Board of Directors 2017
Scott Elrod is an actor who has professional car and motorcycle racing experience. He is involved in fundraising for the Racers Who Care and makes Quick Tips on Winning in Life life skills presentations to kids in Southern California. He has a professional background in marketing and modeling. Elrod, was born in Bitburg, Germany where his father was serving in the U.S. Air Force. After living in the Philippines and at other military stops, Scott moved to Colorado. His father was an F-16 pilot, inspiring Scott to join the Air Force where he served as an air traffic controller while earning his private pilot's license. Scott and his best friend started a marketing company then later started up a mortgage company. Next, he served as Vice President of Sales for a technology company. Scott then relocated to Los Angeles, California, to pursue a career in acting and was soon cast for parts on "CSI: New York", "Days of Our Lives", "Desire", the music video "Lonely Girl", and for roles in films such as "Tricks of a Woman" (awarded Best Picture at the Monaco International Film Festival), "Death and Cremation", "The Switch", "The Allure of Love", "Allure of the Seas", "Home Run" and "Argo". Additionally, he has appeared in television movie and series productions such as "Men in Trees", "Uncorked", "Hellhounds", "Castle" and "True Blue".
HORNER SCORES THIRD 200 MILE CLUB MEMBERSHIP
Scott Horner, Chair of RWC’s Board of Directors, is proud owner of a number of Naked Bike world land speed records, not only records he set himself at the Bonneville Salt Flats and around the world, but records made by owners of competitive motorcycles he has built, including Leslie Porterfield, who has set world land speed records in women’s competition at the Bonneville Salt Flats with cycles built by him.
Horner, who is retired from the U.S. Air Force where he was a desert warfare instructor, owns HeadsUp Performance, located in Sandy, Utah, where his competition motorcycles are built.
He began racing bikes in the mid ‘80s riding his XL 600 at the drag strip while serving in the Air Force. Before the decade was over he was racing a GS1150, earning a #9 National ranking in the DRAGBIKE! Pro ET class. Bit hard by the racing bug, he decided to build an NHRA Pro Stock drag bike that he raced in the ’94 NHRA World Finals as well as traveling to Japan to compete in the NHRA versus Japan Drag Festival in ’93 and ’94.
By 1997 Scott’s bike and engine building skills were put to the test when he opened Heads Up Performance. In addition to specializing in the GS1100 and 1150 engines, his Mac Tool Man, Tom Busch, father of NASCAR standouts Kurt and Kyle, coaxed him into building powerplants for their GSX-R1100-motored Dwarf Cars and Yamaha FJ1200-powered Legends Cars. He later ventured into Mini Sprint cars and motorcycle powered sandrails.
Scott’s first trip to the salt flats ended with a 217.850-mph run cut short by a melted cylinder head and exhaust valve. Even though it ended prematurely, it was his fastest run to date and the start of bigger things to come. His records include FIM, AMA, SCTA, and ECTA sanctioned events. Most of the records he holds are in the “naked” or unfaired category.
He is a lifetime member of the prestigious Bonneville 200 MPH Club, won with a record speed of 205.589 scored on a Suzuki Hayabusa he built himself. He has also set a new world speed record in naked bike competition at the El Mirage dry lake bed (206.761), that vaulted him into the El Mirage 200 MPH Club, where he is now a lifetime member. He is a lifetime member of all the 200 MPH Clubs worldwide.
Bonneville competition was a childhood dream realized. His next goal is 250 MPH!
He joined RWC in 1994, and immediately began making presentations in the
In 1991, Horner founded the American Motorsports Safety Association, focused on youth education. He initiated and sponsored a high school drag racing program in
Russell Pottenger, Secretary/Treasurer
West Covina, CA
A co-founder of Racers Who Care, Pottenger is a retired 10-year Sports Car Club of America GT1 and National Hot Rod Association Super Gas veteran. Prior to joining Racers Who Care, he was very active with the Mean, Lean and Clean Youth Program on the NHRA Series for approximately four years and a member of its Board of Directors. He is owner of Bishop & Buehl, where he builds and modifies racing engines for boats and cars. Additionally, Russell is a mechanic on the National Hot Rod Association's Jack O'Bannon Alcohol Funny Car Team.
Formula Drift competitor and four-time time Serie Dominicana de Drift Champion, Jhonnattan Castro, Judy Strawn, and Pro Mazda Series and Indy Lights Champion, IndyCar competitor, Spencer Pigot, at RWC's Quick Tips on Winning in Life Field Trip Program for Children at the 2016 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. [Photo taken by Tyler Deal]
Judy Strawn is President, and Founder of RWC. She comes to RWC with 41 years’ experience in public relations, special events planning/management, advertising, printing and publishing, writing and photography. She has worked as an independent contractor on motorsports marketing and public relations projects since 1982, supplementing her income as a temporary and permanent legal secretary in major international firms. Currently, while RWC is raising funds, she is a legal assistant for a prominent Beverly Hills, California, Family Law firm. She holds a B.A, Degree in Public Communication and has continued public relations and marketing studies at UCLA. Strawn has been awarded Who’s Who recognition in several areas, including Marquis Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and in Cambridge, England's Dictionary of International Biography. Most recently, she has been awarded inclusion in Marquis Who's 2013 edition of Who's Who in America. Strawn developed the Quick Tips on Winning in Life racer presentation program. She has operated RWC evenings and weekends since its 1993 inception. In addition to operational responsibilities, Strawn has set up and coordinated RWC presentations on the various race series and in Southern California, does the organizations’ desk top publishing, and was RWC’s Child’s Day Liaison with Senator Robert Graham’s office prior to his retirement and ongoingly, with the White House. Since 1999, Strawn has been extremely busy originating and developing RWC's National Child’s Day Celebration for Southern California, and its Timescope educational program. Strawn is also a member of the Baard of Directors and is Newsletter Editor of the Clan Strachan Scottish Historical Society.
Nathan Swartzbaugh is a partner and leading instructor for Orange County Race-Craft, a highly successful racing school based in Southern California. Swartzbaugh began his career at the age of 14, by winning the NASA Pro-Truck Tour. In 2006, just 21 years old, he won the IMSA Grand Am GT3 presented by Michilen Series Championship for Porsche. Since then, he has raced from time to time in various types of motorsports. Nathan has been very active in Racers Who Care, recruiting the involvement of other racers, making Quick Tips on Winning in Life life skills presentations in Southern California, and has starred in two 30-second TV Public Service Announcements on RWC's behalf. Additionally, he actively raises funding for RWC projects. He originated the idea of RWC's very successful and popular Quick Tips on Winning in Life Racer Presentation and Field Trip Programs now in annual operation at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and at the Auto Club Speedway. RWC plans to expand these field trip programs to other motorsports venues over time. Nathan works in sales at North South Machinery.