Literally “Bulletproof,” professional off-road champion Justin Peck is a victory both on and off the track as the owner of RacePro Technologies race team, author of best-selling “Bulletproof” memoir, a competitive bodybuilder, mental health advocate, motivational speaker, multi-entrepreneur and founder of Gear 49. Refusing to let class one bipolar disorder define him, Peck has defied the odds over and over.
Justin first fell in love with racing at the track with his father when he was 17 years old. This moment sparked the purchase of his first motorcycle and later catalyzed his racing career at the age of 20. Now with over 28 years of racing experience as the only professional off-road driver in the state of Utah and 250 plus awards later, Peck’s accolades include back-to-back series champion in off-road motorcycles, USRA series champion, national winer and third overall winner of The Challenge of America Series, UKC multi-time series champion, and more.
Peck now drives under #49 in memory of his father, a truck driver with the “Number Nine” handle. After his father’s passing from cancer, Peck began racing “for number nine.” He then committed himself to physical wellness and the power of food, leading him to create Gear 49 Nutrition — a motorsports nutrition company. A serial entrepreneur, Peck is also the owner of RacePro Technologies off-road racing team that competes in Lucas Oil, SuperNationals, Best in the Desert Series, Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic, and more. The group currently runs three professional race cars, five regional race cars, and one national junior race car — being his son, Dylan Peck.
Throughout his racing career, Peck has broken 84 bones, required 19 surgeries, had 200 screws surgically inserted into his body, and has died twice. His most significant affliction, though, has been his lifelong battle with mental health and the dueling fight between depression and bipolar disorder. Courageously documenting his life story in “Bulletproof” memoir, the story begins when Justin drove to the top of a mountain, put a pistol to his temple and pulled the trigger — but the bullet refused to fire. The final wake-up call to change, he saved not only his own life but lived to tell the tale to others who suffer similarly.
Transparent and raw, Peck’s gripping metamorphosis helped him to understand and face his demons head-on. Today he sees his bipolar disorder as a blessing, not as a curse, and has become a source of inspiration to those living in darkness. Passionate about making mental health awareness a movement of inspiration versus despair, now a celebrity Ambassador for Mental Health America Peck travels extensively throughout the United States for interviews and speaks to audiences about PTSD, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, suicide prevention, bullying, and more.
Residing between Salt Lake City, Utah, where he lives with his four children, and Los Angeles, CA, the racing community continues to support Peck’s lifelong mission to educate others through the strength of his story and help others #B4Stage4. Worldwide fans and supporters can tune into “A Racing Mind: Driven by Justin Peck” podcast or follow @JustinPeck49. Peck’s biggest trophies are his children, grand-babies, and voice in the mental health community.
“Anything worth doing is worth overdoing! Moderation is for those who don’t believe in their abilities.” ~ Justin Peck