54 AUGUST 2020 scca.com
FULL THROTTLE FAMILY
The Missigs are a full-on car and racing family, and
Autobahn Country Club is where they live their passion
WORDS George Tamayo | IMAGES Courtesy Missig family and Autobahn Country Club
Jim and Diana Missig have a shared passion for cars and racingthat was passed on to theirson Jordan, now 22, who isembarking on a racing careerof his own. In fact, it wouldseem that Jordan’s destinywas a forgone conclusionlong before he was born.
Growing up, Jim watchedwith great interest as his fatherworked on a race team that rana Gurney Eagle in the 1970s.
When it was his turn to start acareer, he poured his automotiveinterest into an auto bodybusiness in Joliet, Ill., duringnearly 30 years of ownership.
While running the business,he learned of a novel venturethat would soon spring uppractically in his own backyard:The Autobahn Country Club.
“It was at a Rotary Clubmeeting that Mark Bassofirst presented the idea ofthe club,” said Jim recallingthat his earliest encounterwith Autobahn CountryClub came before it hadyet to break ground.
It would take 10 or so years
from that day for the Missigs to
finally become members. Having
sold their company, it was now
time to live out their passion as
enthusiasts rather than business
owners. With their home only 30
minutes drive from Autobahn,
it quickly became the hub of
their leisure and social time. The
Missigs took advantage not only
of the track and clubhouse, but
also of the opportunity to build a
“Garage Mahal” where they could
store and work on their growing
collection of street and racecars
on the ground floor while
hanging out and entertaining
on the top level. From April to
October, it’s practically their
second home. For Jordan, it
presented a rare opportunity.
“It was a teenager’s dreamto be able to live at, and haveaccess to, a racetrack five oreven six days a week,” saysJordan, who started racing ago-kart at Autobahn CountryClub when he was 18.
Proving his driving prowessdidn’t take long. Within threeseasons, he won the MargayIgnite Senior Class kartingchampionship as well as histhird Autobahn Club Kartingtitle. Then in 2018, he jumpedinto a Radical SR3 to run apartial season in the SCCAPro Racing sanctioned RadicalCup North America along withthe Autobahn’s own Radicalseries. By 2019, the youngSCCA Chicago Region memberwas dominating the Radicalseries at the track and nearlywinning the national series asa rookie, ultimately finishingsecond overall. Now, in 2020,he moves into a single-seaterwith Newman Wachs Racing
A PLACE TO PLAY
Autobahn Country Club has built adiverse facility (LEFT) capped withan amazing racetrack (TOP). Thecombination has allowed JordanMissig (ABOVE) to quickly getup to speed in some of the mostchallenging SCCA Pro Racingseries around, like FR Americas.