At Crate Insider, we are passionate about Crate Engines and achieving the best performance from them. We were established in 2014 with the vision of bringing Crate info together in one place. Our racing parts are the best of the best.
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From the CEO...
“I grew up in racing. My Dad was a racer and my brother races today. My background, along with my career expertise in other fields, led me to take on the position of Show Director for the Charlotte Auto Racing Show (CARS).
In that role, I developed unique relationships with series directors, promoters, suppliers and drivers throughout the Crate Racing Industry. These relationships allowed me to see "behind the curtain" of how the industry operates and the issues being faced today. It also showed me that there was a great opportunity for someone to gather, organize and provide information to be shared in order to grow and sustain this form of racing.
I will be the first one to say that my skill is not in my technical expertise. My skill is connecting people, products and knowledge.”
- Kate Dillon, Founder and CEO, CrateInsider.com
Crate Insider would not be possible without the contributions of our experts.
We have the best team in the industry. Our experts include:
Jim Bernheisel - Jim is the creator and manufacturer of Lazer Chassis and owns Bernheisel Race Cars. He is extremely knowledgeable about race car set-ups and aerodynamics. He is also a racer himself.
Don Blackshear - Don is the Motorsports Director at Pace Performance. He's been an engine builder for several years and has become an expert when it comes to GM Crate engines.
Dave Hammond - Dave is the owner of Dave Hammond Motorsports. With his years of experience working with IMCA Modifieds, he's a great resource for suspension tips and tricks.
Steve Hendren - Steve is the owner of Hendren Racing Engines along with his brother, Mike. Their shop rebuilds more crate engines than anyone in the nation. Steve also pilots the Hendren Racing Engines house car.
Mike Ingram - Mike is the owner of Ingram Racing Engines. He is an approved engine rebuilder for multiple racing series.
CJ Jones - CJ owns Jones Racing Products, manufacturers of pulley systems. He is also a racer with experience on both dirt and asphalt.
Randy Keene - Randy represents PFC Brakes. His experience working at the track to help all kinds of racers with their brake systems helps us find the best braking solutions for our customers.
Willy Krup - Willy is the owner of Willy's Carbs & Dyno. He has developed several new innovations when it comes to carburetors, including his revolutionary Super Bowl System.
Randy LaJoie - Randy is at the forefront of racing seat safety with his company, The Joie of Seating. He has also started the Safer Racer program to promote safety and to educate drivers on proper installation of safety devices.
Rex Merritt - Rex is with AFCO Racing. When we have a shock question, he is our go-to guy. His years of track experience allows us to provide the best options for our racers.
Buck Parker - Buck is an Inductee in the NASA Space Technology Hall of Fame. Now he develops additives specifically for the racing industry under the Daytona 1 banner.
Joe Petelle - Joe is the owner of High Velocity Heads. He has vast experience with porting cylinder heads and is the inventor of the Super Sucker Carb Spacer.
Jimmy Schiltz - Jimmy is the owner of Dirtwrap. He is also a racer himself. He started doing graphics for race cars when die-cut vinyl was the only thing available. He has been creating wraps since the equipment hit the market.
David Smith - David is the owner of David Smith Carburetors. He is an expert on carburetors and air/fuel delivery systems.
Jeff Smith - Jeff is a third-generation racer. He is also the owner of J&J Race Cars. He offers chassis from multiple manufacturers and has been behind the wheel of every one he carries at one time or another.
Annamarie Strawhand - Annamarie is the owner of Marketing at Full Speed. She is a motorsports marketing mentor and coach who provides information and guidance about attracting sponsors to race teams.
Gary Winger - Gary is the owner of GW Performance, a dealer for Integra Shocks.
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