Northern Staff

Richard Harris, Owner

Hometown:Clinton

Nickname:

Profession:Machinist, Owner of STT, STS, and ApexMfg

Bike(s):Triumph Daytona 675R, TZ250

Favorite Track(s):The one I'm pulling into.

On the Track Since:1995

Highlights:Finishing five rounds of AMA Supersport in 2012

Goals:To continue to grow SportbikeTrack Time, SportbikeTire Service, and ApexMfg to be best in the industry - and have fun doing it!

Track Day Advice:Use our instructors, they are the best in the industry and are here to help you improve and have fun. It's all about having fun. If you're not having fun, you're not riding right.

Trevor Sadler, Chief Operating Officer

Hometown:Charlotte

Nickname:mastermindtrev

Profession:audio engineer

Bike(s):a bunch

Favorite Track(s):there are very few I don't like....

On the Track Since:2005

Highlights:Along with my wonderful wife, directing the southern division of Sportbike Track Time, and working for Richard and Julie Harris. Riding a motorcycle on a track is a ton of fun, and a wonderful experience - I wonder if I will ever tire of it? One thing I do know is that I have made some of the very best friends at the track, riding motorcycles.

Goals:To continue doing what I'm doing!!!

Track Day Advice:One. Step. At. A. Time. When you come to your first trackday, it can be overwhelming. Take pause.... you are simply riding your bike on a wonderful, twisty road that repeats every two or so miles (four - if it's Road America!!!!). Don't overwhelm yourself - you're just riding your bike. Don't try to get to "A" pace in one day... that's skipping steps, and if you don't take it one step at a time, well.... fixing bikes is no fun.

Tea Palella, Chief Technology Officer

Hometown:Harvard

Nickname:Supergirl

Profession:Software Developer

Bike(s):R6, 125GP, 600RR

Favorite Track(s):Barber, Autobahn

On the Track Since:2007

Highlights:Steve and I got married!! Proud owner of a fast little bike I won an AMA Grand National Championship I was a fighter pilot for a day

Goals:To never stop learning on and off the track To drop a few seconds at all tracks!!!

Track Day Advice:Relax, Breathe, Ask Questions. We are here to help you! Never hesitate to ask for help. Always remember to have fun.

Nicholas Amelio, Director

Hometown:

Nickname:Gunshow Nick

Profession:Northern Director

Bike(s):R6

Favorite Track(s):Road America and Autobahn

On the Track Since:2000

Highlights:

Goals:

Track Day Advice:It's more about the paddock than the track.

Chris Onwiler, Lead Instructor

Hometown:Kankakee

Nickname:K3

Profession:Senior Editor at TrackdayMag.com

Bike(s):GSXR1000, Aprillia Mille R

Favorite Track(s):Where are we at today, Richard?

On the Track Since:1998

Highlights:Helping to create the STT Intermediate classroom program. Attending Speed Academy and having my riding style turned upside down.

Goals:To stay as fast as I can for as long as I can

Track Day Advice:Do not be seduced by bling. Protective gear and tires are both Number 1. Suspension is Number 2. The rest is nice to have.

Gary Urankar, Lead Instructor

Hometown:Cicero

Nickname:

Profession:Project Manager

Bike(s):CBR 600RR, 1000RR

Favorite Track(s):Road America to Road Atlanta and everything in between

On the Track Since:2006

Highlights:Over 20 track days last year. Job that gives me more time on track!

Goals:Help customers learn the skills to handle different situations on track.

Track Day Advice:Your head is your biggest asset on track. Use it to look ahead and be smooth. Learn technique first and speed will follow. Ask the STT staff to help you get better.

Matt McCurrie, Lead Instructor

Hometown:New Lenox

Nickname:Bomber

Profession:Bomb Technician, Cook County Sheriff

Bike(s):08 Ducati 1098 , 07 Yamaha R6

Favorite Track(s):Any time on the track , is my favorite

On the Track Since:Race

Highlights:17 years as a Bomb technician, 26 Years as a Policemen with Cook County Sheriff's Police department. Learning how to ride the R6 after 12 years of riding twins.

Goals:Four more years until retirement, Then get another job.

