The Driver // Thomas Merrill

Thomas won his first kart title in 1998 when he was just 11, and took six strait.  At 16, he won his first regional championship—making it back to back the next year.  To top that off, he went on to take back-to-back national titles in 2005 and 2006. 2006 and 2007 were spent racing formula cars in SCCA and the Pacific F2000, clinching a championship and Rookie of the Year award, as well as 3 track records and over 15 wins. In 2008, he made the transition to Grand Am with PR1 Motorsports, campaigning a Pontiac GXP.R in the GT class. In 2010, he made his second appearance at the 24 Hours of Daytona, in a Dinan BMW M6.  Since then he’s raced in various professional endurance sports car races and has focused on growing his driver coaching business, Thomas Merrill Motorsports.  Thomas began coaching Richard Diehl back in 2013 racing with the Porsche Racing Club, and became teammates in the 2018 Trans Am Championship racing together in the TA2 class.  They formed Big Diehl Racing, and have since claimed 8 wins to date, including the 2018 West Coast Championship.

Thomas has been instructing and driver coaching since 2005. He has guided his students to success in karting, formula cars, and sedans, at amateur and professional levels. “Second to only to driving, for me, is coaching. Helping one of my students take their game to the next level and watching them win races is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had.”

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