Our Professionals 2017-08-30T20:32:26+00:00

Our Professionals

Didier Theys

  • European Karting & Formula Ford Championships
  • Raced European F3 & F2 Championships in early 1980’s
  • 1986 United States Super Vee Champion
  • 1987 United States Indy Lites Champion
  • Full time Indy Car Driver from 1988 to 1993
  • Over sixty podiums and 18 international wins in prototype sports racers
  • Overall victories in Daytona 24 Hour, Sebring 12 Hour and Spa 24 Hour
  • Multiple Overall wins in FIA World Sports Car Championship
  • Pole position and third overall at 1999 Le Mans driving factory Audi R8R
  • Most ever wins in world sports car competition driving a Ferrari 333SP
  • IMSA Chief Driver Advisor for Weathertech Sports Car Series
  • Chief Driver Steward for Ferrari Challenge Race Series
  • Driving Director for Michelin Premium Driving Experiences

Eric Curran

  • Began career in small bore sedans winning the SCCA National Runoffs Championship
  • Turned professional in 2000 competent in Grand Am Rolex and World Challenge
  • Signed with Whelan Motorsports and claimed multiple wins in IMSA GT
  • Moved to the very top of US sports car competition in IMSA’s Daytona Prototype
  • In 2015 had 2 race wins and finished 3rd in DP Championship
  • 2016 IMSA Daytona Prototypes Champion for Whelan Motorsports
  • 2017 begins a championship defending year in the Cadillac DPI

Ian James

  • Successful early career in single seater racing in his native England
  • Moved to United States in 2004 to compete in IMSA GT racing for Porsche
  • 2004 IMSA  LMP2 Champion
  • Won Sebring 12 Hour in LMP2 and placed 3rd at Le Mans
  • 2006 to 2016 – Full time factory supported drives for BMW, Ford & Panoz
  • Daytona Prototype driver for Mike Shank Racing
  • Factory GT3 driver for Lexus in IMSA Weathertech & Panoz GT4 in Pirelli World Challenge
  • 15 years racing & high performance coaching experience

Pierre Kleinubing

  • Seasoned professional with over 200 races in United States and Canada
  • Began successfully in his native Brazil with 3 National Karting Championships
  • Two-time Brazilian Touring Car Championship racing for Volkswagen
  • Moved to US in 1996 to compete in SCCA World Challenge for RealTime Racing
  • First season, claimed series championship & Rookie of the Year 
  • Four more World Challenge Championships for Acura in 2000, 2001, 2660 & 2009
  • Won 2012 IMSA Continental Tire Championship for Mazda
  • In 2017, Pierre will drive for Audi in GT3 and Continental Tire ST division
  • Pierre is a long time member of team Speed Club

Jeff Westphal

  • Began career with successful karting campaign
  • Multiple race winner in Formula Mazda & F2000
  • Pole position, race leader and race winner in IMSA GTD and European GT3
  • Holds nine track records in Global Time Attack competition 
  • In 2017 became the first American to claim pole position for Nurburgring 24 Hour 
  • Co-drove Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458GT3 helping team win two IMSA championships
  • Head Driver Coach for Scuderia Corsa Ferrari Challenge Team
  • Currently competing in European GT3 at the wheel of Team Glickenhaus SCG003c 

Brandon Davis Racing

  • 2005 Rookie of the Year & multiple race winner for RealTime Racing Acura in World Challenge 
  • 2009 World Challenge GT Champion
  • 2010 Ran NASCAR K&N Series with a pole position at Sonoma Raceway
  • Won NASCAR All-America Series championship
  • Moved back to GT sports car racing driving for Aston Martin in GT3 & GT4 and Ferrari 458 GT3
  • Multiple poles and wins in IMSA and Pirelli World Challenge GT classes
  • Placed second in Sebring 12 Hour in 2016
  • Factory Supported Aston Martin GT3 driver in IMSA Weathertech Series
  • Driver Coach in both Pirelli World Challenge and Ferrari Challenge Race Series

Tommy Byrne

  • Single seater specialist
  • Six UK and European Formula Ford Championships
  • British Formula Ford Festival Winner
  • 1982 British Formula 3 Champion
  • Five Formula One starts with F1 Team Theodore
  • United States Indy Lites Runner-up 1988-89
  • Ten wins in 55 starts – Indy Lites
  • 30 years racing & high performance coaching experience
  • Best-selling author
  • Subject of racing documentary “Crash & Burn”