Track Day Advice:Be open to try new things . Learn at your own pace.

Steve Palella, Lead Instructor

Hometown:Harvard

Nickname:

Profession:Carpenter

Bike(s):Aprilia MilleR, GSXR 1000

Favorite Track(s):I like them all. Least favorite, Nelson Ledges!

On the Track Since:1989

Highlights:Getting Married. Winning the WERA 2012 Heavyweight Twins SB championship and the A Superbike championship.

Goals:To become a better, more focused rider/racer in 2013. To be able to take the knowledge I learn on the race track and pass it along to new riders at trackdays.

Track Day Advice:We are all out there for fun. Don't ever hesitate to come and ask anyone of the STT staff for help if you are having problems or have a question. Don't forget to breath!

Stuart Moore, Lead Instructor

Hometown:Vernon Hills

Nickname:Stuey

Profession:CNC Machining Business

Bike(s):gsxr 600, 750, cbr600, TZ250

Favorite Track(s):Barber, Road Atlanta

On the Track Since:2006

Highlights:My 35 years with wife Janet, and enjoying weekends with the STT family

Goals:

Track Day Advice:Come prepared mentally, physically, with a safely equipped bike. Relax, be smooth on the throttle, brakes and body position. Above all, have fun!

Aaron Hardiman, Instructor

Hometown:auburn hills

Nickname:Smalls

Profession:Martial Arts Instructor

Bike(s):2009 Kawasaki ZX6R

Favorite Track(s):Mid Ohio, Grattan, Road Atlanta

On the Track Since:2005

Highlights:nothing new, just hanging being dad.....

Goals:Getting back into club racing for 2013, hopefully I can win some championships for myself and the Apex race team.

Track Day Advice:Relax and have fun, Don't be afraid to ask for help from any of the STT staff, they are a wealth of info.

Aaron Bagwell, Instructor

Hometown:Burt

Nickname:

Profession:

Bike(s):2007 Yamaha R6

Favorite Track(s):Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course, Grattan

On the Track Since:2000

Highlights:Competing in AMA Supersport 2010 - 2012.

Goals:Continue to improve lap times at the tracks I ride. Grow the sport by sharing the things that I have learned in the last 13 years of riding on the track.

Track Day Advice:Ride within yourself. Know your abilities and don't ride beyond them.

Adam van Loozenoord, Instructor

Hometown:Byron Center

Nickname:turbo12

Profession:IT Manager

Bike(s):Ducati Panigale 1199 S

Favorite Track(s):Grattan, Road America, Gingerman

On the Track Since:2007

Highlights:Switching back from an inline 4 to a v-twin

Goals:Continue to develop myself as a rider and coach while spending time with an exceptional bunch of customers and staff.

Track Day Advice:Relax, focus on reference points, and have fun!

Andrew Feldhaus, Instructor

Hometown:Lafayette

Nickname:Andrew

Profession:Plant Manager @ Diamondback Gutter Cover

Bike(s):2008 Yamaha R6 - Track, 2003 Yamaha FJR1300 -- Street

Favorite Track(s):Grattan

On the Track Since:2002

Highlights:obtaining my race license with WERA and competing.

Goals:Help others improve their ridding and work on my own.

Track Day Advice:Check your ego at the gate and don't be too proud to ask for help, that's what we are here for and we enjoy doing so. Most of all HAVE FUN!!!!!!

Aubrey Stewart, Instructor

Hometown:Warren

Nickname:Aubs

Profession:Sales Manager at STG!

Bike(s):09 Yamaha r6

Favorite Track(s):Grattan and Barber

On the Track Since:2009

Highlights:Starting my position here at STG as the Sales Manager, doing my first couple races in 2012 and I'm going to be an aunt again this summer!

Goals:Possibly doing a full race season with WERA this year and making it to another out of state track!

Track Day Advice:Relax! Don't rush yourself, listen to the instructor(s) and have fun!

Bart Schuster, Instructor

Hometown:Reston

Nickname:Barto

Profession:Regional Manager

Bike(s):2011 Kawasaki ZX-10r

Favorite Track(s):Road America

On the Track Since:2003

Highlights:Getting engaged, new home, CCS and the 2013 STT season

Goals:To continue to teach students whom become faster and more proficient then me.

