Drivers

Owner/Driver: Matt Strand
Born: West Palm Beach, FL
Lives: Tequesta, FL
Strand is a regular in both the virtual and real worlds of racing. He started racing karts at age 12 on dirt ovals and won 19 of 21 feature races in his rookie year which earned him the championship and rookie of the year honors. He carried this succes into Formula cars where his current winning percentage is 77% which includes 3 track records in the SCCA. His succes in the virtual racing world has also gained him 2 pro series driver championships in 3 years of work.

Driver/Formula Team Manager: Jim Elder
Born: St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
Lives: Riviera Beach, Florida
Elder has been a regular on the Formula 440 and 500 scene for 20 years in the SCCA. Placing as high as 2nd at the National Championship runoffs. Elders succes has made him 1 of the most well known people in the South East region for not only his driving succes but also general knowledge of racing. Jims success is even more impressive when considered it’s all done with a prosthetic right leg. Elder carrys himself so well with it that most don’t even know of the handicap. Jim is also the president of Racing Beyond Limits, a Not for Profit organization to help the handicapped through recreational, educational and physical therapy with racing.

Driver/Beetle Project Manager: Matt Williams
Born: Manchester, GA
Lives: Chelsea, AL
Matt began his racing career in 2001 modifying and drag racing his 1.8t powered Volkswagen. In 2006 he purchased a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR and began attending SCCA autocross events in the Alabama region in early 2007. Taking a local class win in BSP in 2007 and back-to-back SM wins in 2009 and 2010, he was voted ALSCCA Solo Driver of the Year to close the 2010 season. Building cars is as much of a passion for Matt as driving, and he has had a hand in building cars for SCCA and Chumpcar series, as well as several independent projects. Matt will be heading up the “Dirty Dori” build which is a 1973 VW Beetle destined for SCCA Rallycross. In addition to that, Matt will continue to campaign his Lancer Evo looking to grab his 3rd SM class win in the ALSCCA region.


“Sim” Racing Team

Sim Driver: Mike Smulcheski
Born: Daytona, Florida
Lives: Jacksonville, Florida
Smulcheski began his competitive sim racing career at the TPG Racing League. Highlights of his TPG career are: Season 3 GT1 Class Champion, Season 4 and 5 G2 Class Champion. Since TPG, Mike has shifted his focus to endurance sportscar racing. After finishing 5th overall in both the ILMS-ERL (P2 class) and Race Department (P1 class) leagues, Smulcheski is anxious to get the next season in both series up and running again as the team campaigns a P1 Prototype in both series.

Sim Driver: David Nichols
Born: Whitby, England
Lives: York, England
David has been sim-racing since his Dad first dragged him down to Le Sarthe in 2002 to the Le Mans 24 Hours. Mainly using Simbins GTR2 during these early days racing in the TPG and UKGTR leagues and for a while running my own semi-successful team. Once he tried rFactor with its driving swapping and Endurance Races; he was hooked on it. David joined Satellite Racing for three reasons; to run with an experienced Endurance Team that would be battling at the front; that could help him develop as a driver and improve his race craft and consistency; and above all was a fun group to be part of both track side and away. His real life experiences to this point have been limited to track days, but the skills he’s learnt in Sim-Racing via Satellite Racing have translated well to the real world. This has enabled him to get up to speed quickly on these days and to get more enjoyment out of them.

Sim Driver: Mike Edwards
Born: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Lives: Dayton, Tennessee
Edwards is one of the most formidable forces in the Sim Racing world. He has been sim racing for 7 years in TPG and most recently Iracing. Edwards has won 10 championships and countless races at TPG. He’s also managed a 3rd place in final standings in the Corvette C6R championship along with a few race wins in Iracing. Mike is formerly of Satellite rival Team Hotwheels in TPG but has since joined the Satellite Racing family in an effort to further his racing career beyond just the Sim Racing world. Look for Edwards on track in both the Virtual and Real Satellite cars in 2012.

Sim Driver: Ryan von Steinen
Born: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Lives: Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Ryan began his racing career auto-crossing and eventually participating in HPDEs with both SCCA and the BMWCCA. He began his sim-racing career just 4 years ago. Throughout his sim career von Steinen has raced many classes of race cars but specializes in endurance sports-car racing. some of Ryans many Sim Racing accomplishments are 9 driver championships, 90+ wins, 75 poles, and 38 track records along the way. In 2006 he used his dads 95′ M3 to take the fastest overall time at the BMWCCAs autocross during the annual Oktoberfest and was a class down. He suprised alot of people and what made it great fro his standpoint was Ryan was on crutches with a broken leg. Always the over acheiver and always pulling in strong results for the team.

Sim Driver: TJ Halsema
Born: Tampa,FL
Lives: Atlanta,GA
Summary: TJ started racing karts in 2005 and was selected to participate in the 2005 Red Bull Driver Search after 3 months of racing experience where he then finished 33rd of the 250 karting drivers selected. From there he moved to Legends Cars were he set the road course lap record at Atlanta Motor Speedway for those cars, along with 6 Hard Charger awards. In 2009 TJ began sim-racing online and has not put it down since. Since 2009, TJ has been a consistent front runner in the VOR, ERL, SROL, and SimdyCar Series with several class and overall victories to his name. In 2012 TJ joined Satellite Racing because he knew the operation was professionally run, and would put him in the position to fight for wins on a regular basis. He will be joining the team with the LMP1 effort at both ERL and SRO.