Don Alexander


AUTOMOTIVE JOURNALIST, TEST DRIVER, AUTHOR, RACE
DRIVER

With a racing and automotive journalism career spanning over five full decades, Don Alexander
is one of the nations most noted and respected off roaders, race driving experts, writers, test
drivers and racers. Most recently, Don is working with Johnny Wells as a co-host and producer
on Big Bear Backcountry Adventure TV and and is operating a 4x4 Driving School in Big Bear
Lake, CA. Don is also the editor and publisher of Big Bear Backcountry Adventures Magazine, a
quarterly publication which includes maps for over 1000 miles of backcountry roads and trails in
the areas around Big Bear Lake, CA. Don has been involved in off roading for over 25 years. In
2002, Don set five International and National land speed records at Bonneville driving the Banks
Sidewinder to a top speed of 222.139 MPH, making it the world’s fastest pickup truck of any type..
The Sidewinder is a Dodge Dakota pickup with 5.9 liter Cummins TurboDiesel engine producing
735 horsepower and 1300 lbs.-feet of torque.
While Don's current emphasis is four wheeling, Don writes a monthly series of articles for the
NASA Speed News magazine. He is also consulting on the All J Motorsports Everyman's
Challenge stock Jeep racing in the Ultra 4 4500 class at the King of the Hammers in Johnson
Valley.
Alexander has over 40 years of auto racing experience as a driver, racing instructor and author.
Don has taught over 5000 individuals the skills needed to drive racecars, and has reached
thousands of others with his 10 books and hundreds of magazine articles.
Don’s racing school career began in 1970 at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance
Driving, then located at the Ontario Motor Speedway. Don helped develop several programs,
including a comprehensive ambulance driver training program, for the Riverside International
Racing School at Riverside International Raceway. He then operated his own performance
driving school based at Irwindale Raceway with a satellite location in the San Francisco Bay
area. In 1987, Don began instructing at the Driver’s Connection at Willow Springs International
Raceway. He became the Chief Instructor at the school in 1990. In 1991, Don took a full-time
position as the Chief Instructor for Drive Tech Racing School, where he created all of the training
classes. He has also instructed in private-sector classes at the San Bernardino County Sheriffs
Emergency Vehicle Operations Training Center. Don has helped several racers as a coach,
providing insights and developing skills that have helped racers become winners.
Alexander is probably best known for his stint as the Editor of Circle Track Magazine. His Learn
to Race & Win and RaceCar Setup article series were the most popular in the magazine’s
history. Don has written for many magazines including Mustang Illustrated, Turbo, All Chevy,
Short Track, Petersen’s RICHARD PETTY’S STOCK CAR MAGAZINE, the NASCAR TRUCK
RACING magazine, NASCAR GARAGE and GRASSROOTS MOTORSPORTS. His concise,
understandable writing style has made his work very popular.
After leaving Circle Track in 1995, Don conducted a national seminar series, called Think To Win
Seminars, with the legendary Smokey Yunick. The series was very popular, reaching racers in
nine cities. Alexander also conducted a national seminar series in 1988/89 covering road racing
chassis setup and tuning. Don has appeared at many club meetings and conventions, including
SEMA, PRI and the International Auto Salon as a guest speaker, talking about a variety of racing
and automotive related topics.
Of the 18 books Don has authored, the current title “Think To Win” has been the most
successful. This book has broken new ground in the area of driving racecars. It focuses on the
mental aspects of driving, but also covers the physical techniques and the principles of physics
that all racers need to understand. The newest titles by Alexander currently on bookstore
shelves are “High Performance Handling for Street & Track”, which covers the principles of
vehicle dynamics and suspension tuning for both race cars and street machines, and
“Backcountry 4x4 Basic Training”. Other racing books authored by Alexander include “Sprint Car
Technology”, “The Racer’s Dictionary” and “Formula Car Technology”, which earned the 1980
Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association Book of the Year.
Alexander’s racing career spans five decades and a wide variety of racing machines. He began
racing in 1959 in Go Karts. This was followed by a stint of bracket racing at local So. Cal. drag
strips. Don began SCCA racing in 1969, racing an Alfa in the production category. During his
road racing career, Alexander has driven in Formula Vee, Formula Ford, Formula Atlantic,
Formula 5000, Trans Am, Improved Touring, Showroom Stock, Spec Racer, Firestone Firehawk
and Umlitited classes with NASA. Don began short track racing in 1976 at Speedway 605 and
has driven many types of cars including modifieds, late model stock cars, Southwest Tour, ASA,
sprint cars and others on both dirt and asphalt tracks.
In 2000, Alexander was invited to compete in the Beetle Cup All Star Race at Road Atlanta.
Alexander was representing MOTOR TREND magazine in the event. Don finished 9th racing
against some of the best road racers in the world - Hans Stuck, Danny Sullivan, Tommy Kendall,
Jack Baldwin, Price Cobb, Brian Redman, Scott Sharp, Scott Goodyear, Bill Adam and others.
In 2002, Alexander competed in the inaugural OPEN TRACK CHALLENGE driving a Subaru
WRX. Alexander won two championships racing a VW Rabbit in the Neuspeed GTi Cup and
NASA endurance races in 2002. He is racing a Super Unlimited Race Truck in West Coast NASA
Road races in 2003 in addition to his Banks Sidewinder driving duties.
Don also provides test driving services for several automotive aftermarket companies.
BOOKS
Backcountry 4x4 BASIC TRAINING (2010)
HIGH PERFORMANCE HANDLING for Street & Track (2010)
STOCK CAR DRIVING TECHNIQUES (2001)
HIGH PERFORMANCE HANDLING HANDBOOK (2000)
THINK TO WIN (1996)
PERFORMANCE HANDLING (1992)
TOUR DE FRANCE ‘86 (1986)
BICYCLIST’S EMERGENCY REPAIR (1986)
CATAMARAN SETUP GUIDE (1993)
CATAMARAN RACING HANDBOOK (1982)
FORMULA CAR TECHNOLOGY (1980)
THE RACER’S DICTIONARY (1980)
SPRINT CAR TECHNOLOGY (1979)
RACER’S DATA BOOK (1977)
SAFE DRIVING HANDBOOK (1972)

