Aidan Yoder - racing for mental health ambassador
Meet R4MH Ambassador Aidan Yoder
July 21, 2023

Aidan began racing karts at age 11 at the Los Angeles Karting Championship. Quickly progressing through the ranks, he was the youngest driver on the grid at the SKUSA SuperNationals 21 in X30 Senior.

At age 14, he transitioned to cars in the F4 United States Championship. After setting fast laps and pole positions, he contested in the inaugural Yacademy Winter Series Championship in 2020, finishing on the podium in all 6 races to secure the championship.

Switching to sports cars, Aidan competed in the 2021 World Racing League season where he won the Mid-West, Eastern, and overall National Championships, standing on the top step at the first 24 hour continuous race at Sebring International Raceway and 3 other podiums.

2022 expanded Aidan’s footprint while racing in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Championship. Competing with international racing champions and past Formula One drivers, he and co-driver Jordan Missig finished as the highest American drivers at the 2022 Lamborghini World Finals in Portimão, Portugal.

Aidan managed a successful racing career while attending a traditional public high school, where he played trombone and led the award-winning marching band as their Head Drum Major. Passionate about helping others, he mentored new students through the school’s Link Program and completed a year-long training in the national Peer Listener program. The program fueled Aidan’s passion for mentoring and provided an opportunity to advocate for mental health as he provided peer counseling support for students.

As with so many others, being quarantined at the end of high school took a significant toll on Aidan’s mental health. Transitioning from the isolation of quarantine to in-person learning at a new university setting, along with the rigors of travel in the motorsports industry, became overwhelming at times. As the pace of “regular life” returned, Aidan struggled to manage day to day tasks and remembers attempting to bottle up his feelings. With the encouragement of his family, he experienced how talking about it and sharing his feelings let him realize he wasn’t alone and that it’s okay to feel “not okay.”

Aidan became involved with the university’s chapter of Active Minds, an organization dedicated to empowering students to create a comfortable environment for open discussion of mental health issues. There are many resources available to help get through tough times, and sometimes people just need a little help to get help. Aidan continues to advocate for mental health awareness among his peers on campus.

A racing driver at heart, Aidan is excited to join the R4MH team and for the unique opportunity to talk about his commitment to mental health awareness with his passion for racing.