Birth date: October 9, 1954 Height: 6'0 " Weight: 225
Birthplace: San Diego, CA Wife: Marsha (3/74)
Residence: San Diego County-El Cajon, CA Children: David (6/80)
Hobbies: Golfing and working on cars, Water sports/Snow Skiing and work on Computers and web sites
2005 Irwindale Speedway (3rd Place Open Show End of the Year). RON had been helping train other drivers like Brendon Gaughan and Brandon Whitt, with coaching and spotting but in 2003 purchased an older Super Late Model Port-City car and started driving again. Ron was happy to finish the season with a 3rd place in the season ending racing and gear up for some more top finishes.
1996 New California Speedway (6th Place Winston WEST). RON was more than excited about his 6th place finish behind the Winston Cup regulars. The team knew from the beginning that RON had the experience and knowledge of racing super speedways but the ADVANTAGE MEMORY Monte Carlo owned by DAVE REED was lacking in horsepower compared all but one other car that had the open 14 to 1 motors with 30 to 40 horsepower more than RON had. "We did the best we could with what we had," quoted Ron. "The team was awesome in the pits getting me out quickly gaining one to two positions at times during the race."
BUNCE ENGINEERING 1995. Drove the #63 Super Truck at Bakersfield, CA (10/15/96) finishing 20th. First time in Bunce Engineering Chevrolet Super Truck without prior practice or association with the Bunce Engineering owner and crew. Owner, Wilbur Bunce, felt that with prior testing and practicing...could have easily finished in top 10.
Final race of 1995 inaugural season drove the Bunce Engineering Super Truck for a 2nd time at Phoenix, AZ (10/28/95) And the Invitational in Homestead, Fla. WALKER EVAN'S RACING. Hired on a race-by-race basis by the Walker Evan's Super Truck team as a chassis, driving coach, and race day consultant for all races except last two (when I drove for Bunce Engineering Super Truck team). Also participated in pre-race setups and testing for the Dodge team. Best finish during the 1995 inaugural Super Truck season for the Walker Evans Super Truck team - 10th at Colorado National Speedway (7/95). Ron Finished 9th place in the 1996 Craftsman Truck race at Bakersfield, CA. Ron Set-up the truck and drove the last half for Walker Evans Racing.
1st SUPERTRUCK RACE, 1995 (9TH). Selected personally by Kenny Schrader to fill his Super Truck ride at Monroe, Washington in May 1995 after a pre-race accident which involved the amputation of Kenny's left thumb. Ron qualified Kenny's AC Delco Super Truck 10th - with no prior Super Truck experience under his belt. Ron maintained his 9th place position during the race while contending with many other experienced Super Truck drivers. Kenny Schrader was very pleased with Ron's 9th place finish. Ron was also interviewed live after the race by TNN and various other news agencies.
FINAL 1994 WINSTON WEST (2ND). Ron teamed up with car owner, Mike Brandt, in the Maguire’s Oldsmobile to finish 2nd at the final Winston West race for 1994 at Tucson Raceway Park. During the 200-lap race, Ron showed he was a dominate factor as he paced his second place position including leading several laps. Ron was also interviewed live by the MRN Radio Network during one of the yellow flag laps.
TEXAS WORLD SPEEDWAY, 1993 (7TH). Spears manufacturing, two-time Winston West Champion, selected Ron Esau to drive for their team at the Texas World Speedway. As third fast qualifier on second day qualifying, Ron was positioned in row 13 to start the race. Ron quickly moved up to the top four and was running 4th when problems transpired -finishing 7th behind Dale Earnhardt, Darrell Waltrip and Kenny Schrader.
FIRST ARCA START, 1992 (5TH).Ron raced in his first ARCA race in March, 1992, at Texas World Speedway and finished 5th.
NASCAR AUSTRALIAN INVITATIONAL RACES. In 1988, Ron was leading the race in 1988 when he blew a motor finishing behind Bobby Allison and Neil Bonnett. Ron donated his winnings to the Jim Robinson Hospital Fund. In 1989, Ron finished 9th. Then 1990 (3rd), Ron competed in his third Australian Invitational race. His third place finish behind Winston Cup stars Terry Labonte and Ken Schrader proved once again that he could run right along with the best.
NASCAR SOUTHWEST TOUR Inaugural CHAMPION, 1986. In 1986, Ron teamed up with Southern California McDonald's owner, Tom Spiel, to win NASCAR's Inaugural Southwest Tour Championship. Dominating every statistical category that year, Ron exemplified the ability to organize and operate a championship team. Ron and his team finished 13 of 13 races including 99% of the laps possible; leading 8 different races, 92% top-10 finishes, 72% top-5 finishes; posted three fast-times; won four races and brought home 10% of the posted awards for the season. Ron again showed his versatility by winning twice on road courses and twice on short tracks.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR, NASCAR WINSTON WEST SERIES, 1983. In 1983, Ron ran his first full season on the Winston West circuit. Finishing 9th overall, he won a hotly contested rookie battle which came down to the final race /where Ron clinched the title by a single point. Though lacking a win during the season, Ron continued to post impressive averages: 20% top-5 finishes, 50% top-10 finishes. His best performances came on the two road courses where Ron's cool, smooth driving style could be put to his best advantage.
CAJON STOCK CAR CHAMPIONSHIP, 1978. Showing the seasoning and maturity he had achieved in previous years at Cajon Speedway, Ron captured 7 main event wins in the 23-race series despite only starting 21 events. His averages were incredibly 67% top-5, 76% top-10 and 8 fast-times. In his last full season at Cajon, Ron brought his career victory total to 24, placing him 6th on the all-time career victory chart.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR, CAJON SPEEDWAY, 1973. In only his third year racing and his first full season, Ron secured Rookie of the Year honors at Cajon Speedway. Against stiff competition including his father, George, and brother, Larry, Ron finished 15th for the season among 50 other drivers. Ron posted two fast-times, two 2nd and two 3rd place finishes and won 5 heat races in 23 starts. For the season, Ron's averages were 17% top-5 and 44% top-10.
INSTRUCTOR FOR DRIVETECH RACING SCHOOL, 1992-1996. Ron spends several weekends along with some weekdays teaching new and veteran students how to improve their driving skills. Ron is currently "Lead Instructor" at the DriveTech Racing School which teaches students at several west coast tracks such as Bakersfield, Cajon and Willow Springs.
FUND RAISING. Ron donated race winnings from his Australian Invitational race to the Jim Robinson Hospital Fund ($9000). He also has raised funds for the local Challenge Center in El Cajon, CA supporting rehabilitation for handicapped individuals. Helping the Life in the Fast Lane Gala - NASCAR theme event of January 19th,2007 for the San Diego Blood Drive.
RON ESAU IS A GOOD DRIVER AND SPOKESMAN!!
GIVEN THE CHANCE, HE CAN PROVE IT TO YOU!!