Hooked On Driving - HOD Leadership
David Ray – Hooked On Driving Founder, Owner – NorCal Region
In a previous life, David was a partner in a Northern California staffing firm called Advantage Personnel, servicing companies like Wells Fargo, Pacific Bell, Airtouch Communications and Chevron. After selling the business in 1998, he served in a management development and executive coaching role during which, his clients discovered his passion for automobiles and driving, and pressed him to organize track days – and one thing led to another….His motorsports experience includes competing in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Regional racing program from 1985 to present. In 1994, David scored his first San Francisco Regional championship in an ITS Datsun 240Z, and in 2006 he won his second, while setting the T2 class track record at Laguna Seca three separate times in the Dirito Brothers Nissan sponsored Nissan 350Z. He has also held qualifying and race lap records at Thunderhill, and Infineon Raceway in the 350Z. But more importantly to his current role, he began as an instructor for the SCCA competition licensing school in 1989 and fell in love with sharing the hobby. As a result, he began volunteering as a coach for track days in the early ‘90’s, and decided to make it his full time enterprise in 2004. One of his proudest achievements is his role as Chair of the new track committee of the San Francisco Region of the SCCA in support of President Tom McCarthy, and now CEO David Vodden, in the development, fund raising and construction of Thunderhill Raceway. Ray currently serves on the Thunderhill Board of Directors. In the final analysis, Ray’s goal is to share his passion for driving, whether it is in a High Performance Driving environment such as Hooked On Driving, or assisting HOD drivers to move to faster and more competitive venues.
Don Clinkinbeard - HOD Pacific Northwest Regional Owner
Don is a Senior Engineering Manager for a major semiconductor manufacturer. He has held many positions throughout his 37 career from Maintenance Technician through Principle Engineer, before switching to the management track.
Don began his love affair with Driving on the track in 1994. He has been an instructor since 2000 and has taught at numerous west coast tracks for PCA, BMW, Alfa, Corvette and SCCA among other programs. He served as CDI before becoming the HPDE chair for the Oregon Region of PCA (ORPCA) about 6 years ago, growing the program from 3 event days annually to 12 in 2010. “The most rewarding part of coaching in this fine hobby is when you get your student to connect with the concept or skill you are trying to build. It is the greatest feeling in the world when you can help someone achieve a sense of accomplishment and even mastery of a skill.”
I ran into David Ray at Thunderhill Raceway in the fall of 2010 and we talked briefly about this program. Over the months since then we had talked many times and my sense of excitement grew with each conversation. The HOD program aligns very well with what I have been working towards in the Portland area. I feel the time is right for us to take this hobby to a new level and provide a great development program for our customers and friends that is consistent across the US.
Debbie Clinkinbeard Regional Owner, Registrar and Operations Team leader – HOD Pacific Northwest Region Debbie has 10 years of HPDE experience as a Driver in our GT3 class Porsche 944 Turbo and as Chief of Track Operations for ORPCA. She has served as a pace car driver for PCA Club Racing in Portland and has run the Tower at Portland International Raceway for about 10 years with ORPCA and more recently at Oregon Raceway Park. Debbie was a key player in establishing the first club events at this fun venue.. She is a great organizer as well as trouble shooter ensuring that our customers are well cared for and presented with a safe and enjoyable day at the track.
Ken Mantovani - HOD Florida Regional Owner
Originally from south Florida Ken grew up in the car hobby, tinkering with antique cars in his fathers garage then eventually working on his own cars at the age of 15. After graduating from Florida State University and starting a successful career in Real Estate, Ken resumed his love of cars by building drag cars. Feeling the need to spend a little bit more time on the track then 10 sec at a time, he began attending HPDE events. He was bit by the bug. Before you knew it Ken had a full blown SCCA T-1 certified race car and racing at a competition level. His passion for business and cars was soon combined with the introduction to Hooked on Driving and the rest is history.
Ken and Debbie Trapasso - HOD Florida Regional Partners
Ken and Debbie Trapasso are relocated Bostonians who are loving Florida. With a background as successful automobile dealers, and now investing in real estate, they were “Hooked” on performance driving by Ken Mantovani and the Florida HOD Team. Then one thing led to another and they became a part of that team! You’ll meet Debbie greeting you at Florida HOD events, and get to know Ken T as the “Voice of HOD” in keeping everything organized, safe and fun.
