Ryan VerraThere are those who are wired for speed and Ryan Verra readily admits he’s one of them.

“It’s a craft like anything else, except you’re going a lot faster,” explained the Calgarian. “Your heart beats at 170 beats per minute. It’s a stressful time and the fear and the adrenaline is what keeps you sharp. But you have to stay calm, so it’s kind of a back and forth thing.”

Verra, an entrepreneur trained in mixed martial arts, is most interested these days in improving his status as race car driver. This past week, he was at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway — the sport’s mecca — taking part in the Mazda Road to Indy Test in order to impress the folks at Afterburner Autosport so that he can join that team for the upcoming USF 2000 season, which begins in March 2013.

“They invited me to come down and I wanted to take the opportunity for USF 2000, which is a step to Indy Car,” he noted. “I put in 20 races this year and hope to do the national class in 2013.”

Last season, he caught a ride with TTM Racing for the Formula 1000 championship series.

“I’m just moving on to something faster, bigger audience, bigger crowd,” Verra, recently turned 30, noted. “There’s nothing like it. It gets your brain going, even after a race, you start thinking different, things are sharp. I’m not married; I don’t have kids, so I’m able to pursue something like this. It’s good to have a goal for motivation . . . the speed is kind of addicting.

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