He left a job designing cars at Ford for a life of racing cars.
“I had great grades at school, and that’s what I wanted to be,” said Martin, 45, to Freep. “But I was told I didn’t have an artistic bone in my body.”
So, Martin “got into mechanical engineering, and (I) worked for Roush Engineering and later landed a job with Ford Motor Company.”
Dean worked a few years as a chassis and vehicle dynamics engineer at Ford before taking a sabbatical in 2005 to go racing. Suffice to say, he’s never been back.
Martin would eventually go on to establish KohR Motorsports, his own race team and speedshop in Westland, Michigan.
KohR runs Roush Road Racing’s pair of Pirelli World Challenge Mustangs, along with their own SCCA Trans-Am schedule.