Verena Mei Biography
Verena Mei is an American model, actress and racecar driver of an Asian American descent and she was born on 2nd November in Pearl City, Hawaii.
She has made appearances in 3 movies including Rush Hour 2. She is a trained stunt driver and she is the current host of Sexy Road Test at Ripe TV. She also worked as an import scene model. In the early 2000’s, she ventured into motorsport. From 2004-2007, she was competing in the American drifting championship Formula Drift for Nissan. She later moved to Redline Time Attack in 2008 and 2009.
In 2011, she began training with the Team O’Neil Rally School in Dalton, NH, mentored by North American Rally Champion, Tim O’Neil. In 2012, Verena was racing for TrueCar in the Rally America National Championship in a Production Class Fiesta. She is one of 6 female race car drivers who were part of the TrueCar Racing Women Empowered Initiative, the first and only all female race team.
Her TrueCar Racing teammates included Katherine Legge (Izod IndyCar), Shea Holbrook (Pirelli World Challenge), Ashley Freiberg (Star Mazda), Shannon McIntosh (USF 2000), and Emilee Tominovich (Playboy MX-5) Cup.
Verena Mei Age
She was born on 2nd November, 1975 in Pearl City, Hawaii. She is 43 years old as of 2018.
Verena Mei Married| Verena Mei Husband| Verena Mei Boyfriend
There are no records showing who she is married to or whether she is single.
Verena Mei Tokyo Drift| Verena Mei Fast And Furious
Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) always feels like an outsider, but he defines himself through his victories as a street racer. His hobby makes him unpopular with the authorities, so he goes to live with his father in Japan. Once there and even more alienated, he learns about an exciting, but dangerous, new style of the sport. The stakes are high when Sean takes on the local champion and falls for the man’s girlfriend.
Initial release: 4 June 2006 (Universal City)
Director: Justin Lin
Featured song: Tokyo Drift (Fast & Furious)
Box office: 158.5 million USD
Budget: 85 million USD
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Welcome to re/present, Verena Mei!
We are so excited to welcome Verena Mei as a guest blogger on re/present! She’s usually pretty busy winning competitive racing championships, running an automotive adventure company, modeling, and acting, so we were pretty humbled when she agreed to write for us! Read on, and you’ll find that as remarkable as Verena’s career is, her personal story mirrors many of our own.
Hi Scholars! I’m Verena Mei – race car driver, stunt driver, on-camera personality & entrepreneur. Basically, I do what I love. I’m so excited to meet all of you!
The question I’m always asked is: “How did you become a race car driver?” Well, it’s a long story, but I’ll walk you through it.
I grew up in Hawaii, am the youngest of four children in my family, and am fourth-generation Chinese American. I’ve always been a dreamer, and as a kid I told my mom that I wanted to be and actress and a model. Her response was “You need to get a real job”. I thought about it for a few minutes then said I wanted to become a photographer, and then an inventor. She responded with “That’s not a real job.” It’s funny, my mom always said “you can do anything you put your mind to” … except that … that and that, or whatever didn’t fit into her plan for me.
I love sharing this experience as a kid, as I think parents (especially Asian moms) have their own plan for their children and push us towards careers that they want for us. That usually includes wanting us to become doctors, lawyers, engineers … which are great careers if you have the passion for it. I personally feel they want this path for us so we can be “successful” in their minds and they’re setting us up for what they consider a good life. As parents they mean well, but they might not realize the limits they’re creating for us.
In high school, whenever I saw something I liked at the store or heard of someone accomplishing something big, I found myself saying “I could make / do that!” Maybe that mentality had something to do with the craft fairs in Hawaii that I loved that sparked creativity and possibility.
That lead to my sophomore year at Pearl City High School when I started a business of making cute personalized key chains (you know the ones with cute bears & hearts with their name written in bubble lettering) and selling it to classmates. I was fortunate to have the support from my grandmother who helped me buy supplies and both she and my mom were very encouraging. Sure you could get similar key chains at the hello kitty store down the street, but I offered more designs & personalization options (for an upcharge). They key was that it was so easy for my classmates to tell me exactly what they wanted, give me a few bucks and a few days later, I would track them down and give them their order. I even approached my favorite teacher and asked her to pass samples / order forms around in all of her classes. Word got around and eventually my business became so successful that fulfilling my orders took too much time from my homework, that I had to stop taking orders to concentrate on my grades.
That business was the first time I took a risk and followed my passion, to create something successful out of a simple idea. That experience changed my thought process from “I could make / do that”, to “I did that, and I succeeded.” That was big transition for me – knowing what I was capable of. I knew that I had what it took to succeed if I put my mind to it. I knew that I could trust my instincts, and that gave me a little more confidence. From there I decided I wanted to go major in business.
