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Before we start explaining the Volunteer Crew Program, Intern Program, Getting Hired by Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle Race Teams, All the Free Training Classes, or anything else ... We need to start by explaining what Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle is.
Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle is a Race Team & professional Driver Development Program that races and trains the young racing stars of tomorrow towards professional careers in Stock Car racing. We are a 8 race car team operation, under one roof ... and growing each year. That’s right … we have 8 race teams. Three Modifieds and five Midgets.
Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle receives hundreds of resumes from all over the country ... and the world ... each year from talented young drivers and their families ... over 900 last year. After resume review and interviews, each year Ron narrows it down to 20 to 30 drivers to do full race track testing and try-outs at an event we call "The Shoot-Out". The few drivers chosen from the the Shoot-Out, that showed us they have what it takes, are invited to join in the Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle Driver Career Development Program and race with our teams ... on their way to being developed to a career.
RSWC's #1 Goal: Developing Talented Young Drivers into what Cup Teams Want.
We have learned from our many, ongoing conversations with Cup teams, exactly what they are looking for ... and we develop drivers to fit what these Cup teams want to hire. RSWC Teams simulate pro race team environments, to train young drivers for a career.
So ... WHY am I reading this ?
Because RSWC has great opportunities for car guys & gals to be on the race crew, get training, wrench on the race cars we win with, go to the races and crew on the cars. This is an opportunity for you to be on a real solid race team ... a winning team ... be involved, have fun & win races. Some of these young drivers are going to make it big in professional stock car racing. Wouldn't it be cool to play a role in that with them !
Here is the information about our Race Teams ...
Series: Modifieds (Pavement)
Cars: 587hp / 2550# / Tube Chassis / Fiberglass & Aluminum body
Tracks we race: 2 - Roseville & Stockton
Races in our season: 20
Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle Modified Team was started with help from Modified veterans Jim Miller with 48 wins and four championships, Kevin Harding with 30 wins and two championships and veteran Scott Rodgers, past Busch Series Crew Chief for Brad Kesolowski.
The Team was created to be a stepping stone into Late Models and consists of three Modified Teams housed at the expansive RSWC Race Shop in the Sacramento, California.
This facility covers over 16,000 square feet with all the amenities to build and maintain winning race cars.
The spacious shop has a machine shop, full fabrication shop, tire shop, warehouse, office space, a crew break area and work stations for ten race cars.
The RSWC Modifieds utilize 410" Dart block & aluminum heads, roller valvetrain, shaft rockers, belt drive, small block Chevys producing 587 hp with a two barrel ! At only 2550 pounds these Modifieds are rockets with a power-to-weight-to-tire ratio similar to Cup Cars.
Today the RSWC Modified race team is led by racing veteran Jason
Houghtaling, originally from the East Coast. Jason spent time in Dirt
Late Models, East Coast Modifieds, Stock Cars & the
Truck series ... and has an impressive list of wins ... as both driver and crew person.
Jason and the RSWC Crew continuously develop and advance the RSWC Modified Race Team performance ... and prepare RSWC drivers for the next level.
The RSWC Modified team utilize state of the art equipment ... pull down rig, shock dynos, tire sidewall raters, computer programs, GPS data acquisition and more ... to develop winning cars & drivers. But folks that know Team Manager Jason Houghtaling, say his passion for winning and commitment to do the work it takes, are his real tools to success.
The RSWC Modified race team teaches drivers how to drive today's set-ups that utilize soft spring/big bar, bump stops and/or coil bind front end set-ups, along with rear end set-ups, similar to today's modern Stock Cars.
Along with our own Engineers & Data Acquisition Team, Jason teaches RSWC drivers what it really takes to drive top tier Stock Cars with these special set-ups.
USAC Pavement Midgets:
Series: USAC Ignite Midgets
Cars: 185 hp / 975# / Tube Chassis / Carbon Fiber body
* These Midgets are FASTER than Late Model Stock Cars & Modifieds.
