Club Racing

The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) was formed in 1991 to deliver high quality motorsports events to enthusiasts at major racing venues throughout the nation. NASA has created programs that allow owners of both racecars and high-performance street-driven vehicles to enjoy the full performance capabilities of their cars in a safe and controlled environment. NASA offers many different motorsports programs of different levels, including High Performance Driving Events (HPDE), Rally Sport, Time Trial, NASA-X and Competition Racing programs.

 
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RDR started Club Racing as a single car in 1995 with SCCA Cal Club, over the years it has expanded and transitioned to NASA.  While we still support SCCA, NASA allows us a more flexible and professional atmosphere to compete as a team.

RDR has earned 9 combined SCCA and NASA National Titles, with double digit regional and divisional titles in multiple classes.

 
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- Drivers -

  Robert Davis   Robert started racing in 1990, after attending a Skip Barber Racing School at Road Atlanta. He is a 28-year veteran of Mazda North America, and currently holds the role of Senior Advisor and Vice President.  After a few years of club racing Miatas, he realized the strong desire from other Mazda team members to race. To that end in 1997, he founded Robert Davis Racing (RDR) as a way to allow friends and fellow Mazda team members to race affordably. RDR started small, while Davis was living in Texas, with Weldon Munsey and Kyle Harrell - both long time Mazda employees - the first to join the fun. Since then, RDR has grown and relocated as Robert has moved within the Mazda family. Now in Southern California, both Robert and RDR share the success of many drivers and volunteers within the team, and even are starting to gain a second generation of drivers, as evidenced by Chase Gilhart, son of long-time team member, Rick.  On the personal driving front, Robert has stopped competing in club and sprint racing, where he earned a NASA National Championship behind the wheel of a Mazda RX-8. When he’s not running the logistics, the details, the drivers, the food, the rigs and the racecars, Davis now focuses on endurance and historic racing. Leading the Team RDR “Old, Fat and Slow” endurance effort in the Western Endurance Racing Championship (WERC) – “Both figuratively and figuratively,” he jokes - the results have been mixed for the team’s RX-8 as RDR works hard to make it a reliable, competitive car in the hard-fought E2 class.  In historic efforts, Robert spent five years driving an ex-Le Mans factory-entered Mazda 787 Group C car in historic events, but now focuses his time on his 1972 Mazda RX-3 IMSA RS car. His next historic project is a classic 1980 Mazda RX-7 that ran in the IMSA GTU class.

Robert Davis

Robert started racing in 1990, after attending a Skip Barber Racing School at Road Atlanta. He is a 28-year veteran of Mazda North America, and currently holds the role of Senior Advisor and Vice President.

After a few years of club racing Miatas, he realized the strong desire from other Mazda team members to race. To that end in 1997, he founded Robert Davis Racing (RDR) as a way to allow friends and fellow Mazda team members to race affordably. RDR started small, while Davis was living in Texas, with Weldon Munsey and Kyle Harrell - both long time Mazda employees - the first to join the fun. Since then, RDR has grown and relocated as Robert has moved within the Mazda family. Now in Southern California, both Robert and RDR share the success of many drivers and volunteers within the team, and even are starting to gain a second generation of drivers, as evidenced by Chase Gilhart, son of long-time team member, Rick.

On the personal driving front, Robert has stopped competing in club and sprint racing, where he earned a NASA National Championship behind the wheel of a Mazda RX-8. When he’s not running the logistics, the details, the drivers, the food, the rigs and the racecars, Davis now focuses on endurance and historic racing. Leading the Team RDR “Old, Fat and Slow” endurance effort in the Western Endurance Racing Championship (WERC) – “Both figuratively and figuratively,” he jokes - the results have been mixed for the team’s RX-8 as RDR works hard to make it a reliable, competitive car in the hard-fought E2 class.

In historic efforts, Robert spent five years driving an ex-Le Mans factory-entered Mazda 787 Group C car in historic events, but now focuses his time on his 1972 Mazda RX-3 IMSA RS car. His next historic project is a classic 1980 Mazda RX-7 that ran in the IMSA GTU class.

  Lee Papageorge   Lee has been a driver at Robert Davis Racing since 2009, and active as a club racer for over 15 years. After years racing BMWs, Lee came to the light and began his RDR career in one of the team’s Mazda RX-8s. He co-drove the team’s endurance-spec #34 Mazda RX-8 to back-to-back wins in 2014 and 2015 in the E2 class at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, and in sprint racing has several regional championships and two national podiums.  Last year, Lee purchased a Spec Miata, and joins many of the RDR crew in the most competitive class in club racing.  Lee also crews for RDR at historic events, and when not racing, Lee is Associate General Counsel at Cruise Automation a company developing autonomous vehicle technology.

Lee Papageorge

Lee has been a driver at Robert Davis Racing since 2009, and active as a club racer for over 15 years. After years racing BMWs, Lee came to the light and began his RDR career in one of the team’s Mazda RX-8s. He co-drove the team’s endurance-spec #34 Mazda RX-8 to back-to-back wins in 2014 and 2015 in the E2 class at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, and in sprint racing has several regional championships and two national podiums.

Last year, Lee purchased a Spec Miata, and joins many of the RDR crew in the most competitive class in club racing.

Lee also crews for RDR at historic events, and when not racing, Lee is Associate General Counsel at Cruise Automation a company developing autonomous vehicle technology.

