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Formula Light Drivers

Formula Light Drivers

Travis Thompson #2

Driver Name : Travis Thompson
Age : 31
Hometown : Humble, Tx
Email : tkt7195@gmail.com
Website : badwinereviews.com
Instagram Link : instagram.com/bad_wine_reviews
Team Name : BadWineReviews Racing
Boat Class : Formula Lights
Boat Number : 2
Crew Chief : Davey Thompson
Engine Builder : Davey Thompson
Crew Members : Mark Adams, Tyler Thompson, Taylor Langston
Years as a Race Driver : 11
Occupation : Account Manager
Employer : Emerson
Years On The Job : 2
What Got You Started Racing : My dad took me to a race in 2001 in Baytown, Tx and I got hooked on the speed and sound. I got a ride in the two seater in 2004 and got hooked on the G forces.
Sponsors : www.badwinereviews.com
Career Highlights : Numerous podium finishes and local race wins.
Racing Goals : Win a major series race.

Amanda Hagerl #4

Crew Chief : Don Hagerl
Engine Builder : Don Hagerl
Crew Members : Don Hagerl, MaryEllen Hagerl, Nour Hagerl, Chris Hagerl, Jim Hagerl
Driver Name : Amanda Hagerl
Age : 31
Years as a race driver : 21
Occupation : High School Social Studies and Health Teacher
Who got you started racing? : Family Sport, Father and two older brothers race/raced
What made you want to race? : To share something with my family
Career Highlights : Hall of Champions

Don Wilson #9

Driver Name : DON WILSON
Age : 59
Hometown : Jefferson City, MO
Email : pttracer9@gmail.com
Facebook Link : US Formula Lights Powerboat Tour
Team Name : DON PEDRO RACING
Boat Class : FORMULA LIGHTS/SST 45
Boat Number : 9
Crew Chief : MIKE PIEL,
Engine Builder : JOEY HARPER
Crew Members : T-BO (Tom Bohannon), Stan Meyer, Bob Burns, Preston Smith
Nickname : DON PEDRO
Spouse Name : SUZY WILSON
Years Together With Spouse : 34
Years as a Race Driver : 24
Occupation : FINANCIAL ADVISOR
Employer : MOSERS
Years On The Job : 30 +
What Got You Started Racing : SPENT MANY YEARS AS A FAN GOING TO RACES, ESPECIALLY THE ST. LOUIS GRAN PRIX AT GEORGE WINTER PARK, AND FROM THERE THE INTEREST GREW TO THE POINT BUD NOLLMAN PURCHASED A BOAT AND AS THEY SAY THE \"REST IS HISTORY\".
Sponsors : PORT NECHES TOWING (PORT NECHES, TX), GASKET ENGINEERING (KANSAS CITY, MO), BRIDGEPORT BOAT RENTALS (OSAGE BEACH, MO), PADDY MALONE\'S IRISH PUB (JEFFERSON CITY, MO), ECCO LOUNGE (JEFFERSON CITY, MO)

Grant Schubert #13

Driver Name : Grant Schubert
Age : 15
Hometown : Richmond, Texas
Team Name : J.H. Performance Boats
Boat Class : F-Lights
Boat Number : 13
Years as a Race Driver : 6
Sponsors : J.H. Performance Boats
Racing Goals : To win at least 1 major race in 2019 and finish in the Top 3 for the Series
Hobbies and Interests : I am a freshmen and play baseball for the Foster High School J.V. Team as pitcher, 2nd base and short stop.

Chris Hughes #17

Driver Name : Chris Hughes
Age : 43
Hometown : Santa Fe TX
Email : cjhughes6@yahoo.com
Facebook Link : facebook.com/chris.hughes
Team Name : Makin’ Waves Racing
Boat Class : SST 45 Formula Lights
Boat Number : #17
Crew Chief : David Johnigan
Engine Builder : Hal Brooms Only The Best
Crew Members : Tim Kraft Gavin Kraft
Nickname : Chris
Spouse Name : Julie Vaughn
Years Together With Spouse : 6
Years as a Race Driver : 8
Occupation : Outboard Mechanic
Employer : Suncoast Marine Works
Years On The Job : 7
What Got You Started Racing : The Love of Boats and Competition
Sponsors : Suncoast Marine Works. JJJ Firearms
Career Highlights : Keep’n My Opinions Mine.
Racing Goals : WIN WIN WIN and Win Some More
Hobbies and Interests : Tunnel Boat Racing, Duck Hunting, Deer Hunting Tarpon Fish’n

