Matt started in rally when he tagged along with his parents to the Raindrop Rally, a touring rally in the Northwest. From there he worked at a few stage rally events before jumping into the drivers seat. His early events were run in a 1986 Toyota Corolla GTS hatchback, which he ran successfully with his friend Chris Hale as codriver. One of the highlights from those early days came at the Rim of the World event. Matt and Chris rolled the Toyota into the Turtle position (wheels up) on one of the Friday evening stages. Since they had in-car video of the crash, they were interviewed by ESPN and made the TV show for the event. From there, Matt moved into a Mazda 323GTX and the PGT class. Competing first with his now wife Monika, and later with friend Jeff Zurschmeide, Matt racked up a string of runner-up finishes in the Northwest Championship. In late 2006, Matt and Jeff debuted a 1999 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS, which they ran for several years before handing it off to Matt’s sister Kristen and mother Jan. His current ride is a 2004 WRX, frequently with codriver Kathryn Hansen.
Matt has also moved into the organizational side of the sport, working with the Oregon Trail Rally. After several years as Assistant Chairman, he took over the reigns in 2006. That first year the event won the Rally of the Year award for the Rally America National Championship Series. He has gone on to guide the event to another Rally of the Year award in 2009, and become a favorite among competitors and fans alike.