Growing up Curtis was very involved in just about every major sport there is. At the time his passion was playing baseball and for nearly 10 years of his life he spent his childhood behind the mound. The family had a get away cabin deep in the Rocky Mountains and that was Curtis' favorite place to visit during the summer. Needless to say It wasn't quite when the Heldenbrand were visiting, between GoKarts, Dirt bikes and 3 wheelers. One would say "it was impossible to get him off those things" Curtis found a strong passion for the loud noice, speed, and the thrill of being in control and you could see how at such a young age being a race car makes perfect sense. Curtis has an older sister by 2 years and they got their first car to share when his sister was almost 15 their parents would take them to empty parking lots to teach her how to drive. Well you can see Curtis wasn't going to miss the opportunity of getting behind the wheel of a car so he would go with. Because Curtis has the ability to catch onto things quickly his driving skills at the age of 12 was good enough to get a drivers license, However the state of Colorado doesn't think having a license before 16 is okay. This gave Curtis 4 more years to practice his driving skills before he could hit the road. Most of Curtis' childhood was spent playing sports and learning the in's and out's of what it takes to be a competitive athlete. When Curtis was in High School he was very involved in Cross Country, Mens Swimming, Video Editing and Street Racing. He had a strong passion for driving but there was only 1 problem.
Curtis didn't know the first thing about cars and how they work. If we were to tell you he didn't know how to change his oil or change a tire would you believe us? Curtis went to his first race in 2006 to watch a race and from that moment on he was hooked. It took nearly 4 years later to purchase his first car. In 2010 Curtis got his taxes back and took to the internet in search of a race car and little did we all know 2 weeks later there was a beater in the garage. The best part about buying his first car is the guy he got the car from had to tow it to the house because he didn't even have a way of towing it back and forth. You can see how this would pose a problem,
Without knowing what and how to work on cars Curtis would take to the garage just to look at the car, hear it roar and think he was actually doing something to improve the car. Curtis would quickly find him self frustrated and overwhelmed because of the lack of knowledge when it comes to cars and how they work. Curtis set out to start his first race in 2011 and when Curtis hit the track he only made it 4 laps before blowing the motor. It was so bad he didn't even know he blew the engine till somebody had to show him and Kim why the motor was blown. Needless to say there was a massive hole through the oil pan and through the side of the motor and oil was pooling up everywhere and he still didn't know that meant the motor was blown. Curtis returned back in 2012, and 2013 and out of 36+ races Curtis only finished 5 of them.