J.W. Nelson #18

Team Name - Screamin' Eagles
Driver Name - J. W. Nelson
Crew Members - Fred Nelson, Bill Hesson, Daryl Balcom, Tom Wein, Randy Spitler, Alex Koss
Age - 32
Years as a driver - 15
Team Name: Screaming Eagles Wyatt NelsonRacing
Boat: 2013 Pugh
Owners: Jason W. Nelson and Wyatt Nelson
Crew Chief: Wyatt Nelson or Tom Wein
Engine Builder: Tom Low
Crew Members: Tom Wein - Team Manager, Randy Spieler Chief - Mechanic, Daryl Falcom, Alex Coss,Crew:Andrew Lee and Ben Gray
Sponsors: Wyatt Howard Nelson Architecture, Pugh Boat Works and Dewald racing propellers
Employer: Frazier & Deeter, LLC.

Years on the job: 11

Who got you started racing? My dad & Grandfather, Wyatt and Fred Nelson.

What made you want to race? Watching my father race and being around the sport my whole life. 1st race I was 2 weeks old to watch my dad race pro-runabouts.

Career Highlights: 2008 Alcgonac Chris Craft Regatta Champion, 2009 Formula Lights World Champion (Trenton, MI), 2017 USF1 Powerboat Series Champion for the formula lights and too many podium finish to list.

Racing Goals: To win every race I enter and to be inducted into the APBA” Hall of Champions”.

Hobbies and Interest: Boat racing, Golf and Basketball

Jared Wallach #18

Crew Chief : Jonathan Culley
Driver Name : Jared Wallach
Hometown : Redondo Beach, CA
Years as a race driver : 3 years racing Formula Lights, 2015 WFLS Rookie of the Year
Sponsors : Clover Construction, Jet Renu, SRP, Armenian Navy

Jose Mendana Jr. #21

Driver Name : Jose Mendana Jr
Age : 34
Hometown : Tampa, FL
Email : mendanaracing@gmail.com
Website : www.mendanaracing.com
Facebook Link : MendanaRacing
Team Name : Mendana Enterprises
Boat Class : Formula Lights, Formula One
Boat Number : 21
Crew Chief : Jose Mendana Sr
Engine Builder : Mike Lee
Crew Members : Jose Mendana Sr., Tim Toole, Scott Toole, Kevin Pasch, Jose Mendana Jr, John Giacoletti, Steve Lee, Mike Lee
Nickname : Miami Madman
Spouse Name : Lesma Mendana
Years as a Race Driver : 17
Occupation : CPA, CONTROLLER
Employer : Pepin Distributing Company
Years On The Job : 3
What Got You Started Racing : 3rd Generation
Sponsors : Nut House Yacht Club, Bay Composites, Mike Scott Plumbing, Green Tree Media, Hondros Education
Career Highlights : 2006-08 SST-45 World Champion, 2007,08,10 National Champion, 2006,08,10 Hall of Champions. 2008 F2 Rookie of the Year, 2009 Rookie F1 of the year, 2018 Nashville Formula Lights Winner

Steven Dawe #22

Steve Lee #25

Driver Name : Steve Lee
Age : 47
Hometown : Ocala, FL
Email : L22400@aol.com
Facebook Link : Lee-Motorsports
Team Name : Lee Motorsports
Boat Class : Formula Lights
Boat Number : 26
Crew Chief : Mike Lee
Engine Builder : Mike Lee
Crew Members : Mike Lee, Jose Mendana Sr, Kevin Pasch, Tim Toole, Scott Toole
Years as a Race Driver : 10
Occupation : CPA
What Got You Started Racing : My father and grandfather
Sponsors : HoleShot Powersports, Mike Scott Plumbing, Nut House Yacht Club
Career Highlights : F1: 2012 Bay City River Roar 5th, Seattle Seafair 4th. Formula Lights: 2016 - 1st at Bay City, Orange, TX. 2nd at Pt Neches and Pittsburgh, 4th at Laporte, IN. 2017: 1st AT Springfield, 2nd at Gulfport, FL

Carlos Mendana #27

Driver Name : Carlos Mendana
Age : 28
Hometown : Miami, FL
Email : Donzifreak@gmail.com
Website : www.mendanaracing.com
Facebook Link : MendanaRacing
Team Name : Mendana Enterprises
Boat Class : Formula Lights
Boat Number : 27
Crew Chief : Jose Mendana Sr
Engine Builder : Mike Lee
Crew Members : Jose Mendana Sr., Tim Toole, Scott Toole, Kevin Pasch, Jose Mendana Jr, John Giacoletti, Steve Lee, Mike Lee
Nickname : Carlito
Years as a Race Driver : 8
Occupation : Marine Electronics Technician
Employer : Hartman Yachts
Years On The Job : 3
What Got You Started Racing : 4th generation racing family
Sponsors : Nut House Yacht Club, Bay Composites, Mike Scott Plumbing, Green Tree Media, Hondros Education
Career Highlights : 2012 Formula Lights Bay City winner, 2013 Formula 1 Rookie of the Year, 2013 3rd place finish Formula 1 @laPorte, IN
Racing Goals : Hall of Champions