  Dennis Holloway   Dennis was introduced to the world of motorsports at an early age when his father (owner of Tire City of Costa Mesa, Calif.), and his then-partner, created Mothers Polishes Waxes Cleaners in the early 1970s. Dennis always had the itch but never completely caught the racing bug until 1994, when teammate Scott Shelton invited him to a Bob Bondurant Performance Driving School.  Since then, Dennis has been successfully racing for over 15 years in a variety of vehicles and racing disciplines that include SCCA T2 Class, NASA Performance Touring, Legends Cars, Shifter Karts, Endurance Karts, Formula Ford, Formula Dodge and Formula Mazda.  Dennis has attended major driving schools’ multiple times throughout his career including Bob Bondurant High Performance Driving, Skip Barber High Performance Driving, Driving 101, Richard Petty Driving and Skip Barber NASCAR School. Dennis has also participated in the Motor Press Guild Track Days providing Hot Laps for magazine editors as well as driving instruction.  1994-2003  Attended multiple Skip Barber High Performance Driving Schools at Laguna Seca and Fontana, as well as multiple Bob Bondurant Racing Schools. Attended Driving 101 open wheel school Fontana, CA. Attended Richard Petty Driving Experiences Las Vegas, Nev. Ran two six-hour and three four-hour endurance kart races. Finished first place in all but one, which ended in DNF. Raced Legends cars at Tustin Thunder, finished 7th overall out of 52 cars. Ran Shifter karts whenever possible.  2004-2007  Attended SCCA Super School in February 2004. Competed SCCA T2 class with RDR in a 2004 Mazda RX-8. Consistently finished top 3 in class with 1st Place and 2nd Place SoCal Regional Championship finishes in 2006 and 2007. Dennis placed 4th and 6th at the SCCA Runoffs in Topeka Kansas in 2005 and 2006.  2008-2018  Competed NASA Performance Touring C class. Dennis holds five SoCal NASA Regional Championships, three NASA National Championship podiums with one NASA Championship win at Miller Motorsports park in 2014. Also, during this time, Dennis registered two wins and three podium finishes at NASA’s 25 Hours of Thunderhill, in the E2 class.  In 2017 Dennis began the transition to Spec Miata.

Dennis Holloway

Dennis was introduced to the world of motorsports at an early age when his father (owner of Tire City of Costa Mesa, Calif.), and his then-partner, created Mothers Polishes Waxes Cleaners in the early 1970s. Dennis always had the itch but never completely caught the racing bug until 1994, when teammate Scott Shelton invited him to a Bob Bondurant Performance Driving School.

Since then, Dennis has been successfully racing for over 15 years in a variety of vehicles and racing disciplines that include SCCA T2 Class, NASA Performance Touring, Legends Cars, Shifter Karts, Endurance Karts, Formula Ford, Formula Dodge and Formula Mazda.

Dennis has attended major driving schools’ multiple times throughout his career including Bob Bondurant High Performance Driving, Skip Barber High Performance Driving, Driving 101, Richard Petty Driving and Skip Barber NASCAR School. Dennis has also participated in the Motor Press Guild Track Days providing Hot Laps for magazine editors as well as driving instruction.

1994-2003

Attended multiple Skip Barber High Performance Driving Schools at Laguna Seca and Fontana, as well as multiple Bob Bondurant Racing Schools. Attended Driving 101 open wheel school Fontana, CA. Attended Richard Petty Driving Experiences Las Vegas, Nev. Ran two six-hour and three four-hour endurance kart races. Finished first place in all but one, which ended in DNF. Raced Legends cars at Tustin Thunder, finished 7th overall out of 52 cars. Ran Shifter karts whenever possible.

2004-2007

Attended SCCA Super School in February 2004. Competed SCCA T2 class with RDR in a 2004 Mazda RX-8. Consistently finished top 3 in class with 1st Place and 2nd Place SoCal Regional Championship finishes in 2006 and 2007. Dennis placed 4th and 6th at the SCCA Runoffs in Topeka Kansas in 2005 and 2006.

2008-2018

Competed NASA Performance Touring C class. Dennis holds five SoCal NASA Regional Championships, three NASA National Championship podiums with one NASA Championship win at Miller Motorsports park in 2014. Also, during this time, Dennis registered two wins and three podium finishes at NASA’s 25 Hours of Thunderhill, in the E2 class.

In 2017 Dennis began the transition to Spec Miata.

 
  Jim Holloway   Jim has always been a car guy, from that first time when the Huntington Beach Police Department “escorted” him home for driving – let’s just say – slightly outside the law. But growing up in a car family – the family business was a successful tire-fitting operation – Jim couldn’t help it. And when his parents decided to start selling a home-brewed magnesium wheel polish at the local Southern California dragstrips, Jim and his brother Dennis were quickly escalated to the role of salesmen. That home-brewed business went on to become one of the largest and most successful car care-product companies in the world, Mother’s Polishes, Waxes, Cleaners, and Holloway is now the company’s Vice President.  Jim finally took his racing off the street in 2001, when he became involved in racing go-karts. But these aren’t your lawnmower-powered carts, with 6hp engines – these are proper racecars on a small scale, capable of nearly 100 mph on the right track. Immediately competitive, Holloway knew this was where he was always supposed to be.  In 2005, Holloway’s racing went big-time, when he won the Cal Club SCCA T2 class in a Mazda RX-8. That same year, the Robert Davis Racing crew travelled to the SCCA National Runoffs, and Holloway took his Mazda RX-8 to a top-10 finish. He went on to finish second in the T3 class in 2006 and 2007 locally, and scored two more top-10 finishes at the Runoffs. In 2008, when RDR switched to NASA competition, Holloway’s now PTB-classed RX-8 took him to a third-place national finish. The crowning glory arrived in 2009 – and was backed up in 2010, to prove it wasn’t a fluke – when he won the PTB National Championship.  In 2016, it was a bit of a return to his roots, as Holloway switched to the ultra-competitive Spec Miata class. These cars are a lot like the karts that he cut his racing teeth in, and he has proven immediately competitive in the class.