Track Day Advice:1) come ready you first and your equipment second 2) use us as your instructors, we have been there, done that and wreaked it. Learn from us it is far less expensive 3) look where you want to go remembering you can\'t control what is happening behind you 4) make sure there is fuel in your bike 5) Breath and more of it

Chad Szeman, Instructor

Hometown:Adrian

Nickname:

Profession:CMM Programmer, Quality Assurance Technician Aerospace

Bike(s):06 GSXR 750, 92 ZX7 K2, 01 ZX12R

Favorite Track(s):Grattan, Putnam, Barber

On the Track Since:2008

Highlights:

Goals:To be available to help as many riders as possible. To continually improve myself.

Track Day Advice:Relax, use the instructors, we are there for you. Work on your individual goals at your own pace. Do not get frustrated. Have fun and enjoy the comradery that this sport creates amongst the participants.

Ciegi Bustle, Instructor

Hometown:Morrow

Nickname:Squegee

Profession:Data Entry

Bike(s):2008 R6

Favorite Track(s):Brainerd International Raceway

On the Track Since:2008

Highlights:Moved from Iowa to Ohio. Got married in Costa Rica January 2013 and became an STT Coach.

Goals:To help others excel in their riding skills and love this sport as much as I do. Learn, how and what, to improve on with myself and my riding skills. Try to help women riders to feel more comfortable and confident on track and to race more rounds with WERA.

Track Day Advice:Relax and HAVE FUN! Walk around and get to know the staff and people in the paddock. Ask questions and help others like you would like to be helped.

Clayton Potter, Instructor

Hometown:Deerfield

Nickname:Clayton

Profession:Architect

Bike(s):Aprilia RSV4F, MV F3

Favorite Track(s):Road America, COTA, NOLA

On the Track Since:1985

Highlights:

Goals:

Track Day Advice:Smooth is fast

Dan Cox, Instructor

Hometown:Grand Rapids

Nickname:TowerDmC

Profession:Audi Mechanic

Bike(s):2005 GSXR1000, 1998 TL1000R, 2002 SV650S

Favorite Track(s):Grattan

On the Track Since:2006

Highlights:The absolute BEST part of the day is the afternoon, when Novice students start to \'get\' it

Goals:Keep on keepin\' on...

Track Day Advice:Relax, have fun, ask questions

David Vaughn, Instructor

Hometown:Chicago

Nickname:Dave

Profession:Financial Services

Bike(s):2008 GSXR 600

Favorite Track(s):Road Atlanta

On the Track Since:1999

Highlights:

Goals:

Track Day Advice:Be safe, have fun!

Dean Bustle, Instructor

Hometown:Morrow

Nickname:Scrub

Profession:Pavement Marking

Bike(s):08 Yamaha R6, 07 Suzuki SV650

Favorite Track(s):Jennings, Barber and Putnam

On the Track Since:2007

Highlights:Getting hitched to my beautiful wife Ciegi. Non motorcycle related but any other recent highlight pales in comparison.

Goals:Continue to give back to the track day community. Improve my own skills as a rider and an instructor. Get more involved in racing and try to earn those white plates.

Track Day Advice:Take full advantage of the help that is provided from your Instructors. Be sure to stop after your session to get some feedback.

Devin Stewart, Instructor

Hometown:Warren

Nickname:Devin

Profession:Auto body repair

Bike(s):07 R6, 07 TTR 125

Favorite Track(s):I love them all

On the Track Since:2009

Highlights:

Goals:

Track Day Advice:Be smooth

Don Cook, Instructor

Hometown:Chesterton

Nickname:

Profession:Investment Guru

Bike(s):GSXR750, BMW R1200GSA, '70 Triumph Trophy, Triumph 675r

Favorite Track(s):Road America, Putnam, Autobahn, Grattan, Gingerman

On the Track Since:1995

Highlights:Transitioning to coaching full time last year from racing was a blast. Rain riding last year at Gingerman was like splashing in puddles when I was a kid! Attended Jason DiSalvo's school in Alabama and can't wait to get back to it. Who could ask for a better opportunity than getting a tow and advice from Jason, Brian Stokes and their crew? I also picked up a dual sport bike and attended BMW's off-road school in California getting schooled in desert and off-road.

