No one defines passion and drive better than Dave Riddle, who has accomplished more in just five years than many do in an entire racing career. The Vancouver, British Columbia resident has transformed himself from a sports car enthusiast into a team owner, with the top finishes to prove he's on the right track.
It's fitting that Riddle's first experience on a race track - the seminal moment that started him on the path to a professional racing career - came in the form of a Porsche Driving Experience.
Not long after, Riddle attended the Skip Barber Racing School and began competing in the Skip Barber Western Region and National Masters Series. In addition to developing his racing skills, the school introduced Riddle to instructor Kris Wilson.
The two partnered up in 2004 to co-drive a Porsche 996 in the Grand Sport class of the KONI Challenge Series, launching Riddle's professional racing career. He had a best finish of sixth at Barber Motorsports Park.
In 2005, Riddle competed in his first full season of KONI Challenge. This time, he and Wilson were driving a BMW M3. They had a best finish of eighth throughout the season, and at the end of the year Riddle was 15th in the Grand Sport championship, a remarkable accomplishment for his first full season.
Riddle was back on track in 2006, still piloting the BMW M3. His best result of the year came during the six-hour season finale. Despite the daunting combination of rain and darkness, Riddle and his co-drivers finished fourth overall in the longest race of the season.
For 2007, Riddle decided to take his next step by adding the role of team owner to his resume. He founded C-MAX Racing and acquired two Porsche 997s to take on the Grand Sport class of the KONI Challenge Series on his own terms.
The success was immediate, and 2007 included six top-ten finishes. Among those was an overall win that Riddle earned at Watkins Glen International. C-MAX entered two cars that weekend, splitting Riddle and Wilson up for the first time all season. Riddle and Jean-Francois Dumoulin proved to have the right combination of speed and pit stop strategy, taking the first-place trophy and giving C-MAX a win in their rookie year.
Riddle was also on the podium at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, where he and Wilson finished third.
Strengthening the team even further,C-Max has joined forces with Unitech Racing, Inc. to campaign the full season of Koni Challenge with the Porsche 997s in 2008. Riddle, along with Wilson is looking foward to continue his winning ways in the upcoming season.
When he isn't busy with C-Max Racing, Riddle enjoys snow skiing, a sport that he used to do professionally. Riddle and his wife Pixie have two children, Claire and Max.
Kris Wilson has seen and done nearly everything in the realm of sports car racing, from driving and coaching to wrenching on cars. His vast experience and driving talent made him an ideal co-driver and team manager for C-MAX Racing. Wilson and team owner Dave Riddle have been teammates and colleagues for four years, and the partnership continues to reap results.
Wilson, who calls Littleton, Colorado home, started as a mechanic for BFGoodrich/Jim Busby Racing's Porsche 962. Not content to stay in the pits, Wilson drove his first race in 1987. During the next six years, he took rookie of the year titles in Formula Mazda, US FF2000 and Firestone Firehawk (the precursor to KONI Challenge). Wilson also had the opportunity to compete in the Rolex Series, World Challenge, World Sports Car and the American Le Mans Series.
Teaching others to race may be even more difficult than driving, but Wilson has been an instructor and coach nearly as long as he has been competing himself. He first joined the Skip Barber Racing School in 1989 and has been passing on his knowledge since then.
It was at Skip Barber that Wilson met Riddle, who was on the verge of beginni