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DOB: 5/23/1967
Birthplace: So. Calif
Current Residence
: Salt Lake City, Utah

Lara is the co-owner of the CA Sport and has successfully driven at the professional level since 2006. Lara's responsibilities include partner relations, marketing and the many logistics of motorsports.

For Lara the road to professional racing started in her Dad's garage where she helped rebuild hot-rods, including her first car a 57 Chevy. Upon completing college with a degree in fine art and communication she spent her time developing successful advertising and healthcare businesses. A trip to the Bondurant Road Racing school gave her a chance to renew her love of racing. Since then she has competed in an array of sprint and endurance races. Originally from Southern California, Lara and her two sons live in Salt Lake City, Utah. Lara also enjoys windsurfing, water-skiing, snowboarding and snow-skiing, horses, gardening, cooking and travel.

Lara was the Supersport champion in the MPRA series for the 2008 and 2009 seasons and was also named Utah's Professional Athlete of the Year in 2010.


Have the belt. Need the buckle
Following the season opener at Daytona International Speedway in Grand Am's Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, Skullcandy Team Nissan is ready to get back to business at America's newest and coolest facility in Austin, Texas, for the second round hosted by the Circuit of the Americas. The state of the art facility has generated a lot of publicity and has the entire field excited about the opportunity to show their go. The factory supported team has a bit of living up to do as well, having won the first round and leading the manufacturer championship for Nissan.

The 33 car will have Daytona standouts Vesko Kozarov and team owner Lara Tallman behind the wheel.

The 34 car will be driven by Mickey Miller and Bret Spaude. Mickey, a standout in other formulas over the last decade and an old friend of the team, comes with a storied resume, including an impressive 5 wins in NASA's 25 Hours of Thunderhill. Bret joins the team following a 3 year stint with Subaru in the series. A Grand Am regular and the winner of the New Jersey round in last year's championship, Bret is ready for a new challenge and an opportunity to show his colors.

Look for plenty of sparks as the colorful outfit that is Skullcandy Team Nissan makes some more noise Texas style.


"It's awesome that in Austin we will be on the grid with an experienced and strong line-up. I have the very best co-driver in Vesko, and I want great drivers in the 34 car as well. When the opportunity to have Mickey and Bret came up, I was not going to miss it. It seems like everyone is excited to visit this new track and I'm no exception, but while in Texas I'd also love to find a little seat time of the equine variety since that's where I started long before motorsports." team owner, Lara Tallman.

"I am stoked to get back to the grind and get in the war that is this series. Grand Am is one of the most competitive championships anywhere and it will be no easy task to repeat Daytona, but this team is as good as any. Everyone has been working tirelessly to make sure we are in the sharp end of the field. Nissan will no doubt provide us with the best equipment so it will be down to us to execute on track.” driver, 33, Vesko Kozarov

“I have been following this team and the series for some time. I knew I had to get out there and when the chance came I jumped at it. I will do my best to support them and deliver a strong result.” driver, 34, Mickey Miller

“Having raced in this series for the last few years, I know how competitive it is and how difficult it is to succeed. The quality of the team and the platform are crucial. I feel confident I am in the right place for success and hope to show that in Austin. It is an awesome opportunity for me.” driver, 34, Bret Spaude

Lara Heads to Madrid Spain for the Ford Focus Global Test Drive
Salt Lake City resident, Lara Tallman, is using her talents to give back to the community and the world. As a successful professional race-car driver, Lara has recently been voted Utah’s Best of State Professional Athlete for 2010. Now, Ford Motor Company has chosen Tallman as one of 100 participants from around the world to travel to Spain to test drive the all new Ford Focus. In addition to sending Tallman to Spain, Ford is donating $10,000 to the charity of her choice. Tallman has chosen Girls, Inc. as the organization that will receive the donation from Ford. Girls, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that inspires and empowers girls to reach their full potential and understand and assert their rights. As a successful woman in a male-dominated sport, Tallman knows that there is nothing that should hold a girl back from accomplishing her goals. Tallman recently returned from Daytona with her racing team where they placed 5th out of a field of 47. Now, she is on her way to Spain to test drive the new Ford Focus. To win this exciting opportunity and the $10,000 for Girls, Inc. Tallman submitted a video explaining why she deserves to go to Spain and why Girls, Inc. deserves Ford’s support. You can view her video submission here: Lara Tallman Submission Video 1:17



Racing History Recap

Competed in three Street Tuner races. ... Season-best 11th-place finish at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca driving for CA Sport.

Debuted in ST class, finishing 14th at Miller Motorsports Park

Debuted in Rolex Sports Car Series in GT class at Miller Motorsports Park, taking 18th driving a Pontiac GTO.R for Matt Connolly Motorsports.

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