Who Am I?
graduated from CalTech in 1967 with a degree in Mathematics specializing in
numerical analysis, or how to perform difficult calculations on a computer. That
was followed with a Masters from Stanford University in 1969.
interest in auto racing began with watching a Can-Am race in Edmonton, Alberta,
in 1969. Denny Hulme won in a McLaren over John Surtees in a Chaparral. In 1972
I began serving as a SCCA flagman in the San Francisco Region. I was soon
working 20-30 races a year up and down the west coast as well as the SCCA
Runoffs at Road Atlanta. In the 80’s I began covering races for the San
Francisco Region publication The Wheel. The race reporting soon expanded to
Autoweek and Formula magazine. I began following the Trans-Am series as Ford
returned to professional motorsports in the mid-80s. This allowed me to meet the
engineers and team managers. Tom
Gloy was driving Mustangs. Jack Roush was running a Mercury Capri for Greg
Pickett. John Dick was leading the DeAtley Motorsports team of Chevrolet Camaros
driven by David Hobbs and Willy T. Ribbs. Dennis Fischer was building the
covering motorsports I met many tire company representatives. This led to the
“Beyond Round and Black” series in Sports Car magazine. This was an
award-winning series that allowed tire reps to explain a great deal of tire
technology to a wide audience.
IBM released a personal computer, complete with 5.25” floppy disks holding
360kb of data, I needed a project to learn the new computers. I had heard of
“camber curves” and decided to write a program on suspension geometry to
learn the new computer. In 1985 I sold the first copy of this program to a local
small-bore driver Doug Peterson of CompTech. Doug went on to win several SCCA
national championships and then moved into professional racing. Doug and
CompTech eventually moved to Indy Cars and now build IRL engines.
the advent of affordable portable computers data acquisition began to spread and
I began work on the Debrief series of programs. This led to spending the 1991
and 1992 seasons with Chip Ganassi’s CART team. The drivers were Eddie Cheever
and Arie Luyendyk. The 1993 season was spent with the Roush Racing GTS effort
where Tom Kendall returned to racing and won the Driver’s championship. In
1994 Roush and Kendall switched to the Trans-Am series and won three driver’s
championships and several manufacturer’s titles from 1994 to 1997. In 1997 the
Roush team won eleven consecutive Trans-Am races, but that was the end of
was spent with Huffaker Enineering in the Trans-Am. Bruce Qvale competed for
Rookie-of-the-Year. In 1999 I worked with Bruce Barkelew’s RaceWerx team where
Brian Simo finished second in the Driver’s Championship and GJ Mennen second
in rookie-of-the-year points. In 2000 I worked with Ruhlman Motorsports in the
Trans-Am and DSTP in the Formula Atlantic series. The DSTP effort was limited to
testing, but Buddy Rice won the Driver’s Championship with five wins in twelve
presented SAE papers at the Motorsports Engineering Conferences in 1998 and
2000. The 1998 papers were “Asymmetric Roll Centers” and “A Method for
Data Alignment”. The 2000 paper is “Training Test Drivers with Data
Acquisition”. This describes a training project with the Transportation
Research Center in Ohio. I still write technical atricles for Racer Magazine in
their Tech Trek series.
I have also been a sponsor and judge of the Formula SAE competition for over a decade. The only discounts I offer on my software are to Formula SAE teams.
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