MAGAZINES
TEST DRIVER - MOTOR TREND MAGAZINE
EDITOR - SHORT TRACK RACING MAGAZINE 1997
EDITOR - CIRCLE TRACK MAGAZINE 1994-1996
EDITOR - BICYCLE RIDER MAGAZINE 1983-1986
TECH EDITOR - MOTORHOME MAGAZINE 1983
TECH EDITOR -TRAILER LIFE 1983
EDITOR - CALIFORNIA CATAMARAN 1983
WEST COAST EDITOR - MULTIHULLS 1981-1983
EDITOR - FORMULA MAGAZINE 1973-1975

TV/VIDEOS
BIG BEAR BACKCOUNTRY ADVENTURE TV
OFF ROAD BIG BEAR
BACKCOUNTRY4x4 BASIC TRAINING DVD
BACKCOUNTRY 4X4 VEHICLE RECOVERY TIPS AND TECHNIQUES

OVER 1000 FREELANCE MAGAZINE ARTICLES IN
BIG BEAR BACKCOUNTRY ADVENTURES
OFF ROADERS IN ACTION
MOTOR TREND
D SPORT
SUPER STREET
TURBO
CHEVY HIGH PERFORMANCE
MUSTANG & FORDS
NASCAR TRUCK RACING
NASCAR TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
RICHARD PETTY’S STOCK CAR MAGAZINE
GRASSROOTS MOTORSPORTS
STOCK CAR RACING
OPEN WHEEL
MOTOR TREND
TRUCK TREND
LEAD LAP
CHEVY THUNDER
VELOCITY
RACER
TRUCKIN’
CAR CRAFT
CIRCLE TRACK
SHORT TRACK
MUSTANG ILLUSTRATED
ALL CHEVY
STREET RODDER
VAIL VALLEY
SKI RESORT MAGAZINE NETWORK
MAMMOTH RESORTS
WESTERN BOATMAN
YACHT RACING & CRUSING

OFF ROADING, ADVANCED DRIVER TRAINING & RACING SCHOOLS
TRAINED OVER 12,000 STUDENTS BETWEEN 1970 AND 2013
OWNER/CHIEF INSTRUCTOR - BACKCOUNTRY 4x4 ADVENTURE SCHOOL
CHIEF INSTRUCTOR - RACE DRIVING ACADEMY
CHIEF INSTRUCTOR - DRIVETECH RACING SCHOOL
INSTRUCTOR - EMERGENCY VEHICLE OPERATIONS TRAINING CENTER - SAN
BERNARDINO COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
CHIEF INSTRUCTOR - SPORTS RENAULT ADVANCED RACING SCHOOL
CHIEF INSTRUCTOR - WILLOW SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL RACING SCHOOLINSTRUCTOR -
SCCA NATIONAL LICENSING
CHIEF INSTRUCTOR - DRIVE SAFE EMERGENCY VEHICLE TRAINING SCHOOL
INSTRUCTOR - RIVERSIDE INTERNATIONAL RACING SCHOOL
INSTRUCTOR - BOB BONDURANT SCHOOL OF HIGH PERFORMANCE DRIVING

