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'Raiti's Rides', Joe Raiti's YouTube Channel about Cars has over 32 Million Views in 18 Months

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - eTradeWire -- Tampa Bay local, Joe Raiti, is no average. The former racecar driver turned high school teacher has entered the realm of internet fame. Joe Raiti is the proud owner of Raiti's Rides YouTube channel which highlights all things cars - from engines to sports editions to car reviews. He currently has over 120,000 subscribers and upwards of 32 million views on the video-sharing platform, and he did it in 18 months.

Joe Raiti's passion for cars began at an early age, watching and attending races with his father. He also helped out and earned extra cash at his old man's mechanic shop. There, Raiti would watch as cars of all shapes and sizes flowed in and out and listen to the sounds of the engines. In his senior year of college, he decided to sell all of his belongings, including his beloved 1985 Corvette, and enroll in a racing school in Las Vegas, NV. Raiti quickly jumped from class to class with certifications in Formula V, Formula Ford, and Formula Mazda, just two levels shy of Indy Car. A few of the races he participated in occurred at places like Daytona International Speedway, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Sebring International Raceway, Watkins Glen International, Road America, Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Roebling Road Raceway, and Mosport International Raceway.

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With the tech bubble burst in 2000, many of Raiti's sponsors decided to invest elsewhere and he was forced to hang up his helmet. Raiti used his college degree to land himself a career in education teaching at a local high school in Pasco County, where he taught for over 17 years. As a Social Studies teacher, he would combine his knowledge of car history with occurrences in U.S. history during lessons - teaching his students that out of events like the World Wars many car companies came to be due to increased necessity for transportation. Raiti also started a Car Club at the high school and gave students [and the next-gen of auto enthusiasts] the opportunity to learn all about cars, whether it be a car's history or simply how to change a tire or engine oil.

What started out as a creative outlet, later turned to a highly-viewed broadcast now known as Raiti's Rides. Joe Raiti uses his platform as a way to continue the conversation, and his appreciation for internal combustion engines. He is considered an expert in many different cars such as Corvettes, Mustangs, Subarus, Hondas, Porsches and more. For full videos, visit http://bit.ly/2UbxjSq.

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