Goals:My primary goal is to help riders recognize the one or two primary things they can do to better enjoy their day at the track.

Track Day Advice:Your bike is an incredible piece of engineering, so be a good passenger. Think about the track in terms of connecting the dots. Set realistic goals so you can have fun.

Eddie Bingham, Instructor

Hometown:NAPERVILLE

Nickname:FAST EDDIE

Profession:OWNER: Naperville Motorsports

Bike(s):GSX-R750

Favorite Track(s):Laguna Seca

On the Track Since:1975

Highlights:

Goals:To create riders that truly understand the art of turning a motorcycle

Track Day Advice:Before throwing your leg over your bike, make sure you have a plan set for the day. Ask yourself what you want to accomplish at the track, then execute your plan.

Eric Cell, Instructor

Hometown:Grand Rapids

Nickname:ECell

Profession:Sales Representative

Bike(s):Daytona 675

Favorite Track(s):Grattan

On the Track Since:2005

Highlights:Selling my SV650 that I was very comfortable on and converting my street Daytona 675 to a full on track bike. Finding out that my wife is pregnant with twin boys. They should be here no later than 9-9-13. :)

Goals:To continue to coach other riders and help them learn to be safer, smoother, and overall better riders. I\'m also looking forward to learning more about my Triumph and becoming a better rider on a much faster motorcycle.

Track Day Advice:Relax, breathe, and don\'t forget to have fun. Learn to be smooth. Abrupt inputs (throttle, brakes, and steering) upset the bike and cause it to do things you might not expect. Being smooth will make the bike and yourself more predictable.

Erik Lindgren, Instructor

Hometown:Lombard

Nickname:Kriky

Profession:Ditch digger

Bike(s):Aprila rsv4, Ducati hypermotard

Favorite Track(s):None

On the Track Since:2006

Highlights:None, I just want to ride!

Goals:Go faster and save my tires is that possible?

Track Day Advice:This is about fun, so play nice be safe and have fun.

George Knezevich, Instructor

Hometown:west chicago

Nickname:gk103

Profession:master machinist

Bike(s):suzuki

Favorite Track(s):putnam

On the Track Since:2001

Highlights:burger bash @ autobahn

Goals:continue to have a lot of fun! & take my riding to the next level

Track Day Advice:relax & ask for help

Glen Johnson, Instructor

Hometown:Schaumburg

Nickname:Ghostman

Profession:AT&T CIM Manager

Bike(s):Honda CBR954RR & Honda 919

Favorite Track(s):Road America, Barber, Mid-Ohio,and Mazda Raceway

On the Track Since:1976

Highlights:Retired from the US Army after 26 Years, 7 Months, and 8 Days... :)

Goals:To improve my \"At Speed\" riding skills to the best of my ability. To pass on those learned skills to my students.

Track Day Advice:COME FULLY PREPARED TO RIDE \"AT SPEED\"!!! Be prepared to ride, mentally and physically. Start preparing days before your Track Day, by eating the proper foods and drinking the proper beverages. Also, ensure your motorcycle is prepped and safe. Go to Google Maps and survey the Track you are going to ride during your Track Day(s). If possible, print out the track map and bring it with you as reference material. Most of all, enjoy yourself, that\'s what it\'s all about!!! :)

Greg Kotlinski, Instructor

Hometown:O Fallon

Nickname:Mr. Incredible

Profession:IT

Bike(s):2014 ZX6R - 2009 Yamaha R1

Favorite Track(s):Barber - VIR

On the Track Since:2006

Highlights:Getting the opportunity to coach other people with the same great passion for motorcycles and riding.

Goals:Improve my riding and coaching. Get back to doing some racing. Have fun!

Track Day Advice:Relax. Don't try to work on to many things at once. One thing at a time! Ride with a purpose. HAVE FUN!

