Coaches


 

 

Coaches/Staff


Jeff Wheatjeff wheat

Managing Director & Founder of Midwest Track Day, LLC.

Hometown
Fenton, MO

Bike
Suzuki SV650
Suzuki GSX-R600

Favorite Track
Love em all!!!

Highlights/Experience
I got involved with track days in 2010. Started helping out at the track in 2011 and was elected to the Board of Directors of a local racing organization. I was trained by Airfence Andy to repair, deploy and maintain Air Fence. I have worked as a Corner Marshal, Grid Marshal, Tech Inspector, and Air Fence tech for multiple racing orgs i.e. MotoGP, MotoAmerica, AMA Pro Road Racing, Championship Cup Series and MCRA. In 2013 I founded Midwest Track Day because I and my friends were unsatisfied with other motorcycle track day groups.

Goals
I strive to make every rider’s experience safe, memorable and fun.


Brent Schrader

Lead Instructor

Hometown
Prophetstown, IL

Bike
2008 Yamaha R6

Favorite Track
Miller Motor sports Park, Road Atlanta, Barber

Highlights/Experience
Started street riding in 1993 on a ZX-6. My first track-day was in 2003 with NESBA and raced some with CRA.  Became a NESBA Control Rider in 2005 and Assistant Director/Control Rider Captain in 2007.

Goals
To help others learn to become better safer riders and push their personal limits in doing so. To keep riding on the track for the next 30+ years.

 


Ron HixRon Hix

Hometown
Aurora, IL

Bike
Suzuki GSX-R1000 X 2

Favorite Track
Road America

Highlights/Experience
AMA Superbike Pro, CCS Expert Racer with multiple wins and championships, Former NESBA Control Rider, Track Day Enthusiast

Goals
My goal is simply to help make others around me better.  I most enjoy challenging open-minded serious riders / racers to take their game to the next level, regardless of their current level.  In addition, I strive to assist others in a manner that is humble and respectful, while at the same time ruthlessly honest


Jeff Selbert Jeff Selbert

Hometown
St. Louis, MO

Bike
Suzuki SV650
Suzuki GSX-R600

Favorite Track
Putnam Park & Barber

Highlights/Experience
Started racing 1997 WERA, CCS Numerous regional championships WERA National Endurance Champion ’06 Ed Bargy Racing 4-time MCRA champion-Expert GT Ed Bargy Racing School 02-06 NESBA 03-12 MCRA control rider 07-13 MTD coach 2013 to present

Goals


Blake Holt Blake Holt

Home Town
Lincoln, IL

Bike
Yamaha R6

Favorite Track
Wherever I’m at

Highlights/Experience
Former Pro-Am motocross, and understudy of the great Ron Hix AMA #975

Goals 
My goal is to help others transition, as I did, from motocross to pavement.  My extensive background in motocross can provide an invaluable tool to the growing number of riders we are seeing coming from the motocross world.  I also strive to be a respectable, responsible,and positive ambassador for the sport, as well as Midwest Track Day.  Lastly, but certainly not least, to make my personal coach and mentor Ron Hix, proud to call me a friend and associate.


Tommy Specker tommy specker

Hometown
Washington, MO

Bike
Yamaha R1

Favorite Track
Heartland Park & Putnam

Highlights/Experience
Riding and racing for 20+ years on street and dirt, and track riding since 2007.

Goals
To help all the new and up and coming riders to better their riding skills.  And to become safer and faster riders.


Dave Cook dave cook

Hometown
Springfield, IL

Bike
Suzuki SV650

Favorite Track

Highlights/Experience
I have 40+ years of riding exp. I started track riding in 2011 with NESBA made it to the I group before they pulled the plug ! I began racing and riding with MCRA in 2012 and won a 2nd place overall in Amateur GTL class , in 2013 started racing with CCS and won another 2nd place in the AM GTL class and was given the privilege of coaching the B group with Midwest Track Days !

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Mike Coisman mike coisman

Hometown
Belvidere, IL

Bike
Yamaha R6

Favorite Track

Highlights/Experience
In 2001 I got introduced to track day riding and quickly signed up for Ed Bargy Race School at Talladega Grand Prix Raceway. I ended up being the fastest person in the school and purchased a 2001 GSXR750 to race in the WERA Mid-West in 2002. I won the Formula 1 Championship my first year and won 5 more WERA Amateur Championships in 2003. My third year of racing I was promoted to expert and mostly raced the WERA National Endurance Series.

Goals
In 2005 life events shortened my motorcycle racing career, but I still enjoy the sport and have continued to ride enthusiastically ever since. I have racing experience with over 40 podium finishes on over 15 different tracks and love sharing that knowledge with all of the Midwest Track Day members.


Jim ForemanJim Foreman

Hometown
Kenosha, WI

Bike
Suzuki GSXR-750

Favorite Track
Barber Motorsports

Highlights/Experience
Riding for over 35 years (street and trails), and started track riding in 2005 at Road America on a Hayabusa.  I was hooked, and promptly sold the Hayabusa and got a dedicated track bike.  I attended the  Yamaha Champions Riding School in 2010, and was previously a CR with NESBA.

