LAWRENCE LOSHAK OFF THE TRACK
Born in Milwaukee WI, Lawrence was raised in the automotive industry. Lawrence who had grown up around cars, was a fixture in his family owned repair facilities & parts stores (ETE Reman). While Lawrence’s official title is VP of Manufacturing, he prefers to go by what he does every day: firefighter. Wherever there’s a problem or any area in the company needing assistance, training, coaching, presenting, selling, buying, production, floor management and/or design, Lawrence always jumps at the challenge. He’s 3rd generation in his family business, started by his father Sam Loshak. Lawrence, the first generation to have racing in his blood, is a loving husband to Alison and a proud daddy to two beautiful little girls. Maya (named after his late mother) and Isabel (nicknamed Izzy).
Lawrence Loshak has had a love affair with cars all his life and started auto-crossing, at 17, in his 1989 Ford Mustang 5.0L. The challenge of dancing a fast car around corners made Lawrence realize it was much more complex than just laying down a good quarter mile time. One day, at an autocross in 1996, Lawrence was asked if he’d ever heard of the Shelby club, an exclusive club for Ford owners. The club was going to Road America the following weekend. He asked “Road America? Where is that?” not knowing it was one of the most prestigious tracks in the US and just an hour from Lawrence’s house… And where the love of road racing began. Now with 5 National Championships and the 2013 Mark Donahue award, Loshak enters the world of pro racing and the historic TransAm Series in 2015. (gotransam.com)
The following spring Lawrence started racing, and he fondly remembers the first time he went down the straight away and entered corner 5 at Road America. It was then he knew he was meant to road race. Lawrence struggled to learn the ropes as a rookie driver, and he realized the difference between car preparation for road racing and having fun with his buddies in high school. He spent the first few years learning how to drive and what racing really meant on and off the track. With the help of his friends ETE Reman, Matt McPherson, Bob Uszler, Ron Nelson, and with the support of his family, the Loshak racing team got much more competitive.