Jim Holloway

Jim has always been a car guy, from that first time when the Huntington Beach Police Department “escorted” him home for driving – let’s just say – slightly outside the law. But growing up in a car family – the family business was a successful tire-fitting operation – Jim couldn’t help it. And when his parents decided to start selling a home-brewed magnesium wheel polish at the local Southern California dragstrips, Jim and his brother Dennis were quickly escalated to the role of salesmen. That home-brewed business went on to become one of the largest and most successful car care-product companies in the world, Mother’s Polishes, Waxes, Cleaners, and Holloway is now the company’s Vice President.

Jim finally took his racing off the street in 2001, when he became involved in racing go-karts. But these aren’t your lawnmower-powered carts, with 6hp engines – these are proper racecars on a small scale, capable of nearly 100 mph on the right track. Immediately competitive, Holloway knew this was where he was always supposed to be.

In 2005, Holloway’s racing went big-time, when he won the Cal Club SCCA T2 class in a Mazda RX-8. That same year, the Robert Davis Racing crew travelled to the SCCA National Runoffs, and Holloway took his Mazda RX-8 to a top-10 finish. He went on to finish second in the T3 class in 2006 and 2007 locally, and scored two more top-10 finishes at the Runoffs. In 2008, when RDR switched to NASA competition, Holloway’s now PTB-classed RX-8 took him to a third-place national finish. The crowning glory arrived in 2009 – and was backed up in 2010, to prove it wasn’t a fluke – when he won the PTB National Championship.

In 2016, it was a bit of a return to his roots, as Holloway switched to the ultra-competitive Spec Miata class. These cars are a lot like the karts that he cut his racing teeth in, and he has proven immediately competitive in the class.

  Ken Saward   Hometown: New York, NY: Current Residence: Aliso Viejo, CA  Ken grew up in New York City and was passionate about cars from an early age, as both his father and brother instilled in him his love for automobiles.  From the age of 5, Ken knew he wanted to be a professional car designer and spent most of his spare time drawing cars.  In his early 20s, he set out for California to study transportation design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. Not surprisingly, Ken received excellent grades, and graduated with Honors, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Transportation Design. Upon graduation, Ken was wooed by Chrysler’s Advance Design Studio in Detroit, Mich.  During his time at Chrysler, he was involved in the design and development of the Dodge Viper Concept and production car.  After a stint at Chrysler’s California Pacifica studio in Carlsbad Calif., and not quite ready to leave the California life style behind, Ken joined Mazda in Irvine, Calif., in October 1990.  During his long career at Mazda, Ken’s responsibilities ranged from designing the second-generation MX-5 Miata, to designing and building numerous concept vehicles from the Kabura coupe to the famed Furai concept in 2008.  Now as Director of Design for Mazda, Ken leads the Design teams on all production and concept car programs.  In addition to his passion for design, he’s an accomplished racer driving his 2002 Spec Miata in SCCA and NASA events, with numerous class wins to his credit. As well, he’s competed in the Thunderhill 25-hour event the past few years driving MX-5 Cup cars, RX-8s and the renowned Mazda6 Diesel in 2013.  As a member of the Mazda Heritage Collection Racing Team, Ken’s worked to restore numerous historical cars back to show condition and had the opportunity to drive all the cars from the famed collection. In the inaugural season running the 1989 767 Group C car, Ken had the honor of driving the car at the Rolex Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and at the SVRA event at Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas.  Ken lives in Aliso Viejo, Calif., with his wife Michele, son Jesse and daughter Samara.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing hockey with Mazda’s internal hockey team as well as cycling and driving his ‘65 Corvette Stingray.

Ken Saward

Hometown: New York, NY: Current Residence: Aliso Viejo, CA

Ken grew up in New York City and was passionate about cars from an early age, as both his father and brother instilled in him his love for automobiles.

From the age of 5, Ken knew he wanted to be a professional car designer and spent most of his spare time drawing cars.

In his early 20s, he set out for California to study transportation design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. Not surprisingly, Ken received excellent grades, and graduated with Honors, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Transportation Design. Upon graduation, Ken was wooed by Chrysler’s Advance Design Studio in Detroit, Mich.

During his time at Chrysler, he was involved in the design and development of the Dodge Viper Concept and production car.

After a stint at Chrysler’s California Pacifica studio in Carlsbad Calif., and not quite ready to leave the California life style behind, Ken joined Mazda in Irvine, Calif., in October 1990.

During his long career at Mazda, Ken’s responsibilities ranged from designing the second-generation MX-5 Miata, to designing and building numerous concept vehicles from the Kabura coupe to the famed Furai concept in 2008.

