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.
Chris Brown - Data Acquisition Engineer
Joshua Allan - Data Acquisition Engineer
Joshua Allan developed his passion for driving on the backroads of a small Wine Country town where he grew up, honed his skills in Italy as a Maserati Test Driver and is now a Performance Touring D National Champion with Robert Davis Racing.
As a Mechanical Engineer from UCLA, Joshua has worked in the American Motor City, Detroit as well as the Italian Motor City, Modena. A specialization in CAD (Computer Aided Design) lead to a spot on Ferrari's Formula 1 team where Joshua supported Michael Schumacher's winning streak from the 2001 to 2004 season in the aerodynamic, chassis structures, and research and development design departments. Not content to participate from the design offices, Joshua took his first driving course on the snow and ice near Cortina in 2002. This lead to competition in the 2003 Italian Formula Ford Championship. His results earned him an instructor role with Italy's official Nissan and Volvo driving school. The culmination of driving skills, professional network and a bit of serendipity lead to a position at Maserati as a vehicle development test driver.
These dream jobs kept Joshua in Italy for a total of six and a half years. However, motorsports participation was frowned upon in Maserati's road vehicle development department and the call to return to California was too strong to fight. As quickly as he hit US soil, Josh began instructing with the National Auto Sport Association (NASA). Getting back into racing in 2012 has lead to both Regional and National Championships in the Performance Touring D category driving a Mazda MX-5 Miata with Robert Davis Racing.
2012: NASA Performance Touring D National Champion 2012: NASA Performance Touring D Regional Champion 2011: NASA Instructor of the Year 2011: 2nd place, NASA TTB regional championship 2008-Present: NASA High Performance Driving Instructor 2007-Present: Vehicle Engineering Manager, AC Propulsion, Inc. 2004-2007: Maserati vehicle development test driver 2003-2004: Driving instructor for the official Volvo and Nissan driving school 2003: 4th place, Italian Formula Ford Championship 2002: Partial scholarship in the Italian Formula Ford Championship 2001-2004: Scuderia Ferrari Application Engineer
You can follow Joshua Allan on Facebook: www.facebook.com/quickshoe
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
Cameron Parsons - Formula Car Instructor
Coming from a family with a strong background in racing, Cameron has always been surrounded by cars and motorsports. He started racing go karts at just 11 years old. He quickly moved up the levels, taking with him a championship, multiple podium season finishes, and track records. When he was 16, Cameron began racing the world renowned 125cc ICC Shifter class, taking championships and other high finishes in the World Karting Association Manufacturer's Cup West series and in Pro Kart Challenge, which boasted some of the largest karting events in the country.
In 2009 Cameron ran a Formula Mazda in the Formula Car Challenge series taking 4th in the points championship in his first season. In the next two seasons (2010, 2011), he followed up his performance with a 1st and a 3rd in the points championship. He continues to race formula cars while he is currently pursuing a transition into professional touring car racing.
Off the track, Cameron has been highly active in his studies, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems in 2010. He also recently completed his Master of Science degree in Information Technology in 2013.
Alan Lau - Photographer & Assistant Data Acquisition Engineer
Alan Lau has been a driving enthusiast ever since he earned his driver's license. He developed his car control enthusiasm on some winding roads and tracks in Southern California. He is a deep believer in "the first modification to a car is to modify the driver." He never stops finding ways to improve his driving skill and to get himself prepared for a chance to get into racing. During the weekends, Alan can be found organizing, leading, and photographing highly attended Sunday drive events. Attendees know him for both his driving skill and photography work. Currently, Alan is working his way to get his engineering degree from California State University Northridge. Outside of school and Sunday drives, he is a freelance photographer. He has been involved in photography since 2009, and has since found a way to convert his hobby into an enjoyable part time job. Many of his customers love the quality of his work.
A picture is worth a thousand words. You can check out his work on his online portfolio at: http://fearrange.smugmug.com/
You can also follow him on instagram at: http://instagram.com/fearrange
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.