Fred Martin - Southern California Regional Owner
Fred is an Electrical Engineer who moved from DC to the SF Bay Area in the early 90’s. Although he’d driven late model sports cars all his adult life and followed professional racing, he never imagined “mere mortals” could enjoy their cars at a race track until he attended an HOD event. That event turned into 30+ track days per year and an SCCA racing license. In 2015 Fred took an even bigger plunge as the owner of HOD’s Southern California Franchise where he plans to introduce thousands more to a sport that has brought him countless hours of fun, recreation, and above all, friends. Fred is reminded that his wife Cheryl is a huge part of the team as the SoCal HOD team takes root!
Gordon Sanderson - Director Of Business Development
Gordon spent the majority of his career in senior management positions in the foodservice business. His need for speed started with drag racing and participating in SCCA hill climbs events. In 2001 he got his first taste of the thrill of driving on a race track when he attended the Audi Club Golden Gate event at Sonoma Raceway. Hooked after the first lap, he attended other Audi Events and progressed through instructor programs to become a certified instructor for the Audi Club North America and Porsche Club of America. Gordon’s first HOD event was at Buttonwillow and he quickly became even more hooked. HOD provided a high level of professionalism and enthusiasm in conducting on track events. During the 6+ years Gordon has been associated with HOD he has found that working as a group leader with the Intermediate Group to be the most rewarding. The “Speedy B’s have already experienced the excitement of driving on the track and are ready to move to the next level to hone their driving skills. Recently Gordon’s role with HOD has been expanded to include the position as Director of Business Development-working with organizations, sponsors, and customers to develop closer relationships and expand the HOD brand. If you have an idea or interest in sponsoring or partnering with Hooked On Driving, Gordon can be reached at email@example.com.
Dev Clough* – Coaching Coordinator, Group Leader
Dev is the champion kart racer among us. Competing in motorsports since 1980, he’s run karts, the Mazda RX-7 series with NASA and SCCA. Clearly the H.O.D. member with the most time instructing, Dev has taught with 7 different clubs, is an SCCA competition licensing instructor, and was the “Instructor of the Year” for NASA in 1999. While always available to assist in coaching, Dev currently serves as Chief Instructor for the Thunderhill Street School showing his willingness to manage an event by well-defined rules – and stick to them. Dev’s sincere and personal style has helped many nervous drivers relax and focus on the skills they need to practice in going fast safely. He currently serves in a key role while managing and developing current and future coaches for the HOD program.
Daryl “DW” Witbeck* – Group Leader
If you need a building built, Daryl's the guy to talk to. His "real job" currently involves building libraries, schools, and major commercial projects. We think that the skills Daryl uses daily in communicating complicated information to a varied audience translates well to his work with Hooked On Driving. DW has been an SCCA competitor for 8 years, initially in a Spec Racer Ford and now dukes it out in the very competitive Spec Miata class. DW also combines his engineering background with his passion for the logistics and physical challenges as a regular driver in endurance road races.
In addition, he has been an instructor at Thunderhill for six years, and has received rave reviews from his students. Primarily serving as our beginner, Group A instructor, Daryl uses a no-nonsense way of explaining the key elements of performance driving. DW was a strong influence on our coaching curriculum to assure that everyone, no matter their background, understands the fundamental terminology and concepts that we use in HOD programs. This ensures that all drivers, beginner and advanced, are “speaking the same language” as the coaching staff.
Terry Geiser* - Lead Track/Safety Steward and Driver Observer
These key roles have been developed for HOD by Terry. He honed his communication skills as a White House staffer – so you know he can explain things! As a multiple marque aficionado, Terry has logged many days and hours as a student and now instructor for the Audi Club and HOD. He is the Chief Instructor for the Audi Club Golden Gate chapter, and was a founder of the Bay Area Cobra Club, – talk about automotive diversity!! Whether in role as a Coach, Group Leader, Track Steward, or Driver Observer you can count on Terry bringing his enthusiasm and positive spirit to the track. His priorities at the track have always been on the balance of safety, fun, and learning. Terry is at his best with studded tires, in “Quattro”, on frozen lakes, 100 miles north of the arctic circle in Finland where a turn in is called the "flick."