Eric was always interested in cars. A self-described "gear head", he was always at a race track. At one time, he was a flagman at tracks in Lima and Findlay.
Eric was part owner of Riverside Engines Inc. in Tiffin, OH and was involved in sprint cars driven by Al Liskai and Fred Linder.
Eric was part of the team that built Attica Raceway park in 1988. He was also responsible for creating the 305ci sprint car division in 1988 that still continues with large fields of cars today.