Mark Schmerbauch #35

Driver Name : Mark Schmerbauch
Age : 61
Hometown : Greenfield, Wisconsin
Email : mschn@milwpc.com
Team Name : BB Racing
Boat Class : F Lights
Boat Number : 35
Crew Chief : David \"Spud\" Hemp
Engine Builder : MJS Racing
Crew Members : Roger Bobalik, Rick Bobalik, Paul Lyles, Chris Horner
Spouse Name : Mary Schmerbauch
Years as a Race Driver : 40
Occupation : Manufacturing Supervisor
Employer : Bruno Independent Living Aids
Years On The Job : 3 months
What Got You Started Racing : My brother owned a DSH and asked me to drive it because he had to work.
Sponsors : Pizza Inn, PNC Bank, Foot Doctor, Jerry\'s Marine
Career Highlights : 2017: NGK F1 Powerboat Championship Series F Light Series Winner and World Champion , 2016: Hall of Champions Inductee, World and National Champion
2015: Hall of Champions Inductee, World and National Champion, National High Point Champion, North American Champion and USF1 Powerboat Tour Champion
2014: Hall of Champions Inductee, World and National Champion, National High Point Champion, North American Champion and USF1 Powerboat Tour Champion
UIM World Champion - 5 Times, 1992 (25XS Hydro), 2012, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 2017 (SST 45), National Champion - 6 Times, National High Points Champion - 7 Times, National Total Points Per Class - 6 Times, Pro Tunnel Boat Champion - 2012 and 2013
North American Champion - 5 Times, Official Record Holder, Wisconsin State Champion - 7 Times, Illinois State Champion - 11 Times, MidWest Champion - 3 Times, Central Divisional Champion - 10 Times, Henry Menzies Memorial Award - 1981, 89
Summary: Accomplishing over 40 Championships, I am proud to say the I have built one of the most powerful race teams in boat racing. We are self-sufficient in all areas and able to accomplish all of our objectives (with one of the smallest racing budgets.) I am especially proud of my all new crew members and sponsors associated with BB Racing.
Racing Goals : Starting a new race team called BB Racing and organizing it to where I left off with my own previous team MJS Racing.
Hobbies and Interests : Staying in physical condition by weightlifting. Collecting post war Lionel Trains. Restored original 1956 20 Handmark 25 engines.

Debby Mobley #45

Who got you started racing: John Edde
What made you want to race: Crewed last year and loved it!
Racing Goals: Bring more females into racing!
Hobbies and Interests: Hunting!
Explain your pre-season prep: Crappy weather, very little time on the water.
Hometown : Shepherdsville, KY
Occupation : Retired, sold business Aug 2107
Years as a race driver : Rookie year 2018

Leland Broge #45

Driver Name : Leland Broge
Age : 18
Hometown : Wyandotte Michigan
Email : brogeleland@yahoo.com
Instagram Link : Team_casual_racing
Team Name : Team casual
Boat Class : Sst45
Boat Number : 67
Crew Chief : John Broge
Engine Builder : John and Leland broge
Years as a Race Driver : 10
What Got You Started Racing : Grandfather
Racing Goals : Finish top 3

Charlie Smith #49

Driver Name : Charlie Smith
Age : 27
Hometown : PETOSKEY
Email : csmith149@hotmail.com
Team Name : Team S&S
Boat Class : Formula Lights
Boat Number : 49
Crew Chief : Teddy Hackman
Engine Builder : Don Hagerl
Crew Members : David Steffes, Kole Slabaugh
Years as a Race Driver : 2
Occupation : Sales
Employer : Audi Petoskey
Years On The Job : 3
What Got You Started RacingWatching : The Top O Michigan Marathon Nationals with my dad growing up really gave me the bug to start racing. He bought me a J boat at Top O\' in 2002, and have raced every year since.
Career Highlights : 5x Marathon Nationals Champion
Hobbies and Interests : I like long walks on the beach and anything with an engine.

