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AutoTechnic Racing formally began in 2002 with the build up of two 1993 BMW 325is’s for owners Rob Driscoll and Jeff Henderson. Their previous autocross, karting, and club racing experience was evident as it took just two short years from conception to success with these new vehicles.

2004 was the final year for the E36 chassis and quite a year it was, with Rob Driscoll winning the North Atlantic Road Racing Championship and Jeff Henderson placing 3rd overall. In the New England Road Racing Championship the roles were exactly reversed with Jeff taking 1st and Rob 3rd. Even as the 325is’s drove into retirement, bigger and better plans were in the works.

2005 saw a season long interlude from racing as the team took on the lengthy endeavor of building new race cars; two 1999 BMW 323i’s, the first E46 chassis in the country to be prepped for the SCCA ITS class. The build process was labor intensive, but as the BMW’s were painstakingly transformed into race cars anticipation was high for the coming season.

AutoTechnic entered the 2006 season with two of the nicest cars on the grid and hoped to pick up right where they left off two years earlier. The E46’s certainly did not disappoint. The cars were competitive from the get-go consistently producing top five finishes all season. AutoTechnic’s Rob Driscoll finished the season tied for an impressive 1st place in the North Atlantic Road Race Championship while Jeff Henderson took home a solid 5th, a testament to the hard work put into the new cars. AutoTechnic was once again at the top of the regional club racing scene.

2007 was a banner year for the team as all parties compounded upon the success of the previous season. Rob Driscoll started off the season with a bang, taking first place at the New Hampshire International Speedway and didn’t looked back. Never placing outside the top three all season, Rob once again took 1st place in the North Atlantic Road Race Championship and 2nd in NERRC. Jeff Henderson meanwhile battled back from poor early season luck to claim 4th overall in NARRC. Both drivers showcased their talent and the speed of their cars, multiple times producing 1-2 finishes after leaving the rest of the field in another zip code.

2008 brought with it a new series and new level of regional competition. The Team DI Pro-IT series was the first ever Professional series developed for the Improved Touring class of SCCA racing and AutoTechnic went straight to the top. Rob Driscoll again proved his prowess around the racetrack becoming the first ever Pro-IT Champion. New AutoTechnic team member Robert Thiele, coming to the team direct from Europe’s pro race circuit, showed his skill behind the wheel driving his E36 325is to a 2nd place overall finish in the Pro-IT ITR class. Despite not competing in all NARRC or NERRC events, Rob Driscoll was alsoable to pull off a 2nd place for the season in both regions.

2009 began with the exciting acquisition of two E36 race cars that AutoTechnic offers as rentals for driver schools as well as club races. Further increasing the depth of the team, Robert Nimkoff joined fellow Rob Thiele in the ITR class with his brutally fast E36 325is. He has taken both a pole position and a win in just his first season of club racing, showing great promise for the future. AutoTechnic is looking forward to season long success, keeping all their cars at the front of races.

Drivers

Tom Capizzi, Jr.

Tom Capizzi, Jr.

Bio: Tom currently resides in Centerville, Massachusetts (on Cape Cod) along with his wife, Mary and their dog River. In his spare time, Tom enjoys spending time with his family, including his son, and his daughter and two grandsons who live in San Diego, California. Tom is a prominent member of the Cape Cod community as both a leader in the construction industry and experienced real estate investor.

Achievements:

2006

  • Skip Barber Race Series, open-wheel formula (the largest open-wheel amateur championship in North America)
  • 5th Overall in series
  • 1st Year Racing

2007

  • Skip Barber Race Series, open-wheel formula
  • 1st Place Master’s Championship Eastern Division
  • All Top 10 Finishes
  • Three 3rd Place Finishes

2010

  • 1st Late Model Stock Car Race at Irwindale Speedway, California
  • 1st Place in “Heat Race”
  • 2nd Place in #99 Lowe’s car in Drive Tech Series
  • One “Feature Race”

2011

  • (SM) Spec Miata – North American Road Racing Championship (NARRC) and North East Region Division (NER)
  • Entered 18 races
  • Won 4 races
  • Five 2nd Place finishes
  • Set 3 new track records (in SM2)
  • Turned the fastest lap times in 10 races
  • Qualified on the pole 5 times
  • Came in 3rd in SM2 Series Championship

2012

  • Improved Touring (ITS) BMW/Mazda – North American Road Racing Championship (NARRC) and North East Region Division (NER)
  • Entered in 10 races, half in the BMW and half in the Mazda Miata
  • Won 4 races
  • One 2nd Place finish
  • One 3rd Place finish
  • Qualified on the pole 5 times
  • Turned fastest lap in 6 races
  • 2nd in ITS Series Championship
Rob Driscoll

Rob Driscoll #25

Bio: Born December 20, 1971 in New Milford, CT, Rob has raced karts, Solo I, BMW CCA Club Racing, and SCCA Club racing. Rob, has enjoyed great success in his racing endeavors with multiple NERRC, NARRC, and Pro-IT championship titles to his name. Rob spends his free time (after all of the house work is done) competing in a basketball league, and playing with his son Little Robert. Rob resides in Brookfield, CT and races a 1999 BMW 323i sedan in ITS class.

