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Chad Willis, President, Racing Electronics



Rick is joined this week, but Chad Willis, the President of Racing Electronics in Concord, NC.

Racing Electronics is a fixture at major motorsports events across the country. From the ubiquitous “RE Red” headsets worn by thousands of race fans to the Racing Electronics equipment used on pit road, in the car, and on the spotter stand, Racing Electronics produces and sells the most popular motorsports communication equipment available today.

Racing Electronics offers trackside services to ensure race fans are prepared and race ready!

Accessories sold at the track: splitters, hearing protection and ear-plugs, frequency sheets, custom ear molds shot trackside, and FanVision battery swap (at NASCAR events only).

Devices programmed at the track: RE3000, RE1000, Trackscan, Uniden SC230, and FanVision activations and software updates (at NASCAR events only).

Racing Electronics is a fixture in the racing industry. Fans and those that make their living in the industry appreciate their products and how they innovate.

Chad is an analytics-driven marketer who enjoys tackling the difficult challenges, designing innovative and engaging strategies and working with results-driven teams to generate revenue. A customer-centric marketing and communications professional with a knack for connecting brands and consumers, and creating opportunity by building successful relationships and partnerships.

Great to talk with Chad learning more about Racing Electronics.

 


Willy T. Ribbs, Former Indy Car and NASCAR Racer Now Giving Back



Excited to have Willy T. Ribbs on “Tech of Sports’ this week!

Ribbs is a retired American race car driver, racing owner, known for being the first African-American man to have tested a Formula One car (he did so in 1986) and to compete in the Indianapolis 500. Ribbs competed in many forms of auto racing, including the Trans-Am Series, IndyCar, Champ Car, IMSA, and the NASCAR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series.

Ribbs saw his most success in the Trans-Am Series, winning 17 races while driving for such names as Dan Gurney and Jack Roush. Ribbs’ talent was at times limited by a lack of good equipment, and eclipsed at times by his strong personality

Ribbs is coming to Atlanta. Coming up March 29 & 30 is a new auto race at the Road Atlanta road course benefiting Hope For The Warriors (HFTW). Called, “Vintage Race of Champions,” VROC, it features past superstars of auto racing, including champions of NASCAR, the Indianapolis 500, and sports car racing. The race is organized by Sports Car Vintage Racing Association (SVRA), which has hosted these charity races since 2014, gifting over $750,000 to charity. This is the first time an SVRA Charity Pro-Am will be hosted at Road Atlanta.

HFTW is a national nonprofit organization that provides assistance to combat-wounded service members, their families, and families of those killed in action. The organization focuses on those involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom and their families.

Also involved in the event: NASCAR Champion Mike Skinner is personally involved in HFTW and now races regularly with SVRA. Al Unser, Jr., a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, has raced with SVRA since 2014.

Ribbs’ career story is the subject of a new Adam Carolla documentary titled, “Uppity.”

Ribbs loves talking racing and his career. He and Rick discuss diversity in racing, Ribbs’ memories and why he still competes.

I love this interview and hope you will too.


Bubba Wallace, NASCAR Driver and Runner Up in 2018 Daytona 500



Bubba Wallace is one of the fresh faces of NASCAR. He’s also fresh off a runner up finish at the 2018 Daytona 500.

Rick talks to Bubba, this week, on “Tech of Sports.”

Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. (born October 8, 1993), is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Richard Petty Motorsports. Previously, Wallace was signed as a development driver for Joe Gibbs Racing where Wallace competed in the Camping World Truck Series, driving the No. 54 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports. He also raced in the Xfinity Series, driving the No. 6 Ford Mustang of Roush Fenway Racing, from 2015 to mid 2017.[ Wallace is noted for being one of the most successful African-American drivers in the history of NASCAR.

Wallace’s 2nd place DAYTONA 500 finish is the best-ever by an African-American driver in sport’s most prestigious event

Prior to Sunday’s DAYTONA 500, Wallace received support from several notable sports legends, including Hank Aaron and Lewis Hamilton

A Facebook Watch docu-series entitled “Behind the Wall: Bubba Wallace,” chronicled Wallace’s road to the DAYTONA 500 – from his earliest racing days to his debut as the new full-time driver of the No. 43 Click n’ Close Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Richard Petty Motorsports
Episodes seven and eight, which provide a behind-the-scenes look at Wallace’s second-place finish in the DAYTONA 500, premiere Thursday, February 22 on Facebook Watch

In 2012, Wallace became the first graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity development program to compete in a NASCAR national series race. Since then, he’s won six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races
Three of the program’s alumni – Kyle Larson, Daniel Suárez and now Bubba Wallace – are already racing in the Monster Energy Cup Series, NASCAR’s top division

In October 2013, Wallace won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway to become the first African-American driver to win a NASCAR national series race since NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Wendell Scott in 1963.

Watch Bubba’s Facebook Watch show and keep an eye on him on the tracks of NASCAR.

Bubba Wallace