Now as Director of Design for Mazda, Ken leads the Design teams on all production and concept car programs.

In addition to his passion for design, he’s an accomplished racer driving his 2002 Spec Miata in SCCA and NASA events, with numerous class wins to his credit. As well, he’s competed in the Thunderhill 25-hour event the past few years driving MX-5 Cup cars, RX-8s and the renowned Mazda6 Diesel in 2013.

As a member of the Mazda Heritage Collection Racing Team, Ken’s worked to restore numerous historical cars back to show condition and had the opportunity to drive all the cars from the famed collection. In the inaugural season running the 1989 767 Group C car, Ken had the honor of driving the car at the Rolex Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and at the SVRA event at Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas.

Ken lives in Aliso Viejo, Calif., with his wife Michele, son Jesse and daughter Samara.

In his spare time, he enjoys playing hockey with Mazda’s internal hockey team as well as cycling and driving his ‘65 Corvette Stingray.

  Jeff Jeppesen   Jeff is one of the lucky few who found a way to mix their hobby and their day-job into one. While from Monday to Friday (and too often, on Saturday and Sunday too), Jeff runs Classy Cars Auto Detailing, specializing in all manner of pant- and color-correction on high-end and classic vehicles, he spends his weekends playing with cars too, as a member of Robert Davis Racing.  Like so many on RDR, Jeff caught the racing bug early — but in his case, Jeff scratched the itch by racing BMX bicycles in the hot Southern California BMX scene in the 1970s. When pedaling became too much work, Jeff graduated to racing motorcycles in the Southern California deserts. In 2000, Jeff decided that was just too easy, so he chose to race 125cc shifter karts— these mini Formula 1-style racing machines are capable of speeds up to 100 mph, with the driver only inches off the ground.  In 2007, after completing professional racing schools with NASCAR at Irwindale Speedway, Skip Barber at California Speedway and at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Bragg Smith’s Corvette school and two Bob Bondurant advanced racing schools at Firebird Raceway, Jeff was ready for his back great challenge yet: NASA’s Spec Miata class. He races a 2002 model in the ultra-competitive class and is challenging for podiums and wins every weekend.

Jeff Jeppesen

Jeff is one of the lucky few who found a way to mix their hobby and their day-job into one. While from Monday to Friday (and too often, on Saturday and Sunday too), Jeff runs Classy Cars Auto Detailing, specializing in all manner of pant- and color-correction on high-end and classic vehicles, he spends his weekends playing with cars too, as a member of Robert Davis Racing.

Like so many on RDR, Jeff caught the racing bug early — but in his case, Jeff scratched the itch by racing BMX bicycles in the hot Southern California BMX scene in the 1970s. When pedaling became too much work, Jeff graduated to racing motorcycles in the Southern California deserts. In 2000, Jeff decided that was just too easy, so he chose to race 125cc shifter karts— these mini Formula 1-style racing machines are capable of speeds up to 100 mph, with the driver only inches off the ground.

In 2007, after completing professional racing schools with NASCAR at Irwindale Speedway, Skip Barber at California Speedway and at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Bragg Smith’s Corvette school and two Bob Bondurant advanced racing schools at Firebird Raceway, Jeff was ready for his back great challenge yet: NASA’s Spec Miata class. He races a 2002 model in the ultra-competitive class and is challenging for podiums and wins every weekend.

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  Nathan Edmonds   Racing motocross while growing up in the Midwest, Nathan turned to four wheels shortly after joining Mazda in 2005.  To fund his racing, Nathan began building and selling Spec Miata’s while racing in NASA’s and SCCA’s Southern California regions. Nathan has a passion for endurance racing and has attended NASA’s 25 Hours of Thunderhill as a crew member or driver every year since 2007.  Nathan currently campaigns his daily driven Mazda RX-8 in NASA Time Trials.   

Nathan Edmonds

Racing motocross while growing up in the Midwest, Nathan turned to four wheels shortly after joining Mazda in 2005.  To fund his racing, Nathan began building and selling Spec Miata’s while racing in NASA’s and SCCA’s Southern California regions. Nathan has a passion for endurance racing and has attended NASA’s 25 Hours of Thunderhill as a crew member or driver every year since 2007.

Nathan currently campaigns his daily driven Mazda RX-8 in NASA Time Trials.

 

