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Driver – Jeff Proctor

Jeff-Proctor-Bio-ClippedBorn: 10-19-78

Family: Married with 3 kids (Seven, five and ten months)

Interesting Facts:

-Proctor didn’t grow up in or around a racing family. He is the first generation racer.

-He received a baseball scholarship to College

-You will not find him in a racecar on a Sunday. He doesn’t race on Sunday’s for Religious reasons.

Activities: Spending time with family, riding motocross with his kids, camping, snow skiing, hiking and watching any type of racing.

Favorite Races: 24 Hours of Daytona, 24hrs of LeMans, Baja 1000, Indy 500, Dakar Rally

Favorite Racecar Drivers: Peter Cunningham, Ryan Eversley and Graham Rahal

Favorite Quote: “Have Passion, inspire action and pursue excellence”

Bio:

Jeff Proctor grew up surfing in Southern California and like most American kids played traditional stick and ball sports as well. The allure of racing was sparked from his competitive nature, but it wasn’t until starting his first business, an action sports clothing brand in his college dorm room, that Proctor was able to buy his first motocross bike and begin his lifelong journey in off-road racing.

After racing off-road bikes for nearly a decade, Jeff began to learn the inner workings of running a successful off-road racing program. Hungry for knowledge, he volunteered for anything that was needed, from running parts, to relaying communications or driving a chase truck through the night in Baja. Eventually, Jeff worked his way into navigators seat and continued to race two wheels while looking for an opportunity to drive. Jeff’s first opportunity behind the wheel came in 2006 with Jason LaFortune in the Jeepspeed class. Jason and Jeff continued racing together for several years, eventually evolving to take on the Baja 1000 culminating with a thrilling come from behind Baja 1000 class victory with renowned chassis designer, Craig Hall. The same year, Jeff also piloted his own bike to a BITD season championship in the ultra competitive +30 Expert Bike class.

After many successes, Jeff set his focus on racing on four wheels. In 2013, Jeff began racing in the Trophylite Spec Class with Coen Racing. The Trophylite class offered an affordable, competitive class on an equal playing field. After finishing 2nd Trophylite at Parker and The Mint 400, Jeff acquired the vehicle and began to apply his business skills and race knowledge to run a successful race team.

Jeff has methodically climbed up the through the off-road ladder system from two wheels to four, from limited vehicles to more advanced vehicles.  He has become a student of the sport, constantly seeking to improve his race-craft.

“I spent a lot of years helping in the pits, helping in the race shop, making observations and asking questions. Preparation is fundamental to success and knowledge is key,” stated Jeff.

His approach in systematically acquiring knowledge has prepared him for this next big step in his racing career.

Today, Jeff has embarked on his most ambitious chapter of his race career – Partnering with American Honda on a Honda Performance Development (HPD) -Powered Factory Off-Road Racing Initiative.  Jeff will not only pilot a custom Honda unlimited Twin Turbo off-road race vehicle but also direct and oversee the team’s entire race operation. Jeff will lead his team and Honda to the podium, bringing more high-level race teams to the exciting sport of off-road racing.

Accomplishments

2017 BITD Parker 425 / 7200 - 3rd Place
2016 SCORE Baja 1000 / Class 2 - Champion
2016 SCORE Baja 500 / Class 2 - Champion
2015 SCORE Baja 1000 / Class 2 - Champion
2015 BITD Vegas to Reno / Class 6000 - 3rd Place
2015 BITD Silver State 300 / Class 6000 - 3rd Place
2013 BITD Parker 425 / Class 6000 - 2nd Place
2013 BITD General Tire Mint 400 / Class 6000 - 2nd Place
2012 SCORE / BITD 30+ Expert Motorcycle - Champion
2012 SCORE Baja 1000 / Class 4 (“Ecotec” Class 10) - Champion
2010 SCORE Baja 1000 / Class 4 (“Ecotec” Class 10) - Champion

 

Driver – Jason Lafortune

Jason-Lafortune-Bio-ClippedDriver: Jason LaFortune

DOB: 8/79

Family: 1 wife 2 kids and another on the way

Interesting Facts: Has built winning race cars for Dakar, Australian safari and The Baja 1000 as well as solo driven and won The Baja 1000.

Activities: mountain biking, RC cars, explosions

Favorite Race: The Baja 1000

Favorite Race Car Driver: Ivan Stewart

Favorite Quote: “if u ain’t first you’re last”
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Driver – Sage Marie

S-Marie-Bio-ClippedDriver: Sage Marie

DOB: 03/13/76

Family: Wife, Kelly and son, Mason

Interesting Facts: Senior Manager of Public Relations for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Motorsport background is primarily production based sports car and touring car sprint and endurance racing.

Activities: Sailing, Equestrian (hunter jumper, polo), Skiing

Favorite Race: 25 Hours of Thunderhill

Favorite Race Car Driver: Jason LaFortune, Fernando Alonso

Favorite Quote: “America is all about Speed. Hot, nasty, badass speed.” – Eleanor Roosevelt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Driver / Navigator – Jon Krellwitz

J-Krellwitz-Bio-ClippedDriver/ Navigator: Jon Krellwitz – Navigator

DOB: 08/16/1979

Family: Christa – Wife. Two sons Rhys age 2 and Remi age 1.

Interesting Facts: 3 Time Baja 1000 Class winner

Activities: Backpacking / Adventure / Changing diapers

Favorite Race: Baja mil

Favorite Race Car Driver: Sage Marie / Darren Skilton / Ivan Stewart

Favorite Quote: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Navigator – Karl Armbrust

k-armbrust-Bio-ClippedNavigator: karl Armbrust

DOB: 10-8-58

Family: Wife Karin , 3boys Jared, Lukas, Christian

Interesting Facts: Fireman 27 yr. U.S.A.R Team, Nascar fire rescue team 6yr.

Activities: Hanging out with my family watching my boys play baseball.

Favorite Race: Parker 425

Favorite Race Car Driver: Jason LaFourtune

Favorite Quote: That’s a real cool hand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Navigator – Patrick Smith

Patrick-Smith-Bio-ClippedNavigator: Patrick Smith

DOB: 1981

Family: Five cats.

Interesting Facts: Owner/Operator of Smith Race Wire, part-timeHonda Off-Road codriver.

Activities: Working, Eating, Learning, Sleeping.

Favorite Race: Dakar.

Favorite Race Car Driver: Dennis Anderson.

Favorite Quote: “The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.” – Albert Einstein
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Navigator – Miguel “Loco” Jones

loco-jones-Bio-ClippedNavigator: Miguel “Loco Jones” Medina

DOB: 1984

Family: Single

Interesting Facts: Lead fabricator on the Baja Ridgeline program.

Activities: Fabrication & Welding

Favorite Race: Any race that I am codriving.

Favorite Race Car Driver: Daniel “The Franchise” Vance

Favorite Quote: “To finish first you must first finish” – Source Unknown