WHEELSMITH provides personalized on-track coaching. Experience the full potential of your performance car, gain confidence and skills, and increase your excitement in driving.
Dave Smith founded Wheelsmith in 2010 to provide exclusive professional driver development programs. Whether you own a high-performance street vehicle and desire to fine-tune your driving skills and experience the full potential of your investment, or you would like to pursue the path to professional racing, Wheelsmith can design a program specifically for your goals.
NASCAR Xfinity Series - 2021
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West - 2021
Skip Barber Saab Pro Series
Skip Barber West Coast, Formula Ford
SCCA PRO Spec BMW
CART Indy Lights
Ferrari Challenge North America
Patron Porsche GT3 Cup - American Le Mans Series (ALMS)
Six times 25 Hours of Thunderhill
Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, South Africa
World Racing League 2022-2023
S.C.O.R.E BAJA 1000
B.I.T.D, “Best in the Desert Series” - Tonopah 250
Motorcycle - W.O.R.C.S, World Off-Road Racing Championship Series
Professional Hollywood Stunt and Precision Driver - SAG/AFTRA
Professional Test Driver for Auto Manufacturers - McLaren, Ferrari, Jaguar, Maserati, Lexus, and Ford.
Off Track Training
Fundamentals of Driving
On Track Training
Lead & Follow Coaching
Right Seating Coaching
Open Lap Coaching
Hot Laps & Timing
Private Track Days
Team Building Events
Path to Professional Racing
"I have been working with Dave for the past six months, and over that short period, I have progressed from a virtual novice to being competent and comfortable on the track. I am now working toward a race license, and I can honestly credit Dave for teaching me the skills and mental make-up to be a successful amateur driver. Dave's technical skills and experience are unmatched, but where he really excels is his ability to instill confidence in his students with a demeanor and style that is calm and encouraging while always pushing me to improve."
Jay Paul Investments
"Dave Smith has positioned himself in the industry as one of the most sought out driver coaches in the country. His focus and attention to a driver's needs continue to gain his client's speed and the competitive edge to succeed at any track."
10 time USAC Champion
Hollywood Stunt Driver
"Dave is a professional driver, instructor, and coach. His likable demeanor is what sets Dave apart from other coaches I have experienced. He has a calming manner yet clearly communicates opportunities and expectations. I have learned a lot from Dave, and I look forward to the next opportunity to share more track time with him in my car".
"Dave Smith is the Harry Hogge for my Cole Trickle alter ego. Starting with him from the beginning of my driving experience has enabled me to progress very quickly to the point other drivers don't believe my minimal experience behind the wheel. Dave provides very clear instruction on all aspects of the racing experience. He has instilled confidence in me while keeping my recklessness in check keeping me safe. His car handling principles build a calming mentality under the most strenuous conditions from the skidpad to the track.
I look forward to growing with him as a coach".
"I am relatively new to high-performance driving but jumped right in with a high horsepower car. I started slowly using amateur instructors with an HPDE organization and developed some basic skills. However, what I learned in those six or so track days and coaching sessions with those other folks pales compared to the incredible skill development I had with Dave Smith for only two days at Thunderhill Raceway. Dave is an authentic, high-level professional coach and driver. His approach and teaching style was fast-paced but made information easily absorbed and accessible for recall under stress. He is the real deal. I found particularly valuable his demonstrations of various skills in the driver’s seat of my car; they demonstrated what I and the car are capable of when the proper inputs are applied. He was meticulous about recording my performance, and the video debriefs were compelling in that I could easily see the lines I took, both good and bad, all the while hearing his verbal inputs around the course. Whether you are a recreational track enthusiast or someone trying to get more seriously into racing, Dave is an excellent option if you want to drop your times and have ultimate confidence in your vehicle and abilities".
Adam J. Richards
Attorney at law