Founded in 2004, Phoenix Race Cars, Inc. began operations by purchasing the assets of Merloy (later, Maloy) Racing in Albuquerque, NM. Maloy Racing was a partnership between Alan Mertens, Al Unser, Jr, and Mike Maloy, a local Albuquerque businessman. Their Sports Racer design achieved some success, culminating in a 3rd place DSR finish at the 2004 SCCA Runoffs with Al Beasley, Jr at the wheel.
The company was relocated to Phoenix, AZ in the spring of 2005 and construction of new cars began at the new facility in North Phoenix. The first car constructed was a Kawasaki ZX-12R powered CSR which led the 2005 SCCA Runoffs with Jeremy Treadway piloting the car.
The year 2006 brought many changes as the company name was changed to Phoenix Race Works, LLC, and engineer Dustin Wright joined the operation. The name change reflected our continuing desire to add new products and services to the company offerings. In late 2006 the company was the first to announce its intention to construct a new car for the recently created SCCA Formula 1000 (FB) class.
The Dustin Wright-designed Phoenix F1K.07 debuted at the Firebird Raceway East track in April, 2007 and several subsequent tests revealed that the car was quite fast. Customer cars were also constructed. The F1K.07 car has already won many Regional and National races and established numerous track records and has also won Regional and Division Championships.
Since its inception, the company has been an innovator, being the first to have an official engine builder (George Dean’s Racing Engines) and the first in D/CSR to offer turn-key racecars. The company has also made many of its proprietary parts and construction techniques available to the home-builder market.