Tracks we race: 2 - Madera & Stockton
Races in our season: 16
Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle Midget Team is a race team within the RSWC Driver Development Race Team Alliance owned by Ron Sutton. The winning operation, has fielded multiple cars at all levels of the Midget genre of race cars from USAC Young Guns Midgets with 125 hp to full USAC Western Midgets with 385 hp. The Ignite Midget series run spec, sealed engines from Roush Yates Racign Engines, based on the Zetec 2.0 liter 4 valve, dual overhead cam engine, injected on alcohol, producing 185 hp.
In the early stages of the RSWC program, Cup Teams suggested to Ron that the Midget series and especially the Focus Midget series would be excellent training grounds for young drivers. The challenge? There were no independent teams in the series to form
an alliance with and place RSWC drivers.
At that time Ron Sutton's Race Teams had a 28 year history, with almost 400 wins.So Ron started this team with one car led by West Coast legendary crew chief Louie Gennuso and achieved much success with driver Bobby Grewohl.
The Team expanded to three Focus Midgets in 2005, winning 8 poles & 5 races ... including Benny Moon winning the prestigious Turkey Night Grand Prix Focus Race with RSWC. The RSWC Midget team has won races every season since.
RSWC driver Nik Romano won the 2009 Focus Western Pavement championship, RSWC Midget drivers won 4 more championships in 2010, another four championships in 2011 and is currently RSWC drivers are 2nd & 3rd in the 2012 championship.
This team is one of the winningest teams in the USAC Ignite Midget nationally (formerly known as the Ford Focus Midget Series). Winning is key to building an impressive resume for young drivers and RSWC knows how to pick talented drivers and prepare top notch cars.
The race shop is led by General Manager, Randy Chastain. Randy is a 25+ year racing veteran of Sprint Cars, Midgets and Super-Modifieds and the lead Crew Chief on the Focus Midget Team. Chris Saldana and the crew oversees service & set-up of six Midgets ... with Engineers Kamal Amer, Kevin Welling & Kevin Kiaski heading up the Data Acquisition, Race Engineering & Analysis programs.
Yes ... we have our own in-house Race Engineering department. We utilize satellite based, full sensor and video equipped, Data Acquisition on all of our race cars that our team of three Engineers custom designed for the RSWC driver development program and manufacture in-house.
It is one of our team's proprietary tools to develop drivers quicker, better and more thoroughly.
Today, the RSWC Midget team is based in the 16,000’ Race Team Headquarters in Sacramento, California, with full chassis shop, tire shop & machine shop.
Who owns the team?
Ron Sutton is a 35 year racing veteran as a chassis & engine builder, driver, crew chief and driver coach, having won 16 championships and over 485 races. Previously, Ron owned a chassis & engine building business "Ron Sutton Race Engineering", that built race cars and did race engine research & development.
Ron raced professionally in Drag racing for 6 years. After leaving the professional ranks, Ron raced Stock Cars, Super-modifieds, SCCA Road Racing Cars (FF1600, FF2000 & GT-1) ... and Clutch & Shifter Karts. Ron earned his nickname “Doctor Ron” as a Racing Consultant and Crew Chief for hire to top race teams across the country.
Ron was a nationally known business and marketing consultant. In 1993, Ron launched The Small Business Resource Center, which would become the largest consulting company for small businesses on the West Coast. With offices in San Diego and Sacramento, The Small Business Resource Center provided coaching, consulting, business planning and training to over 3000 businesses. Ron sold the Consulting business in 2008 to focus on developing drivers full time.
Where is the team & shop located?
In Sacramento, CA, South of Highway 50 near Florin Perkins Road and Elder Creek. We have a well equipped 16,200' shop that houses all the cars, rig, full machine shop and fabrication shop and retail racer supply store. The Address is 8581 Younger Creek Drive, Sacramento, CA 95828
What kind of resources does the Team have to wrench & race with?
Why does this team exist?
To develop young star talented drivers onto careers in Professional Stock Car racing ... and for the crew to enjoy ourselves and win races. and we're VERY good at these!
The Race Crew's big 3 goals each week are: Safe race cars, win races & have fun !
Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle race teams have won 497 races & 20 championships over a 35 year histroy. The RSWC Midget Team has added to that great history, by winning 56 races & 9 championships since 2005. The RSWC Modified Team has won 9 races since 2010, with team cars finishing infinished 2nd & 4th in points and won for Rookie of the Year honors. If selected, you will be joining a winning team from day one.
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