  Jeremy Barnes   Jeremy was always a racer at heart…  It all started back in 1985 when he saw an ad for a Sports Car Club of America race at Carlsbad (San Diego area) Raceway, and he decided to see what it was all about.  He was hooked on day one.  Barnes knew he needed to be part of this hobby and threw himself into it. Being too poor to race, and too young to act as a race official working on a corner, he started at the bottom — making sandwiches for the officials, sweeping up the grid, working registration, whatever it took. When he turned 18, he took straight to be a corner worker, signaling with colored flags to the drivers what the condition of the race course was and giving them instructions about their and others’ cars. He worked on SCCA, IMSA, NASCAR, ChampCar and Formula 1 races across the southwest, and continued to do so until the mid-1990s.  In 1987, Barnes found a way to participate in competition, through the sport of autocross.  Courses are created by setting cones in a large parking lot, and, rather than racing against other vehicles wheel-to-wheel, drivers race against the clock, with the fastest time (and hitting the fewest cones) winning. At the end of that season, he was awarded San Diego Region SCCA’s “Autocrosser of the Year”.  In 1989, Barnes volunteered to help a friend as crew chief on the friend’s Honda CRX running in the SCCA’s Showroom Stock C class. As thanks for a year of crewing, the friend offered Barnes his racecar to be used in a driver’s school.  After his first school, Barnes was awarded his regional racing license, and he proceeded to win his first race in the friend’s car that same weekend.  Over subsequent years, Barnes went on to race Mazda RX-7s and helped found the Spec RX-7 class, as well as renting a VW Scirocco in Improved Touring C. In 1997, the year he won the Spec RX-7 class, he was named the San Diego Region’s “Regional Driver of the Year” as well as awarded the region’s highest award, the “Golden Helmet”. In 1998, he won the Southern Pacific Regional Championship Series in the Spec RX-7 class and won the region’s Radial Sedan class in 1989 and 1990.  In 2004, Barnes joined Robert Davis Racing and moved into a Mazda6 in the SCCA’s Showroom Stock B class.  It was a frustrating three seasons in the car, as when the car was good, it was great, but frequent mechanical issues with the car made on-track success a challenge.  In 2008, Barnes moved into the car he races to this day, a 1991 Mazda Miata in the highly competitive Spec Miata class with the National Auto Sport Association.  Over the years, Barnes has competed in the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill 14 times, winning his class once and finishing on the podium 8 times. He has also participated in vintage racing, with a 1961 Lotus 22 Formula Junior and a 1991 Mazda RX-7 that won the IMSA GTO championship that year in the hands of Pete Halsmer.   

Jeremy Barnes

Jeremy was always a racer at heart…  It all started back in 1985 when he saw an ad for a Sports Car Club of America race at Carlsbad (San Diego area) Raceway, and he decided to see what it was all about.  He was hooked on day one.

Barnes knew he needed to be part of this hobby and threw himself into it. Being too poor to race, and too young to act as a race official working on a corner, he started at the bottom — making sandwiches for the officials, sweeping up the grid, working registration, whatever it took. When he turned 18, he took straight to be a corner worker, signaling with colored flags to the drivers what the condition of the race course was and giving them instructions about their and others’ cars. He worked on SCCA, IMSA, NASCAR, ChampCar and Formula 1 races across the southwest, and continued to do so until the mid-1990s.

In 1987, Barnes found a way to participate in competition, through the sport of autocross.  Courses are created by setting cones in a large parking lot, and, rather than racing against other vehicles wheel-to-wheel, drivers race against the clock, with the fastest time (and hitting the fewest cones) winning. At the end of that season, he was awarded San Diego Region SCCA’s “Autocrosser of the Year”.

In 1989, Barnes volunteered to help a friend as crew chief on the friend’s Honda CRX running in the SCCA’s Showroom Stock C class. As thanks for a year of crewing, the friend offered Barnes his racecar to be used in a driver’s school.  After his first school, Barnes was awarded his regional racing license, and he proceeded to win his first race in the friend’s car that same weekend.

Over subsequent years, Barnes went on to race Mazda RX-7s and helped found the Spec RX-7 class, as well as renting a VW Scirocco in Improved Touring C. In 1997, the year he won the Spec RX-7 class, he was named the San Diego Region’s “Regional Driver of the Year” as well as awarded the region’s highest award, the “Golden Helmet”. In 1998, he won the Southern Pacific Regional Championship Series in the Spec RX-7 class and won the region’s Radial Sedan class in 1989 and 1990.

In 2004, Barnes joined Robert Davis Racing and moved into a Mazda6 in the SCCA’s Showroom Stock B class.  It was a frustrating three seasons in the car, as when the car was good, it was great, but frequent mechanical issues with the car made on-track success a challenge.

In 2008, Barnes moved into the car he races to this day, a 1991 Mazda Miata in the highly competitive Spec Miata class with the National Auto Sport Association.

Over the years, Barnes has competed in the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill 14 times, winning his class once and finishing on the podium 8 times. He has also participated in vintage racing, with a 1961 Lotus 22 Formula Junior and a 1991 Mazda RX-7 that won the IMSA GTO championship that year in the hands of Pete Halsmer.

 

  Mike Allen   Mike’s passion with motorsports began with the IMSA racecars of the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s that were powered by the Mazda rotary engine. His interest with the rotary was so strong that it brought him to Mazda North America, where he began his automotive career in 1988 and continues to work to this day.   Mike joined Robert Davis Racing in 2010, when he built his 1990 Spec Miata that he races with NASA and most recently in vintage racing. In addition to driving, Mike also builds and modifies vehicle powertrains for competition.   Mike is married, has a 17-year-old son and currently resides in San Clemente Calif.   

Mike Allen

Mike’s passion with motorsports began with the IMSA racecars of the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s that were powered by the Mazda rotary engine. His interest with the rotary was so strong that it brought him to Mazda North America, where he began his automotive career in 1988 and continues to work to this day. 

Mike joined Robert Davis Racing in 2010, when he built his 1990 Spec Miata that he races with NASA and most recently in vintage racing. In addition to driving, Mike also builds and modifies vehicle powertrains for competition. 

Mike is married, has a 17-year-old son and currently resides in San Clemente Calif.

