Through The Esses - Baldwin Is Back With RVO, In GA, In A DP
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© Andrew S. Hartwell

When you look over race result sheets from the last 30+ years or so, there are some names that appear time and again. They are the names of the people who kept coming back at the competition race after race and season after season. And they appeared at or near the top of those sheets for so many years because their talent and competitive spirit never waned. They are the names of people who were always solidly in the race, carrying the determination to do whatever it takes to keep their names on top.

Of course, over 30 year's time some of the names begin to disappear from subsequent sheets. Time has a way of erasing the old to draw the new. But time does not erase every name. Some names are, well, timeless.

One of those names often found at the top of the results sheets is the same name that appears on the mail the post office delivers to Jack Baldwin's house in Georgia. Baldwin is a long time road racer with an extensive and extremely successful background in Trans Am, World Sports Car, Grand Am, IMSA and ALMS racing. His resume includes championships in Trans Am (1972), Formula Ford (1972), and in IMSA GTU where he was crowned season champion in both 1984 and 1985. He also spent several seasons running in prototypes owned by his long time friend, Texan George Robinson, the owner of the 74 Ranch Resort.

Baldwin collected 30 career wins in major races held in five different series. He won the grueling 12 hours of Sebring twice (1984 & 1997) and took home the GTU class win in the 1984 Daytona 24 Hours. He was elected to the 1992 American Auto Racing Writer's and Broadcasters Association All America Team and was invited to participate in the prestigious International Race of Champions (IROC) series in 1993 and 1994.

Jack Baldwin also holds a very unique record in sportscar racing. One most folks probably don't know about. He is the first driver in the modern era to complete every lap of every race in a championship season (1992). If that doesn't tell you about the man's competitive spirit and determination to put his name at the top of the results sheet then we don't know what will. Just ask the guys who raced against him when he ran in the Hot Wheels Camaro if you need further proof.

While Baldwin has been away from driving full time for a couple of years - he has been selective in his choice of races but has not stayed away from racing entirely - he is still actively involved in the sport. He is currently working as the Director of Motorsports Business Development for Mesco Building Solutions.

Baldwin recently participated in the Grand AM November test days at Daytona. He was there with long time friends Roger Schramm and Dave Watson, trying an almost-new RVO Motorsports Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype on for size. Even at 56 years young, Baldwin found he still had something to learn. He learned that driving with and working with friends is still a great way to enjoy racing.

We asked him to tell us a bit about his new project and what sort of goals he and Schramm and Watson had set for the RVO Motorsports entry in the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series for 2007.

The team is out of Rockford, Illinois. You might know the name Dave Watson. He was the first competition director for Grand Am and has been around the sport for a long time. He runs the team and Roger Schramm owns the team. RVO stands for Rock Valley Oil, Roger's company.

I've been working with Mesco Building Solutions. I am the Director of Motorsports Business Development. We have programs running in the Craftsman Truck Series, the Busch Series, and we sponsor the Rolex Series Rookie Of The Year Award.

Mesco is a leader in the integrated metal building industry. We actually do a lot of car dealerships and strip malls and a lot of race shops. Mesco is a great company and we are looking for opportunities within the racing community. There are a lot of people in the sport who are developers and bus