About Us

Landmark has competed at nearly every Professional Race and Test Track in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Over the years, Landmark has had the pleasure and honor to work with some of the finest Race Drivers, Athletes and individuals in Motorsport. Most of whom, we now call friends. Craig T. Nelson, Johnny O’Connel, Frank Freon, Darin Brassfield, Anthony Lazzaro, Richie Hearn, Paul Newman, Andy Wallace, Mark Simo, Boris Said, John Rutherford, Derrick Hill, Bill Auberlen, Robin Yount and Wolf Henzler to name a few. Landmark continues to maintain a customer base for entry level into Motorsports with a strong belief that treating a client fair and by giving them more than expected, relationships will continue and friendships will be built.

The Early Years

Landmark Motorsport’s owner Rod Everett began off-road racing in 1982 which later turned into Formula Fords and sports car racing. Owning his own team allowed him to use his knowledge gained from an engineering background while test driving vehicles. In 1991, Rod fielded ACRL Racecar’s for actor-driver Craig T. Nelson. While working with Nelson, Rod discovered and coached the 1993 Championship winner and Rookie of the Tear, Richie Hearn. Working with Craig T. Nelson again in 1994-1997, Landmark Motorsport’s took on the challenge of a World Sports Car development program where a reputation for a meticulous and well-organized race team was earned. The Landmark Motorsport’s team ran an AVE Ferrari 333SP with much success in the Professional Sports Car Championship in 1998 and 2nd at the Inaugural Petit LeMans Race at Road Atlanta.

Professional Sports Car Racing in North America saw a split in the sanctioning bodies in the late 90’s which has lasted to current day. Due to this, sponsorship proved difficult to come by. Landmark Motorsport campaigned select events in 1999 through 2000 by request of the Grand Am organization, in an effort to build a field of competitors for the new series. Juggling a race program between the two new Grand American Road Racing Championship and American LeMans series proved to be even more difficult for a privateer Team and confusing to its Sponsors. Rules and Markets had changed and while Rod has spent many years operating race programs, building teams and traveling abroad, it was time to take a break. Family commitments took priority and with a five year old Daughter and Son to be born in 2000, Rod decided this a good time to leave Professional Motorsport’s and concentrate on developing Landmark’s customer base around local events, local Motorsport projects and engineering. Knowing however, one day, he would be back when the time was right. During this time the Team built some custom, show and restoration cars (GTP Nissan, Formula 5000, Formula 2, F40 Ferrari LM, Lotus challenge) along with several engineering projects in-house involving fabrication, machining, composites, etc.

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2000 - 2004

During the next few years Rod Everett with Landmark Motorsport has accomplishments in Chad McQueen’s National Championship, 6 & 12-hour overall race wins in the club environment, Innagural Race wins at California Speedway, lap records and built relationships with some wonderful people and companies. In 2000, at Wakins Glen (United States Road Racing Championship).  ed the 6-hour race for World Sports Car with our Ferrari 333 Prototype with Claude Bourbonnais and Mike Davies. A lapped car took us out of the lead however, we finished 10th. Then in 2001, Chad McQueen won the SCCA National Pacific Championship in our Swift 2 liter sports racing car after a hard fought season in this most competitive class.

In 2002, Rod Everett began a Race Engineering role with a Saleen S7R GTS Team. What started out to be a one car effort wound up being two when Rod arrived at the Grand-Am Rolex Daytona 24 hour race.  The Team owner failed to mention that Rod would be supporting both cars, however he took the challenge. In that effort, the Team accomplished a nice first time finish and with pledges from sponsors, managing to generate over $200,000 for a Children’s Hospital in Washington. The next race, Rod Everett secured a tire sponsorship for the Team and all was looking very competitive. That is however, until the race organizers decided to add 100lbs. to the Saleen S7R causing several balance issues with the car. Thus resulting in a 7th place finish at the 50th anniversary Sebring 12-hour Race. Only 2 weeks later in the season with the same GT car, Rod led the Team to Victory lane with Driver Derrick Hill at California Speedway; this time in the Grand-Am series as this car was much more competitive there.

Over the next few years, Rod Everett helped build start up teams (Westernesse) in Grand Am.

In 2003, Landmark had a victory in the rain this season with newcomer Driver Jim Kitzmiller at Thunder Hill Motorsport Park near Sacramento, Ca. Also at this track the Team ran a 6-hour race in a 2-liter sports racing car with Andy Rasdal and Peter MacLeod, setting a new track record in route. Competing in several Sports racing car endurance races, the Team won some 6 DG.

In 2004, Landmark and Driver Jim Kitzmiller in the team’s Swift Formula Atlantic car won the inaugural SCCA National Race at California Speedway.  Chad McQueen returned for another season of 2-liter sports racing cars and finished in the runner up position this time.  

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2005 - 2009

In 2005, Landmark Formula 2000 effort with Driver Dennis Goughary managed back to back victories at California Speedway even while one was in the rain. Also this year, Rod was once again brought in to help build and develop a start-up (Westernese) for the Grand-Am season with a Daytona Prototype. There were many successful outings for this team with fast laps, leading races and competitiveness at Homestead Speedway, California Speedway and Laguna Seca Raceway with drivers Dominic Cicero and Chad McQueen (Son of the late Steve McQueen).

A GT program was next with Porsches and ex-factory BMW M3’s. Working with young Drivers and setting fast laps against some of the better funded Teams was a typical day at the track with these programs. Being on the pole and finishing 2nd in Mexico City in 2005, and finishing another Daytona 24-hour in 2006 with new Drivers were continued challenges met.

In 2006, Rod was reacquainted with Westernesse owners who asked for help developing a new Sports Racing Car as constructors. The build and Race Engineering efforts proved not only successful on the track but lucrative as well for the owners. These efforts manifested into a one make race series class and multiple car sales overseas.

In 2008, we were presented with many new opportunities where Rod participated as an Engineering consultant with a tire development program for Falken Tire Corp. This became a very exciting but difficult challenge; the Team which Falken had already had a contract with chose to purchase and campaign a Ford GT which had not been developed for previous testing. This car was late delivered and no match to the highly competitive Ferrari’s, Porche’s and Corvettes. We learned a great deal from this experience, as discoveries were made with the chassis that proved the car inadequate for tire development.

From the efforts of 2008, Rod was asked to come up with a concept for Falken to consider for the following season. After many attempts of Michby Falken trying to lure Rod into running a team, the budget simply got in the way. The concept Rod came up with was quite simple, lets run a team together utilizing resources from both of our strengths. The cost will stay in check and there will be no hidden agendas. Rod was awarded the responsibility of building a Professional GT Sports car racing Team for Falken Tire with the concept he presented. Rod chose for the program to compete with a Porsche GT3RSR which provides for a solid and sound platform that has been proven. A Ferrari 430 was considered, however, it was felt a lasting relationship would be achieved with the Porsche brand and frankly, this suited Falken’s market better. Some sponsorship came quickly to the Team (Cleveland Golf) while others were cultivated over time and trust (Performance Friction Brakes, Eibach Springs, Mobil 1, etc.). After an extensive Driver search, Rod secured two of the most talented young racing Drivers that exceeded in nearly every category of Rod’s criteria: Bryan Sellers & Dominic Cicero. Their personal & professional achievements are remarkable with potential yet to be seen. After numerous meeting & track tests, this program had proved to have much more potential earlier than forecasted. The decision was made between Rod & Falken to compete in only 3 races with an extensive test schedule as the main focus. Now with one of the most competitive cars in the ALMS, although a year older, we set out to develop some racing tires to compete with Michelin, Dunlap, Yokohama to name a few whom have been in motorsports at this level for decades. We knew the challenge ahead and embraced it. The team was competitive and recorded thousands of miles on some of the Country’s finest street and road racing tracks. The season ended with a respectable finish at the Petite LeMans race with lap times competitive of the leaders. Our team had a lot of confidence going forward to the 2010 Porsche GT3 RSR on its way from Weisach, Germany.

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2010 - Present

In 2010, Rod was persistent with his efforts to secure Porsche Factory Driver Wolf Henzler for the new season and to share driving duties with Bryan Sellers. Rod was successful in his efforts as well by being awarded a Porsche Factory support program with Mr. Henzler and all the Engineering support that comes out of Germany. The season 2010 was a mixed bag of accomplishments in which we qualified on the front row and leading races at Sebring & Long Beach, qualified on the front row in the rain at Lime Rock Park and won the Green X challenge at Road America. We also overcame an incredible fire that nearly burnt the car to the ground, only to rebuild it and complete the next day at the Miller Motorsport Park round of the schedule. Most, including the Porsche support staff, had written us off not imaging the Team could pull off such a feat. Also in the season, our pit stops were the best up and down pit lane, we finished every race of the compete ALMS season and our season ending with a 6th place finish while a privateer Team up against multi car Factory Team efforts of Ferrari, Corvette, BMW, Jaguar and the fully funded Team of Porsche. Durability of the tires was the team’s biggest challenge in 2010. Once the design Engineers in Japan sort that out, beware. Nevertheless, Rod has been instrumental in maintaining sponsorship relations and on occasion, putting partners together for cross marketing opportunities and media and TV interviews became part of a daily routine for Rod.

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