A family Legacy
Ryan is a third generation race car driver from Northern Virginia. He has raced since the age of four, winning national championships and major races such as Grand-Am/IMSA races, Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup races, and many many more. Ryan's grandfathers were both involved in motorsports and Ryan's grandfather Vic lost his life in a racing crash in 1958, the same year Ryan's father Jim was born. Jim raced his whole life until ultimately passing the reigns to Ryan in 1993 when he began racing quarter midgets..
The Rise to the top
Ryan won several regional and national championships in quarter midgets, moving into Legends Cars at the age of eleven. There he won the Virginia state championship and finished 4th in the national points standings. After moving on from Legends Cars, Ellis moved on to NASCAR Late Models for a season, earning several impressive finishes before moving on to Spec Miatas and Legends Cars via road racing. There, he was selected by the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup program to be one of their stars for their new Discovery Channel television show, Racing Under Green / Road to Racing where he won two races, qualified on the pole twice, and caught the eye of Volkswagen Auto Group and APR Motorsport who quickly signed him to a deal in 2011. In his Grand-Am rookie season, Ellis also won the first two races of the Grand-Am championship and qualified on the pole at Daytona, finishing the year out 3rd in points, and Rookie of the Year in his class, Street Tuner.
The Move to NASCAR
After several successful seasons in Grand-Am, Ellis caught the eye of Jimmy Means while racing in the Grand-Am series at Road America. Means asked Ryan to attempt to qualify his NASCAR Nationwide (now Xfinity) Series car into the field. Since 2012, Ryan has competed in the top levels of NASCAR and he made his NASCAR Cup Series debut in 2015. He's made a career since driving for small and mid-sized teams, making the best of each opportunity. Although Ellis has raced NASCAR for nearly 10 years, he was given a massive opportunity in 2022 when he, and sponsor Keen Parts / CorvetteParts.net, signed with Alpha Prime Racing to drive the No.44 and No.45 Chevrolets. In his first race with the team, he got his career-best finish, and went on to match it a few races later.
Ellis is married to his wife Allison. Together they have a daughter, Hayden, born in August 2021, and two pups named Barry and Andy. They live in Huntersville, North Carolina and in his free time, Ryan enjoys working out, playing hockey, and playing video games with friends. He is a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and formerly hosted the "Not Another Racing Podcast" with Matt DiBenedetto and Konnor Fulk, produced by Klik Marketing.