DENNY BAGLIER


Dennis BaglierDenny Baglier knows what it takes to work at being a winner. Coming from a family deeply rooted in the automotive business with more than seventy combined years of experience - his father made certain that he understood the business from the ground up.
Denny carried on the family automotive tradition that has included dealerships for Ford, Jaguar, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Buick, Nissan, Cadillac, GMC and Mazda, buying his own Buick dealership in 1977, adding GMC in 1981 and Mazda in 1993. In addition, he was co-owner of a GM dealership from 1975 to 1977. His father takes special pride that Baglieracing adds a whole new dimension to the family automotive history.

Once the opportunity arrived, he was off and running. "I told the Regional Executive at SCCA that I had to run what I sold - that was only Buick at the time. In the next issue of Sports Car Magazine, wasn't there a 1977 Buick Skyhawk partially race prepared. We bought it that weekend and I attended my first driver's school at Summit Point that October. After the second school I ran my first race - an enduro. The second race was at Nelson Ledges where I blew an engine and had my first fire. My original "crew" consisted of my son John and my neighbor Jack Miller. I ran the Skyhawk in SCCA ITA thru 1993. That year I became a Mazda dealer (some say just to get something more competitive to race) and switched to a Miata to run in SCCA Showroom Stock."
Baglieracing became a reality with co-driver Marty Luffy and Crew Chief William Kamerer. Together they developed an excellent team with a competitive edge. The team went on to run a 1996 Mazda MX6, 2000 Mazda Protégé, 2004 Mazda 6 and their current car, a 2007 Mazda 6. "We carry on the Baglieracing tradition in loving memory of my son John who died November 9, 1996, the victim of a needless, violent crime. He enjoyed every aspect of racing and was a valued member of our racing team. The shooting star logo, bursting through his name on the car, is a tribute to him and a reminder of the daily violence around us, impacting so many lives in losing a loved one."
Denny has enjoyed running in so many different race series: SCCA Regional, National and Pro, World Challenge, IMSA, USRRC, SportsCar, Motorola Cup, GrandAm Cup and now, Koni Challenge. Denny always prefers endurance races.
He has felt very fortunate to travel with the team to some of the finest motorsports venues across North America including Laguna Seca, California Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway, Miller Motorsports Park, Iowa Speedway, Mid-Ohio, BeaveRun, Nelson Ledges, Barber Motorsports Park, Sebring, Homestead, Daytona, Road Atlanta, Virginia International, Pocono, Summit Point, Watkins Glen, Lime Rock, Northampton and Canadian venues such as Toronto and Mosport in Ontario and Trois-Rivieres and Mont Tremblant in Quebec.
The next phase of racing is sharing the passion with others - giving back what we've learned.
While still looking forward to achieving more racing success in the coming years, and still trying to learn better racecraft, he can now help others drive better and more safely through the development of the BeaveRun Driving Academy. This school at the BeaveRun Motorsports Complex located in Western Pennsylvania continues to grow with programs such as advanced street driver training for teens and adults, fleet driver training, and security and police training. The basics of car control, learned on the racetrack can be taught for everyday safety on the streets and highways.
The class offerings continue to grow to include off-road, drifting, rally, and most recently, karting - for the youngest of race enthusiasts to adults. "I've recently learned what a great learning tool karts can be for practice for any level of racing. You can get lots of seat time to learn, very inexpensively. This new passion of sharing what I've learned brings the sport full circle."