Kelly Ireland #01

Team Name: JCK Foster Racing
Boat Class: F Light
Boat# : 53
Crew Chief: Freddie Brennan
Crew Members: Greg Foster, Lynn Wilson and Al Stoker

Steve Merleau #66

Driver Name : Steve Merleau
Age : 37
Hometown : Bellevue MI
Email : smerleau@icloud.com
Facebook Link : MerleauRace
Team Name : Merleau Racing
Boat Class : Formula Lights
Boat Number : 66
Crew Chief : Jim Merleau
Engine Builder : Jim Merleau
Crew Members : Sarah Fisher
Nickname : Magic Man
Spouse Name : Sarah Fisher
Years Together With Spouse : 4
Years as a Race Driver : 9 years
Occupation : Special ED teacher
Employer : Self Employed
Years On The Job : 6
What Got You Started Racing : Fairchild Racing
Sponsors : Fennville Marine, Port Neches Towing, Journey Employment Solutions, Nashville Marine
Career Highlights : Multiple 1st place finishes and podiums.
Racing Goals : To win every race
Hobbies and Interests : Hunting, fishing and camping

Dan Trosen #77

Driver Name : Dan Trosen Jr
Age : 41
Hometown : Trenton, Michigan
Email : dantrosenjr@yahoo.com
Team Name : SevenDseven racing
Boat Class : Formula lights
Boat Number : 77
Crew Chief : Darcy Trosen
Engine Builder : Dave Hoggard
Years as a Race Driver : 5 years in tunnel boats/ 23 years racing stock cars
Occupation : Mechanic
Employer : Moran Buick GMC
Sponsors : DeBackers Lawn Care/Moran Buick GMC

Adam Low #80

Driver Name: Adam Low
Team Name: Chicken Sandwich rRacing
Boat Class: Formula Lights
Boat# 80
Crew Chief: Chris mMills
Engine Builder: Tom Low
Age: 25
Hometown: Galesburg
Crew Members: Chelsea Low, Tom Low, Chris mills, Ben barker
Spouse Name: Chelsea Low
Years as a race driver: 9
Occupation: Rigger
Employer: Boat customs
Years on the job: 1
Who got you started racing? My dad
Sponsors: RBK fFasteners, Boats cCustoms,
What made you want to race? Father raced for years
Career Highlights: National high point.
Racing Goals: Rookie of the year in sst45
Hobbies and Interest: Boats, racing, motors.

Eric Wienczak #83

Driver Name : Eric Wienczak
Age : 27
Hometown : Highland, Michigan
Email : ericwienczak@gmail.com
Team Name : Wienczak racing
Boat Class : Formula light
Boat Number : 83
Crew Chief : David Wienczak
Crew Members : Dustin Pearson, Sara Meloche, Larry Klein
Years as a Race Driver : 3
Occupation : Assembler
Employer : Direct connect systems
Years On The Job : 6
What Got You Started Racing : My father and uncle used to race
Sponsors : Brave design company, sleepy eyed goose resort
Career Highlights : Raced stock outboard marathon in Ecuador 2018
Racing Goals : Become national champion
Hobbies and Interests : Fishing

Dustin Pearson #95

Driver Name : Dustin Pearson
Age : 34
Hometown : Mount Pleasant, MI
Email : pearson195m@gmail.com
Facebook Link : facebook.com/pearson.powerboatracing
Instagram Link : instagram.com/pearson_racing
Team Name : Bandit Racing
Boat Class : SST 45
Boat Number : 95
Crew Chief : Josh Pearson
Engine Builder : Gordon Pearson
Crew Members : Daniel Pearson
Nickname : Wild man
Spouse Name : Devan Pearson
Years Together With Spouse : 7
Years as a Race Driver : 10
Occupation : Oil & Gas
Employer : B&B Oilfield Equipment
Years On The Job : 10
What Got You Started Racing : Family- Stick Outboard
Sponsors : Bandit Industries, Just Fab Graphics, Inland Transmission, B&B Oilfield Equipment, RCD Affordable Safety
Career Highlights : 3 time Stock Outboard Marathon National Champion and 4 time National High Point Champion
Racing Goals : Win sst45 championship, Be inducted into Hall of Champions
Hobbies and Interests : Hunting, fishing, motorcycles

