18 SEPTEMBER 2020 scca.comCOVER FEATURE
multiple recommendations to the Solo EventsBoard – and in many ways helped fast track SCCA’screation of an EV-specific autocross category.
But David’s story doesn’t start there, nor
does it begin in 2015 when he clinched his first
National Championship title, that one coming in
Street Touring Xtreme where he won by about
the same margin as in 2019, roughly 0.07sec.
No, his story begins 13 years ago when, at theyouthful age of 39 and with a passing interest incars, David strapped himself into a circle track car.
“My ex-wife bought me a day at the RichardPetty Driving Experience at Homestead,”David admits with a laugh – at that time hedidn’t even know how to drive a stick. “Youget to drive one of those NASCAR-type cars
At the 2019 Tire Rack Solo NationalChampionships, David stormed intothe record books as the Club’s firstNational Champion piloting an EV.
Darrin’s questioning came somewhatrapid-fire: What’s it going to cost to buy a setof wheels and rain tires for the M2? What’sit going to cost to ship the Tesla to Lincoln?
“Well,” David says with a chuckle, “it was less
to ship the Tesla. Then Darrin said to me, ‘Why
bring rain tires when you can bring a rain car?’
Because if it rains, the Tesla is the car to have.”
That was 2019, and the result was
David making headlines – and the cover of
SportsCar – by driving his Model 3 EV to theB Street National Championship. His NationalChampionship was the first for an EV in SCCAcompetition. It was a watershed moment, andone that ultimately led to the Model 3 gettingmoved from B Street to Super Street – per David’s