of Our Drivers
Meet Daryl Adams, David Riese, Dale Brown and Larry Fuerst
Adams is an architect/partner with Chipman Adams Architects. He's
a rookie who has been waiting 30 years to drive a race car. Having
decided it was "now or never," Daryl took the 3 day Skip
Barber race school and 2 day advanced school in April of 2003,
then he paid a visit to Beau's shop in May. He drove an SRF for
the first time at a June 6th test day at Blackhawk Farms. He loved
it and purchased the No. 15 red and gold SRF car the following
week. Daryl drove in his first races at the Blackhawk Double
Firecracker Regional on July 5th and 6th.
He races for the exhilaration, competition, camaraderie... and
"It's the only thing I've ever done that can completely clear
my mind of all other thoughts."
His best racing memory is attending his first F1 race at
Montjuich Park in Barcelona in 1970 as a college student. I stood
right behind the Armco ( you could do that then) at the end of the
long, downhill straight and watched Jackie Stewart flying straight
at me at full chat. I thought, "There's no way he can slow
enough to make this corner!" He did, of course, and I spent
an hour watching him tick within an inch of the same spot, lap
after lap. I was hooked.
wife's name is Martha and he has two children, Stacey who is 31
and Michael who is 28. He's always been interested in old
Italian exotic cars, and is active in the Ferrari and DeTomaso
Daryl owns two old "driver"
Ferraris and a goofy but pretty car called a DeTomaso Mangusta.
This is a photo of a DeTomaso Mangusta the webmistress found to
give you an idea of what the car looked like!
David C. Riese is a
retired physician who lives in Monroe, WI.
For David, racing is truly a family
affair. Both of his sons, David and Brian, have racing licenses,
and share the family’s #4 SRF, which is prepared by Elite.
Dave’s wife Sharon and daughter Laurie are also part of the
team and are familiar faces around the Elite paddock.
David began racing at the age of
50 when Sharon gave him a course in one of the SCCA sponsored
schools. His favorite racing memory is surviving his first
June Sprints, undamaged.
David also enjoys collecting American
Flyer trains and model railroading, antique furniture, preservation
and restoration of historic buildings and studying the Civil
Dale Brown is President
of Brown & Martin, Inc., a marketing and public relations
firm. Dale is also a nationally acclaimed ventriloquist who
uses his puppet characters to deliver humorous and inspirational
messages to corporate audiences across the country.
Dale’s racing career
began at the age of 48, when he enrolled in a Skip Barber racing
school. He also attended an SCCA school at Brainard Race Track,
driving a friend’s Formula Continental. A year later he purchased
a Spec Racer through Elite Autosport. Dale attributes Elite’s "arrive
and drive" services as the primary reason he decided to
purchase a car and begin a racing career.
"When I started, I knew almost
nothing about racing. The staff of Elite have helped me to
learn and to improve. I tell my friends that even though I’m
getting older, I’m not getting slower ... I’m actually getting
faster. Equally important, many of the other drivers who race
through Elite have become great friends. There’s a team atmosphere
that makes the whole experience more enjoyable." Visit
Dale's web site at www.dale-brown.com
Larry Fuerst is a United
Airlines pilot from Fennville, MI, who wanted to race ever
since his dad took him to the Indy 500. He began racing Go
Carts in l963.
After five years of cart racing,
Larry moved into stock cars, where he remained from 1968 to
1974.In 1992, he competed in Formula Fords, and in 1997 he
raced a Sprint Car. He got involved in SRFs in 1999 and can
usually be seen in Elite’s red, 01, car.
When he’s not racing Larry and his
wife Priscilla enjoy snow skiing and show shoeing, back-packing,
gardening and running a bed & breakfast.