Andy Pilgrim was born in the UK and came to the US in the early 1980’s as a computer programmer. He became a US citizen in 1998.
Andy is probably best known as a professional race driver
with over thirty years of experience. Andy has won 5
championships and 70 races so far in his professional
career. For 2020 he will be driving a Ferrari GT3 for the
Phillip Creighton Motorsports team in selected SVRA races,
while also looking for additional drives.
Andy is also a contributor to Automobile Magazine.
He tests production cars on road and track, writes stories,
plus produces videos about them.
Andy has a passion for traffic safety. For over 23 years he
has been speaking to students, parents with children of ALL
ages, educators and corporations about all aspects of traffic safety and how to combat the growing epidemic of distracted driving in the US. In 2008 Andy started The Traffic Safety Education Foundation as an official 501(c)3.
The foundation has released numerous educational videos over the last 5 years, including The Driving Zone 2, The Parent Driving Zone, Realities of Driving Today, Awareness Driving Techniques for Today and 4 public service announcements. Thousands of driver education teachers are using Andy’s videos in their classrooms. Numerous parents and grandparents are also using the videos to help their families be safer. All foundation education materials can be viewed on the foundation website.
The majority of parents need to understand; they are and always will be, the biggest influence on how their children drive. From the moment a child safety seat is turned around to face front, children learn driving habits and behaviors from watching parents drive.
Andy is currently a resident of Bowling Green, Kentucky and a US Citizen since 1998. He's a native of Nottingham, England. He moved from the UK to the US in 1981. After college, Andy became a computer programmer, working for Great Universal Stores (GUS) in the UK. He was hired by a US company in 1981 and moved to the US.
Andy founded Electronic Computer Services in 1989, Inc. (ECS). ECS was a computer consulting company based in Dania Beach, Florida. Andy sold the company in 2018.
In 2008, Andy started The Traffic Safety Education Foundation. The foundation's mission is to help educate new drivers, corporate employees, parents with children of all ages & teachers in the field of traffic safety.
Andy has been a professional race driver since 1984. For 2020, Andy is driving for the Phillip Creighton Motorsports team in a Ferrari GT3 race car. He is also looking for additional rides in SRO and IMSA.
Andy's foundation accomplishments include the creation of a huge wealth of innovative online (plus DVDs) educational material to help teachers, parents and corporate employees. He has also created a Mobility Curriculum to teach traffic safety to elementary and middle school children. Andy is nationally recognized innovator and expert in traffic safety, with dangers of distracted driving being his specialty.
The TSE Foundation has given away, by request, tens of thousands of DVDs. Andy has spoken at conferences, schools, universities & forums in more than 25 States, and the effort is growing.
As a professional race driver, Andy has 70 wins in 10 different professional series. His first pro podium was in August, 1984 in the Renault Cup Series. Andy's most recent podium was in August, 2018 while driving in the Pirelli World Challenge Championship. His 5 pro championship wins occurred in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005.
Some of Andy's major race accomplishments include:
3 Wins - Rolex 24hr At Daytona - 2004, 2002 & 1997
2 Wins - Petit Le Mans - 2000 & 2001
1 Win - 12 Hours of Sebring -1996
5 Podium finishes - 24 Hours of Le Mans -1997-2000-2001-2002-2003
In 2018, the Ford Motor Company presented Andy with a National Award in Washington D.C., for his innovative work in the field of traffic safety.
Andy is very proud that the #92 Mobil 1 Corvette he raced in 1991 is in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. as the only example of an American-built GT sports car and still has Andy’s name on the roof.
Racing World Record:
Andy finished 116 consecutive IMSA races without a DNF (Did Not Finish) between 7/19/92 and 9/19/98.