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Mike Acton - Owner/Driver

Mr. Acton is an entrepreneur and 30-year veteran of the computer industry. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley area of Southern California, he now resides in Mesa, Arizona with his wife and children.

Growing up around the "Dandy" Dick Landy pro stock drag racing family firmly cemented the passion for competition and racing. Early influences included the funny car rivalry of Don "The Snake" Prudhomme and Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen, as well as top fuel legend "Big Daddy" Don Garlits. Inspiration came from watching Richard Petty's stock car racing career and every jump Evel Knievel attempted on a motorcycle.

It wasn't until 1989 when the flame of desire ignited during a Mickey Thompson Off Road racing event at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The introduction to off road legends Ivan Stewart and 20-year old future NASCAR driver Robby Gordon fanned the smoldering embers of auto racing. It would take another decade of life events before the dream would begin to be realized.

In 2004 Mr. Acton dropped by the SCORE offices in Calabasas. With rule book in hand he set upon the task of identifying an entry level racing class that limited competitors ability to outspend each other. That path ultimately identified Jeepspeed.

During 2006 and 2007, Mr. Acton had the opportunity to participate on the pit crew for veteran racer Wayne Demonja and the 7100 C-Fab Ford Ranger. Being involved with a winning team provided invaluable experience and another step toward becoming a competitor himself.

Mr. Acton was able to purchase Jeepspeed 1737 in July, 2007, assemble a group of volunteers, and enter the BITD Henderson's Terribles 400 race less than six months later. After being driven off the road by an impatient trophy truck, and with on course assistance from both Sigal Greenberg in Jeepspeed 1768 and the legendary Bob "Weatherman" Steinberger, the Acton Racing Team crossed the finish line with only 4 minutes to spare and an adjusted time of 10 hours 25 minutes and 54 seconds - 12th place in our class.

2008 saw the Acton Racing Team participate in three Jeepspeed races – BITD Blue Water Resort and Casino Parker 425 in Parker, Arizona, the M.O.R.E Freedom 250 and M.O.R.E F&L Fuel's 250 both in Southern California. Suffering catastrophic equipment failures in each race, they provided valuable lessons and opportunities to further strengthen critical components on the law enforcement themed 1737 Jeep.

In 2009 the team participated in only two races due to the spiraling U.S. economic situation and factors outside Mr. Acton's control. The first was the BITD Blue Water Resort and Casino Parker 425 where even after an early roll-over by co-driver Scott Johnson and navigator Ben Palma, and repairs to a broken shock mount and flat tire half way through the race, Mother Nature would ultimately decide the team's fate. After nine hours of constant rain and an impassable swollen creek at midway, BITD closed the course. Mr. Acton received lacerations on his eyes due to grit and debris received when his vehicle was swamped by a trophy truck coincidently at a time when he had removed his eye protection.

The second race of 2009 was the BITD Terrible's 250 at Primm and the Acton Racing Team provided a Top 10 finish in class to their sponsors and crew. The race was a complete success with no equipment failures and demonstrated their commitment to incremental improvements of the race vehicle.

Originally intending to race the entire 2010 season, Mr. Acton and the Acton Racing Team were forced to postpone their return to racing due to continued economic hardship both personally and for their sponsors. This practical, no nonsense view of changing economic conditions has advantaged the team, maximizing the opportunities and increasing the incremental returns on the Team's investments.


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