Twenty-Two-year-old Mason Filippi has always had speed and racing is in his DNA. Mason grew up loving the art of racing. (His father and grandpas are also lovingly referred to as Gear Heads in the family). It all started when Mason began to watch and attend Motocross, Arena Cross, Nascar, and Short Track events with his father. At the age of four Mason began to ride dirt bikes, Ricky Carmichael was his idol. His first dirt bike was a Honda 50. For many years Mason and his father biked adventurous tracks and trails.
Mason's love for speed and racing grew. To quench that thirst for racing and competition, at age 11, they purchased a couple of GoKarts. After a great deal of work and a few practices, Mason was ready to drive. During the two years he raced GoKarts, Mason raced in large events such as the Spring Nationals in Arizona, and the Super Nationals in Las Vegas. He grabbed onto four-wheel racing with a passion. Â He feels that one of the best things that came from karting was, meeting great people, like his Coach Darin Brassfield. Darin was one of the best road racers of the '80s and '90s. He raced Trans-Am, Nascar, and IMSA. Mason says "Heâ€™s an outstanding Coach."
Wanting to go further in racing, Mason got his first Spec Miata at the age of 14. The team of Mason, Dad, and Coach Darin would meet in Buttonwillow, CA to practice. Three minutes after learning how to drive a stick shift in the parking lot, Mason was on the track running laps. Mason's 91 Miata was a great machine to learn in, but he was getting even more serious about racing. Greg Garneau, a specialist in the area of Spec Miata, helped Mason find a better car, one of his builds. This was the red #21 Spec Miata that Mason drove for the next couple of seasons.
A year later at age 15, Mason went to SCCA Drivers School to receive his provisional license in February 2014. After his very first race at Thunderhill, Raceway SCCA signed off on his full competition license. Mason had a great year. Â With lots of practice, racing, and help from others, his driving and finishes improved. During that season Mason qualified for the 2014 Runoffs at Laguna Seca. He raced against the best Spec Miata drivers in the nation. He said it was a blast running bumper to bumper with top-notch racers. A highlight of 2014 for Mason was being presented with SCCA's SFR Rookie Of The Year Award.
The 2015 season did not start out as planned for Mason. A large crash occurred while Mason was P2 at Auto Club Speedway, which kept Mason out of racing for two months. When he came back to Auto Club Speedway Mason swept the field. He'd say one of his greatest achievements of 2015 was starting on Pole at the NASA Western Championships. He thanks his Dad, Greg Garneau, and Ken Dobson for his second-place finish on the track. After the NASA Western Championships Mason clinched the Western Teen Mazda Challenge Championship. Winning the TMC championship gave Mason the opportunity to be one of eight drivers selected to go the Mazda Road to 24. This was an amazing event for Mason teaching him many lessons and giving him unforgettable memories.
Mason has competed in PWC Championships placing 5th his first year in the BMW M235IR and 4th in the first TCR Championship driving the VW for TFB and Real-Time Racing Honda Civic Type-R TCR. 2019 Mason is competing in the Michelin Pilot Challenge with Bryan Herta Autosport in the Veloster N TCR car. He finished 2nd in the driver's championship in IMSA as well as 3rd in TC America championship while missing many events.
In 2020 Filippi will pilot the Bryan Herta Autosport #98 Veloster N TCR car with Michael Lewis as well as go for the 24 hours of Nurburgring. He is open to any opportunity that comes his way.