Goals
I want to have as much fun as possible while riding on the track and helping to teach others about this great sport as I pay it forward.


Justin “Bubba” Conolty Justin "Bubba" Conolty

Hometown
Washington, IN

Bikes
Suzuki SV650
Kawasaki Ninja 250

Favorite Track
Heartland Park

Highlights/Experience
MCRA 250 class champion. Many CCS/MCRA expert and amateur race wins.  12 years riding motorcycles and 3 years racing.

Goals
Help make anyone I coach a better rider while always trying to be a better and faster rider myself.


Matt GranzowMatt Granzow

Hometown
Milwaukee WI

Bikes
Suzuki GSX-R 600
Suzuki GSX-R 1000
KTM 450 EXC/SM

Favorite Track
Road Atlanta

Highlights / Experience
Started riding in 2002, first track day with NESBA in 2004.  Grew through the NESBA ranks and became a coach there and then went out for my CCS race license and was hooked.  Went expert in my first full season, did tons of events in 2011 and was feeling good enough at the time to give a shot at doing the AMA SuperSport race at Road America in 2012.

Goals
Continue riding, coaching at a less exhausting and less expensive pace than racing full time.  Its time to find the fun in riding again!


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Joe Behlmann

Hometown
Moscow Mills MO

Bike
2001 SV650
2004 ducati 749R

Favorite Track
NCM

Highlights/Experience
5 years on the street/ 6 years Racing, 2014 3rd place overall expert GT lights. 2015 MCRA GT lights champ.

Goals
Race competively with CCS next year. Continue to coach and help others progress in the sport that i love.


 

Stephen Wilkins
HomeTown
Gurnee, Il

Bikes
09 R6, ’13 KTM XC

Favorite Track
Hallett, Ok

Highlights Experience
2014 Daytona 200 qualifier, 2010 CMRA BBE 4th in C open, 2008 2nd CCS/ASRA TC GT lights,  CCS Ex, AMA enduro B 50+ and MotoA Supersport Racer.

Goals
Become an effective trackday coach and bike setup guy.  Place in 2016 Daytona 200, top 3 in Enduro B 50+ next year.  Run MotoA @ RA and Indy.


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Peter Bernacchi

Bike
Yamaha R6

Favorite track
Road America or NCM

Highlights/Experience
I’ve been riding the track since 2009, but also love broadening my riding horizons with motocross, touring, and street riding all over the world. Won a CCS Rookies Cup championship in 2014 with lots of wins and podiums in various middleweight classes.

Goals
Continue to get fitter/faster to be competitive in higher levels of racing, and keep coaching and riding trackdays for the next 40+ years


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Sam Graves

Hometown
Derby IN

Bike
2005 Honda cbr600rr, 2007 Yamaha R6

Favorite track
NCM (really, any track with pavement and turns is fine with
me)

History
I bought my first street bike in 2009, to save money commuting to work. That plan was soon abandoned, as I spent more gas money riding on weekends than I could have ever saved commuting. I did my first track day in June of 2011, and waited WAY too long to do my second one in summer 2012. I have been hooked ever since. I started racing in late 2014, and ran WERA
novice in 2015.

Goals
As a coach with Midwest Track Day my first and foremost goal is to help people have fun. Seeing how happy it makes people when they crack a new personal best, or figure out a solution to something they’ve been having trouble with is awesome!


MTD ProfileJhance Wittmer

Hometown
Evansville, IN

Bike
2008 GSX-R 1000

Favorite Track
NCM, Barber, Rd Atlanta, Mid-O, Putnam,…more to come

History
I love bikes, I love looking at bikes, I love riding bikes, I love talking about bikes. I’ve been riding for over 20 years. Have always been more comfortable on two wheels than four. Started on dirt when I was 8, then bought my first street bike in 2003 and fell in love. Many tickets later, in 2011 I finally made it to the track. Fell even more in love, borderline obsessive addiction. Received race license in 2015 with plans to compete in 2016.

Goals
As a coach, and fellow rider, I love helping other riders have fun, be safe, and go faster! I love watching the progression in improving riding and lap times. Nearly all the improvements in my riding have come from someone taking the time to coach me. So, my goal is to pass along all the help and knowledge shared with me to anyone who wants to progress and have fun in this sport!
Thank you to Midwest Track Day for enabling my addiction,and for the opportunity to help other riders!


Bob Berbecoberbeco
Hometown
Indianapolis, IN

Bikes
BMW S1000RR
Brammo Empulse R (full electric)
Yamaha R6

Favorite Track
National Corvette Museum

Highlights/Experience
28 years riding motorcycles and 2 years racing. Multiple podiums in MCRA, AHRMA, and WERA. World and Midwest Regional Champion in AHRMA.

Goals
Teach others to become a better, safer, and faster rider by helping them to elevate their skill set on the motorcycle at the track.


