RON DIDONATO – A RACER – A BUSINESSMAN – A CHRISTIAN – A WAGSDASH CHAMPION CAR CAR OWNER AND DRIVER -
8/19/05 - I first met Ron Didonato at Ascot back in the mid 80’s sometime. I don’t remember the first time in particular, but I remembered him very well as a quiet and determined driver. I recall his bright blue Santini painted sprint car on a trip to the Devil’s Bowl in Texas. I remember most of his various paint schemes for his racers, but I can't name the order they came in. I remember him racing at Ascot and many other tracks, always looking for that elusive win. I remember him as the very first Wagsdash winner in 1991 at Bakersfield Speedway. He is also the only person with a win both as a driver and car owner, with Danny Sheridan’s win in 2002. Over the years he has had unique sprint cars and some unique crew members as he loved to race a sprint car. He hasn’t lost that desire, but for now he is sans race car as his last chassis went out the door the day before I went to visit. Spin Tech mufflers, his “missions” and a lady named Meri highlight his life now.
Spin Tech is a division of his long time Superior Metal fabrication business. The shop is probably the size of three basketball courts laid side by side with offices up front and a race shop on one side. There are three bay doors in the back with a lift inside one of them for exhaust system installs. More than mufflers are created here with the many big Cad Cam machines doing all kinds of cutting, punching, hole drilling and formation routines.
Superior Motorsports is the banner he flew and sometimes even fielding two cars some years. Ron has been dedicated to racing over the last 20 plus years and he has taken a number of periods off. He and Sal Acosta linked up a few years ago and only recently did Sal go back on his own as Ron had other priorities to keep him motivated. He is currently involved in doing religious missions in South America and is dedicated to the good he does down there. You should hear him talk about those trips. Yes, he still has the desire to race, but says not now as he has other fish to fry and his business to run. He is currently reworking his favorite car, a Pantera, that is currently under restoration in the otherwise empty race shop.
The history of Spin Tech is summed up the following way. During 1994 to 1995 exhaust pioneer Dr. Gas, Inc. researched and developed the now revolutionary spin trap muffler technology. Spin Tech, working with Dr. Gas, then began developing and manufacturing an array of sizes and applications of the best sounding race/performance mufflers ever built. Today, Spin Tech offers the most technologically advanced line of mufflers and tubing systems ever, in an amazing selection of sizes and shapes. Spin Techs record of race wins and championships and “Best on the Street” sound, leaves no room for any competition. Contact Spin Tech Mufflers at 951-360-2474 for mufflers and systems that will make music for you! I know, courtesy of Ron Didonato's Spin Tech vision, my “96 Corvette now has “sweet music” of it’s own!
Who knows what Ron will do in racing in the future, if anything at all, but his mufflers will keep him busy and still involved regardless. He is not known for coming to watch, thats a lot like most drivers who retire or don't have a ride. He has a lot of moxie evidenced by what he has accomplished in his personal life and his racing life. His cars have always looked professional on the track and he has driven hard to succeed, yet one knows he still has that glint in his eye. Maybe he will try the car owner deal again, but you can be sure whatever he does, his commitment will make it interesting.