Instructor at the BIR Performance Driving School
Mark Utecht started in motorsports in 1986 running local autocross events. He won multiple championships in the next 10 years running cars ranging from a Honda Civic to a V-8 powered Dodge Challenger. In 1991, Mark began his road racing experience in a Dodge Omni. He won many class championships and set lap records at his home track of Brainerd International Raceway. He still holds a lap record at BIR 19 years after it was set. In 1993, while he was still autocrossing and road racing, he and a couple friends tried ice racing in the off season. In 1995, he was encouraged by a good friend to give stage rally a try. This is where Mark found a real challenge. Starting in a Dodge Omni GLH turbo, he won regional and divisional championships. In 1997 he won his first national stage rally championship in the Group 5 class. He repeated the championship in 2000. He went on to win the 2001 ClubRally and ProRally Production GT national championships in a Mistubishi Eclipse. From 2002 to 2005, he ran a Subaru WRX in the hotly contested Group N class in stage rally. While earning multiple event wins, championships eluded him, coming 2 in both 2003 and 2004. In 2006, he returned to 2wd in a Ford Mustang and won the national Group 5 championship. 2008 brought a national championship in SCCA RallyCross in the M4 class for highly modified 4 wheel drive cars. The last few years have seen Mark return to SCCA Club Racing and venture into the ChumpCar World series. He continues to ice race and has won the IIRA GTX championship for 5 years running including 2013.