NAME: John Gatto
POSITION: Competition Director
- He/she said
“If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough.”
“Racing is an escape from society. From symbols of status, and self-perception. A chance to just be. For everyone to just be, with each other.”
- Brief introduction
Meet your Competition Director
In 1976, John began auto-crossing a Triumph GT6 with The Autocross Group (here in Pittsburgh), while preparing a Fiat Abarth 850 Spyder for SCCA competition school. Unfortunately, attending college interfered with his racing and it was back to the books and more auto-crossing on the weekends in a new Fiat X-1/9.
During the mid 80’s, a career change placed John in Europe for long stints, and he managed to participate in club racing events in Italy, mainly campaigning a company sponsored Fiat 131, along with some kart racing in France and Formula Fords at driver’s school in England.
In 2006/2007 John prepared a 1984 Porsche 930, but ultimately built a competition ready Porsche 914 in 2007/08. For the 2009 season, he upgraded and acquired a 1971 Porsche 914 was a purpose-built race car that complied with 1972 SCCA E-Production rules and SVRA/HSR/VRG regulations.
From 2013 until 2015 (when he retired from racing), John successfully competed in a 1986 March-Apache 2-liter sports prototype. This was a car with significant race history and was prepared to the highest racing standards.
During his racing career, John acquired significant competition hours at Watkins Glen, Nelson Ledges, Roebling Road, Summit Point, Mid-Ohio, Indianapolis (F1 course), VIR, PittRace and even participated in the PVGP at Schenley Park in 2011. He e fully subscribes to the philosophy that driver skill is the single most important performance enhancement that can be made to any car. So, in addition to SCCA, SVRA, HSR and PCA competition driving schools, he trained with E. Paul Dickinson (at Roebling, Watkins Glen and PittRace) and Peter Krause (at Mid-Ohio and VIR) and at The Racing School at Brands Hatch (England).
Sanctioning Bodies/Club Affiliations: SCCA/ SVRA / HSR / VRG / PCA (ARPCA)/S2
Years Racing: 14
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