The Men behind the wheel at Lawmen Racing Inc.
Our drivers get some of the finest training in the world, completing courses on police pursuit driving. However, we also know accidents will happen. That's why we take safety very seriously. Like making sure drivers on the road wear their seatbelts, we make sure we have the most up to date safety equipment in our cars.
Besides a strong roll cage, fuel cell, and 5 point safety belt built into the car, we also wear a firesuit, racing helmet, fireproof gloves and shoes, and a neck restraint. We take safety very seriously and do not take shortcuts.
Unfortunately we have crashed our cars at full speed, but with our safety equipment, we've always been able to walk away with nothing more than a few scratches and bruises.
David’s primary job is in Law Enforcement, working for an exclusive city along the Lake Michigan shore north of Chicago, IL. Chasing bad guys is what he was used to until he decided to try his skills at being chased by race car drivers on the local short tracks of Illinois and Wisconsin.
David has been active in the world of racing for over a decade. In 1994 he started with CMR (Cerer/Manzella Racing), driving a Mini-Modified Sprint Car which competed for three years on the dirt track at the Wilmot Speedway in Southeast Wisconsin. He then started his own team in 1997 called CPM Racing (Cerer Performance Motorsports) and raced a Legends Car primarily at the Lake Geneva, WI and Rockford, IL Speedways. During these formative years he gained experience in team ownership, driving race cars and working with numerous sponsors not only to build his team but also to promote their businesses. David was sidelined in 2003 with a work- related injury when his crew chief Erik Gehrke accepted the call to drive the # 75 Legends Car for the season.
After having to sell CPM Racing in 2004, due to the injury, he assisted Erik as team manager and crew chief under the name of Lawman Racing. David continued to help in securing sponsorship for not only Erik but also Schroeder Racing, a local 410 Outlaw Sprint Car team.
In 2006, David decided that he couldn’t just sit back and watch racing so he joined forces with Erik to form Lawmen Racing, Inc. He now pilots the # 7 Chevy Super Cup car while continuing to assist in obtaining sponsorship for the team. His ability to obtain sponsorships over the years has led to the development of the Lawmen Racing sponsorship package and consultation service which he and Erik offer to help other race teams in their pursuits.
David’s primary goals are to be competitive in racing, develop the Lawmen Racing team, and promote its sponsors in the most professional manner possible. Clean, consistent runs, along with 4 wins led to a great 2007 season! For 2008, David managed again to get inside the top 10 while not making every race. David picked up his second feature win at Rockford Speedway in 2008, holding off his teammate in a tight battle to the finish! In 2010, David was only a few points away from scoring his first champsionship title. Since then, David has been running up front among the most competitive drivers in the series, with ambitions of obtaining another championship title for the team.
Owner/Driver since 2006
Crew Member since 2006
Chuck has been an avid race fan ever since his own father raced at Road America and on frozen ponds in the 1960s and 1970s. Chuck, in turn, put the race fan into Erik many years ago and got him hooked.
Over the past few seasons Chuck has been a crew member and often spotter for Erik and the Lawmen Racing team. He has also had some seat time in the #14 car and will often pilot a third Lawmen Racing entry. Look for him to continue the family tradition!
Spotter #7 Car
Jennifer has had plenty of experience spotting for her dad's Super Cup cars over the past few seasons and will continue to guide David to victory in 2013.
Lake Forest, IL
2nd year Driver
Ben Grum is not only a police officer but also a volunteer fireman and handyman. His reputation around the PD as being a character will be welcomed among his fellow racers. When asked about his experience this season, Ben describes racing a Super Cup as “it’s like driving a go kart on steroids” and can’t wait to get back in the car for the next race. Although its Ben’s second year in a Super Cup, he is a fast learner and has shown good car control while racing in traffic. Its apparent Ben will continue to improve with more experience and give his teammates as well as the other ASCS drivers a run for their money.
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