JASON BONANNO #97

Driver Name : Jason Bonanno
Age : 45
Hometown : Flat Rock, MI
Email : jb00141@yahoo.com
Team Name : Paisan Racing
Boat Class : 45-SST (F- Light)
Boat Number : 97
Crew Chief : Robert Trolian
Engine Builder : Evinrude
Crew Members : Robert Trolian, Adrianna Bonanno, Alyssa Bonanno
Nickname : The Cornoner
Spouse Name : Sandra
Years Together With Spouse : 26
Years as a Race Driver : 6 in Stock Outboard / Rookie Season in F-Light
Occupation : Vice President, Sales Injection Molding North America
Employer : Milacron
Years On The Job : 5
Sponsors : Accuplast Solutions
Career Highlights : Winning Stock Outboard Rookie Of The Year In 2013
Racing Goals : To have a successful rookie season in the F-Light Class

Riley Teague #97

Driver Name : Riley Teague
Age : 15
Hometown : Needville
Email : kteague@comcast.net
Boat Class : Formula Lights
Boat Number : 97
Crew Chief : Kevin Teague
Years as a Race Driver : 3
What Got You Started Racing : Dad raced Trihulls
Sponsors : Sport Marine
Hobbies and Interests : Anything with an engine.

Jake Alkema #91

Age : 25
Hometown : Commerce township mi
Email : jalk91@comcast.net
Facebook Link : Team racecraft powerboat racing
Instagram Link : Teamracecraftpowerboatracing
Team NameTeam : racecraft
Boat Class : 45 and f1
Boat Number : 191
Crew Chief : Bj Netschke
Engine Builder : Jake alkema
Crew Members : Manager-John Schwartz.. Dock help, felicity gach, Marla alkema, Pj kee.
Years as a Race Driver : Required14
Occupation : Mechanic
What Got You Started Racing : My dads friend put me in a boat
Sponsors : S&j asphalt and paving co. And, BCS creative graphics, vehicle wraps, signs
Career Highlights : Rookie of the year in 45 in 2018, multiple national championships or high point titles in the kneel down category
Racing Goals : To race over seas on the f1h20

Michael Deck #226

Driver Name : Michael Deck
Age : 48
Hometown : Oakland Township, MI
Email : hydrodriver226m@outlook.com
Facebook Link : https://www.facebook.com/45SST/
Team Name : Nut -1
Boat Class : 45SST
Boat Number : 226
Crew Chief : Larry Klein
Engine Builder : Jake Alkema
Crew Members : Larry Klein, James Klein, Greg Hlad, Jeff Dobis
Nickname : Silver Fox
Spouse Name : Diane
Years Together With Spouse : 19
Years as a Race Driver : 8
Occupation : Software Development
What Got You Started Racing : 2009
Sponsors : HealthCare Synergy, BCS Creative, Independence Auto Repair of Warren, Hutzel Women's Health

Andy Versace #28

Chris Swanson #54

Team Name : SMS Motorsports
Crew Members : Sunee Swanson, Edie Miller, Dominic Miller, Sydney Swanson, Mia Swanson Chris Horner (PT) Michael Hano (PT)
Driver Name : Chris Swanson
Age : 39
Years as a driver : Total years in Motorsports (19) Boat Racing (2017 is 3rd season)

Jimmy Robb Jr. #31

Driver Name : Jimmy Robb
Age : 32
Hometown : Waterford
Email : jimmyrobbm7@gmail.com
Team Name : Parker Robb Spencer Racing
Boat Class : Sst45
Boat Number : 31
Crew Chief : Larry Spencer
Engine Builder : Larry Spencer
Crew Members : Tracy Spencer, Jim Robb, Jason Mcbain
Nickname : T-bone,Elroy
Years as a Race Driver : 19
Occupation : Service
Employer : Moran automotive
Years On The Job : 6
What Got You Started Racing : My Dad and Grandpa Robb got me into boat racing when I was 13 years old racing J hydro. I'm a 3rd generation boat racer.
Career Highlights : 2009 National champion in 750 modified hydroplane, high point champion 850 modified hydroplane, North American champion in 850 modified hydroplane, Divisional champion in 850 modified hydroplane. 2014 World championship in sst45

Steve Wilkes #44

James Klein #41

Driver Name : James Klein
Age : 22
Hometown : Davisburg
Email : halffasthydro@gmail.com
Facebook Link :facebook.com/HalfFastHydroRacing/
Instagram Link : instagram.com/halffasthydro
Team Name : Half Fast Racing
Boat Class : 45
Boat Number : 41
Crew Chief : Lawrence Klein
Engine Builder : James Klein
Crew Members : Jessica Parsons, Andrew Luchenbach, Ethan Fenton, Brad Hyduk
Years as a Race Driver : 13
Occupation : Student
Employer : Michigan Tech University
What Got You Started Racing : in the family
Sponsors : Crane Technologies
Hobbies and Interests : Backpacking, Gaming, Skiing