Tim Frank’s racing experience is divided between drag racing and road racing. He began drag racing in the mid-1990s at Maryland International Raceway (MIR) in Budds Creek, MD with a Nissan Sentra SE-R. He campaigned the Sentra for several years and was a regular participant in the early days of the import car drag racing craze, including the Toyo Tires Import Shootouts, the now-defunct EIP Import Shootouts, and the long-lived Import Races at Capitol Raceway near Wash. DC. Tim collected several trophies during these years, but ultimately his interest wanned as the expenses in tires and hard parts took a toll.
A few years later after a friend, and former import drag racer, introduced Tim to Auto-X or autocross. Autocross was fun, but ultimately lost Tim’s interest after several events.
After taking a couple of classes in 2008/9 with Skip Barber’s driving school in Lime Rock Park (CT), the introduction to a road course track ignited a passion that continues today. Tim’s old Sentra was repurposed with a bunch of new parts, and the new “track rat” would serve him well for the next few years as he developed skills and experience. Several months after purchasing another Sentra, a dedicated race car with an existing SCCA logbook, Tim took a Driver’s School hosted by the Washington DC Region SCCA, and passed. Soon after earning the SCCA’s Novice Permit in the Spring of 2015, Tim applied to NASA’s national office and was granted a competition license!
Since becoming an official race car driver in 2015, Tim has raced with both SCCA and NASA in a variety of classes including NASA’s Performance Touring E (PTE) and Super Touring 6 (ST6). More recently, Tim focuses on racing in SCCA’s Bracket-IT (BIT) class where the driving is the most competitive for him. Tim has several trophies to his credit, and a personal best lap time on Summit Point’s main track of 1:28.1.
Hailing from Mclean Va, Mike grew up at Summit Point Raceway spending many weekends watching the races with his family and taking pictures of the cool cars with a polaroid. This love photography continues today and you can find Mike capturing memories one shutter click at a time.
After many years of watching he decided to be part of the action and started flagging the races, a passion he still enjoys
After doing some HPDE driving events he purchased a MkII VW GTI dubbed the “POS” (ya, it was ugly). He spent a winter refurbishing it with a lofty goal in mind, the SCCA Runoffs.
Eventually that dream came true, and in a car far less prepared than his competitors he finished 8th in the championship event. A first place as far as true grassroots racing is concerned.
Mike is also active as an instructor for FATT (Summit Points HPDE program), and a tech inspector.