Dan Marcotte’s determination, drive, and vision have successfully propelled him into some of the top motor sport and aviation related arenas. At age 16 he began building and racing stock cars. He raced the short tracks of the Northeast including Thunder Road, Airborne International Speedway and Riverside Speedway from 1990-2000. In 1998 he started designing and building a car that would fulfill a childhood dream of going 200 MPH. In 2001 he took his open-wheeled Lakester 3,000 miles across the country to the world-famous Bonneville Salt Flats. On the third day of racing he achieved his goal topping 202.987MPH.
Never satisfied with the status quo, it was about this time that Dan began pursuing flying. He found himself surrounded by many wonderful mentors working at a local state airport. With no formal experience under his belt he was introduced to ultralights by a group of retirees who spent afternoons hanging out at the local hangars. Dan never looked back. In 2003, with just 80 hours on a private pilot’s license, he set off for Reno, completed Pylon Racing School and raced the International Air Races to a fourth place finish in the Bronze class that very year. By age 30 Dan had successfully made his mark in two of the world’s most prestigious air and motor sport races. On the way back from Reno in 2003 Dan competed in his first IAC competition in his Cassutt IIIM and took 2nd place. Since then Dan has made five more trips to the Bonneville Salt Flats with a streamliner he designed and built, achieved a personal goal of 300 MPH in 2010 at the World Finals, and has earned a commercial pilot’s license and surface-level aerobatic waiver.