Former President, Cavallino Holdings, Ltd - Dobson spent over fours years presiding over a world-class collection of historic automobiles, primarily European post-war racecars and rare road cars. During this time, he managed all significant acquisitions, sales, restoration, maintenance, personnel and equipment requirements for concours, road rally and race events throughout the world and was responsible for all sales and acquisitions. Drove in over 47 different types of historic race and road cars on numerous tracks, roads and test facilities worldwide. Includes Goodwood Festival of Speed, Monterey Historics, Rennsport, Cavallino Classic and other venues. Successfully managed over 50 events, culminating in 4 winning awards at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2002.
Previous racing experience
Indy 500 and Champ Cars - Competed in seven consecutive Indy 500’s. Earned "Fastest Rookie in History" honors in 1988 at first Indy 500 outing. Competed in 66 races over nine years. Drove for the Texaco/Havoline-sponsored Bayside Racing Team in 1989 and 1990. Won Vandervell "Rookie of the Year" honors in 1986. Created and co-founded the Seattle-owned CART Champ Car team with partners Bruce R. McCaw, Thomas Armstrong and Wes Lematta. Created and managed a $12 million budget, oversaw equipment acquisition and personnel development, and served as driver in the #17 car in 1994. Top finish was 3rd at the 1994 Michigan 500.
Beginning in 1995, served as Vice President/General Manager for PacWest and became responsible for more than 50 employees and an annual budget of $16 million for drivers Danny Sullivan and Mauricio Gugelmin.
North American Touring Car Championship - Created and managed the $4.1 million PacWest Touring Car Group as the Dodge Stratus factory effort for Chrysler in the North American Touring Car Championship. Serving as driver in 17 races, winning 7 races the inaugural year of the series and finishing in the top four in all but one race. Finished second in the 1996 season championship. Won twice and finished in the top five in all but two races in 1997, while winning the Dodge Cup in 1996 and 1997. The team won the Championship in 1997.
LeMans/IMSA - Set several track records and won pole positions in first year of competition in 1988. Drove both Ford GTP and Camel Lights Pontiac Firebird in Camel GT, including a victory at Mid-Ohio. Competed in the 24 Hours of Daytona for four consecutive years, starting on the pole and finishing third in 1990, and 6th in 1991 and 1992. Drove a Porsche 962 in the 24 Hours of LeMans in 1989 with co-driver Jean Alesi.
NASCAR - Created and managed a $2.2 million Dodge Ram Truck team in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Received Chrysler factory support and served as driver in 10 races. Best finish, 14th; qualified 3rd at Nazareth.
SCCA/Karting - Started racing karts at age nine. Built own kart and won two championships in 1975. Started SCCA Formula Fords in 1977, winning races and finishing 2nd in the ICSCC Ford championship. Owned and operated Formula Atlantic team, racing in 11 races in 1982. Ran SCCA Formula Super Vee in 1983-1985, finishing top three several times.
Bondurant School of High Performance Driving – Senior instructor, taught advanced racing, competition, chauffeur, and law enforcement students at Sears Point Raceways.