Arya Omidvar - Cofounder, President
Arya entered the automotive professional world at Fisker Automotive serving as test driver and vehicle durability program coordinator. After spending time at Kia Motors America as a sales and incentives analyst, his most recent position was with Porsche Motorsport North America, servicing every aspect of Porsche's customer motorsport program, including the 911 GT3 Cup, GT3R and Cayman GT4 Clubsport.
Jon Miller - Cofounder, Director of Operations, Head Coach
Named one of the top 10 up-and-coming drivers by Grassroots Motorsports Magazine, Jon has over a decade of experience competing and coaching at the professional level. He began racing cars in the Skip Barber Formula Dodge series in 2003. Miller earned victories at Lime Rock Park, Barber Motorsports park, Palm Beach and Sebring International Raceway in his first year. Sensing more opportunity and the desire to compete at Datyona and Le Mans, Jon made a switch to sports cars and never looked back. As a winning driver in the IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge, Jon has built a diverse racing and coaching career. Jon coaches clients from Spec Miatas through Ferrari Challenge and everything inbetween. His coaching career started where his racing career began: Skip Barber Racing School. Since then he has worked from a number of OEMs (including Audi, BMW, Mclaren). Jon has a Political Science degree from The University of Central Florida and currently works as a coach for BMW at the Performance Center at the Thermal Club in Palm Springs, California.
HPDU only uses professional driver coaches, people who make their living, making you faster. They are not volunteers, they are at your disposal all day. Many are current professional racers, some are engineers by trade and they all have their own style and perspective, developed over many years at the top levels of racing and coaching. Paired with portable AIM data systems and GoPro cameras, they will work to make you faster and more consistent. Progression is our goal, everybody has room to improve. Below are a few of the coaches on our roster.
Growing up in Alaska, David Thilenius was not on a path towards the automotive industry. That changed in 1983 when David saw the Porsche 956 racing at Le Mans. Within two years, David attended racing school, enrolled in college and began working for GM. A Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering led to a career in vehicle dynamics with GM, Toyota, Hyundai and his own consulting firm, THILENIUS GROUP. From formula cars, David moved into endurance sportscar racing, winning an IMSA drivers’ championship in 2010. Through THILENIUS GROUP, David provides engineering, racecar development and driver coaching. David currently races the Nurburgring and writes about his adventures.
A 25 year veteran of the automotive and motorsport industries, Emile has experience racing ATVs, motorcycles, formula cars and production based sports cars. Emile has a degree in Transportation Design from the Art Center College of Design, making him unique as a racer and driver coach with a deep understanding of automotive design. Emile served as the first Chief Instructor for the Audi Sportscar Experience in Sonoma, CA. He continues to work as a driving instructor, facilitator and product specialist for Audi, Aston Martin, BMW, Ferrari and others across North, Central and South America and Asia. Emile is fluent in Spanish and has extensive vehicle dynamic knowledge, both skills that he shows off as an on-camera host and racing analyst for ESPN's X-games.