ALLIES

Women will never achieve equality without the support of men, so WIMNA highlights our male “allies” who are believers and helpful advocates.

Scott Atherton

President, International Motor Sports Association - Retired

Hometown | Residence:
Seattle, WA | New Smyrna Beach, FL

First Year in Racing: 1973

Greatest Accomplishment:
President of IMSA for 20 years; directly involved with the launch and building of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) into the premier professional sportscar racing championship.

Advice:
Be open to accepting a position far below your expectations and capabilities. Be willing to start at the bottom just to get “in.” I took a job as the show-car truck driver and ended up as President & CEO of one of the largest and most diversified motorsports companies in the world – Panoz Motor Sports Group.

Jacob Bergenske

Bosch - Director of Motorsport - North America

Hometown | Residence:
Madison, WI | Ann Arbor, MI

First Year in Racing: 1998

Greatest Accomplishment:
2011 Le Mans GTE Pro Overall Win

Advice:
Things come to those who wait, but only what is left behind by those who hustle.

Kevin Besecker

Crew Chief, Chief Mechanic, Driving Coach

Hometown | Residence:
Greenville, OH | New Castle, IN

First Year in Racing: 1983

Greatest Accomplishment:
Helping young drivers develop into national contenders.

Advice:
LWork in silence, let your success be the noise.

J Douglas Boles

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, President

Hometown | Residence:
Indianapolis, IN | Zionsville, IN

First Year in Racing: 1992

Greatest Accomplishment:
Being part of the team that executed the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Advice:
Leadership starts with empowering others to succeed.

Ryan Carignan

Owner, RKC Creations

Hometown | Residence:
Laconia, NH | Nashville, TN

First Year in Racing: 2017

Greatest Accomplishment:
Porsche Panorama article covering the Pfaff Motorsports Porsche at the 2020 Rolex 24 at Daytona

Advice:
Every failure is an opportunity for improvement.

Jacques Dallaire

Performance Prime, President

Hometown | Residence:
Concord, NC | Concord, NC

First Year in Racing: 1983

Greatest Accomplishment:
I’ve worked with more than a thousand drivers, crew, and officials in the motorsport world, as well as many other sports and professions.

Advice:
We all covet success. The key to being successful is not to worry about failure or be preoccupied about success, but rather to focus on the execution of the process, in the moment, that will take us there.

Josh Derman

Director of Business Development at Sports Management Network, Inc.

Hometown | Residence:
Boston, MA | Bloomfield, MI

First Year in Racing: 2020

Greatest Accomplishment:
Working at the United States Olympic Committee.

Advice:
Always be willing to pitch in and help.

John Doonan

International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), President

Hometown | Residence:
Plainfield, IL | Daytona Beach, FL

First Year in Racing: 1979

Greatest Accomplishment:
Having the opportunity to be named President of IMSA.

Advice:
Always do the right thing. You will surprise some and astonish the rest. -Mark Twain

Ryan Eversley

Racing Driver, Honda Performance Development (Acura, Honda), Host of "Dinner With Racers"

Hometown | Residence:
Atlanta, GA | Atlanta, GA

First Year in Racing: 2001

Greatest Accomplishment:
2018 Drivers Championship in Pirelli World Challenge TCR

Advice:
Never forget your beginners spirit.

Timothy Frost

Timothy Frost

National Speedway Director, Publisher

Hometown | Residence:
Birmingham, MI | Wilmette, IL

First Year in Racing: 1994

Greatest Accomplishment:
Established a consulting firm focused on the motorsports industry.

Advice:
Follow your passion – be kind to all!

Bryan Herta

Bryan Herta Autosport - Team Principle

Hometown | Residence:
Stevenson Ranch, CA | Stevenson Ranch, CA

First Year in Racing: 1982

Greatest Accomplishment:
The next win.

Advice:
Hope is not a strategy.

Zach Horrall

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Content Producer

Hometown | Residence:
Vincennes, IN | Indianapolis, IN

First Year in Racing: 2019

Greatest Accomplishment:
Helping to host the world’s largest single-day sporting event, the Indianapolis 500

Advice:
It is vital that you make a career out of what you are passionate about. If you enjoy and care about what you are doing, it will not feel like work, and you will immediately be destined for success.

Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson Racing

Hometown | Residence:
El Cajon, CA | Charlotte, NC

First Year in Racing: 1980

Greatest Accomplishment:
Nascar Championships

Advice:
Keep smiling!

Jim Jordan

Director, SRO TC America

Hometown | Residence:
Pasadena, CA | Aliso Viejo, CA

First Year in Racing: 1974

Greatest Accomplishment:
Mazda Motorsports Ladder 

Advice:
Never lose sight of the long term goal while dealing with the chaos of the short term challenge.

Kevin Kennedy

Managing Partner & Executive VP, Campbell Marketing & Communications

Hometown | Residence:
Monroe, MI | Dearborn, MI

First Year in Racing: 1984

Greatest Accomplishment:
Launching the Ford GT race program and being there as part of the PR team in Le Mans when they won in 2016, 50 years to the day of the 1966 Ford GT40 win.

Advice:
Success in the motorsport business is all about your relationships and your reputation. Work hard, be honest, and treat everyone with respect.

Kevin Miller

President & CEO, USAC

Hometown | Residence:
Albion, MI | Grosse Point Farms, MI

First Year in Racing: 1978

Greatest Accomplishment:
Building a Dirt Track Inside Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

Advice:
How you live your life everyday impacts how you live your life everyday.

E.C. Mueller

Former Portland Raceway President/Nissan Motorsports/Intel

Hometown | Residence:
Portland, OR | Sedona, AZ

First Year in Racing: 1975

Greatest Accomplishment:
Enjoying and thriving in a 40+ year career at the highest level of motorsports, automotive and technology. 

Advice:
Bring solutions, not complaints.

Eric Prill

SCCA, VP of Road Racing

Hometown | Residence:
Hudson, OH | Topeka, KS

First Year in Racing: 1985

Greatest Accomplishment:
Third driver to ever win an SCCA Solo (autocross) and Runoffs (road racing) national championship in the same year (2019).

Advice:
While motorsports is both an industry and a sport, it is most importantly, a community. Like any community, what you get out of it is proportional to what you put into it.

Rod Reid

Team Principal Force Indy

Hometown | Residence:
Indianapolis, IN | Indianapolis, IN

First Year in Racing: 1982

Greatest Accomplishment:
Founder of NXG Youth Motorsports, a non-profit using racing as a tool for life skills & STEM education.

Advice:
Make your plan A in motorsports.

Dicky Riegel

President & CEO, Lime Rock Park

Hometown | Residence:
Wilmington, DE | Bedford, NY

First Year in Racing: 2008

Greatest Accomplishment:
CEO of Lime Rock Park

Advice:
Life is a contact sport – Dutch Mandel

Calvin Wells III

Owner at LNGA Consulting

Hometown | Residence:
Pomona, CA | Charlotte, NC

First Year in Racing: 1973

Greatest Accomplishment:
LNGA Consulting.

Advice:
Tenacity will rule the day.