLaren 12C GT3 during the Endurance Series race, and he split the driving responsibilities with Austrian Philipp Eng. Mr. Younessi was the first American ever to drive the McLaren 12C GT3 for the race.
He’s made a major name for himself in racing and continues to compete in esteemed competitions around the world as well as support the motorsports industry through ownership and managing of various dealerships.