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JAMES WOOD

Crew Leader/Driver

Car: 2001 AP1 Honda S2000 & 1987 Mazda FC RX7

James is from Mt. Pleasant South Carolina and started competing in Motorsports with the Clemson Sports Car Club while working to obtain his Business degree from Clemson University. His career started in regional autocross events and progressed to Hillclimbs & Time Attack events. He came on board with Head Held High in 2013 as our first sponsored driver and debuted the partnership at Chasing the Dragon 6 hillclimb. In 2014 in went on to place in the SCCA Time Trial Championship using his RX7. Along with racing James has also  built and competed in many different cars including his personal Mazda FC RX7, two Subaru STIs, and a Mazda Miata.  In 2015 James became the president of the Clemson Sports Car Club, however this did not hinder his passion to better both the Head Held High and his original race team Wood Worked Racing to create the racing division program. The idea for this program was to bring drivers together and build a team ranging from Drifting to Road Racing.

 

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ALFIE PINEDA

Driver

Car: 1997 BMW E36 M3 & 2005 R53 Mini Cooper S

Alfie is a student at Clemson University, majoring in Electrical Engineering. He’s owned about every tuner sports car, and broke/ replaced every part you can think of. Alfie had humble beginnings in high school with an automatic Mitsubishi Mirage and a very big dream of turning it into a Lancer Evolution V. A few years later, he was handed down a riced out 2000 Honda Civic Ex. 3 engines and 2 autocross seasons later, he sold the Civic and moved to Japan for 8 months to spend some time abroad and gain some culture experience. After moving back to South Carolina, he went on a "bender" resulting in ownership of an RSX-S, E39 540i, Blobeye WRX, Lancer Evolution 8, BMW 335i, and then some. Presently, he owns a 2005 Mini Cooper S and now races an Active Autowerke Supercharged E36 M3. Though his past experiences and vehicle hardships Alfie has more automotive knowledge than he knows what to do with. Ask him a question and he will most likely have an answer. 

KENDRA HARDY

Marketing/PR Manager

Car: 2008 E90 328i

Born and raised in Motor City (Detroit, MI) Kendra had a lucrative career working and repairing cars at the age of 8. She began restoring American muscle when she was 14 in the garage of her parents’ house. Throughout her high school career, she partook in her “unofficial” high school drag racing team. During her summers, she would frequent Woodward Ave in Detroit, MI on the weekend to compete in street racing and auto shows until she moved to Greenville, SC at the age of 18.  Kendra currently works as an office manager in the medical field and a reliance marketing coordinator while obtaining her Associates in Marketing, Management and Entrepreneurship. However, the inner gear head is not lost, although she does not frequent the track as much, Kendra still works and build on car in her spare time.