The ABRS Team
Allen Berg - President & Chief Instructor
Allen Berg is a retired* professional race driver from Calgary, Canada. His experience includes Formula One, Formula Two, Formula Three, Formula Atlantic, Sport Prototypes and Touring Cars.
In a world where numbers rule Allen Berg won a remarkable 25% of all the races he entered during a 25-year driving career! His personal experience, gained in driving and running his own team, Scuadra Fortia in the North American Toyota Atlantic Series gave him a thorough understanding of how the business of modern motor racing works. Berg also acted as in administrative capacity in organizing the very popular Formula Renault racing series in his home country,
Berg, who ranks among Canada's top international stars, won the Formula Pacific Tasman Championship, won at Silverstone against Ayrton Senna and Martin Brundle in perhaps the greatest year ever in British Formula 3, and qualified for nine starts in F1, a record bettered among his countrymen only by Gilles and Jacques Villeneuve.
Berg's business and teaching experience includes co-founding a racing and high performance driving school, which meant designing school courses and authoring their content, coordinating all technical logistics, selecting and training support instructors as well as taking on Chief Instructor duties himself.
For three years Berg was the Chief Instructor for BMW Mexico in their "Fahrer Training" program, and prior to that, worked as Instructor for the Derek Daly Racing Academy, Skip Barber Racing School, and the Mosport Racing School. He also served as Chief Instructor for the Calgary Sports Car Club in its basic competition license school, where he oversaw the instruction and evaluation of up to 70 drivers per program.
The 50 year-old Berg also has significant experience working as individual race driving coach and technical consultant for a number of professional drivers and teams. That service encompasses trackside observation, interfacing with race engineers and drivers in technical debrief sessions, developing and assisting drivers in advanced driving techniques, mental imaging, visualization, and physical conditioning. His work often includes analyzing and interpreting driver-related channels on on-board data acquisition systems. The goal, as always, is the ongoing improvement of driver and team performance.
Most recently Berg has worked in the administration of racing series including event organization, negotiations with circuits and promoters, FIA procedures and regulations, transport logistics and customs, and marketing.
His newest effort is to bring a world-class formula car driving school to southern California. His Allen Berg Racing Schools operation has a new home at the Auto Club Speedway in San Bernardino County. "We are very excited about bringing our school to Auto Club Speedway," said Berg. "We're committed to offering the best formula car training in the best equipment. And, now being able to do that at one of racing's premier facilities is opportunity that we take very seriously."
*"re-purposed" driver might be a better word here … Berg's unique ability to explain driving technique and respond to students at all skill levels is the hallmark of his teaching program.
Stefan Dwornik - Engineer and Data Acquisition
With a career at the pinnacle of professional motorsports spanning over thirty years, Stefan brings a vast amount of experience to ABRS. Through his meticulous approach to engineering, data systems and how this relates to the driver, Stefan has guided numerous drivers through the top levels of the sport.
Stefans career includes working with teams and drivers in Champcar, IRL, ALMS, Formula Atlantic, Formula Three and Formula Two.
With Stefan, ABRS is planning new and exciting programs to bring drivers up through the racing ladder.
Chris Brown - Data Acquisition Engineer
Joshua Allan - Data Acquisition Engineer
Eric Clements - Lead Formula Car Instructor
Like almost every other top racing professional, Eric Clements was an adrenaline junkie right from birth. His childhood in Connecticut was spent living on a horse farm, and when horses weren't fast enough, he spend every free hour that he had out behind the old barn breathing life into old clunkers so he could drive them around in the pasture and through the woods.
From there it was motorcycles in the summer and Snowmobiles when the snow came for Clements, his pure need for speed taking only passing heed of the time of the year.
After spending time in Colorado and Pennsylvania (where he started racing in the mid '90's and crewed for a vintage SVRA Lotus 7 team) Clements moved to California in 2001. In 2002, driving a Toyota MR2 he was named SCCA overall driver of the year
Competing in both SCCA Solo and ProSolo, Clements won a 2006 ProSolo national championship in a modified Miata. Clements has many National tour, ProSolo event, regional and divisional wins, along with a number of podiums in the SCCA ProSolo series in Stock class MR2's and 125cc shifter karts. In 2010 he started racing in the highly-competitive Formula Ford division.
Proving his organizational skills, he was the 20010-2012 SCCA Solo nationals event chairman. That event, he largest motorsports event in the world, annually draws nearly 1200 competitors. This did not prove him a superior driver, but it certainly tested (and honed, in his case) his patience and communication skills, both critical in a complete race driving instructor.
Clements has been a Evolution Performance driving school instructor since 2007 and a SCCA regional instructor since 1999. Married ( Mari), Eric is 43 years old and makes his home in Alta Loma, and when he's not teaching fast people how to go even faster in racing cars, is a self-employed general contractor.
In his own words: "I love racing and I love teaching racing. Really what I do is more like coaching, I offer our students a few basics and then watch to see who really 'gets it'. Natural talent in racing is great, but attitude and desire are very strong success markers for top drivers. It's amazing how many people we've seen who've found out what they really have for the competition. It's a wonderful journey for both teacher and student that's always full of surprises and achievement."
