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Craig Watkins grew up in San Francisco and at the age of six started karting around his parents property. That morphed in to dune buggies and Baja Bugs. His college degree and career was in manufacturing engineering. Craig first raced in the SCORE off road racing series throughout the 80s with Greg Aronson winning 8 races in 42 starts in class 10. He club raced his 1973 Porsche 911 and that lead to an engineering position with Porsche 996 GT3 Cup cars and then he joined team Flying Lizard Motorsports where he was the chief engineer. It was there he met Roland Kussmaul, the Porsche factory racing engineer who was in charge of the GT3 product line. This lead to Craig’s first book Kussmaul Chronicles, The Story of Roland Kussmaul’s Contributions To Porsche’s Total Crushing Domination.
“Don’t make contributions to mediocrity because the world is full of it.”
CAREER & LIFE CHALLENGES
Trying to get in to off road racing and the long learning curve required to be competitive.
Realizing that running your own business was not for the faint of heart and that you had to be really strong.
FIRST SPECIAL VEHICLE
A 1970 Chevelle Supersport
BEST AUTOMOTIVE ADVICE
When you are making changes to a race car, make only one change at a time. – Roland Kussmaul
Kussmaul Chronicles by Craig Watkins
Loan Survivor by Marcus Luttrell
The American Icon by Bryce G. Hoffman
PARTING WORDS OF ADVICE
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison
Work hard and stick with things.
WHERE TO FIND CRAIG
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