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#ThePursuit – Christian: It’s Good to be Mental

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This is #ThePursuit of Christian “Mental” Ward.

In my youth, I was never what you call a successful, or even a good student. After high school, I entered the workforce and received exactly the reception you would expect given to a lackadaisical entitled 18-year-old.

1991 I enlisted in the United States Air Force and I found my purpose, my pursuit. My first duty assignment was Ramstein Air Force Base in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

image christian ward sworn into USAF

Making it official

This gave me a greater opportunity to explore my passion with motorsports. It’s it really was the beginning. I was exposed to vehicles and opportunities I never had in my youth. Between the USAF and motorsports, I finally grew and matured into a responsible citizen. I discovered when I apply myself; I am actually a good student if you get to pursue my degree in my off-duty time.

When I returned to the United States in 1994 I was stationed in Nebraska. There I would complete my associates and bachelors degrees, meet my wife and become a commissioned Air Force officer. Over the next 14 years Lieutenant, Captain ultimately Major Ward would live all over the world and experience people, culture, and motorsports that I never could’ve imagined in 1991.

image of christian ward at motorsports event

Dr. Mental

I traveled and lived in Europe, Asia, South America, and even Africa.  I raced street cars, race cars, and motorcycles. I rode a motorcycle through Mexico and dragged knee on the track. I continued to mature as a citizen and as a driver, somehow I finished a Masters degree. I brought home trophies and broken machines on trailers. I’ve experienced the intoxicating high of victory and the heartbreak of failure. I stood quietly in turn 1 of Circuit of the Americas and traveled faster than the speed of sound in the back of an F-15 Eagle fighter jet.  I touched every corner on the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. I loved, laughed, raced and I pursued. I met amazing people, many of whom I work with now.

Last year I retired from the Air Force to spend more time at home. Even with writing and motorsports at my disposal, there was still something missing from my life. As an aviator, and aircrew member I always felt a sense of purpose and my work.

Last year, a close friend invited me to return to Oklahoma and instruct with a company called Xtreme Xperience. From the beginning, I felt like I found a new family and a renewed purpose.

Yes, I play with supercars for my job. While it might seem a bit silly to say that that gives me purpose. But for so many, this will be the only exposure to a supercar. I think back to my 20s when I lived in Europe and the thrill and excitement of seeing a truly exotic vehicle. Now, I’m bringing that passion and that dream to you. I’m blessed enough to be a part of an experience you will carry with you for a lifetime.

image of christian ward at COTA

Atop the hill at COTA

Even a year later, the sound of one of those exotic engines screaming by me at redline makes me smile, and it’ll make you smile too. I spend my weekends with my extended family. Yes, sometimes we’re going to fight like brothers and sisters, but at the end of the day, we all have the same goal in mind. We’re here to bring high dollar, limited-production supercars within reach of the rest of us.

image of christian mental ward and porsche 911 gt3 at COTA

Mental’s weapon of choice

Do you have a dream? Do you have a passion? Do you have a pursuit?

image christian ward at daytona international speedway

DAYTONA!

I hope so because we have almost 5,000 horsepower and 100 cylinders to help you run down your dream, your passion, your pursuit. Unleash 500+ horsepower on a racetrack and you will realize you can do almost anything. It’s confidence building, it’s inspiring, it’s amazing.

Are you looking to change directions? Do something major in your life? Or do you just want to add a great experience to your memories? Start with something Xtreme. Give us just a few hours of your time and we will put you three laps closer to your pursuit.

Image of xtreme xperience instructors at the track with an audi r8 and lamborghini gallardo

Mental and his fellow Blackshirts

My name is Christian Ward my friends call me Mental.  I’m a writer, racer, supercar coach and I’m just one of an amazing team of over 35 professionals with Xtreme Xperience.

Your pursuit is out there. Let’s run it down.

image of christian ward with xtreme xperience

Xtreme Pitlane selfie