Ionut Sandru, Instructor

Hometown:FRANKLIN PARK

Nickname:Bogdan

Profession:Operating Engineer

Bike(s):07 ZX6R

Favorite Track(s):Grattan, ACC North, ACC South, Gingerman, Road America and Putnam.

On the Track Since:2010

Highlights:

Goals:

Track Day Advice:Kenny Roberts 4 ways to corner: Go in slow - come out slow Go in slow - come out fast Go in fast - come out slow Go in fast - don\'t come out at all

Ivan Roman, Instructor

Hometown:Commerce Twp.

Nickname:

Profession:Engineering Management

Bike(s):Yamaha R6 (sold) and Triumph 675R

Favorite Track(s):Grattan

On the Track Since:2002

Highlights:Raced WERA for a couple years and obtained regional Championship in Formula 1 Novice class.

Goals:Retire to have more time to ride my bikes.

Track Day Advice:Be smooth and patient. Speed comes over time - no need to rush it!

James Gaylord, Instructor

Hometown:

Nickname:

Profession:Innovation Program Manager

Bike(s):CBR600, CRF 450, Trail 50

Favorite Track(s):Road Atlanta

On the Track Since:1999

Highlights:Being the father of two beautiful little girls

Goals:Being the best father I can be

Track Day Advice:Breath and relax. This is FUN!

Jason Bowman, Instructor

Hometown:Columbus

Nickname:Rabbit

Profession:EMT, Medical Assistant, Surgical Tech

Bike(s):2008 Yamaha R6, 2012 Ducati 1199S

Favorite Track(s):Putnam, Jennings, Mid O, AutoBahn

On the Track Since:2009

Highlights:

Goals:To continue to learn so I can pass off my skills to others

Track Day Advice:NEVER! be afraid to as a staff member a question... Take it slow, stay relaxed be smooth and above all else have fun!

Jeff Little, Instructor

Hometown:Sandwich

Nickname:

Profession:Air Traffic Controller

Bike(s):RSV4, GSXR-600

Favorite Track(s):Road America,Barber, Grattan,

On the Track Since:2008

Highlights:Youngest daughters wedding....

Goals:Hang with Rob and Erik for a few laps........

Track Day Advice:Relax..........

Jeremy Decker, Instructor

Hometown:Woodridge

Nickname:

Profession:Electrical Engineer

Bike(s):ZX6R

Favorite Track(s):The one I\'m at!

On the Track Since:2007

Highlights:Aquiring expert race license

Goals:Go faster

Track Day Advice:Never turn a wheel on a track without a specific goal for that session

Jim Cottrell, Instructor

Hometown:West Bloomfield

Nickname:Jim

Profession:Engineer

Bike(s):R6, GSXR750, Harley Road Glide, DRZ125

Favorite Track(s):Grattan

On the Track Since:1996

Highlights:Getting to instruct my Daughter on the track last summer and getting to know my new bike, Love it

Goals:To have fun hanging out with great people.

Track Day Advice:Go slow to go fast. Use the STT staff, we will help you.

Jonathan Weirath, Instructor

Hometown:Saint Clair Shores

Nickname:Jonny Boy

Profession:Service Planner

Bike(s):2008 GSXR 750, 2008 R6

Favorite Track(s):Grattan, any track I can ride at!

On the Track Since:2009

Highlights:Got married, and wife bought me a new motorcycle!

Goals:Meet new people, make great new friends, be on the track as much as possible, and MOST important have fun! Winning a WERA championship or two would be fun also.

Track Day Advice:Stay within your comfort zone and only work on one or two things at a time. Focus on the fundamentals and learn them correctly the first time. Remember its not a race and we are all out there to have fun, learn something new and return home safe.

Joshua Mompher, Instructor

Hometown:Holland

Nickname:Ohio_1199Duc

Profession:Engineer

Bike(s):2013 Ducati Panigale s

Favorite Track(s):Grattan and Barber

On the Track Since:2012

Highlights:Joining the STT family. Made the trip to Barber this year and also visited the museum there. Such and amazing trip and it will be my season opener and season wrap-up from now on!

Goals:Be the best coach I can be and work on my own riding skills.

Track Day Advice:Focus on the fundamentals, be smooth, and have fun! Never hesitate to grab a coach and ask as many questions as you can!

