Meet Nelson Hoyos

Driven2win Motorsports Manager / Driver- Instructor

Since the young age of eight, Nelson Hoyos’ passion for competition has been evident. He raced bicycles, go-karts, mini-bikes, slot-cars and remote control cars basically anything that moved. So it seemed only natural for him to find his way into motor sports and for the past 30 years he’s been involved either assisting other teams, behind the wheel, or owning his own program.

During his high school years, Hoyos took a part time job at his brothers’ auto parts store and as his passion for motor sports emerged, Nelson educated himself on building engines, assembling cars and racing at local tracks. In 1979 he accepted a position with Crane Cams, managing one of 12 retail speed shops. While there he embarked on an aggressive plan to design, build, and race a Super-Comp A/EA, which he campaigned for six years. After acquiring experience in the retail and wholesale speed equipment business, Hoyos temporarily traded in his helmet and racing gloves for a chance to own and operate a custom speed shop specializing in exotic-car conversions.

His love for fast cars and racing continued to grow, and in 1994 he decided to take a position as Technical/Sales Manager for racing valve-train manufacturer “Ferrea Racing Components”.

For nine years, through hard work and a persistent desire to achieve, Hoyos was instrumental in guiding Ferrea Racing Components to its current position as a leader in the racing valve-train manufacturing business.

He has also earned a strong following as an experienced professional in the motor sports community by involving himself with many professional teams throughout the industry, as well as becoming a vendor to several car manufacturers. Hoyos has become a respected and influential figure in the sport, with a high degree of business acumen and the foresight and ingenuity to further promote the sports future.

In 2000, Hoyos assembled a team and again embarked on an aggressive racing project, this time designing, building and campaigning a Ford Focus Sport Compact drag car. As a team owner in 2001 he won the IDRC Pro Class Championship with that car and set a New World’s Record for the fastest Sport Compact Race Car with an ET of 7.07 seconds @195.56 MPH. 

Hoyos spent the 2002 season as a professional driver for the GM Racing/Ecotec powered Chevy Cavalier race team. He competed in the NHRA Modified Category, finishing 3rd in the championship. During the year, Nelson netted (4) runner-up positions and (1) third place finish. Hoyos was the 2nd fastest front wheel drive car in the country. The GM Racing /Chevy Cavalier’s best time is 8.38 @ 182.96 for the 2002 season.

For 2003 season Hoyos drove the Bothwell Motorsports/GM Racing Chevy Cavalier to a World Championship in the PRO/FWD Category earning 7 wins and 3 runner-ups in 10 races. Nelson also won the Inaugural Extreme Rush Invitational at the Chicago NHRA PowerAde Series. He posted the best of 8.14@ 192.38 for the 2003 season. Nelson is currently the record holder of the fastest PRO/FWD (MPH).

It was a storybook ending for Hoyos driving the GM Racing/Chevy Cavalier in the 2004 season, earning 5 wins, 4 runner-ups, and 6-No.1 qualifiers in 10 races. The defending Champ clinched a second consecutive NHRA Pro/FWD Championship while re-setting his own national record at 7.406 ET @ 194.88 MPH winning the season finale @ Pomona Raceway Park. Hoyos was voted Turbo Magazine’s “Driver of the Year”

In 2005 Hoyos created a lifelong dream of providing instructional and safety clinics to potential racers in the NHRA Sport Compact Tour nationwide. This program was an overwhelming success as many new students implemented theory and strategy to create success on the race track.

In 2006 Hoyos expanded his instructional program by creating The Driven2win Drag Racing School, Driving Experience. This program provides corporate entertainment, team building, instructional racing and ride and drive programs in professionally prepared racecars.


In 2007 Driven2win Drag Racing School became the “Official Drag School of the NHRA Sport Compact Series” with accredited curriculum for Competition Licensing. D2W Drag School offered in-depth comprehensive programs to help educate the sport compact enthusiast, while promoting their “Keep it off the Streets and take it to the Track” responsibility message.

In 2008 Hoyos and the Driven2win Motorsports team partnered with the US Navy to create a Motorsports themed marketing & recruitment effort. Hoyos visited High Schools and Technical Schools nationwide promoting motorsports and US Navy Careers. The program was a complete success and D2W received many recommendations from the US Navy recruiters, praising their commitment, knowledge and professionalism on execution.

2009 marks the creation of a new venture where Hoyos and the Driven2win Drag Racing School team partnered with the Palm Beach International Raceway to create a Drag Racing Instructional and Entertainment program. The new program offers race fans the opportunity to ride or drive in true professional racecars and have the experience of a lifetime, Together Team PBIR/Driven2win Drag Racing School, will offer in-depth comprehensive programs to help educate enthusisiats and competitors on the many facets of Drag Racing, while promoting the school’s Keep it off the Streets and take it to the Track” responsibility message. 

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