John Naida. John started his career in 1968 at a midget race at the Hart Fairgrounds. He moved into sprint cars in 1970 and was voted the “Rookie of the Year” at Fremont Speedway. The next year he received the track’s most improved award. He went on to drive a sprint car he built, to the track championship at Fremont in 1978.
John joined his dad, Bill, as a member of the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1996. He began the sanctioning organization Sprints On Dirt (SOD) in 1980 and not only ran the series but won the SOD championship in 1980 and 1981. He still owns SOD and his daughter, Adrianna Irwin is the series director while his son, Dain, continues to drive sprint cars. He was also the 1991 Butler Motor Speedway track champion.
John began Naida Racing Organization (NRO) in 1978 and built cars and racing water pumps and power steering units which he designed, through 2000. John’s cars won championships in Ohio , Michigan , Illinois , Missouri and Colorado .