About Us


Even as a little child, Dave was always found running at full speed regardless of what he was doing. He has taken his passion for driving cars onto the track where he regularly instructs at High Performance Driving Events and races a 1987 Honda Prelude si within SCCA’s competitive Improved Touring B (ITB) class. He consistently runs at the front of the pack, and has earned multiple race wins and track records. In 2012, Dave began racing in the competitive Spec Miata (SM) category and has teamed up with Kessler Engineering to build an all-out Spec Miata built racecar.

As a motorsports enthusisat, Dave also loves getting behind the wheel of different street vehicles and sharing his experiences with others.

Hometown: Newington, CT

Street Cars: 2004 Chevy Tahoe, 2001 Honda S2000

Current Racecar: 1994 Mazda Miata which competed in SM2. 1999 Mazda Miata is in the process of being built for SM.

Previously raced and still owns:  1987 Honda Prelude si, races in SCCA’s Improved Touring B (ITB).

Home Track: Lime Rock Park

Nate’s love for cars started as a young boy when he would help his father fix his 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass. He would often be found playing with Hot Wheels, racing radio controlled cars, and reading the latest automobile magazines imagining one day he would be behind the wheel of some of the fastest ones.

For his seventeenth birthday, be bought himself a go-kart which he loved to race. A few years later, he purchased a Honda Magna VF750C which he customized and enjoyed cruising around in.

His passion for driving took a turn in the fast lane when he put his extensive knowledge of autos to use and teamed up with Dave Gran, assisting him in the growth and development of GoAheadTaketheWheel.com by road testing new vehicles and writing about them.

Nate is a member of the International Motor Press Association and has driven everything from a Kia Rio to Rolls-Royce Phantom. He also participates in autocross, and high performance driving events.

He enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, as well as attending car shows and cruise nights.

Hometown: Berlin, CT
Daily Driver: 2007 Mazda3


Kai is a staff astrophysicist for a space satellite telescope, hence his nickname “astrophysathingy”. He grew up in Germany and had his first contact with fast driving on the Autobahn, and on winding country roads where he drove ambulances for his national service. In 2003 he moved to the U.S. where he eventually rediscovered his love for racing that he had as a child. After finding Dave’s book, it cemented him in becoming hooked.

Kai has been actively participating in motorsports since July 2009. In addition to participating in autocross, and high performance driving events, he also earned his SCCA racing license in 2010.

Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Daily Driver and Occasional Track Rat: 1993 Toyota Corolla
Current racecar: 1999 Honda Civic Si, races in SCCA’s Showroom Stock C (SSC)
Home Track: Summit Point Raceway
Additional Interests: Kai lives and works in Baltimore, MD and enjoys traditional Karate, skiing, photography and racing.

Jake’s love for cars and all things mechanical and moving dates back to his Hot Wheel days. He studied design at RIT in Rochester NY, and The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena Ca, and has been dabbling in one form of motorsports or another since the day after he graduated from college. He did a stint in the automotive prototyping business in SoCal (show cars for GM, Ford, etc.) with a design firm that served the automotive and products industries, and currently works in the residential design industry doing design/build work, in Fairfield County CT. When he’s not working with wood, he can be found welding and fabricating parts for his race car, or restoring his weekend car, a 1973 Porsche 911E. He’s raced at tracks from New Hampshire to San Francisco to Atlanta and many in between and holds lap records at a number of them in SCCA’s Improved Touring 7 class.

Jake has been involved in may volunteer roles for a number of motorsports clubs, and just finished a 7 year stint as a member of the Improved Touring Advisory Committee. (The ITAC) Within SCCA an advisory committees is charged with forming strategy and direction along with rules making and car classification for each of the categories of cars that SCCA sanctions. The AdHocs report to the Competition Racing Board, which approves and finalizes their work for the National rule book, the GCR. Another aspect of volunteering finds Jake instructing with several groups that provide track time as well as race instruction. When not behind the wheel, Jake is often found in the pool, working out as a Masters swimmer. He’s done the Swim Across the Sound charity swim for nearly a decade. He hates running but will pedal his Specialized, or, for longer rides, straddles his Ducati instead.

Hometown: Black Rock, CT
Home Track: Lime Rock Park, CT
Current racecar: Mazda RX-7, races in the Improved Touring IT-7 class. (Subset of ITA)
Daily Driver: 2003 M3 convertible, 1973 Porsche 911E fair
Weather/Track Car: 2005 Ducati St4