Welcome to The Apex Hunter!

Hello all, I’m Sean LeRoux, the man behind the keyboard. I’m a 23-year-old senior at University of South Florida St. Petersburg and will be graduating with my BA in Communications – Journalism and Media Studies – this December. In my spare time I enjoy working on cars, driving cars, thinking about cars, photographing cars, and doing my part to support the Tampa Bay craft beer scene.

A picture of me from my trip to Georgia last June. I went with my close friend, Victor Wang, to photograph Formula Drift.

A picture of me from my trip to Georgia last June. I went with my close friend, Victor Wang, to photograph Formula Drift.

My unshakable desire for the thrill of speed has always had a major influence on my life. It all started with an electric ride-on police motorcycle I received for my third birthday. Surprisingly enough, the three mile-per-hour top speed didn’t keep me interested for very long.

Fast forward 20 years and the $200 piece of plastic has turned into a $20,000 piece of metal, and my land-speed record is now somewhere north of 170 miles per hour. I have owned multiple sports cars and motorcycles, traveled around the country shooting professional race events, and almost every friendship of mine has been formed, in some way, by my passion for anything automotive.

Recently, I have decided to take on the challenge of competitive racing. Having started with sanctioned autocross events, I plan to eventually move to larger-scale track days at road courses such as Firm, Sebring International Raceway and Palm Beach International Raceway. I plan to attend up to two autocross events a month and will take on a more serious track day once I buy myself a dedicated project car around the end of this year.

A candid photo of myself, sitting in my friend's 2014 Subaru BRZ awaiting the start of my first AutoX experience.

A candid photo of myself, sitting in my friend’s 2014 Subaru BRZ awaiting the start of my first AutoX experience.

This is the video of my fastest lap from the first autocross event I attended. I placed 6th out of the 50 drivers competing in the novice class. Did I mention that my first time driving this car was while rolling up to the starting grid? My 2013 Civic Si wouldn’t have been particularly competitive, so my close friend let me drive his STX Class prepped 2014 Subaru BRZ instead.

With this blog, I plan on documenting races I compete in, sharing my experiences at car events, discussing vehicles available on the consumer level, and keeping up to date with all of my automotive photography and videography ventures. To all that plan to follow me on this journey, welcome, and happy racing.

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