Dana Walker has been an integral (read financial) part of the scR motorsports racing team since the very beginning. In fact, she was James' first groupie! She's been married to James since 1994. They met in high school, attended the prom together, dated through college, then decided to get hitched in 1994. Dana wasn't a "car guy" until meeting James ... there are rumors that it was the 1984 Camaro with the whitewall tires that won her heart.
When she's not at the race track or paying the team's bills, she spends her time with their newest team member, Zack. So while she may not be very mechanical (see attached picture of Dana hard at work at the track), she's great with the people issues of the team.
At this time, Dana is content to sit on the sidelines and cheer James on to victory. Although she has never raced (except at one autocross ... all she remembers is cones and dust flying at the finish line ... don't ask), she did have the opportunity to drive a full-tilt Busch Grand National car at Michigan Speedway. Her official speed (calculated by James and a stopwatch) was over 140 mph - faster than anyone on the track! James hopes that little Zack will pick up the racing bug just by Dana's attendance at the races!
Crew Chief Tom McCready’s involvement with team scR dates back to day one. As the longest-serving member of team scR, Tom has been involved in every single aspect of the team’s successes, failures, and free beer at the Outback Steakhouse (usually following the team successes). From the early Showroom Stock days, Tom has primarily been involved with the race car chassis and braking system (of course, his day job as a Lead Chassis Controls System Engineer certainly helps out in this regard).
Although we have never counted, Tom also holds the record for the most races attended as an scR crew member. While others have come and gone, Tom’s unwavering dedication to the team’s rigorous travel schedule has created a sense of consistency in the crew ranks. It is this week-to-week familiarity with the ins and outs of the race car care and feeding that has so greatly contributed to the team’s success.
It should also be noted that Tom also probably holds the record for the most free beer consumed at Outback, but that should be the topic of a separate monologue.
Tom’s passion for speed transcends his involvement with team scR, as on the rare off-weekend he can be found piloting his ZX-6 around several of the same racetracks that he attends as Crew Chief. He has also spent significant time behind the wheel of the #34 ITA car at Gingerman Raceway in order to gain a better understanding of just exactly what James is babbling about when he returns from a disappointing session on-track.
While six years have passed at the helm of team scR, Tom’s dedication has never wavered (although he finally got rid of his mullet in ’98). His performance is the benchmark for every past, present, and future team member.
Upon fear that James would convince the team scR family that Patrick once had a mullet, he has been forced to answer "Why do I do this?".
In 1998, Patrick Walker became involved with the SCCA as an active crew member for team scR. His first real weekend with the team, the June Sprints at Road America, tested his automotive passion. Driving over 1600 miles round trip from New York, enduring near triple digit temps, and learning the ropes of racing - all in 4 days - would deter most. (Ignore the fact he was unemployed at the time and had nothing better to do.) But since that first day when he was encouraged to take lap times, positioned less than 10 ft. from Dodge Vipers passing the #34 Saturn at 140mph plus, he has been hooked. As a testament, since 1998 he has missed only a handful of events.
When he's not serving as Crew Chief with team scR, Patrick can be found prepping his own ride for a night out cruising or a day at the track. His 99 Civic Si is equipped with a few 'speed goodies' to make either event more enjoyable. Parts and accessories from Hoosier, Hawk, Centerforce, DC Sports, MSD, Rota, Sabelt, and Sony (just to name a few) can be found throughout the car.
Patrick's desire to drive thousands of mile each season, wrench in the rain, and deal with never-ending sarcasm among crew members can be summed up by his team scR resume. From a complete motor tear down, polishing paint and tires, or helping build the car from scratch, his satisfaction is from being involved every step of the way.
Steve Darling has the distinction of being the oldest documented member of the scR motorsports crew. In fact, long before James, Mark, or John even considered owning their first Saturns, Steve was hard at work helping to develop, test, and evaluate the original Saturn ‘S’ series vehicles. His history and passion for the brand goes deeper than anyone else we know.
As a proud Saturn team member, Steve was eager to join the scR effort while it was still in its infancy and was instrumental in the team’s Showroom Stock successes in 1997 and 1998. In fact, Steve made a guest appearance at the 1998 Runoffs and has actually been spotted at the racetrack several times since, turning a wrench or two along the way.
Steve’s largest contributions, however, are more behind-the-scenes. Acting as the team’s walking Saturn service manual, Steve has been involved in countless scR engine swaps, transmission overhauls, and (unfortunately) accident rebuilds. As testament to his abilities, he and his crew hold what we believe to be the fastest Saturn engine and transmission removal without a torch – a scant 29 minutes from the time the car was shut off.
Without Steve’s dedication, talents, and support, we would still be searching the toolbox for the short-handled hose clamp pliers with the red plastic grips…