RACING LICENSES HELD
SCCA REGIONAL 1969-70
SCCA NATIONAL 1971 -75, 87-92, 98-2001
IMSA 1975-76
FIA INTERNATIONAL 1975-76, 2003
SCCA PRO 1999-2001
IMSA 1992
NASCAR 1993-97
NASA 1999-2007
SCTA Category “A” 2002-05

ROAD RACING
SCCA G PRODUCTION ALFA ROMEO
SCCA G PRODUCTION TRIUMPH SPITFIRE
SCCA LOLA FORMULA FORD
SCCA MARCH FORMULA B
TRANS AM CAMARO
IMSA GT CAMARO
IMSA FIREHAWK CAMARO
SCCA SPEC RACER
SCCA ITA MAZDA RX-3
SCCA SSC ISUZU IMPULSE
T-2 NISSAN 300 ZX
HONDA CIVIC TOURING CAR
NEUSPEED GTi CUP RABBIT
ROAD RACE PRO TRUCK
OVAL TRACK RACING
NASCAR LIMITED SPORTSMAN
CRA SPRINT CAR
NASCAR GRAND AMERICAN MODIFIED
NASCAR LATE MODEL STOCK CAR
SPEC TRUCK
BONNEVILLE
BANKS SIDEWINDER C/DIESEL TRUCK WORLD RECORD HOLDER - 213 MPH
World's Fastest Pickup - 222.139 MPH















