Born and raised in New York City, Max started his racing career online on iRacing around age 11 and moved up the ranks and eventually made his way into the Top 50 of iRacers around the world and into the Top 5 in the US while racing for internationally-based team, Vendaval Simracing. Along with competing on iRacing, he also offers a coaching service on the simulator, which has been helpful in giving him some knowledge of data and how to use it to improve driving technique as well as car setup.
2019 was Max’s first full season in karting, which consisted of him doing 10 races with McAleer Racing in upstate New York at Oakland Valley Race Park in the X30 Senior class. Along with karting, Max got his first taste of cars at the Bertil Roos Racing School at Palm Beach Int’l Raceway. 2020 was Max's first season out of karts, and he drove for Team Pelfrey's F1600 program. He ended the year with 1 win, multiple podiums, and 3 pole positions in 5 events. In October, Max travelled across the pond to compete in the renowned Formula Ford Festival with Low Dempsey Racing (FKA Cliff Dempsey Racing), in which he finished 6th in his first weekend driving in the rain.
Max continued his partnership with LDR in 2021, competing in the BRSCC Avon Tyres National Formula Ford Championship, in which he finished third. In October, Max was chosen as a winner of the prestigious Team USA Scholarship. In the Team USA liveried car (still run by Low Dempsey Racing) he followed up his strong season with a hard-fought second-place finish at the 50th Anniversary Formula Ford Festival after starting in thirteenth. A week later, he completed a clean sweep of the weekend at the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone, taking pole, a heat win, a semi-final win, and led all 15 laps of the Grand Final, making him the fourth American driver to win the event; the first since 2012.
19-year-old New Yorker Max Esterson is pleased to announce a renewed partnership with iRacing, the world’s premier motorsport racing simulation...