David Ray the founder of Hook On Driving (HOD)

In a previous life, David was a partner in a Northern California staffing firm called advantage Personnel, servincing companies like Wells Fargo, Pacific Bell, Airouch Communications and Chevron.  After selling the business in 1998, he served in a management development and executive coaching roll during which, his clients discovered his passion for automobiles and driving, and pressed him to organize track days - and one thing led to another...  His motorsports experience includes competing in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Regional racing program from 1985 to present.  In 1994, David scored his first San Francisco Regional championship in an ITS Datsun 240Z, and in 2006 he won his second, while setting the T2 class record at Laguna Seca three separate times in the Dirito Brothers Nissan sponsored by Nissan 350Z.  He has also held qualifying and race lap records at Thunderhill, and Infineon Raceway in the 350Z.  But more importantly to his current role, he began as an instructor for the SCCA competition licensing school in 1989 and fell in love with sharing the hobby.  As a result, he began volunteering as a coach for track days in the early "90's" , and decided to make it his full time enterprise in 2004.  One of his proudest achievements is his role as Chair of the new track committee of the San Francisco Region of the SCCA in support of President Tom McCarthy, and now CEO David Vodden, in the development, fund raising and construction of Thunderhill Raceway.  Ray currently serves on the Thunderhill Board of Directors.  In the final analysis, Ray's goal is to share his passion for driving, whether it is in a High Performance Driving environment such as Hookin On Driving, or assisting HOD drivers to move faster and more competitive venues.


David Ray, National License, SCCA/NASA

Began racing in 1986 in a Opel Manta ITB

Consistent top five with a previously lapped car


1st in Class:  1987 4 Hour Riverside Cal Club Enduro (Opel)

1st in Class:  (2nd overall):  2001 Illgen Enduro, SCCA SF Region (GTA)

1st in Class:  2006 RDC Enduro SCCA SF Region (Maita)

2nd in Class:  2008 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill (GTM-R)

SCCA SF regional Racing:

1989 2nd place in Region: SSGT (Mitsubishi Starion)

1994, Regional Champion:  ITS (Datsun 240Z)

2006 - 2007 Regional Champion: T2 (NIssan 350Z)

SCCA SF Region Track REcords

1994 Race Record, Laguna Seca Raceway, ITS

​2006-2007, Multiple qualifying and race records, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca