Biography Mark Utecht
|#83, Group N Subaru WRX, 2.0 Liter 5 speed AWD
|Bloomington Acura/Subaru, Teleplus Consulting, Intercept, www.Rallispec.com, Pro Graphics, www.SpecialStage.com, Warranty Solutions, Davenport Racing, www.Frozenrotors.com
If you have been anywhere near the Land O'Lakes Region of the Sports Car Club of America in the past few years, you have probably seen him, or at least one of his cars. It doesn't matter whether it's on pavement, sand, gravel or even ice. You may be wondering who he is and where he is going. His name is Mark Utecht and he loves to race. He has participated in SCCA Performance Rally, SCCA Club Racing, Autocrossing and Ice Racing. The Stacy, MN resident always seems to find a way to race -- on any surface and at any time of the year.
Mark credits his wife, Mary, with his ability to devote so much time to racing. As he put it, "Mary is the reason I can do any of this. She supports, enjoys and motivates our race efforts. I sometimes wonder if she likes it more than I do." Mark and Mary own a warranty consulting business that processes claims for several new car dealerships. He has been in that field for several years.
Mark started in Performance Rally with friend and co-driver Paul Schwerin. Working together in a Dodge Omni GLH, they won the LoL Regional O2 class, Divisional O2 and SuperD O2 in 1997. The best finish of their career together came at Magnum Opus, a Coefficient 3, where they won the event overall. Mark has also had Diane Sargent as a co-driver. In 1999, they had a year full of bad rally luck including one incident that totaled the car. They still did well enough to capture the LoL Group 5 championship. In 2000 and 2001, Brenda Lewis joined the team as co-driver and that combination worked so well that they won championships in both years with multiple single event class wins. The 2000 season was a rollercoaster ride that included a roll-over and wheels falling off. The season ended in a National championship in G5 and the win for the prestigious Woodner Cup for the fastest 2 wheel drive rally team in the nation. The 2001 season held another National championship, this time in PGT. Both seasons, Mark and Brenda were also able to capture the ClubRally championships for the Central Division of SCCA.
In 2003, Mark and co-driver Jeff Secor had a battle royal in the hotly contested Group N class. Unfortunately, on the last day of the last rally of the season, they rolled the car and lost the GN championship. However, they were the highest placed true independent team in the 2003 Overall SCCA ProRally Championship finishing 5th behind two factory Mitsubishis, one factory Subaru and the Air Force Reserve Ford Focus (all members of the Manufacturers Council).
For more information, visit the Mayhem Racing website at: www.mayhemracing.com