Schnitz Motorsports, Inc. - Person Of The Week
Born September 24, 1963 in Newtown, Connecticut, Jay Regan grew up your typical ball and stick kid with no motorcycle influence.
After the family moved to Florida as an early teenager, Jay
, like many boys at that time, was introduced to motorcycles at the age of 15 just because you could get your motorcycle license a full year earlier than a car license.
had a couple of buddies who also rode, their interest soon turned to competition.
Today, most know Jay
as the owner of Murdoch Racing Enterprises & Suncoast Distributing
What most don't know is that Jay
was an accomplished rider himself during the IDBA, NMRA, and early Prostar eras.
was the 1987 IDBA Heads-up Rookie of the Year, 1990 IDBA Top Gas Champion, and 2-time Pro Mod top ten.
But if you look through the history books, Jay's name does not show up.
competed under the name Jimmy Hayes.
The subject of middle names came up and HAYES happens to be Jay's
For whatever reason, Jay
decided to do it.
The next month was one of those infamous Tom Laughlin DRAGBIKE! races up in Gainesville.
filled out his tech card with "Jimmy Hayes" on the name line.
Mike used to always try to pawn them off on Jay
, then would get mad when the customers would come back to him after being unable to find "Jay
", where Mike had steered them to!
took over as owner of MRE
after the death of Mike Murdoch in 1993.
became an institution on Prostar's manufacturer's midway and had a successful career as team owner of numerous racers, most notably in Pro Mod.
In all, Jay
and team amassed over 20 national event wins, several Pro Mod & Funnybike top ten plates and was the recipient of a couple of "Sponsor of the Year" awards.
In 1993 he
lost the Pro Mod championship to Billy Vose by one round.
came into the World Finals event only needing to go a couple of rounds to clinch the title.
went out early and Billy had to win the event and set the record, which he
did beating Jay
by less than 10 points on today's standards.
The next year Jay
won the #3 and #7 plates with one bike and two riders, Rick Perry and himself, respectively.
coined the phrase Pro Mod to bring the class into existence.
Originally known as Pro Comp which was dominated by turbos, the class did not have it's own identity as did Funnybike.
IHRA's Pro Mod class was the most popular car class at the time, so Jay
convinced Scooter Kizer to change the name by saying, "If you change the name to Pro Mod, I'll sponsor the class.
Thus started the MRE Pro Mod Challenge, where qualifying points earned riders the right to compete in an 8-bike race within a race at the National Finals.
The success of the modern day Pro Mod class can thank Jay
for establishing its roots.
Now you know the history behind the man.
But please, leave it behind him, Jimmy Hayes is a name from the past and I'm sure Jay
would appreciate it if you kept it that way.