 

 
  Hannah Grisham    Nickname:   The Closer, Hannah-Zilla   Hometown:   Glendora, California   Racing History:   Driving since age 3, riding motorcycles since age 4, racing karts since age 6.  250 + races with IKF, SKUSA, So-Cal Sprinters, LAKC, WKA, SDKA, Tri-C, NASA, TMC and others, including 125 cc TAG, Shifter and Spec. Miata  Coached by Stephen Clark, Troy Adams, Phil Giebler and James Brown   Awards/Achievements:   2015 Recipient of the Lake Speed Achievement of Excellence in Karting Award.  3 Class championships, 5 runner-ups, many top 5’s.  IKF expert/2-time national champion.  So-Cal Sprinters Driver of the Year Award and High Point Eagle   Sponsors:   Morning Star Racing, RLV, Mack Motorsports and Merchant Services   Hobbies:   Motorcycle riding, water polo, swim, deep-sea fishing and horses   Fun Facts:   Varsity swim and water polo beginning sophomore year, honors/AP student, member National Honor Society  Hannah has been featured on television, radio, newspaper and online news stories multiple times   Car Builder:   Morning Star Racing   Car Type:   1999 Mazda Spec Miata   Engine:  1.8 liter, 4 cylinder   Favorite Racing :  One of my favorite things is on those occasions I find myself starting from the back!   It makes racing even more exciting and challenging.  It’s so much fun to pass as many as you can as quickly as you can!!  I got my nickname “the Closer” in karting because of such situations.    2016 Season:   First year in sports cars. Raced Spec. Miata with NASA So. Cal. and Teen Mazda Challenge under the Morningstar Racing banner. After quickly obtaining her NASA competition license Hannah completed her rookie year finding both the podium and ultimately 8th place overall in TMC West, 8th place overall in NASA So. Cal. and a 9th place finish overall and the highest placing rookie at the NASA Western States National Championships.   2017 Season:  Continued Spec. Miata in the NASA So Cal. and Teen Mazda Challenge with Morning Star Racing.  3rd. place overall in TMC West and 2nd place in the NASA So. Cal. Series. 2017 shows 16 race starts and 8 podiums.          Aspirations:   I will continue to race sports cars and want to move up the Mazda ladder system beginning with being invited to the 2019 Mazda Shootout.  From there, I intend to compete successfully in any/all forms of racing including the Mazda Motorsports Ladder and other open and closed wheel competition.

Hannah Grisham

Nickname:  The Closer, Hannah-Zilla

Hometown:  Glendora, California

Racing History:  Driving since age 3, riding motorcycles since age 4, racing karts since age 6.  250 + races with IKF, SKUSA, So-Cal Sprinters, LAKC, WKA, SDKA, Tri-C, NASA, TMC and others, including 125 cc TAG, Shifter and Spec. Miata

Coached by Stephen Clark, Troy Adams, Phil Giebler and James Brown

Awards/Achievements:  2015 Recipient of the Lake Speed Achievement of Excellence in Karting Award.  3 Class championships, 5 runner-ups, many top 5’s.  IKF expert/2-time national champion.  So-Cal Sprinters Driver of the Year Award and High Point Eagle

Sponsors:  Morning Star Racing, RLV, Mack Motorsports and Merchant Services

Hobbies:  Motorcycle riding, water polo, swim, deep-sea fishing and horses

Fun Facts:  Varsity swim and water polo beginning sophomore year, honors/AP student, member National Honor Society

Hannah has been featured on television, radio, newspaper and online news stories multiple times

Car Builder:  Morning Star Racing

Car Type:  1999 Mazda Spec Miata

Engine: 1.8 liter, 4 cylinder

Favorite Racing:  One of my favorite things is on those occasions I find myself starting from the back!   It makes racing even more exciting and challenging.  It’s so much fun to pass as many as you can as quickly as you can!!  I got my nickname “the Closer” in karting because of such situations. 

2016 Season:  First year in sports cars. Raced Spec. Miata with NASA So. Cal. and Teen Mazda Challenge under the Morningstar Racing banner. After quickly obtaining her NASA competition license Hannah completed her rookie year finding both the podium and ultimately 8th place overall in TMC West, 8th place overall in NASA So. Cal. and a 9th place finish overall and the highest placing rookie at the NASA Western States National Championships.

2017 Season: Continued Spec. Miata in the NASA So Cal. and Teen Mazda Challenge with Morning Star Racing.  3rd. place overall in TMC West and 2nd place in the NASA So. Cal. Series. 2017 shows 16 race starts and 8 podiums.     

Aspirations:  I will continue to race sports cars and want to move up the Mazda ladder system beginning with being invited to the 2019 Mazda Shootout.  From there, I intend to compete successfully in any/all forms of racing including the Mazda Motorsports Ladder and other open and closed wheel competition.

  Joshua Allen   Joshua is a multiple West Coast- and National Championship-winning driver. Driving the #27 Mazda MX-5, he has steadily moved up the NASA classifications, starting from Performance Touring D, moving to Performance Touring C, and now to Super Touring 4, winning championships each step of the way.  Josh's background is in Mechanical Engineering, having worked in the design offices of Ferrari's Formula 1 team. While in Italy, he found success in the Italian Formula Ford Championship and became a track driving instructor for the official Nissan and Volvo Schools in Italy. These experiences led to a Test Driver role with Maserati Vehicle Development.  Josh is a professional high-performance driving instructor, having worked with many schools nationwide. Josh’s clients include The Porsche Experience Center, Audi Sportscar Experience, Simraceway Performance Driving Center, Toyota Driving Academy, Ford Racing School and many others. He also coaches privately.  You can learn more and watch videos at  www.racermentor.com .   

