Our Leadership

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

 Scott Elrod
Venice, CA

MARK McMANUS, COLE MARCUS, JD DAVIS & SCOTT ELROD [FAR RIGHT]
SHARE TIPS WITH KIDS FOR FOUR LONG BEACH, CA ELEM SCHOOLS

Scott Elrod is an actor who has professional car and motorcycle racing experience.  He has been involved in fundraising for the Racers Who Care and makes Quick Tips on Winning in Life life skills presentations to kids in Southern California.  He has a professional background in marketing and modeling.  Elrod was born in Bitburg, Germany where his father was serving in the U.S. Air Force. After living in the Philippines and at other military stops, Scott moved to Colorado.  His father was an F-16 pilot, inspiring Scott to join the Air Force where he served as an air traffic controller while earning his private pilot’s license.  Scott and his best friend started a marketing company then later started up a mortgage company.  Next, he served as Vice President of Sales for a technology company.  Scott then relocated to Los Angeles, California, to pursue a career in acting and was soon cast for parts on “CSI: New York”, “Days of Our Lives”, “Desire”, the music video “Lonely Girl”, and for roles in films such as “Tricks of a Woman” (awarded Best Picture at the Monaco International Film Festival), “Death and Cremation”, “The Switch”, “The Allure of Love”, “Allure of the Seas”, “Home Run”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Lone Survivor”, “Chicago Fire”, and “Argo”, “Men in Trees”, “Uncorked”, “Hellhounds”, “Castle” and “True Blue”. RWC’s Elrod has also appeared in “The Young and The Restless”. He is also the founder and operator of Auto Concierge specializing in the care and housing of exotic vehicles.

 

Scott Horner, Chair 

Sandy, Utah 
HORNER HAS SCORED SEVERAL 200 MILE CLUB MEMBERSHIPS.

Scott Horner, Chair of RWC’s Board of Directors, is proud owner of a number of Naked Bike world land speed records, not only records he set himself at the Bonneville Salt Flats and around the world, but records made by owners of competitive motorcycles he has built, including Leslie Porterfield, who has set world land speed records in women’s competition at the Bonneville Salt Flats with cycles built by him.

Horner, who is retired from the U.S. Air Force where he was a desert warfare instructor, owns HeadsUp Performance, located in Sandy, Utah, where his competition motorcycles are built.

He began racing bikes in the mid ‘80s riding his XL 600 at the drag strip while serving in the Air Force. Before the decade was over he was racing a GS1150, earning a #9 National ranking in the DRAGBIKE! Pro ET class. Bit hard by the racing bug, he decided to build an NHRA Pro Stock drag bike that he raced in the ’94 NHRA World Finals as well as traveling to Japan to compete in the NHRA versus Japan Drag Festival in ’93 and ’94.

By 1997 Scott’s bike and engine building skills were put to the test when he opened Heads Up Performance.  In addition to specializing in the GS1100 and 1150 engines, his Mac Tool Man, Tom Busch, father of NASCAR standouts Kurt and Kyle, coaxed him into building powerplants for their GSX-R1100-motored Dwarf Cars and Yamaha FJ1200-powered Legends Cars. He later ventured into Mini Sprint cars and motorcycle powered sandrails.

Scott’s first trip to the salt flats ended with a 217.850-mph run cut short by a melted cylinder head and exhaust valve. Even though it ended prematurely, it was his fastest run to date and the start of bigger things to come.  His records include FIM, AMA, SCTA, and ECTA sanctioned events. Most of the records he holds are in the “naked” or unfaired category.

He is a lifetime member of the prestigious Bonneville 200 MPH Club, won with a record speed of 205.589 scored on a Suzuki Hayabusa he built himself.  He has also set a new world speed record in naked bike competition at the El Mirage dry lake bed (206.761), that vaulted him into the El Mirage 200 MPH Club, where he is now a lifetime member.  He is a lifetime member of all the 200 MPH Clubs worldwide.

Bonneville competition was a childhood dream realized.  His next goal is 250 MPH!

He joined RWC in 1994, and immediately began making presentations in the Denver area where he lived at the time.  He has also assisted with RWC exhibits at Las Vegas Speedway and in SEMA auto aftermarket products trade shows in Vegas where he later lived.

In 1991, Horner founded the American Motorsports Safety Association, focused on youth education.  He initiated and sponsored a high school drag racing program in Las Vegas.  In 1998, RWC’s Board of Directors voted him its Chair, a position he still holds. 

http://www.headsupturbos.com
http://www.saltflats.com
http://www.scta-bni.org

 

Russell Pottenger, Secretary/Treasurer

RWC Co-Founder
West Covina, CA 


RUSSELL POTTENGER IS A CO-FOUNDER OF RWC.

 A co-founder of Racers Who Care, Pottenger is a retired 10-year Sports Car Club of America GT1 and National Hot Rod Association Super Gas veteran.  Prior to joining Racers Who Care, he was very active with the Mean, Lean and Clean Youth Program on the NHRA Series for approximately four years and a member of its Board of Directors.  He is owner of Bishop & Buehl, where he builds and modifies racing engines for boats and cars.  Additionally, Russell is a mechanic on the National Hot Rod Association’s Jack O’Bannon Alcohol Funny Car Team.

 

Judy Strawn, Founder/President

Hohenwald, TN

JUDY STRAWN WITH FORMER RWC BOARD MEMBER AND RACER TIM NICKEL
WHO VERY SADLY HAS SINCE DIED OF CANCER.

Judy Strawn is President, and Founder of RWC.  She comes to RWC with over 48 years’ experience in public relations, special events planning/management, advertising, printing and publishing, writing and photography. She has worked as an independent contractor on motorsports marketing and public relations projects since 1982, supplementing her income as a temporary and permanent legal secretary in major international firms.  Currently, she is retired and living in Tennessee though still operating RWC.  She holds a B.A, Degree in Public Communication and has continued public relations and marketing studies at UCLA.   Strawn has been awarded Who’s Who recognition in several areas, including Marquis Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and in Cambridge, England’s Dictionary of International Biography.  Most recently, she has been awarded inclusion in Marquis Who’s 2018  edition of Who’s Who in America and the organizations Lifetime Achievement award.  Strawn developed the Quick Tips on Winning in Life racer presentation program.  While working full time as a legal assistant, she operated RWC evenings and weekends.  In addition to operational responsibilities, Strawn has set up and coordinated RWC presentations on the various race series and in Southern California and does the organizations’ desk top publishing. Strawn is also a member of the Board of Directors and is Newsletter Editor for the Clan Strachan Scottish Historical Society.