AUTOMOTIVE JOURNALIST, TEST DRIVER, AUTHOR, RACE
DRIVER

With a racing and automotive journalism career spanning over five full decades, Don Alexander
is one of the nations most noted and respected off roaders, race driving experts, writers, test
drivers and racers. Most recently, Don is working with Johnny Wells as a co-host and producer
on Big Bear Backcountry Adventure TV and and is operating a 4x4 Driving School in Big Bear
Lake, CA. Don is also the editor and publisher of Big Bear Backcountry Adventures Magazine, a
quarterly publication which includes maps for over 1000 miles of backcountry roads and trails in
the areas around Big Bear Lake, CA. Don has been involved in off roading for over 25 years. In
2002, Don set five International and National land speed records at Bonneville driving the Banks
Sidewinder to a top speed of 222.139 MPH, making it the world’s fastest pickup truck of any type..
The Sidewinder is a Dodge Dakota pickup with 5.9 liter Cummins TurboDiesel engine producing
735 horsepower and 1300 lbs.-feet of torque.
While Don's current emphasis is four wheeling, Don writes a monthly series of articles for the
NASA Speed News magazine. He is also consulting on the All J Motorsports Everyman's
Challenge stock Jeep racing in the Ultra 4 4500 class at the King of the Hammers in Johnson
Valley.
Alexander has over 40 years of auto racing experience as a driver, racing instructor and author.
Don has taught over 5000 individuals the skills needed to drive racecars, and has reached
thousands of others with his 10 books and hundreds of magazine articles.
Don’s racing school career began in 1970 at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance
Driving, then located at the Ontario Motor Speedway. Don helped develop several programs,
including a comprehensive ambulance driver training program, for the Riverside International
Racing School at Riverside International Raceway. He then operated his own performance
driving school based at Irwindale Raceway with a satellite location in the San Francisco Bay
area. In 1987, Don began instructing at the Driver’s Connection at Willow Springs International
Raceway. He became the Chief Instructor at the school in 1990. In 1991, Don took a full-time
position as the Chief Instructor for Drive Tech Racing School, where he created all of the training
classes. He has also instructed in private-sector classes at the San Bernardino County Sheriffs
Emergency Vehicle Operations Training Center. Don has helped several racers as a coach,
providing insights and developing skills that have helped racers become winners.
Alexander is probably best known for his stint as the Editor of Circle Track Magazine. His Learn
to Race & Win and RaceCar Setup article series were the most popular in the magazine’s
history. Don has written for many magazines including Mustang Illustrated, Turbo, All Chevy,
Short Track, Petersen’s RICHARD PETTY’S STOCK CAR MAGAZINE, the NASCAR TRUCK
RACING magazine, NASCAR GARAGE and GRASSROOTS MOTORSPORTS. His concise,
understandable writing style has made his work very popular.
After leaving Circle Track in 1995, Don conducted a national seminar series, called Think To Win
Seminars, with the legendary Smokey Yunick. The series was very popular, reaching racers in
nine cities. Alexander also conducted a national seminar series in 1988/89 covering road racing
chassis setup and tuning. Don has appeared at many club meetings and conventions, including
SEMA, PRI and the International Auto Salon as a guest speaker, talking about a variety of racing
and automotive related topics.
Of the 18 books Don has authored, the current title “Think To Win” has been the most
successful. This book has broken new ground in the area of driving racecars. It focuses on the
mental aspects of driving, but also covers the physical techniques and the principles of physics
that all racers need to understand. The newest titles by Alexander currently on bookstore
shelves are “High Performance Handling for Street & Track”, which covers the principles of
vehicle dynamics and suspension tuning for both race cars and street machines, and
“Backcountry 4x4 Basic Training”. Other racing books authored by Alexander include “Sprint Car
Technology”, “The Racer’s Dictionary” and “Formula Car Technology”, which earned the 1980
Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association Book of the Year.
Alexander’s racing career spans five decades and a wide variety of racing machines. He began
racing in 1959 in Go Karts. This was followed by a stint of bracket racing at local So. Cal. drag
strips. Don began SCCA racing in 1969, racing an Alfa in the production category. During his
road racing career, Alexander has driven in Formula Vee, Formula Ford, Formula Atlantic,
Formula 5000, Trans Am, Improved Touring, Showroom Stock, Spec Racer, Firestone Firehawk
and Umlitited classes with NASA. Don began short track racing in 1976 at Speedway 605 and
has driven many types of cars including modifieds, late model stock cars, Southwest Tour, ASA,
sprint cars and others on both dirt and asphalt tracks.
In 2000, Alexander was invited to compete in the Beetle Cup All Star Race at Road Atlanta.
Alexander was representing MOTOR TREND magazine in the event. Don finished 9th racing
against some of the best road racers in the world - Hans Stuck, Danny Sullivan, Tommy Kendall,
Jack Baldwin, Price Cobb, Brian Redman, Scott Sharp, Scott Goodyear, Bill Adam and others.
In 2002, Alexander competed in the inaugural OPEN TRACK CHALLENGE driving a Subaru
WRX. Alexander won two championships racing a VW Rabbit in the Neuspeed GTi Cup and
NASA endurance races in 2002. He is racing a Super Unlimited Race Truck in West Coast NASA
Road races in 2003 in addition to his Banks Sidewinder driving duties.
Don also provides test driving services for several automotive aftermarket companies.
BOOKS
Backcountry 4x4 BASIC TRAINING (2010)
HIGH PERFORMANCE HANDLING for Street & Track (2010)
STOCK CAR DRIVING TECHNIQUES (2001)
HIGH PERFORMANCE HANDLING HANDBOOK (2000)
THINK TO WIN (1996)
PERFORMANCE HANDLING (1992)
TOUR DE FRANCE ‘86 (1986)
BICYCLIST’S EMERGENCY REPAIR (1986)
CATAMARAN SETUP GUIDE (1993)
CATAMARAN RACING HANDBOOK (1982)
FORMULA CAR TECHNOLOGY (1980)
THE RACER’S DICTIONARY (1980)
SPRINT CAR TECHNOLOGY (1979)
RACER’S DATA BOOK (1977)
SAFE DRIVING HANDBOOK (1972)

MAGAZINES
TEST DRIVER - MOTOR TREND MAGAZINE
EDITOR - SHORT TRACK RACING MAGAZINE 1997
EDITOR - CIRCLE TRACK MAGAZINE 1994-1996
EDITOR - BICYCLE RIDER MAGAZINE 1983-1986
TECH EDITOR - MOTORHOME MAGAZINE 1983
TECH EDITOR -TRAILER LIFE 1983
EDITOR - CALIFORNIA CATAMARAN 1983
WEST COAST EDITOR - MULTIHULLS 1981-1983
EDITOR - FORMULA MAGAZINE 1973-1975

