Owner/Team Manager, Race Engineer
Greg Rice has been involved in motorsport for more than 35 years. He won ice racing championships as a teenager, then moved to Formula Vee where he won two Canadian Championships, won dozens of races, and had several top-4 SCCA Runoff performances. Rice raced in the Canadian Tire F2000 Series and Mosport/Beckers F1600 Series. He started preparing other racer's cars in 1991 and his customers won several F1600R and F1600B championships in Ontario. In 1994 he worked as data analyst and driver coach for Falcon Racing who finished 1st-3rd in the SCCA Pro F2000 Championship.
Rice began building cars in 2005 and drove his own car to SCCA FST Series Championships in 2006, 2007, 2008. He started preparing race cars for Steve Bamford in 2010. In 2012, Bamford won 9 F1200 races, while Keenan Harris won a round of the OFFC Series in the Rice Race Prep Van Diemen. Rice drove that car to victory in both Watkins Glen Double National events.
2013 was a breakthrough year for Steve Bamford and Rice Race Prep. Bamford won the Masters Championship in the F1600 Pro Series and was runner-up in the Pro F2000 Masters Championship. He finished 5th and 6th overall in each respective Series. He also raced in SCCA Major events, winning F2000 at COTA, and FF at the SCCA June Sprints. Rice won the F1600 series Engineer-of-the-Year award. The results have just kept coming for team that is contender at every event it contends. Poles, wins, lap records were regular occurrences through 2014 and 2015. Lots of excitement as the team prepares for 2016.
Technical Consultant, Race engineer
Alec Purdy, who presently resides in Indio, Calif., has been involved in professional motorsports for over 42 years with extensive experience in race car engineering, testing, design and fabrication, and new car development. His racing roots began in the highly competitive Canadian Formula Ford Championship where his achievements include being on the 1972 Canadian Formula Ford Championship team which gained an entry into the World Formula Ford Championship at Brands Hatch, England. Purdy worked for Ferret Industries, at Hanover, Ontario, between 1973 and 1983. In addition to designing the Ferret Mk 4 FF, Purdy also claimed three Canadian Formula Ford Championships and numerous regional titles with Ferret Industries.
A graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Applied Science in mechanical engineering, Purdy worked for specialty engine builder Ryan Performance Machine between 1984 and 1989 before forming his own company Ferret Inc. Ferret Inc. provided parts, engineering expertise and services to the general racing community. Its clientele became a "who's who" of many of racing's finest teams and drivers.
Ferret Inc.'s customer base included renowned Canadian teams Spenard-David Racing and Brian Stewart Racing (formerly Landford Racing of Toronto). His first experience in the Indy Lights championship was in 1989 where Landford Racing finished second-place with driver Tommy Byrne in the then entitled American Racing Series (ARS). Purdy continued with Brian Stewart the following two years where Stewart guided current CART FedEx star Paul Tracy to the 1990 ARS title, while Eric Bachelart and P.J. Jones finished first and third place respectively, in 1991.
Purdy also provided valuable input for two different IMSA teams in 1991. His work with Cunningham Racing's factory-backed Nissan IMSA GTO program and its Nissan 300ZX GTO led to 14 season competition records. His consultation in chassis and suspension redesign with Leitzinger IMSA GTU cars led to a championship, second place, and third place finish for Leitzinger Racing in the 1992 IMSA GTU championship.
Purdy continued his crossovers between Indy Lights and IMSA through the early '90's in working with Cunningham Racing of El Segundo, Lights drivers Robbie Groff and Buzz Calkins, and IMSA GTS star Steve Millen. His eclectic background includes consulting with CRI on their ARCA and Winston Cup car set-ups in 1995, and Atlantic veteran RDS Motorsports of Toronto. He has also consulted for Indy Regency Racing, Eclipse Racing, and Johansson Motorsports Indy Lights programs.
Purdy joined Dorricott Racing in 1999 and worked with drivers like Townsend Bell and Damien Faulkner in Indylites and Tonis Kasemets in Formula Atlantic through the 2000s.
Purdy was coaxed out of retirement in 2013 to develop a shock program for Rice Race Prep. He now oversees all technical matters and development programs.
Alec Purdy 1945-2015
I had the privilege of working with Alec Purdy for 18 months, starting in January 2013. I coaxed him out of retirement at that time as I felt that my race preparation business needed a boost of engineering expertise. He came to some of our Pro F1600 and ProF2000 events, provided remote consultation when he could not, built our shocks, and applied his "Purdy" touch to our race cars.
With Alec leading our group, our team won "Engineer of the Year" in the Pro F1600 Series in 2013. In June of 2013 we won the June Sprints at Road America. In June of 2014, we won at a Pro F1600 race at VIR, and just a month ago, we won another Pro F1600 race at VIR. Although we had not had Alec at the track with us for a year, his shocks, revised front geometry, and engineering foundation were a key part of that success. It is so fitting, that through all of Alec's success in motorsport, his final contribution was in helping a ragtag group of Canadians, with an overage Canadian driver, win a Formula Ford race against a bunch of young kids from around the world driving for multi-car mini Indycar teams.