Justin Chmielewski, Instructor

Hometown:South Lyon

Nickname:Stickboy

Profession:Police Sergeant in Metro Detroit

Bike(s):08 R6

Favorite Track(s):Never met a track I didn't like!

On the Track Since:2000

Highlights:Starting my 13th year with STT, the last 12 as an instructor. Every track event has its own highlights both on and off the track.

Goals:Spending more time at the track, obviously!

Track Day Advice:Slow down to go fast and don't let your ego get in the way of learning. Don't be afraid to ask questions of the instructors, that is why we are here!

Kenneth White, Instructor

Hometown:Lake Village

Nickname:Kenny

Profession:Electrical Engineer

Bike(s):01 GSXR1000, 08 GSXR600

Favorite Track(s):Too many to choose from!

On the Track Since:2010

Highlights:

Goals:To help other track day enthusiasts and riders improve on their riding skill set!

Track Day Advice:Relax, ask lots of questions, drink lots of water and have lots of fun!!!

Kenny Horst, Instructor

Hometown:Stockbridge

Nickname:Sullivan

Profession:Industrial electronics

Bike(s):2003 & 2008 yamaha r6

Favorite Track(s):Grattan Raceway

On the Track Since:2003

Highlights:Beating Harley at laser tag.

Goals:To own a tz250

Track Day Advice:Relax. While the concept of the racetrack seems intimidating, it doesn't have to. You are surround by skilled instructors and we all have one goal, to help you! Always have fun!!!

Kevin Swanson, Instructor

Hometown:Greenville

Nickname:Swanny

Profession:Network Administrator

Bike(s):2005 R6, 2000 R6, 2004 VFR800

Favorite Track(s):Road America, Grattan

On the Track Since:2011

Highlights:Having the opportunity to become a STT coach and give back to the sport I love.

Goals:

Track Day Advice:Have a plan for what you want to improve and accomplish each trackday / session. Try not to rush the learning process. Before going fast you sometimes need to slowdown and work on proper form and technique. Take advantage of working with STT staff and always remember to have fun!

Mark Nemetz, Instructor

Hometown:De Pere

Nickname:nummy

Profession:Electric Operations Supervisor, WPS Corporation

Bike(s):Kawasaki ZX6RR, KLR650; Suzuki TL1000R, GS700ES; Harley-Davidson Softail, 2 Yamaha scooters.

Favorite Track(s):Road America, Autobahn, Brainerd

On the Track Since:2005

Highlights:Becoming an STT Staff member, starting my 15th year as a Field Rep for the American Motorcyclist Association (District #16) retiring from CCS racing, and my wife & I becoming "empty-nesters."

Goals:To ride safe and enjoy time with my track day pals.

Track Day Advice:Start-out slow and enjoy all the aspects of track day participation - it's not all about just going fast. It's a privilege for you to ride on the track with others, so be safe and don't put them in jeopardy. Don't hesitate to ask questions - the STT staff is here to help make your track day fun and rewarding!

Mike Brandt, Instructor

Hometown:Grand Rapids

Nickname:Soupy

Profession:Business Owner and Manager www.soupysperformance.com

Bike(s):BMW S1000RR, Aprilia SXV550, Turbo Hayabusa, KTM 450 XC-W

Favorite Track(s):Grattan and Barber

On the Track Since:2004

Highlights:Baby boy on the way! Scheduled to arrive June 3!

Goals:Continue a fun life with great hobbies, including riding motorcycles and instructing with STT.

Track Day Advice:Relax, ask questions, listen to all the people who are so very willing to help and have fun!

Mike Bell, Instructor

Hometown:Valparaiso

Nickname:Bell

Profession:Mechanical Engineer

Bike(s):09 ZX6R, 08 ZX6R 04 ZX10, 08 CBR600RR

Favorite Track(s):Grattan, Autobahn, Putnam, all of them!!

On the Track Since:2009

Highlights:

Goals:Continue to improve my riding skill set and to pass my knowledge onto other riders to help them become better, safer riders!

Track Day Advice:Come early, come prepared. Be well rested and have plenty of fun!!!!

