After spending too many hours digging through forum posts to find the gems to help complete our DIY projects, scrolling through too many Facebook posts looking for our friends racing results, and bookmarking a variety of high performance car and racing websites to visit each day, we set out to develop a suite of websites dedicated to racers and racing enthusiasts.
Today we present to you Racer Connect!
We race. We bang our cars up. We have extra parts and always need the parts we don’t have. The Racer Connect Classifieds site is an autotrader + craigslist and more with fully featured ads and categories for race cars, race car parts, safety equipment, pit equipment, etc. Best of all, it’s FREE to the buyers and sellers!
As racers, we got tired of sifting through the nonsense our friends post on Facebook when what we really want to read about is who is racing where and when, the results of recent events as well as interesting racing related information including F1, GrandAm, NASCAR, various club racing and more. Now instead of all the scrolling and scrolling on Facebook or digging through page after page on a forum to find racing related content, racers & enthusiasts can simply visit our social site. Come share your videos, pictures and links to racing articles with the rest of the racing world.
Everyone has their favorite local vendors, but more often than not when we have traveled far from home for the weekend to race we need to find a shop or part in a hurry. Typically the best bet is to ask racers local to the track but they aren’t always easy to find. Search the paddock no longer, hop on the Racer Connect Directory, a Yelp style directory with listings and reviews for Race Shops, Parts Stores, Racing Equipment and Racing Services.
Wikipedia but for the racing niche. Find everything from racing literature and track information to racing terms and DIY’s articles.
Kyle C Bacon
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Kyle Bacon is one of the founders of Racer Connect and provides vision and technical expertise to the company.
Mr. Bacon has been a car enthusiast his entire life. He was responsible for data acquisition and analysis during the 2009 & 2010 seasons for the RRT Racing Grand Am team and is a driver himself, racing with NASA German Touring Series & Spec3 for the past 5 years.
In addition Mr. Bacon is a current member of the Advisory Board at Ion Partners LLC, a New York-based investment banking firm providing services to technology and telecom companies. The firm provides restructuring, valuation, capital raising, and mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance advisory services.
Mr. Bacon is also the Chief Information Officer for Cogent Communications, a publicly traded, facilities-based Internet access provider. He has overseen acquisitions of seven companies in North America and Europe and is also responsible for new product introductions at Cogent. Currently based in Washington, D.C., he has spent his entire career in the Internet and telecom space.
Most notably, Mr. Bacon founded Fiber Network Solutions, one of the original Internet backbone companies, in 1996. He was the Chief Operating Officer of the company and managed its substantial growth before selling the company to Cogent Communications in 2003. During his tenure with Fiber Network Solutions the company was recognized by Inc Magazine as one of the 500 fastest growing privately held companies in the US (68th in 2001).
In 2000 Mr. Bacon was recognized by Ernst & Young as a Finalist in the “Entrepreneur of the Year.” In 1997 he was recognized as one of the Top 40 under 40 Entrepreneurs by Business First Magazine in the Ohio Valley Region. Mr. Bacon graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1995 with a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Tony Kutlu is one of the members of the Racer Connect team and utilizes his broad skill set to fill in many roles. During a race weekend one can find Mr. Kutlu either behind a camera, changing tires, working through new strategies and projects, or brain-storming new ideas.
Through 25 years of experience he has perfected his ability to align goals to resources and to develop high-profile projects and programs. Mr. Kutlu refers to himself as a “Change Agent” since through his passion in aligning people, processes, and technology into meeting team goals he endeavors to change the culture around him. He is a certified developer, a database analyst, a project manager, and holds an MBA and teaches as an adjunct professor at the graduate level specializing in Strategic Management of Information Technology. He is pursuing a doctorate at The Ohio State University.
Mr. Kutlu’s 35- year passion for photography has resulted in recognition through awards and publishing in online magazines. His passion for photography is challenged by a passion for high- performance automobiles. His first engine swap was at age 14 and he has been racing and building cars ever since.
Currently, Mr. Kutlu is a senior manager for The Ohio State University Office of Research. His career has ranged from Fortune 100 companies, State agencies, universities, venture capital-funded dot-coms, to consulting for a wide variety of small-to-medium sized businesses. He is also involved in consulting for a wide variety of small-to-medium sized businesses.
Spokesmodel and Trackside Correspondent
Launching a new phase of her career Ms Brittany Berndt has joined the Racer Connect team as our official Spokemodel and Trackside Correspondent.
Being a Braves and NASCAR fan and having worked for the Atlanta Braves on the Tomahawk team and as a spokesmodel for Road Atlanta & Michael Waltrip Racing Ms. Berndt brings her trackside experience, racing knowledge & charisma to the Racer Connect team as we launch Racer Connect live!
When Ms. Berndt isn’t trackside enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the track you’ll find her fishing or at the shooting range or a laser tag arena. On rainy days Ms Berndt will explore her creative side doing Pinterest crafts or baking. She also enjoys her work as a licensed massage therapist.
Being a born and raised Georgia Peach she loves UGA, her Braves, family and pup “Champ”.
Ms. Berndt has previously represented the following high profile organizations:
Monster Energy Drinks
680 The Fan
Joli Prom Modeling
Spokesmodel and Brand Ambassador
With over 15 years of experience modeling, Ms. Brittney Glaze represents Racer Connect trackside as a Spokesmodel and Brand Ambassador.
In addition to representing Racer Connect Ms Glaze has also been a spokesmodel for the Falken Tire Race teams.
Experienced in commercial print, runway modeling, trade shows, tv shows and movies you will find her appearing in fashion & fitness trade magazines, print ads, billboards, websites and newspapers as well as professional photographer and professional makeup artist & designers portfolios.
Ms. Glaze is a lover of the outdoors. Hunting, Fishing, Camping, 4wheeling, bonfires, kneeboarding and riding in her jeep keep her smiling when she isn’t behind the camera.
As a marksman and skilled archer, Ms. Glaze has recently appeared as a host of Destination Whitetail on the Sportsman Channel.
Her recent accomplishments include:
Cover of Maxim Salute to the Military Issue 2014
Cover of Modern Hunter Magazine 2013
Maxim Magazine- 2011-2014
Miss Road Atlanta 2013 & 2014
Miss Dolmar Power Tools 2013
Miss Project 9-6-1- 2012
Miss Texas Pete 2012
Jezebel Magazine- 50 Most Beautiful Atlantans 2008
Social Media Director
Mr. Eric Donovan joined the Racer Connect team to help create brand awareness through social media.
Mr.Donovan has had passion for cars all of his life. His passion started with off roading which then morphed into track driving in 2011. He enjoys some father-son time through sharing a BMW e36 M3 with his father at the track. After several years perfecting his car control skills in High Performance Driving Education (HPDE) he is now an HPDE instructor and competes in time trials. His next goal is to sharpen his driving skills further and obtain his racing license.
Mr. Donovan is also an engineering consultant with Applied Technical Services, Inc. providing mechanical integrity inspection and evaluations for multiple industries. His main expertise is project management and aiding clients in achieving their equipment reliability goals with their current equipment infrastructure.
Mr. Donovan graduated from Virginia Tech in 2010 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. The Virginia Tech college of Engineering ranks 15th overall and 6th among public universities in the United States. He was also a member of the Virginia Tech Baja Team.