John Keating is the former Mayor Pro Tem of Frisco, Texas, the starting line city for Season 8 "America's Frontier." He served in the US Army for 13 years as a Senior Counterintelligence Agent, and deployed to Saudi Arabia during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. John has lived in Frisco since 1999 with his wife Leslie and their two sons, Zach and Ryan. He was elected to the Frisco City Council in 2010, served two terms and ran for Texas State Rep in 2016. He is currently running for State Senate.

This is Van's first year in Fireball Run.