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Tristan Nunez Recalls His Subaru STI

The race car driver started his automotive career with a trusty stick shift.

my first car

(Photo: Ignite Media - Al M. Padron)

The son of a professional tennis player, Tristan Nunez headed down a different path. Now a professional race car driver, Nunez competes in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. He was the 2012 Cooper Tires Prototype Lites champion, and in 2013, became the youngest class winner in Rolex Sports Car Series history. Off the track, Nunez founded the Dnt txt n drV Foundation, which aims to prevent texting and driving.

What was your first car?

A brand new 2011 black Subaru STI.

How did you acquire it?

I was very fortunate to have gotten it for my 16th birthday from my Uncle Jim. I was lucky to have chosen it myself. I have always been a fan of that car since I was young watching it on the rally circuits. I loved the fact that it was a manual transmission. It’s hard to find good stick-shift cars in the U.S. The car was quite loud; it always used to wake Mom up if I was leaving early in the morning or coming home late at night.

What is your favorite memory with the car?

Nothing will beat the first day I got the car. I remember seeing it in the garage at the dealership and it was just so… shiny!

What happened to it?

Well, it got to the 100K mark and I had to let it go. That car was great to me and will always have a great meaning to me.

Do you remember your first car? Share in the comments below!

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