Achievements:

2004

  • 1st Place North Atlantic Road Racing Championship (ITS)
  • 2nd Place New York Road Racing Championship (ITS)
  • 3rd Place New England Road Racing Championship (ITS)

2006

  • 1st Place North Atlantic Road Racing Championship (ITS)
  • 2nd Place New York Road Racing Championship (ITS)

2007

  • 1st Place North Atlantic Road Racing Championship (ITS)
  • 2nd Place New England Road Racing Championship (ITS)
  • 2nd Place New York Road Racing Championship (ITS)

2008

  • 1st Place Team-DI Pro IT Series (ITS)
  • 2nd Place North Atlantic Road Racing Championship (ITS)
  • 2nd Place New England Road Racing Championship (ITS)
  • 2nd Place New York Road Racing Championship (ITS)
  • 3rd Place New Jersey Road Racing Series (ITS)
Jeff Henderson

Jeff Henderson #23

Bio: Born September 23, 1975, in New York City, Jeff Henderson has raced karts, Solo I, Solo II, BMW CCA Club Racing, SCCA Pro and SCCA Club evens. Jeff has been competitive in each variety of competition and has earned respect from his co-drivers for his smooth and fast driving technique. Jeff currently resides in Brookfield, CT and races his 1999 BMW 323i sedan in ITS class.

Achievements:

2004

  • 1st Place New England Road Racing Championship (ITS)
  • 3rd Place North Atlantic Road Racing Championship (ITS)

2006

  • 5th Place North Atlantic Road Racing Championship (ITS)
  • 9th Place New York Road Racing Championship (ITS)

2007

  • 3rd Place New York Road Racing Championship (ITS)
  • 4th Place North Atlantic Road Racing Championship (ITS)
  • 7th Place New England Road Racing Championship (ITS)

2008

  • 3rd Place Team-DI Pro IT Series (ITS)
  • 8th Place North Atlantic Road Racing Championship (ITS)
John Stewart

John Stewart #11

Bio: Unwilling to disclose his real age, John has been racing since before the Disco craze of the 70's. Proud owner of the shiniest car on the grid, John prides himself on the cleanliness of his high speed, beautifully prepared car. John resides in New York City and races his 1993 BMW 325is coupe in ITR class.

Achievements:

2003

  • 1st Place New York Road Racing Championship (ITS)

2004

  • 4th Place New York Road Racing Championship (ITS)

2008

  • 9th Place North Atlantic Road Racing Championship (ITR)
Christian J. Chandler

Christian J. Chandler #26

Bio: Born September 4, 1962 in Boston, MA, After a career start in open wheel Formula cars, Christian now enjoys driving his AutoTechnic-built BMW racecar in SCCA and BMWCCA events. Always a speed junkie, he has skydived for over 25 years and spends most winter weekends ski racing. A retired military aviator, and now a professional pilot, he flies the world’s fastest civilian airplane for work, and a 1944 Piper L-4 for fun. Christian resides in Ashfield, MA.

Robert Thiele

Robert Thiele #21

Bio: Rob has been a professional racer on the European circuit for ages, coming to the US to take on Improved Touring racing in 2007. Throughout his career Rob has taken on the fearsome Nurburgring’s Nordschleife and won in his Gruppe N Opel Astra, Ford Fiesta ST factory Cup car, and BMW 318ti. Rob brings his calm and professional European driving style to the sometimes hectic world of SCCA club racing and has already proved himself as someone to watch.

Achievements:

2002

  • FIA International C racing license

2003

  • First races and wins in Germany 2003 on Group N Astra-F 2.0 GSI at the “green hell“ of the Nuerburgring Nordschleife

2004

  • Fiesta ST Cup in Europe 2004 on Ford Motorsport factory built cup car
  • Mini Challenge Premiere start at Eurospeedway Lausitz in Germany
  • 24h race at Nuerburgring Nordschleife on Ford Puma

2005

  • Fiesta ST Cup in Europe 2004 on Ford Motorsport factory built cup car
  • 24h at Nuerburgring Nordschleife on Ford Fiesta ST Cup endurance

2006

  • VLN Endurance racing series at Nuerburgring Norschleife on BMW 318ti
  • 1st Place 24hr race at Nuerburgring Nordschleife on Ford Fiesta ST Cup endurance in Specials class

2007

  • 2007 move to United States, first race and ITR win at NARRC season finals on BMW 325is(ITR)

2008

  • 1st Place New Jersey Road Racing Championship (ITR)
  • 2nd Place Team-DI Pro IT Series (ITR)
  • 2nd Place North Atlantic Road Racing Championship (ITR)
  • 4th Place New England Road Racing Championship (ITR)
  • 2008 awarded BMW Sports Trophy at annual BMW Motorsports Party in Munich by BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen and works driver Joerg Mueller as one of 25 privateers globally
John Harrison

John Harrison

Bio: John started attending track events in Europe five years ago including driving on the Nordschleife track in Western Germany. John then moved to the United States in 2011 and sought to continue his racing career driving a BMW. AutoTechnic helped with the process of locating a car and getting his S.C.C.A. racing license. John competed in the 2012 Pro-IT Series and had a very impressive first full year.

Achievements:

2002

  • 3rd Place Pro-It Series.
Rob Nimkoff

Rob Nimkoff #20

Bio: Born in Boston, MA, Rob recently got bitten by the racing bug after attending a Skip Barber Racing School for his 40th birthday. After progressing through their racing series and becoming a BMWCCA instructor Rob and purchased a BMW, enthusiastically taking to club racing in an effort to stave off retirement boredom! Rob currently resides in Weston, CT and races his blazing fast 1995 BMW 325is in ITR class.

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Address: 6 Danbury Rd
New Milford, CT 06776

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