When it was time to apply to college, the big discussion with my mom was what I was going to major in. While my dad told me that “college isn’t for everyone”, my mom was set on having me major in engineering. I knew I wanted to major in business, but being the “baby” in my family, with my oldest sister a civil engineer, my brother being a electrical engineer, and my other sister a mechanical engineer, I was under pressure from my mom to follow in their footsteps. It was quite the struggle trying to convince my mom otherwise, and in the end she won. Her justification was “It’s easier to go from engineering to business than the other way around.” And it made perfect sense.
My mom did all the research on colleges for me. I don’t even recall if I had a say on which colleges I was applying to. Come to think of it, I didn’t. All I knew was that I wanted to get off the island and see what else was out there.
I ended up going to Iowa State University Science & Technology for mechanical engineering, which was one of the top-10 engineering schools in the country. That’s right, Hawaii to Iowa. Talk about transitions!
I’m often asked about my transition from Hawaii to Iowa. Well, it was my first time in the mid-west, since we couldn’t afford to visit Iowa State prior to choosing where I was going to spend my next 4 years. Like many, this was my first time living on the mainland, living away from home, and experiencing a whole new realm of what it’s like to live in a completely different geographic region than I was used to.
Looking back I definitely wasn’t prepared for the cultural shock I experienced in Ames, Iowa. The biggest thing I had to get used to was being an ethnic minority, something that didn’t even occur to me until I was there. Since there were a lot of Asian foreign exchange students, people were shocked to hear that I spoke without an accent, which I thought was strange. When they found out I was from Hawaii, they asked if we lived in huts and if we had cars in Hawaii. I was appalled every single time someone would say something of that nature. It was almost like I was in an alternate universe. I was usually at a lost for words. The girls across the hall, in my dorm, were very friendly and welcomed me to their circle. It took a few weeks for me to feel comfortable with them, but even then they would sometimes say “This is how we do it in America”. After awhile I learned more about them, stories of where they came from, how they were raised, and I had a better understanding of why they viewed or said things they did. It was even hard for me to imagine how they grew up. They would tell me how they grew up on a farm in a remote area and that they would “wait all week to go into town to go to the grocery store”, and that their high school graduating class had 25 students, when mine was 500.
And then there was experiencing my first real Midwest winter. I remember bringing fourteen pairs of shorts and one pair of jeans. No, I wasn’t prepared for what was coming. A few trips to the mall, and learning how to layer seemed to keep me warm for the most part. It doesn’t mean I liked it.
This was one of the biggest transitions in my life. Being immersed in a completely different culture, while living alone for first time was a huge life lesson. If I was anywhere else at the time, I wouldn’t have chosen those girls as my friends just based on what we had in common. However, that experience was invaluable and life changing. It allowed me to open my mind from the small island mentality, to having a better understanding of people in general and being able to view life from a different perspective.
When I was in college, I wasn’t one of those students who just breezed through, and barely studied. I had to work for it. I really had to study hard, going to summer school, and extra study sessions to do well. Still to this day, I have nightmares about exams.
Now that I think about it, it was even harder for me, because for the first year and a half, I just wasn’t interested in engineering. In fact I hated it. At first I thought it was just a matter of getting used to the college structure – the workload and pace that was all new to me. I tried to “stick it out” for another 6-months like my mom told me to, but I finally came to the conclusion that if didn’t like engineering to begin with, I would never be happy pursuing a career in it. Let’s not forget I knew that I wanted to go into business in the first place, but was convinced otherwise by my mom.
Telling my mom that I was going to switch from engineering to marketing was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, which may seem a little silly considering all the things I’ve done in my life. I think it was mainly because I knew she would disapprove and that my three older siblings did exactly what she wanted. I was going to be the one she disapproved of, and knowing that going in was the hardest part to accept.
It gave me strength to make the choice to pursue something I was interested in and enjoyed, rather than following a path that wasn’t right for me.
Suddenly, I liked going to my classes, and was even excited about learning. As hard as it was, my choice to switch to marketing was a life changer for my future and happiness. I could finally see myself doing what I loved. I knew I was on the right path, and graduated with a high GPA.
I’m always asked “At what point did you realize you could accomplish anything?” The funny thing is, it was the moment I graduated from college. Maybe it was because despite those first grueling years in engineering, I made it. But looking back, making those choices at that point of my life gave me strength. I thought if I could get through college, I could do anything. I always thought it was because I had to study so hard to do well, and I think that’s part of it. But at the same time, graduating from college meant that I was free from the reigns of my mom. I was free to fly and be the person I was destined to be, and to me that meant all the limits that she created for me had been lifted, and suddenly anything was possible. The end of this chapter of my life was the start of something amazing!