TV/VIDEOS
BIG BEAR BACKCOUNTRY ADVENTURE TV
OFF ROAD BIG BEAR
BACKCOUNTRY4x4 BASIC TRAINING DVD
BACKCOUNTRY 4X4 VEHICLE RECOVERY TIPS AND TECHNIQUES

OVER 1000 FREELANCE MAGAZINE ARTICLES IN
BIG BEAR BACKCOUNTRY ADVENTURES
OFF ROADERS IN ACTION
MOTOR TREND
D SPORT
SUPER STREET
TURBO
CHEVY HIGH PERFORMANCE
MUSTANG & FORDS
NASCAR TRUCK RACING
NASCAR TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
RICHARD PETTY’S STOCK CAR MAGAZINE
GRASSROOTS MOTORSPORTS
STOCK CAR RACING
OPEN WHEEL
MOTOR TREND
TRUCK TREND
LEAD LAP
CHEVY THUNDER
VELOCITY
RACER
TRUCKIN’
CAR CRAFT
CIRCLE TRACK
SHORT TRACK
MUSTANG ILLUSTRATED
ALL CHEVY
STREET RODDER
VAIL VALLEY
SKI RESORT MAGAZINE NETWORK
MAMMOTH RESORTS
WESTERN BOATMAN
YACHT RACING & CRUSING

OFF ROADING, ADVANCED DRIVER TRAINING & RACING SCHOOLS
TRAINED OVER 12,000 STUDENTS BETWEEN 1970 AND 2013
OWNER/CHIEF INSTRUCTOR - BACKCOUNTRY 4x4 ADVENTURE SCHOOL
CHIEF INSTRUCTOR - RACE DRIVING ACADEMY
CHIEF INSTRUCTOR - DRIVETECH RACING SCHOOL
INSTRUCTOR - EMERGENCY VEHICLE OPERATIONS TRAINING CENTER - SAN
BERNARDINO COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
CHIEF INSTRUCTOR - SPORTS RENAULT ADVANCED RACING SCHOOL
CHIEF INSTRUCTOR - WILLOW SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL RACING SCHOOLINSTRUCTOR -
SCCA NATIONAL LICENSING
CHIEF INSTRUCTOR - DRIVE SAFE EMERGENCY VEHICLE TRAINING SCHOOL
INSTRUCTOR - RIVERSIDE INTERNATIONAL RACING SCHOOL
INSTRUCTOR - BOB BONDURANT SCHOOL OF HIGH PERFORMANCE DRIVING

RACING LICENSES HELD
SCCA REGIONAL 1969-70
SCCA NATIONAL 1971 -75, 87-92, 98-2001
IMSA 1975-76
FIA INTERNATIONAL 1975-76, 2003
SCCA PRO 1999-2001
IMSA 1992
NASCAR 1993-97
NASA 1999-2007
SCTA Category “A” 2002-05

ROAD RACING
SCCA G PRODUCTION ALFA ROMEO
SCCA G PRODUCTION TRIUMPH SPITFIRE
SCCA LOLA FORMULA FORD
SCCA MARCH FORMULA B
TRANS AM CAMARO
IMSA GT CAMARO
IMSA FIREHAWK CAMARO
SCCA SPEC RACER
SCCA ITA MAZDA RX-3
SCCA SSC ISUZU IMPULSE
T-2 NISSAN 300 ZX
HONDA CIVIC TOURING CAR
NEUSPEED GTi CUP RABBIT
ROAD RACE PRO TRUCK
OVAL TRACK RACING
NASCAR LIMITED SPORTSMAN
CRA SPRINT CAR
NASCAR GRAND AMERICAN MODIFIED
NASCAR LATE MODEL STOCK CAR
SPEC TRUCK
BONNEVILLE
BANKS SIDEWINDER C/DIESEL TRUCK WORLD RECORD HOLDER - 213 MPH
World's Fastest Pickup - 222.139 MPH


One of the world's leading race driving, off roading & chassis tuning experts




Author of several racing, driving and handling books




Over 50 years of racing experience




20 Years of Off Roading experience




Don's race driving and setup articles at Circle Track



Magazine were the most popular  ever in the publication




Don is a member of the prestigious Bonneville 200 MPH



Club




Don has trained over 10,000 students in race driving, off



road driving and high performance driving




Don's seminar series have helped racers across the US

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