 

Andy Forrest
4estHometown
Cincinnati, OH

Bike
2010 R6
2007 CBR 600 RR
2007 KTM SuperDuke
Multiple Dirtbikes

Highlights/Experience
Road anything with 2 wheels as a kid. Bicycles, mopeds, dirt bikes,etc. First Street bike was in 1986. Been a riding nut ever since. Earned my AMA/CCS Racing license in 1994. Been doing track days ever since. Became most serious about racing in 2013 where I finished the year in the WERA National Series C 600 SuperStock N 2nd in the nation. As well as C 600 SuperBike N 3rd in the nation. Since that time I have applied most of my riding focus on teaching others for a couple mid-west track day organizations. I still schedule a couple race weekends per year to stay sharp. My last event was 2016 Roebling Road Raceway WERA National races where my best result was 3rd place in the C 600 SuperStock N race.

Goals
To share my love and knowledge of motorcycling with as many as I can. To teach others how to maximize their experience in a safe and exciting manor. Learning their goals and assisting them to meet those goals. Whether it is to become a better street rider or step up into racing. I guide them to improve and learn their own, and their equipment’s limits. Hopefully providing the skills and knowledge to be able to participate in this sport for decades to come.


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Tim Pike

Hometown
Newburgh, IN

Bike
2007 CBR 1000RR

Favorite Track
National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park

Highlights/Experience
Track riding since 2011 and worked my way,slowly, through the ranks to eventually ride
Advanced class. I took my time making each jump and learned a ton. I made it through 5 years of riding through the classes before having a wreck (and that was a false neutral in a race that sent me flying off track) and I attribute that record of successful events to my patience in learning.
Began racing in 2016. Several WERA podiums between Tally, Roebling, and Road Atlanta in Regional and National A Classes. I competed in 10 MCRA GT-A races with 6 podiums, a mechanical DNF, an “off-road excursion”, and one Victory in the rain at Putnam!

Goals
My personal racing goal is to win an Amateur championship and race a few Expert races before dropping back to solely coaching. I want what everyone here wants, to get faster! But seriously, I want to learn as much as possible to become a better rider. Speed and confidence will follow. The more I can learn, the more I have to teach others that may come to me for help.


Joe Denowhdenowh
Hometown
Machesney Park, IL

Bike
Yamaha R6

Favorite Track
Putnam Park

Highlights/Experience
White guy on bike, mostly turns right.
Found roadracing in 02. Did my first trackday and went to MMI in 03. Moved back to run a franchise dealer and started track riding in 05. Won an amateur Championship in 07. Started Turn One Racing to provide race prep services in 08. Expert championship runner up in 15. Continuing the search for better lap times.

Goals
Help to raise the level of skills and machinery in our paddocks.


 

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Hometown
Columbus OH

Bike
14 GSXR 1000

Favorite track
NCM,Putnam

Experience
Wera expert racer
Former motoseries control rider
Coach at midohio

Goals
Still chasing lap times.we are all students of the game and we never stop learning.


 

Kyle Given
Hometown:
Blue Springs, MO

Bike:
Yamaha R6

Favorite Track:
HPT

Highlights/Experience:
Started track days in 2009. 2015 3rd place AM GT with MCRA. 2016 AM GT Champion MCRA

Goals:
I have learned so much from the “fast” guys over the years and now is my opportunity to do the same for the guys starting out. I am approachable, honest, and enjoy every aspect of track days and racing. Smooth is fast.


 

Jonathan Schweigerschweiger
Hometown
Green Bay, WI (GO BEARS!)

Bike
Triumph Daytona 675R

Favorite Track 
Road America/NCM

Highlights/Experience 
I’ve been riding the track since 2013. I needed to feed the addiction and got my race license in 2015 and started racing with CCS. I finished my first full season in 2016 as amateur and got bumped to expert.

Goals
To continue to improve and grow in the sport and pass on as much as I can to all of our customers. I enjoy everything about track days from the paddock to the race track.


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Hometown
Washington, MO

Bike
08 Yamaha R6

Highlights / experience. Anything with two wheels; Dirt bikes since the 70’s. Sport bikes since about 1999. First track day in 2000 with NESBA. Worked up through the ranks there and eventually as a Coach until they ceased operations. Over 30,000 track miles to date.

Goals
To share my blessings and to share what knowledge I have about bikes with as many like minded folks as I can. To teach others how to maximize their motorcycle experience in a safe and exciting manor. My goal is to pass on all the learnings and help I’ve received over the years to help others exceed their goals. Whether it is to become a better street rider or step up into racing. All with the mindset to learn what skills are needed to participate in this sport for decades to come.


Brian “Stoney” Stonestone
Home Town
Carmel, IN

Bike
2015 Ducati 1299

Favorite Track
Putnam and NCM

Highlights/Experience
30+ years riding some form of motorcycle. Former AMA Motocross Racing, Road Racing with WERA

Goals
Working with new riders on the track, and showing them how riding on the track can benefit them at being a safer riding on the road. I have received a lot of expert coaching along my 5 years of riding and racing on the track from guys like Blake Holt and Matt Carr, so I want to pass that knowledge along to the next inspired racer!