started going to drag racing events with my brother Robert in 1974.
He owned and drove a '68 Camaro and a '49 injected Anglia owned by
my father. In 1975, with the help of chassis craftsman Fran Diebold,
he built his dream car, an NHRA Pro Stock Vega. I was now traveling
with Robert and my brother-in-law Bob Shawcross to many tracks in
our part of the country. Shawcross was an orginal Thunderbolt owner
who also did induction work on a Ford Pro Stock car driven by a now
famous chassis builder. My older brother Robert died of heart disease
in the early 1980's, but I continued to follow the sport after high
My professional start as an apprentice racecar builder was given to
me by Jerry Haas Race Cars. In 1988, the highlight of that program
for myself was participating in the construction of the Probe Bob
Glidden won his last championship with in 1989! After Haas, I went
on to other programs learning the craft of racecar engineering, design,
construction and aerodynamic packaging.
At HI-TEK Racecars, former shop foreman for Jerry Haas, Gary Hajek
Jr. accelerated my learning curve more than any other single individual.
Had Gary not been cheated by an early death, I believe I would still
be working with him today. Along with his many amazing talents, he
was the person who welded up the chassis that Bob Glidden barrel rolled
more than five times. Bob jumped out of his wrecked Thunderbird to
cover intake manifold with his driving jacket before anyone could
see it. I believe I carry on Hajek's passion for quality and the ethic
that unless you're doing it the best possible way, its not good enough.
I then went to work for Jerry Bickel and accomplished quite a lot
for myself as well as for his program. One highlight includes the
Aero packaging on the first '93 Firebird built for Jim Yates which
set records in the tunnel at .213 cd (w/boundry layer covered). This
record stood for a few years before the body molds were changed to
accomplish better numbers. I also played a large part in designing
the 7.5 degree lay back main hoop and tail section design that continued
to be built into the next decade. During this time, I also worked
part time for Steve Dishbein's Superior Race Cars, formerly one of
the JHRC's longest term employees, who now works for Bickel last time
I spoke to him.
I consider one of the greatest compliments Bickel ever paid me was
when he criticized me for making race car projects into "NASA PROJECTS"
during a company meeting at the shop. He did try to retract that statement
to me months later on the flight home from the record setting Pontiac/GM
wind tunnel trip, acknowledging that my relentless pursuit for perfection
was key to our success that day.
From Bickel's I went on to sunny Arizona, which I doubt I will ever
leave, to work for Tom Yancer Race Cars. After the first year, I was
the race car shop foreman. The late '90s included a short tour of
San Diego by way of Willie Rells Race Cars, returning to Yancer for
Two of my greatest accomplishments in the '90's were pioneering the
concept of the 'NO BEND' near zero tolerance deflection chassis design
on Bo Adam's Dodge, as well as coming up with the concept for the
first 4-link system adjustable in 1/8" increments on a Pro Stock Ford
Probe built for Darild Wurtz.
In 2003, my former employer and his staff gave me the encouragement
to open DSRC. We have since worked many hours building the finest
racecars produced in the Southwest. Passion for building top quality
race cars at fair prices combined with one of the best educated race
car builders (6 programs in 17 years, 4 world champion racecars, 37,000+
hours of racecar construction experience), has brought our program
to the forefront in a very short amount of time. We believe that our
commitment to quality, safety and precise engineering shows in everything
we do. We look forward to meeting you at our shop and at the races.
Should you see us at the track, feel free to introduce yourself so
we can say hello and thank you for visiting our website and learning
about our products and programs.
Bob Smith Vega
Darryl helping Jerry Haas in 1975
Darryl with Bob Glidden
Darryl, if only he knew then...