MeEt our Team

Richard Diehl

In 2011 he commissioned the build of his first race car, a Spec 911. During the same year he attended the Skip Barber Racing School at Laguna Seca, where he met Thomas. From there he campaigned his Spec 911 in the Porsche Racing Club’s Northern California club racing series for the next 3 years under Thomas’ tutelage.  In 2016 Richard and Thomas decided it was time to make a change and start a racing team together. They found the TA2 class in the Trans Am series was the right fit, and by mid-2017 they had their first car. After partnering with Tim Barber at TFB based in Sonoma, CA, they now had Big Diehl Racing. Richard entered Thomas in their first race together in November that same year, bursting onto the scene with an impressive Top-5 finish at Circuit of the Americas.  The following year BDR acquired a second, Richard joined the series as a driver, and he and Thomas campaigned their TA2 Mustangs in the West Coast Trans Am championship.  

Thomas Merrill

Thomas won his first kart title in 1998 when he was just 11, and took six strait.  At 16, he won his first regional championship -- making it back to back the next year.  To top that off, he went on to take back-to-back national titles in 2005 and 2006. 2006 and 2007 were spent racing formula cars in SCCA and the Pacific F2000, clinching a championship and Rookie of the Year award, as well as 3 track records and over 15 wins. In 2008, he made the transition to Grand Am with PR1 Motorsports, campaigning a Pontiac GXP.R in the GT class. In 2010, he made his second appearance at the 24 Hours of Daytona, in a Dinan BMW M6.  Since then he’s raced in various professional endurance sports car races and has focused on growing his driver coaching business, Thomas Merrill Motorsports. Thomas began coaching Richard back in 2013 racing with the Porsche Racing Club, and have now become teammates in the Trans Am Championship racing together in the TA2 class.

Tim Barber

A naturally talented and gifted driver Tim Barber’s career began in 1996.  From karting to sprints cars, formula cars to Trans-Am he claimed titles in them all. In 2009 Tim built on his experience and knowledge and transitioned from his full time racing career into the business of tuning race car suspension known as TFB. Knowing the ins and outs of car handling Tim was setting up cars in ways beyond what was available at a regular race shop.  This extra edge has built TFB into a shop known for excellence. Tim continues to coach some of the world’s great racers. So what now?  Married in 2014 Tim and his wife Jessie live in the bay area. Tim continues to race Sprint cars and five years later the business has grown to offer services surrounding the entire car and driver.

OUR Crew

Diehl Merrill Racing is partnered with TFB for the Trans Am effort. TFB crew are some of the best in the business, and have experience in a variety of professional racing series. If you think you have what it takes to join a top team, let us know!

Chris Drysdale

Crew Chief

Chris is a stock car expert, as well as a very accomplished crew chief in pro-level sports car racing. Chris is in charge of all crew, executes chassis setups and changes, and manages the service and repair schedule.

Pablo Cardenas

Car Chief

Pablo has worked with TFB and Big Diehl racing since the beginning as a car chief and race mechanic. In his spare time he likes ripping up tires behind the wheel of his RX-7 drift car.

Bob Herr

Rig Driver

Bob, an accomplished racer in his own right, drives the big rig for the team and does a wonderful job making sure everyone is fed!

aaron Sutton

Car Chief

Aaron is one of the newest members of the Big Diehl Racing family. Aaron works with us as a race mechanic.