California native, Gary Peterson, Peterson has been racing most of his life. He began his career racing motocross. From there, he moved up to single seat race cars with Score Int., participating throughout the Western United States and Baja, Mexico, including well-known events like the Mint 400, Baja 500 and 1000. After a chance meeting with Louie Unser (brother of Al and Bobby Unser), who encouraged Peterson to try his hand at open wheel racing, Peterson joined the Bosch Super Vee Series. After several years racing Super Vee, he made his way to the Pro Atlantics Series, which later became Toyota Atlantics.
Peterson watched as over the years many drivers became grounded due to lack of funding, so he founded one of the nation’s most successful fire sprinkler companies, Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc. in order to financially assist him in pursuing his passion for racing. His corporate success has enabled him to enjoy decades of racing. He has also utilized racing as an advertising and client hospitality platform for Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc.