Thursday, March 17 2016 @ 12:26 PM EDT
Contributed by: ACT Staff
Unbuckled: Getting to Know Brett Gervais
Driver of the #11NH Gervais Ace Hardware Chevrolet
Hometown: Island Pond, VT
2015 Season: Finished 10th in Thunder Road Late Model points
What are your favorite off-season hobbies?
I like to snowmobile in the winter. That was a little hard this winter, as you can imagine, but I try to get out there a lot. I’m not much of a skier – I’m from Vermont, but I usually just stick to snowmobiling. I’ve also been at college for the past four years, so that keeps me busy throughout the off-season.
Where do you go to school? What are your plans after graduation?
I go to the University of New Hampshire (UNH) for Mechanical Engineering. I’m a senior this year, and I’m currently applying to jobs and going to interviews. I’ve gotten a few leads, so I’m weighing my options there. I’m definitely looking to go into the job force; I’m not really looking at graduate school yet. I’m looking to further my career in that and hopefully transform my engineering career to be more about my hobbies, such as racing.
What is your biggest life accomplishment?
I think I’ve had many great accomplishments on and off the track. This past season, racing-wise, I got fourth in the Vermont Governor’s Cup and second in the Labor Day Classic, and it was really cool to be out there racing with the big dogs. It was a real stepping stone towards being one of those guys who’s always at the front. Being in that company with those big names is huge, and I’d say that’s a big accomplishment in itself. Of the track, I’ve had many successful internships; I worked at a place called Klüber Lubrication and did a lot projects for them, and they treated me really well and let me race in the summertime during the week. And that was while keeping good grades and everything else. With everything I do, I work my hardest, because I think you succeed in nearly everything you work hard at.