Guest Instructors - BJ Bianchi & Manny Sousa
The latest TIBR Guest Tutorial Column comes from longtime friends and highly successful sportsman racers, BJ Bianchi and Manny Sousa. BJ and Manny both hail from the Western shore of South Florida, and both cut their teeth racing at facilities like Sunshine Dragway, Bradenton Motorsports Park, and Immokalee Regional Raceway. Both BJ and Manny asked that we refrain from “tooting their horn” too much in this bio, but their individual on-track accomplishments are impressive and should be noted. Bianchi and Sousa each wished to recognize friends and mentors Troy Williams, Jr. and Gary Williams for sharing their knowledge of the sport; each said that the Williams brothers were very influential in their racing careers.
BJ Bianchi is a versatile driver who has earned major victories in box, no box, and Footbrake categories. More recently, he’s achieved success in the IHRA Stock Eliminator ranks behind the wheel of a Crate Motor Mustang. BJ is a multi-time track champion. A few of his notable achievements include the 2004 IHRA Division 2 ET Finals title, the 2008 NHRA Division 2 Race of Champions Crown, the 2011 IHRA Division 2 Stock Eliminator Championship, and multiple big buck bracket wins.
Manny Sousa has earned a reputation as one of the best bottom bulb racers in the land, having enjoyed success on the local level, at some of the most prestigious Footbrake events in the country, and in the Stock Eliminator ranks. Like Bianchi, Manny is a multi-time track champion. Some other notable titles of Sousa’s include the 2003 IHRA Division 2 Stock Eliminator Championship, a $30,000 windfall at the 2009 World Footbrake Challenge, and countless big dollar Footbrake titles throughout the past two decades.
ThisIsBracketRacing.com is proud to welcome BJ and Manny to the TIBR Family of Instructors. Their knowledge, advice, and enthusiasm is a welcome addition to the only driving school on the world wide web: ThisIsBracketRacing.com.