History of Istook/Aines Motorsport Group
Don Istook and Bob Aines have formed the Istook/Aines Motorsport Group to compete in the Speedvision World Challenge series and the Motorola Cup, as well as to support the growing motorsport market in the north Texas region. With the rapidly expanding interest in club racing, high performance driving events and driver education activities nationally, the demand for support services to this segment is escalating.
This type of customer has a very different set of requirements than the customer serviced by traditional service and repair facilities. It is for this reason that these ventures have been segregated from the operations of Don's Eurosport firm, a company that has been serving Porsche, Audi, and BMW customers since 1979.
Istook/Aines Motorsport Group(IAMG) will integrate the racing operations, performance tuning, track car construction, maintenance, and track support services to deliver a fully diversified motorsport program.
Don Istook has been involved in motorsports since 1971 and has held a racing license since 1977. He's won 8 regional and national SCCA amateur titles in his division. During that time, he has raced on over 30 tracks across the country. His accomplishments include 3rd, 5th, and 7th place finishes and one pole at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road Atlanta.
In 1984, Don started to compete professionally in IMSA. He has competed in numerous 24, 12, 6 and 3-hour races including the 24 hours of Daytona, Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio, and the 12 hours of Sebring.
Since he started racing, Don has competed in over 100 races with 70+ podium finishes.
Don has raced, built and maintained numerous Porsches including 911's, 924's, (SSA and DP), 944's and a Carrera GTR. Other cars raced include Toyota Supra Turbo, Audi Quattro, Pontiac, Firebird, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevron/Cosworth Formula Continental, and Swift Formula Ford.
He has served as crew chief on a winning IMSA Porsche GTR team racing in GTU.
Don has been an instructor for Bob Bondurant and has also instructed for SCCA, Porsche Club of America, Precision Auto Sports, and is an instructor at Motorsport Ranch. Don currently owns and operates Eurosport in Ft. Worth, TX.
Bob Aines is a recently retired computer industry executive. His 26-year career with EDS included starting EDS' Management Consulting offering, opening the MCS practice in Paris, France, and leading the European Strategic Technology Practice. On his return to the US, Bob was seconded to an EDS joint venture as VP of Operations. His diverse assignments also included the development of new business startups, business turnarounds, and business development.
Bob's involvement in Motorsport began in 1977, while assisting Don in the construction and campaigning of an SCCA D Production Porsche 911. Since then, he has continued that association as well as crewing for Bayside Motorsport on both their GTU and GTP cars. He has been a crew member, crew chief, and team manager in both SCCA and IMSA racing with numerous 3, 6, 12, 24-hour races including Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen, and Mid-Ohio.
Don and Bob were involved in the IMSA Firehawk series from 1985 through 1991. They were selected by Porsche as team owners to field one of the seven original 944 entries in the inaugural series.
The Future of S4 Racing in America
No one is entirely certain of the fate of the Audi S4 in U.S. racing venues, but it has been confirmed that Michael Galati will return in the Champion S4 Competition alongside a second S4 Competition whose driver has yet to be confirmed. IAMG will return and run an Audi S4 in Motorola Cup, and potentially select Speedvision races within their region. Could there be other teams? Rumors have surfaced, and it sounds like several more could be out and about, displaying the benefits the quattro system. With a full racing schedule ahead of us this season, it's entirely possible that an S4 could be racing near you. And, who wouldn't want to go out and watch a couple of Audi sedans show Porsche 911s and Dodge Vipers a thing or two?