After completing Jim Russell International Racing Drivers School in 1973 at the age of 18, working for them as a mechanic to pay for his course tuition, Chet and Johnny Kastner, managing director and chief instructor encouraged him to further his training. With in one year working three jobs and raising the necessary capital to put forward a plan, competing in F.B SCCA Club Events with the assistance of Chet and Johnny Kastner providing him the contacts and leads Avik was able to compete in the 1975 European F-3 series. Unfortunately due to personal family issues he had to return to the states competing in only 4 out of 8 scheduled races with two DNF’s due to mechanical issues and two top 10 finishing results. This experience was very valuable to him emphasizing the importance of preparation.
" He has always believed achieving success in motor sports "
You need to start and finish races, and then the results will come
Avik took a ten year leave from personally driving race cars and focused on building up a business preparing and maintaining formula cars for others. He returned to racing as a driver again in 1986 – 1999 competing in SCCA regional and national events in F-Atlantic, S2000, and American Indy Car Series, accumulating over 48 podium results an additional 118 top ten finishes, including several lap records, divisional regional and national top three championships.
The year 2000 was a good round number for him to consider retirement from driving after 15 years and over 240 race entry’s. He continues to this day assisting others in following their passion and his, open wheel road racing. Providing driver coaching, race prep and track support.