"Eric Clements has a unique ability to connect with students, in a quiet way that not only builds their confidence, but that really makes sense to them from their first laps. Our formula cars are very quick (very personal if you will) and Eric is really able to help ABRS students sort out the inputs and get full value out of their experience here." -Allen Berg
Ernie Becker - Instructor
Troy Castaneda - Instructor
From the beginning, Troy demonstrated that he was destined to be a professional racer after winning his first karting race in 2005.
In 2006, after only one year in racing, Troy was crowned the NorCal Rotax Champion. In 2007, Troy raced in the Formula Russell series at Infineon Raceway and in his rookie season, he finished 4th in the championship.
In 2008 Troy competed in the Italian Formula Master Championship. At the beginning of the year he moved to Italy; living on his own in an unfamiliar territory with an unfamiliar language. Troy acclimated himself quickly with the environment and learned the language. Castaneda made the most of his time there, finishing in the top 5.
In 2009 Troy first competed in the Gatorz Challenge of the Americas competing in DD2 and finished as Vice Champion in the Championship. He then competed in the Northern California Rotax Max Challenge Championship in DD2 and dominated the Championship winning 8 out of the 10 races. He also won the overall U.S. Rotax Nationals points Championship. Troy was invited to compete at the prestigious Rotax World Finals where qualified the highest out of any American in the history of the event. He would go on to finish an impressive 5th place.
In 2010, Troy won the Gatorz Challenge of the Americas Championship and will again compete in the Rotax World Championships.
Troy has a wide range of coaching experience from karts, to formula cars to sports cars. He has worked with drivers as young as 7 all the way up to 70 years old. Troy’s passion for racing and his desire to help others really shows while instructing. From the beginner to the more experienced, Troy has worked with them all, helping them become a better, faster and smarter driver.
Cameron Parsons - Formula Car Instructor
Hank Yamfang - Classroom Facilitator - Formula Cars
Before he became involved in motorsports, Hank’s aspiration was to be a high school teacher. His priority was to share what he knew. And he and did just that, getting his Masters in Education and a job in the San Diego Unified School District. But when he became involved in the San Diego Region of Solo Racing and found that he could go from teaching students to understand hyperbole to teaching them to understand understeer, he found himself instructing people from barely licensed to barely retired in the sport he loved. He now instructs many autocrossers in both his region and for Allen Berg Racing Schools, serves as PR manager for the San Diego Region, Safety Steward, and Secretary of the Board for the San Diego Solo Committee.
In 2011 he took 2nd place in his class (STX) in the San Diego Region Autocross and in 2012 he won the ES Championship. This past year he has been honing his reflexes to take a run in a 125cc shifter kart (KM) for the 2013 season.
Edouard Kassianoff - Karting Manager
Raised with an emphasis on sport, Edouard is a graduate from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Computer Integrated Mechanical Design. Edouard has worked various positions including product design, engineering support and component design. His previous education allied with the recent completion of the Mechanics Training Program at the Bridgestone Racing Academy provides a firm base of mechanical understanding and technical skill.
Extremely well spoken and professional, he manifests a maturity well beyond his years. He has successfully applied his technical knowledge into meticulous attention to detail in the shop as well as impeccable driving and instruction on the track.
Stefan Rzadzinski - Karting Instructor
Stefan was born with the sport in his blood through his father Andy’s passion for racing. Growing up with F1 races as a constant source of background noise, Stefan first jumped into karts at the age of three years old.
Starting young has more than paid for itself so far in Stefan’s career as he has quickly grown into being one of the most accomplished drivers his age in all of Canada. The 2009 race season elevated Stefan another level still as he was able to come in as a rookie to the Ontario Formula Ford Championship series. Not only did Stefan win a race in his first season, he was able to claim second in the championship overall, earning Rookie of the Year honors and the prestigious Brian Stewart Racing Award.
In 2010, Rzadzinski had another successful season in the Ontario Formula Ford Championship, finishing once again as Championship Runner-Up in a highly contested season that went down to the final event before the championship was settled. Throughout the course of the season Stefan won 3 events, placed on the podium 6 times, had 3 pole positions, and 3 fastest laps.
Stefan is a graduate of ABRS and in 2010 started as an instructor at Stratotech Park. Stefan uses his motorsports experience to provide valuable feedback for his students.
Nick Bryk - Middle East Representative
Nick brings international sport experience and expertise to the ABRS team. Nick has worked abroad on high profile sports/events including football (Brazil / England Football / Soccer Friendly), rugby (Canada / Argentina Rugby Friendly), athletics (World Track & Field Championships), motorsports (Moto GP & GP-2) as well as various multi-sport events in Canada, Australia and the Middle East (Doha Asian Games & 2011 Asian Cup)
With a background in event management, sponsorship development, spectator services, volunteer management, recognition programs, logistics and business planning, and having travelled extensively, Nick believes in the importance of incorporating a local flavour to each sporting event he has worked on. Currently living and working in the Middle East as a sports consultant, Nick also works as a Safety Car Driver at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.
Stuart Hunter - Online Networking
Stuart is a long time Motorsport enthusiast. He started wood shedding in the garage with his Father working on his first car. During the late '70's and early'80's, he was active in the Calgary Motorsport community both as a racer and grearhead. Although his presence in the racing community has diminished over the years, his love for the sport never has.
With over 25 years experience; Marketing, Promotions, Event Management, and his positively infectious manner in getting the party started, Stuart is a natural to administrate our Online Social Networking Presence. Drop him a message, you'll be glad you did!