Five Questions for Peter
Q: How and when did you get started racing?
Peter Terting: I started racing when I was six years old driving karts, My father had a go-kart and I often went with him to his races. I always wanted to drive, and eventually he let me. I was always interested in racing as my father had always worked in the sport. I was exposed to it at a young age.
He made me wait awhile before my first race. I did get to drive, but only in practice situations. I could have raced earlier, but my dad wanted to wait until I was going to be competitive. So when the first race rolled around, I was ready to go. Needless to say I won!
Growing up, there was a DTM team based in my home town. As a young racer, that was always my dream. F1 seemed far away, and touring cars were what I focused on. I never knew if Iwas good enough to race professionally but I just kept trying. Winning the German karting championship was a big step toward that dream.
Q: What kind of cars have you raced? Any favorites?
PT: I’ve driven karts, touring cars, open wheel, DTM, sports cars, front wheel drive, rear wheel drive, four wheel drive… basically every kind of car out there! I really enjoyed the WTCC car. I was quite successful in them, and I had a lot of support from the team.
Q: What event that you have competed in did you enjoy the most?
PT: The race that I enjoyed most is the Grand Prix of Macau. It is a 7km long street circuit that is just spectacular and challenging. The atmosphere is amazing too. Many of the great names in motorsport have driven Macau and it was thrilling to get to race there.
Q: After your successes in Europe, why are you interested in racing in North America?
PT: I want to continue my career in the USA for many reasons. My fiancé Katherine (Legge) opened my eyes to the racing here. It is one of the only things I have not yet done in my career, and there is a fantastic atmosphere and aura about North American motorsport. There are also some fantastic tracks that I’d like to try my hand at.
Q: What are your greatest strengths as a racing driver? What do you want to improve?
PT: I give 100% in the car no matter what. I fight hard. I am good at car setup and a strong team player. But mostly, I can hustle the race car to a good finish.
There are always areas to improve and learn new things, and I hope to become a more well-rounded race driver.