Mike Wemmer, Instructor

Hometown:Pewaukee

Nickname:Meatball

Profession:Service Consultant

Bike(s):SV650

Favorite Track(s):Gingerman

On the Track Since:1999

Highlights:Passed my rider evaluation on Saturday 7/30/16 and lead my 1st group of riders on track at Autobahn on Sunday.

Goals:To ride as many tracks as I can. Help as many people as possible. And become a better rider myself.

Track Day Advice:Stay relaxed, have fun and enjoy your time on the track. It is an addiction.

Nicholas Desautels, Instructor

Hometown:Park Forest

Nickname:Grasshopper

Profession:Project Management / Application Engineering

Bike(s):SVs

Favorite Track(s):All of them

On the Track Since:2000

Highlights:Attended Speed Academy, Attended American Supercamp, 2013 CCS Thunderbike Midwest Champion, #5 overall in CCS Midwest, Completed BA in Project Management.

Goals:To stay healthy, continue to improve my riding skills, start a family with my beautiful wife Adriana and hopefully create more miniature track junkies someday.

Track Day Advice:Relax and breath when you have your helmet on. Do the chicken dance.

Owen Johnson, Instructor

Hometown:Hammond

Nickname:Black Mamba

Profession:Weathering Services, Instrumentation/Calibration

Bike(s):09 ZX6R(Green), 09 ZX6R(Blue), 07 GSXR-750

Favorite Track(s):The one I arrive at!

On the Track Since:2010

Highlights:Received my race licence and able to compete with CCS & WERA!

Goals:To help others improve and develop their riding skills.

Track Day Advice:*Come to the track plenty rested! *Keep well hydrated throughout the day! *Go fast in fast corners and slow in slow corners! *Make sure your bike is good working order before arriving at the track. *Relax & dont forget to breathe! *Check tire pressures throughout the day! *If youre feeling exhausted, just sit out a session! *Ask instructors LOTS of questions! WE LOVE THEM!!! HAVE LOTS OF FUN!!!

Paul Strouse, Instructor

Hometown:White Lake

Nickname:

Profession:Auto Supplier Sales Account Manager

Bike(s):'13 Daytona 675, '04 GSXR 750, '06 KTM 525EXC, '05 KTM 450SMR, '02 DR650

Favorite Track(s):Grattan, Barber, Mid-Ohio

On the Track Since:2004

Highlights:Having the opportunity to become an instructor for STT while continuing to learn and improve my skills on the track with a great organization. Also, I recently made the trip south to ride Barber for the first time and was amazed at the facilities, track, and of course the museum. It will be a regular trip for me now!

Goals:To continue improving and developing my riding and instructional skills with STT, travel across the US to ride as many tracks as possible, and help STT customers enjoy riding on the track as much as I do!

Track Day Advice:Relax and enjoy yourself all day long. Ask questions, if you have them. The Staff members are here to help you get the most from your time at the track. Practice being smooth and consistent; don't focus just on lap times!

Piotr Urlinski, Instructor

Hometown:Justice

Nickname:PETE

Profession:Automotive Technican

Bike(s):S1000rr/S1000rr

Favorite Track(s):Autobahn ,Putnam, Road america

On the Track Since:2010

Highlights:

Goals:

Track Day Advice:Relax and have fun .RIDE WITH YOUR LIMITS....Keep the shiny side up.....

Rob Wienhoff, Instructor

Hometown:St. Charles

Nickname:Hoffer

Profession:Businessman

Bike(s):Aprilia RSV4; GSXR1000

Favorite Track(s):Autobahn; Grattan

On the Track Since:2003

Highlights:Having great kids, building businesses and joining the STT family!

Goals:To constantly improve in every area of life. The journey is what it is all about. Wake up and get busy living!

Track Day Advice:Take your time. Have fun. Challenge yourself. A track day is for you and between you and the track. Work on areas that challenge you. Ask Questions.

Robbie Scudder, Instructor

Hometown:St. Joseph

Nickname:

Profession:Winemaker

Bike(s):2007 Suzuki SV650

Favorite Track(s):Road America, Grattan, New Jersey

On the Track Since:2009

Highlights:Won the 2013 AHRMA Battle of Twins F3 national championship on my SV650 and took 2nd in Battle of Twins F2.

