Our Team


All faculty members that make up Patrick Henry Community College's Motorsports Technology program have real-world racing experience that spans professional go-kart racing to the Sprint Cup Series. Instructors have built engines for Alan Kulwicki, Michael Waltrip Racing, Richard Childress at RCR Racing, Cale Yarborough and Osterlund Racing. Students are guaranteed a world-class education from instructors who have worked the track and know what it takes to make it in the racing business.

PHCC Motorsports Faculty - Talmage Thomas

Talmage Thomas

Thomas comes from a family of racers. His father, known to many as “Speedy,” was racing when Thomas was born in 1966. Ever since he was old enough to carry a wrench, he’s been involved in some aspect of the sport. In the span of 45 years, his family has won over 200 races inContinue Reading

PHCC Motorsports Faculty - Denver Smith

Denver Smith

Smith had an interest in racing from around 4 to 5 years old. He grew up with his father racing open-wheel modified cars at a track in Stafford Springs, Conn. When he lived in Connecticut, he raced everything from miniature snowmobiles to four-wheelers and midgets. After moving to Virginia, Smith raced radio-controlled cars on aContinue Reading