Steve Hood, AP Racing Race Engineer
Steve Hood began an engineering apprenticeship with AP Racing in 1978. In order to qualify for full-time status as an engineer in the UK, one must pass a series of exams. In typical Steve fashion, he didn’t just pass his exams, he actually achieved the highest national combined exam scores in the UK in 1983, winning the Loveland Challenge Cup, the City & Guilds of London Institute Silver Medal, and The Worshipful Company of Turners Bronze Medal in the process. Along with those prestigious awards began a diverse and fulfilling career at AP.
From 1983 to 1986, Steve worked as a Machine Tool Technician for AP, followed by two years as a Production Foreman for their Lockheed Brakes division. In 1988 he became the Divisional New Projects Controller, and eventually moved to the racing division as a Technical Support Engineer in 1990. In 1994, he became a Race Engineer, supporting some of the highest levels of motor racing including: British Ff, British, Italian, and German Touring Car, and USA Stock Cars (NASCAR).
Steve relocated to the USA in 2005, and now works out of Essex’s Charlotte office full-time. He spends the bulk of his time supporting NASCAR Sprint Cup, and brings an incredible amount of experience, technical expertise, and credibility to the Essex race support team.
When he’s not running around the hot pits, Steve can be found in the curl of a wave wake surfing, or tearing up the local kart track, two activities that he could probably pursue professionally when he retires from the brake world.