Joshua Allen

Joshua is a multiple West Coast- and National Championship-winning driver. Driving the #27 Mazda MX-5, he has steadily moved up the NASA classifications, starting from Performance Touring D, moving to Performance Touring C, and now to Super Touring 4, winning championships each step of the way.

Josh's background is in Mechanical Engineering, having worked in the design offices of Ferrari's Formula 1 team. While in Italy, he found success in the Italian Formula Ford Championship and became a track driving instructor for the official Nissan and Volvo Schools in Italy. These experiences led to a Test Driver role with Maserati Vehicle Development.

Josh is a professional high-performance driving instructor, having worked with many schools nationwide. Josh’s clients include The Porsche Experience Center, Audi Sportscar Experience, Simraceway Performance Driving Center, Toyota Driving Academy, Ford Racing School and many others. He also coaches privately.

You can learn more and watch videos at www.racermentor.com.

 

  Randy Miller   Born in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., in 1983. He grew up in Dana Point, Calif., and attended Dana Hills High School.  After graduation he furthered his education at Saddleback College receiving an Associates’ Degree in Automotive Technology. After completion of college he took a six-month hiatus from the real world and moved to Maui, Hawaii. He then obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management from Concordia University, Irvine, while working at Mazda North American Operations.  Randy began working for Mazda North American Operations in February, 2005, as a Technician, and was soon promoted to Senior Technician. In July, 2008, he transferred to the position of Engineering Technician in the Research and Development department of Mazda, and in March, 2014, moved to his current position of Engineer in the Mazda Motorsports department. Randy now manages/maintains/drives (among many other responsibilities, including at-track management and logistics) the Mazda Heritage Collection, a fleet of over 70 historic Mazda vehicles that range from full Group C and IMSA racecars to early vintage street cars.  He has also been building his driving skills in various race events since late 2007. Joining Robert Davis Racing in 2008, Randy began as a technician for the team, and now takes on crew chief/strategist duties. He has driven various tracks including, but not limited to Buttonwillow, Willow Springs, Auto Club Speedway and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  He received his racing license through Driving Concepts in May, 2009 and drove a race-prepped 2001 Mazda Miata, number 56, and went on to race in the Spec Miata race group in National Auto Sport Association competition. He has also participated in numerous Mazda North America-backed efforts in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill race, both as driver and as crew.  Randy plans to further his racing addiction within Robert Davis Racing and the NASA organization in the years to come.

Randy Miller

Born in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., in 1983. He grew up in Dana Point, Calif., and attended Dana Hills High School.  After graduation he furthered his education at Saddleback College receiving an Associates’ Degree in Automotive Technology. After completion of college he took a six-month hiatus from the real world and moved to Maui, Hawaii. He then obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management from Concordia University, Irvine, while working at Mazda North American Operations.

Randy began working for Mazda North American Operations in February, 2005, as a Technician, and was soon promoted to Senior Technician. In July, 2008, he transferred to the position of Engineering Technician in the Research and Development department of Mazda, and in March, 2014, moved to his current position of Engineer in the Mazda Motorsports department. Randy now manages/maintains/drives (among many other responsibilities, including at-track management and logistics) the Mazda Heritage Collection, a fleet of over 70 historic Mazda vehicles that range from full Group C and IMSA racecars to early vintage street cars.

He has also been building his driving skills in various race events since late 2007. Joining Robert Davis Racing in 2008, Randy began as a technician for the team, and now takes on crew chief/strategist duties. He has driven various tracks including, but not limited to Buttonwillow, Willow Springs, Auto Club Speedway and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  He received his racing license through Driving Concepts in May, 2009 and drove a race-prepped 2001 Mazda Miata, number 56, and went on to race in the Spec Miata race group in National Auto Sport Association competition. He has also participated in numerous Mazda North America-backed efforts in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill race, both as driver and as crew.

Randy plans to further his racing addiction within Robert Davis Racing and the NASA organization in the years to come.

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  Mark Stenzel   ’95 Spec Miata #77  Mark Stenzel was introduced to Robert Davis Racing by long-time team member, Jeff Jeppesen. Stenzel joined the team as a crew member initially, helping at numerous Thunderhill 25 Hour races, but was soon bitten by the racing bug. Realizing the only way to fully scratch the racing itch was to jump in to the deep end of the pool with both feet, Stenzel purchased an already-built Spec Miata.  Stenzel came up through the ranks of the NASA schooling system, starting in the High-Performance Driving Experience sessions and eventually graduating to their race licensing school. He loves being at the track and has found the RDR family to be the perfect home-away-from-home excuse to spend time at the track.

Mark Stenzel

’95 Spec Miata #77

Mark Stenzel was introduced to Robert Davis Racing by long-time team member, Jeff Jeppesen. Stenzel joined the team as a crew member initially, helping at numerous Thunderhill 25 Hour races, but was soon bitten by the racing bug. Realizing the only way to fully scratch the racing itch was to jump in to the deep end of the pool with both feet, Stenzel purchased an already-built Spec Miata.

Stenzel came up through the ranks of the NASA schooling system, starting in the High-Performance Driving Experience sessions and eventually graduating to their race licensing school. He loves being at the track and has found the RDR family to be the perfect home-away-from-home excuse to spend time at the track.

