Grist, from Grimsby, Ontario, spent 10 years racing karts, before moving onto Formula Ford in Ontario and Quebec, where he set a new track record at Canadian Motorsports Park. The former F1600 Formula F driver is a Derek Daly Academy driver, and was also selected as a Team Canada Racing scholarship winner in 2012.
Outside of the track, Grist devotes much of his racing effort supporting SickKids Hospital in Toronto. Each year he allows the hospital's patients to submit helmet drawings, he then chooses one drawing to be worn during a race. The helmet featuring the winning design is then auctioned off to support the hospital's initiatives.
Hobbies: Playing basketball, working out, traveling, hanging with friends
Snapshot: I love watching sports, all sports, especially NBA basketball. My favorite team is the OKC Thunder because they have Kevin Durant. I like basketball because for me it is a real challenge. No one expects a short guy to be good at basketball so that motivates me. Once my racing took off I had to stop playing travel basketball as I missed too many games and practices. I play every chance I get. Hoops anyone?
Racing goal: To continue to learn and improve and win races.
Racing hero: Kimi Raikkonen because he drives the wheels off the car every time.
My fitness routine includes: Lots of basketball and weights
Any pre-race rituals or superstitions: Always eat a bowl of Mac and Cheese before a race.
The one talent I wish I had: I wish I could play an instrument. I have no musical talent whatsoever. I mean zero.
An interesting note about me: A lot of people think I look like Cody Simpson. I have been asked for my picture so many times by screaming teenage girls. It’s kind of funny and freaky at the same time.
2014: Recorded three pole positions (Lucas Oil Raceway and both Houston events) and two victories (Lucas Oil Raceway and Mid-Ohio) in an impressive Pro Mazda rookie season.
2013: Finished third in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda and earned Rookie of the Year honors … claimed one win, three additional podiums and one pole position… recorded seven top-five finishes and three fastest race laps.
2012: Finished fourth in the F1600 Formula F Series, driving for Bryan Herta Autosport ... claimed three podium finishes and seven top-10 results ... competed in the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch in England after winning the Team Canada Racing Scholarship ... also raced at the Walter Hayes Trophy Formula Ford race at Silverstone, finishing eighth in the Grand Final.
2011: Competed in the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge, claiming three wins and 10 top-10 finishes ... also contested six races in the Quebec Formula Tour, claiming a win and three podium finishes. Broke the track record at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
2010: Won the Western Canadian Challenge Junior Rotax Championship. Went to Italy on Team Canada.
2001-2009: Began racing karts at age 6 ... voted Inside Track Magazine Kart Racer of the Year in 2009. 2009 Rotax Max Jr Canadian National Champion. Went to Egypt for Team Canada.