It was so cool to work with a Canadian motorsport icon. My biggest disappointment was having to cancel a 6 week testing program planned for Texas in 2014. I cannot imagine what I would have learned working with Alec in such a concentrated period. I had to cancel that program to deal with my own cancer treatment. My first race back was the last race that Alec attended with us as he was about to start his battle. Neither one of us could talk, and we spent 4 days passing each other notes.
Alec was brilliant and maintained his sense of humor to the end.
Assistant Engineer/Data Acquisition
Andrew's path into motor racing started at a very young age by watching the Indy 500 on TV. With the help of Legos, racing video games, spectating at races, and all of the race cars he drew in the margins of his school work, Andrew quickly recognized his life passion for engineering and racing. Andrew spent many after-school hours growing up building and competing in hands-on technical competitions with the Technology Student Association, and later the F1 in Schools competition where he and his teammates placed in the top 10 in the nation all 3 years they competed. These experiences led him to early enrollment in Virginia Tech's Mechanical Engineering degree program with the Formula SAE senior design project already in mind.
While working through a rigorous engineering degree program, Andrew was a member of the Virginia Tech Formula SAE program every year he was enrolled at Virginia Tech. He built the suspension linkages for the 2011 car, and in 2012 was the Lead Test Engineer for the team, helping develop Virginia Tech's revolutionary VTM12 car, and leading the team's strategy at competition, resulting in a 9th place in Acceleration and 12th in Skid-Pad against 120 other schools. As an Alumni, Andrew still takes the time to inspire and teach members of the team as they learn to apply engineering theory in the real world.
Andrew credits the start of his motorsports engineering career to the Virginia Tech Formula SAE program. The team connected him to the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup for 2 seasons as a fly-in technician, and later an Assistant Data Acquisition Engineer. When the series ceased operations, Andrew again found fly-in work for Accelerace Motorsports in USF2000 as well as the F2000 Championship Series, helping the team to 2 class wins and 4 podiums in 2011.
In 2013, Andrew joined Rice Race Prep to provide data acquisition management support as well as supporting remote communication efforts at the track. While he might be one of the only team member without Canadian blood, he certainly takes his culture lessons in stride, Eh?
Lead F1600 Mechanic
Carlos as been working on the team cars for over a decade, bringing many years of automotive experience and technical expertise.
Will Salisbury, has been in racing his whole life. At the age of 5 he started racing go karts. For over 16 years Will has been winning numerous races and many karting championships, while also competing on a national level. In 2012 he became the public relations representative of the Western New York Kart Club, from Batavia, NY. In 2013 Will became the Digital Marketing Manager of Rice Race Prep. Will is also the Marketing Manager and team driver for the GGR Karts racing team competing full time in the Gearup F-Series.
Bill Vallis, Vallis Motorsport, Lead Mechanic
Eric Langbein, Eric Langbein Racing, Race Engineer
Chris Livengood, Driving Coach
Won 12 F1200 races in 2012
Steve Bamford won the Masters Championship in the F1600 Pro Series and was runner-up in the Pro F2000 Masters Championship. He finished 5th and 6th overall in each respective Series. He also raced in SCCA Major events, winning F2000 at COTA, and FF at the SCCA June Sprints.
Keenan Harris has started racing karts at the age of nine in 2001, dominating his first four races ever. Since then, he has gone on to win another seven karting championships, and finished second in the Canada Junior class at the 2006 Canadian National Karting Championship at Stratotech Park near Edmonton, Alberta.
In 2008, Harris made the decision to make the transition to cars, starting with attending the driver selection for the first Jetta TDI Cup. He attended a 3-day and a 2-day advanced racing school with Skip Barber Racing School. In between the two racing schools, he attended a test session with a top level team in the Ontario Formula 1200 series, TLM Racing. He quickly impressed the team, and he was presented with a contract offer for the 2009 season that day.
Between Christmas and New Years in 2008, Keenan participated in the Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shoot-out where, despite having driven the Skip Barber ‘RT’ cars once before, managed to be quickest in two on-track sessions, second quickest in two, and achieved the quickest average lap time in four out of the five on-track sessions in his group, and placing out of an impressive international field of 50 drivers.
Keenan has proven himself as one to watch in a race car, as he racked up a string of top five finishes in his first season in the Formula 1200 Series. Harris won rookie-of-the-year and finished fourth in the 2009 Formula 1200 series.
He has also shown himself by performing well in other series. Harris ran a one-off race event in the 2009 Skip Barber Summer Series at Le Circuit Mont Tremblant. Harris quickly re-adapted to the car, which he hadn’t driven in over six months, finishing fourth in the Saturday race, and an impressive second place finish in the Sunday race, which included multiple incidents due to monsoon-like rain conditions.
In 2010, Keenan ran a limited schedule of the Ontario Formula Ford Championship, competing in four races. In those races he scored four top 5′s, one win, and two fastest laps.
In 2012, Keenan did 3 weekend events with Rice Race Prep, winning one OFFC event and scoring two top-8 finishes in the very competitive Pro F1600 Series at Watlkins Glen. Harris worked with Rice Race Prep testing 3 different cars in the fall of 2012, setting the foundation for their very successful 2013 Series.