Born: February 23,
Hometown: Barrie, Ontario
racing career at the age of 12 in a kart, Marcelli immediately showed
he had the skill and speed to win. Improving every time he got behind
the wheel, the
youngster quickly became one of the drivers to beat.
Racing shifter karts the past few years, Marcelli has won
numerous races, including the prestigious Barrie Grand Prix and
finished as the runner-up in the Ron Fellows Karting
Championship in in
the 80cc class and third in the same championship in the 125cc
class. In 2006, the young driver from Barrie made the move up to cars.
Last year, as a member of the prestigious Team Ultra 94 squad, Marcelli
second in the Bridgestone F2000 Racing Series. In addition to racing in
the school series, the talented teenager won a Skip Barber Regional
race at the famed Sebring International Raceway and took part in the
Formula BMW International licensing course. Marcelli continued
progress up the motorsports ladder in 2007, winning
the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge title and Rookie of the
Year honours behind the wheel of a
Van Diemen RF01. Currently he is taking part in the highly
competitive F2000 Championship Series.
Hometown: Noblesville, Indiana
The son of
former Formul One/IndyCar driver turned tv commentator Derek Daly,
Conor first got behind the wheel of a kart at the age of 10. Finding
success immediately, he quickly progressed from local club competition
to regional and national racing. In 2004, he captured his
first major trophy, winning the Indiana State Championship in the
Yamaha class. The following year, Daly won the Spec TAG class at the
TAG world Championships and was named the Kart Racers of America Junior
Driver of the Year, having won the Junior Yamaha Championship.
Remaining in karts, he won the World Karting Association
Kartlift Nationals in the Yamaha class, TAG senior class in Round 10 of
the Super Karts USA Pro Tour, Senior Pro Race at the TAG World
Championships, and WKA Grand National Championship in the Yamaha class
in 2006. The following year, Daly began racing cars in addition to
racing karts at national and international level. In addition to
winning the Stars of Karting East TAG Championship title, Daly
won his debut race in Skip Barber Race Series and finished on
the podium in his first-ever Ontario Formula Ford Challenge event. In
2008, Daly will compete in both the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge and
Skip Barber National series.
Born: June 6, 1949
Hometown: Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
and operating a successful business, Beresford began racing later
than most drivers. Starting in 2001, Beresford first got behind the
wheel, driving a Formula Vee in CASC Ontario Regional competition.
Following a test in a Formula Continental car, Beresford bought a FC
car and contested the
entire CASC Ontario Regional Formula Libre Championship with Brian
Graham Racing. Impressed with the new Formula Ford Zetec package,
Beresford purchased a car prior to the 2003 season to run in the
Formula Libre Championship. The following year, Beresford once again
contested the entire CASC Ontario Region Formula Libre Championship, as
well as selected SCCA Club Racing events in the United States. In
Formula Libre competition, Beresford drove a Formula Ford Zetec car
until late August, when he purchased a new Star Mazda car and began
racing it. Winning one race, Beresford finished second in the
championship. Over the past two seasons the Kitchener-Waterloo
native has continued to race in the CASC Ontario
Region Formula Libre Championship winning several numerous races and
capturing one championship title. This coming season, Beresford will
commence a new motorsports challenge, driving a Van Diemen RF00 FF1600
in the highly competitive Ontario Formula Ford Challenge.
Born: January 16, 1943
Hometown: Barrie, Ontario
Graham, who was
born in Ireland, began his involvement
motorsports, when he moved to Canada. Mechanically
inclined, the native of Barrie soon showed great skill behind the
wheel of a race car. Competing in CASC regional competition with
sports cars to begin with, Graham found success, before switching to
the Formula Ford class in the mid 1970's. Racing in both regional
amateur events, as well as the Canadian Formula Ford Championship
over the past 30 years, he has won numerous races. In 1991 and 1994
Graham captured the CASC-OR Formula Ford Championship title. Involved
in the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge since its inception,
Graham raced in the Diamond class in 2007 with a newly
purchased Reynard 84FF. Currently Graham is racing in the OFFC back
behind the wheel of his Crossle.
Born: May 26, 1970
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
been involved in motorsports virtually his entire life. As
the son of a regional Formula Ford driver and course worker, Craighead
attended his first race before he could walk.
Spending much of the early stages of his young life watching his father
race and attending premier racing events, it came as little surprise he
racing bug. Upon graduating from Laurentian University in Sudbury,
Ont., with a Sports Administration degree, the Toronto native
immediately began pursuing career in motorsports. Using the earnings
from his first job
in the sport (managing an Indy Pro Series showcar program) Craighead
the prestigious Jim Russell Racing School in Mt. Tremblant, Que.,
earning his race license, and purchased a Formula Ford. The life long
race fan, proceeded to run in
selected CASC-OR events. After two years of competition, Craighead
stopped racing due to financial restraints and work commitments
abroad. Currently the Assistant Editor of FormulaCar Magazine and News
Desk Manager of eFormulaCarNews.com, Craighead will get back behind the
wheel in 2008,
running selected races in the Diamond class of the
Ontario Formula Ford challenge in a recently purchased Lola T-540.
Born: August 8, 1963
Hometown: Innisfil, Ontario
around racing, Graham first got behind the wheel at young age.
Competing in karts for several years, he showed a natural talent behind
the wheel, winning the Ontario Jr. Championship. In 1986, Graham made
his car racing
debut, quickly establishing himself as driver worth watching.
The Barrie native driving in the Formula Ford class captured the Rookie
of the Year award and was named Best New Driver in his first season of
CASC-OR competition. Over the next decade Graham continued to race
winning numerous races both at CASC Regional and SCCA National
having won several CASC Regional Championship, also began
numerous rounds in the Canadian Formula Ford Championship. In the late
1990's Graham began racing a Formula Continental car in
both the CASC and SCCA. Once again winning several races, Graham
captured the CASC Regional Championship in the Formula Libre class.
Over the past several years, Graham has continued to race a Formula
Ford 1600, as well as a Formula Ford Zetec with good success, while
continuing to establish Brian Graham Racing as a leading open-wheel
team. This coming season the team owner will run in selected races as
Graham (Team Owner)
Graham owns and operates the team. In addition he performs data
acquisition and acts as the team
• Ian Macpherson (Lead Engineer)
Macpherson acts as the lead engineer on Marcelli's
Van Diemen, additionally doing engineering duties for other cars under
the BGR awning.
• Cyril Ma (Engineer)
Ma assists in the engineering of various cars under the BGR awaning.
Wivell (Lead Mechanic)
Wivell acts as the lead mechanic on Marcelli's Van Diemen,
additionally working on the other cars under the BGR awning.
Robins works as the lead mechanic on Daly's Van Diemen, while
with Craighead's Lola.
Assists the lead mechanics in preparing all the BGR cars.
Laurence (Second Mechanic)
Works with the lead mechanics in preparing the BGR cars.
Haanstra (Office & Hospitality Manager)
Hannstra acts as the office adminstrator for BGR and operates
the hospitality at the events.
Craighead handles all the media relations for Brian Graham Racing, as
well as updates and maintains the team website.