Driven by an unbridled passion for motorsports, Duncan Dayton founded Highcroft Racing in 1989, originally as a premier vintage racing restoration and preparation service. With experience and success piloting some of the finest historic racing automobiles ever produced - came the desire to push his skills even further. From 1994 through 1998, Dayton honed his craft with success in the USAC Formula Ford 2000 series before stepping up to the highest levels of professional sportscar racing in the American Le Mans Series.
Today he is still a force to be reckoned with in historic events - last season taking his 11th victory at the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique - a record for the internationally renowned street circuit
THE BIG LEAGUE
In 2006, Dayton expanded Highcroft Racing from its historic and professional open wheel racing roots to field a Lola EX-257 in the premier sportscar series. With numerous class wins in the American Le Mans Series, including multiple class victories and an overall third-place podium at Petit Le Mans plus a class victory in the Twelve Hours of Sebring, Dayton has proven that he competes to win.
In 2007, Highcroft Racing was selected by Honda Performance Development to campaign the Acura ARX-01a. The partnership with Acura has brought unprecedented opportunities for this young and passionate team. The team proved they were up the challenge by placing Highcroft Racing near the top of the LMP2 championship standings at the end of the 2007 season. In 2008, the second year of the program, Dayton and his highly competitive team built on their strong track record and again exceeded expectations - they took an outright victory, four class wins and narrowly missed clinching the 2008 LMP2 championship.
In 2009, his team completed the job - only four years after its debut in the American Le Mans Series, Dayton led Highcroft Racing to championship success.
He backed that up in 2010 by leading the first American-owned and based team to take back-to-back American Le Mans Series championships.
Dayton capped the Honda Performance Development partnership by leading Highcroft Racing to a giant-killing second place performance at the 12 Hours of Sebring - defeating both factory Audi and Peugeot entries.
Dayton and Highcroft Racing joined forces with DeltaWing Racing Cars and Nissan to spearhead the groundbreaking debut of the Nissan DeltaWing at the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The unique experimental racer which more closely resembles a fighter plane rather than a traditional racecar features half the weight, half the horsepower, half the aerodynamic drag and half the fuel and tire consumption of a traditional Le Mans prototype.
The ground-breaking car captured the imagination of fans and media around the world - generating massive global interest and being featured in mainstream outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox News, The Times of London, Popular Science, etc.
AWAY FROM THE TRACK
Dayton was trained as an architect and is an award-winning real estate developer and entrepreneur. His interests also include skiing, golf, fishing, hiking and camping.