Goals:To continue my racing career by winning more national championships, grid in a professional race, and continue to pass down what I have learned to as a racer to people who want to become faster riders.

Track Day Advice:It takes time to get fast, start slow and learn to be smooth before you worry about lap times or being the fastest person out there. Once you learn the to be smooth, being fast will come easy.

Shelly Gora, Instructor

Hometown:crest hill

Nickname:Evil Twin

Profession:AT&T Project Management

Bike(s):07 CBR 600RR

Favorite Track(s):Barber, ACC & Grattan

On the Track Since:2007

Highlights:Always making track days fun!

Goals:To continue learning and expanding my knowledge base and always passing that on to new riders! Always working on getting more girls to the track! And as always get faster!

Track Day Advice:BREATHE, RELAX and most of all HAVE FUN!

Todd Thomas, Instructor

Hometown:Shelby township

Nickname:T2

Profession:Sherwin Williams account manager

Bike(s):2012 Yamaha R1, 2005 GSXR1000

Favorite Track(s):Grattan, Mid Ohio, Barber

On the Track Since:1994

Highlights:One of the last track days I did 2012 some of my fellow staffers were roasting me in front of a female friend I brought to the track for her first time and while this was happening Dennis Baker (fellow staffer) had given me a great compliment telling me I was the STT instructors instructor (the guy who helps the staff go faster) Thanks Dennis, after him saying this I gave it some thought and actually found that I have done this a lot with more then a handful of our staff over the years and in do

Goals:Always have fun and enjoy what ever it is your doing.

Track Day Advice:Have fun, ride at your own pace, look where you want to go, slow is fast take your time work the track in sections one at a time figure out your break markers and turn in points then connect the dots.

Tom Southworth, Instructor

Hometown:Royal Oak

Nickname:IL8APEX

Profession:Industrial Designer

Bike(s):Triumphs

Favorite Track(s):Grattan, Road Atlanta (wrong region, but deserves a mention!)

On the Track Since:2006

Highlights:Went to Putnam for the first time in 2012... Crushed it!

Goals:Discover the next level of speed without compromising my usual large safety margin.

Track Day Advice:Always start a session with two laps at 70% speed and work up from there. Too many people get anxious and whack the throttle open too soon.

Tom McCurrie, Instructor

Hometown:Chicago

Nickname:Tommy

Profession:Association Management

Bike(s):2007 GSX-R 600

Favorite Track(s):Road America

On the Track Since:2004

Highlights:

Goals:

Track Day Advice:Relax, be patient, learn and have fun!

Troy Havelka, Instructor

Hometown:Plainfield

Nickname:T'znutz, Skeeter, hey you.....

Profession:Warranty Administrator for Navistar Inc.

Bike(s):ZX6R

Favorite Track(s):Autobahn, Barber, Putnam

On the Track Since:2004

Highlights:

Goals:To be so fast, that I will eventually turn into a ball of light. Took back possession of my first bike. 1972 CB450 Honda. It was sitting in a garage for 18 years where it was torn apart and left for dead. Time permitting, I'm going to start the resurrection process.

Track Day Advice:Anyone can go fast in a straight line. Take the time to focus on your body position and being smooth. Steady, even breathing and a relaxed grip go a lot further than an ego. Stick with me, I'll get you there.

Will Caruso, Instructor

Hometown:Wyandotte

Nickname:Will

Profession:Fire Fighter/Paramedic

Bike(s):Ducati 899 Panigale

Favorite Track(s):Grattan

On the Track Since:2007

Highlights:Being asked to instruct for STT

Goals:To help out the novice in becoming a more confident and capable rider Personally, to learn from the senior staff and continue improving my own riding, hoping to attend YCRS or Colin Edwards Boot Camp in the near future

Track Day Advice:Like any teachable skill becoming fast at the track is a process, take your time to learn from instructors and better riders, it won't all come together the first day, the first weekend, and probably not even the first year, that's part of why this hobby is so addicting, strive for constant incremental improvements