  Chase Gilhart   Education: Attending The Ohio State University (Finance Major)  Hobbies: Racing, Traveling, Karting, Basketball, Tennis, Snowboarding  Born: November 9, 1999  Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio  Favorite Race Track: Nurburgring  Favorite Driver: Ayrton Senna

Chase Gilhart

Education: Attending The Ohio State University (Finance Major)

Hobbies: Racing, Traveling, Karting, Basketball, Tennis, Snowboarding

Born: November 9, 1999

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Favorite Race Track: Nurburgring

Favorite Driver: Ayrton Senna

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Heritage Racing

 

RDR started supporting Historic Racing with Mazda’s Heritage fleet, interest began to grow as the historic fields began to grow.  RDR races with several historic organizations including SVRA, HMSA, HAS and VARA. Historic racing allows for a more relaxed environment, where the racing is not always “all out” and competitors generally respect each other’s cars more. Generally historic racing is limited to cars older than 25 years. 

 The team has focused on Mazda products and expanded its historic fleet since Spec Miata has been added to SVRA’s racing calendar, RDR supports to car with a third in production for the 2019 historic season.

 

1972 Mazda RX-3

Built and raced by Newport Beach architect George Koteles from 1979 to 1982 in the IMSA Champion Spark Plug RS (Radial Sedan)Series, this 1972 Mazda RX-3 spent the majority of its racing tenure on the West Coast.

It is equipped with a 12A bridge-ported rotary engine and ran against full fields of BMW 2002s, Datsun 510s, Plymouth Arrows and even Ford Pintos when new.

The Beck’s Bier livery came in 1981 as Mr. Koteles proposed a sponsorship to the local Beck’s distributor. Beck’s received this livery in exchange for 10 cases of “product” and $300. It was updated with bodywork from later RX-3 SP models along the way to becoming a racecar. 

This car is owned by Mazda executive Robert Davis and has gone through a complete restoration over the last three years. Since the car was originally acid-dipped in an effort to save weight, it was extremely difficult to restore correctly. Every effort has been made to keep the car as original as possible while updating the safety equipment.

Recently, it made its first outing back on the track at August’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca Raceway, where we’re looking forward to seeing it for years to come, on the track in its natural habitat.

1980 Mazda RX-7 GTU

Built by Kent Racing for Firsselle Racing, this car won the Five Hours of Riverside in 1980 with Mazda factory driver Mr. Katayama from Japan as a co-driver with team owner Brad Firsselle.

The car had a great first season scoring consistent top 5s thought the year, finishing 2nd in the driver’s championship but scoring needed points for Mazda to win the first of seven GTU titles in a row during the 1980’s.

The car is currently undergoing a restoration in-house and hopes to premier at the 2019 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Celebrating IMSA 50th anniversary, August 2019. 


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Club & Community Teams

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Radio Controlled (RC) Racing

 
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Charlie Jimenez was the youngest member to join Robert Davis Racing, as he was inducted into the team at the tender age of 9. As he obviously couldn’t join the team to race yet, Charlie did all sorts of the things that make a race team happen, whether manning the broom at clean-up time, checking tire pressures before and after sessions, torquing lug nuts or helping put the lunch out. Charlie was always there, and learned from the bottom up. 

For his 12th birthday, the team banded together to build him a Mazda Miata for when he was ready to hit the track. Today, at the ripe old age of 16, he is in the process of getting his racing license through the NASA High Performance Driver Education program. Once he is fully licensed, Charlie will join the RDR team in wheel-to-wheel competition. 

Away from the racetrack, Charlie is an avid and accomplished racer of radio-controlled scale-model cars and buggies.  Because of his RDR team experience, he created RDR Team RC, and they race competitively across Southern California. 

 
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Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

 
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— Arath Espinoza —

Like many things in the RDR family, MMA came by a chance encounter. Alberto Espinoza is a server at the team favorite BBQ Restaurant, Bad to the Bone, in San Juan Capistrano, CA.  As a team member for over 13 years Alberto and his son Arath inspired to earn a black belt in Taekwondo, and some day join the US Olympic Team. After 7 years of RDR support, Arath has earned the first of many Black Belts and is still chasing his dream.

 
 
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Target Archery

 
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Anthony Hart is a 25 year old Target Archer who calls Southern California home. Anthony has been practicing Target Archery for roughly 6 years now. Anthony gained his appreciation for the disciplined sport from memories of when he was a Boy Scout. Target Archery has taken Anthony to a variety of locations from Chino California, Big Bear California, and as far away as Salt Lake City Utah. The difficulty and level of consistency required by the sport as always kept Anthony on his toes and he continues to train to be able to sit at the top of the podium in the future as much as possible. Someday, Anthony hopes to be able to compete at and win the Las Vegas 3D Shoot, one of the largest and most Illusive events and titles to win.

 
 
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Support Crew


Charlie Hart — Anthony Hart — Shaun Felix — Jason Moser — Mark Hsieh — Tyler Mohrlock

Bob Jones — Tim Barnes — Michael Garant — Gus Garcia — Chris Jones — Mo Aydt

Christine Miller — Matt Bonnell — Mike Schoenbachler — Nick Beard — Michael Di Bonaventura

 John Encheff — Gary Turnau — Weldon Munsey — Wesley “Scooter” Chan — Zachary Downing


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Start your Engine

 
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