Derek DeBoer has racing running through his veins. The Ashland, Oregon native grew up in a family where racing and the love of cars was very much at the center of every day life. Derek’s grandfather raced in the local dirt car circuit, and his father followed with Top Alcohol dragsters.
Once in college at Oregon State, Derek moved into competitive sport and began wakeboarding at the pro level as a Liquid Force team rider. He married the love of his life, Brooke soon after graduating and together, 18 years later, they’re still chasing their dreams along with their three beautiful daughters Paige, Haylee and Ryann.
Those dreams have always included professional auto racing. Brooke asked Derek what he loved to do and racing was the natural answer. With Brooke’s love and encouragement, Derek’s pro racing career began 18 years ago at Laguna Seca in Formula Dodge. He has also raced in the competitive Formula Renault open wheel series and spent several years in the ST class of Grand Am. No stranger to the world of endurance racing, Derek has won at Le Mans and has had a top 10 finish at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. He’s raced multiple times at the 25 hour at Thunderhill and has competed in many IMSA Continental Tire Series races.
Derek found a home racing for The Racer’s Group in Aston Martins in 2013, and added Lamborghini in 2015. He is always a threatening contender in the Pirelli World Challenge, racing in the GTS and SprintX categories, and in Lamborghini Super Trofeo, consistently coming away with great finishes and podiums.
Derek had a breakout season in 2016 including two wins at Road America and Utah Motorsports Campus and seven podium finishes including runner-up trophies at Laguna Seca, Circuit of the Americas and Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
When Derek isn’t in his race car, or being a husband and busy father, his efforts stay aimed in the auto world. Derek is a part of a small auto group in Southern Oregon and is the General Manager of his Ashland dealership: TC Chevrolet. Recently, he has also thrown his hat back into the ring with his first love in professional sports: wakeboarding. Derek was part of a start up company designing and manufacturing the world's best wakeskates. Every opportunity is a welcome challenge and Derek’s role with TRG is one that he has welcomed with open arms.