The Old #90 Spec Miata vs. BMW at VIR
Meet the owners...

Steve Bertok, President and Co-Owner
Automotive Interests: Spec Miatas, road racing, LS1 swapped FD RX-7's, and
muscle cars
Years in Road Racing: 16
Affiliation: South Carolina Region-SCCA and NASA SouthEast
Duties: Main wrench, race director and instructor, Spec Miata driver
Website: www.panicmotorsports.com
Dream Car: McLaren F1
Stats: Charter Panic member, 2001 SCR A-Prepared Autocross
Champion, 2002 SCR and SeDiv Street Modified Autocross
Champion, 2003 SCR Driver and Mechanic of the Year, 2008 SCR
Driver of the Year, 2010, 2012, and 2013 13 Hour Charge of the Headlight
Brigade Spec Miata winner, 2014 13 Hour Charge of the Healight Brigade
Spec Miata podium P2, 2008, 2009, and 2011 Carolina Cup Pro Series Spec
Miata Champion
Meet Panic's employees...
The new #90 Spec Miata
Used miata parts, aftermarket parts, mazda rx7, Spec Miata prep, miata repair and more!
(c) 2007-2017, Panic Motorsports.
Updated:
31 May 2017
Panic Motorsports logo (TM)
Becca Bertok, Marketing Director and Co-Owner
Automotive Interests: Sports car racing as a whole
Years in Road Racing: 30+
Affiliation: South Carolina Region-SCCA
Duties: Team Communicator and Photographer, Chief cook and bottle
washer, Panic webmaster, Vehicle graphics designer
Website: www.panicmotorsports.com
Dream Car: 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
Stats:  Artist, Original race track brat, Charter Panic member, 1997
Performance Driving School at Road Atlanta, 2001 D-Stock Autocross
Champion, 2000 24 Hours of Le Mans Course Marshal, Former F&C official,
Spec Miata driver, and SCR-SCCA board member
1973 Porsche RSR at Watkins Glen
Jonathan Black - Panic Motorsports
Josh Smith - Panic Motorsports
Our team is comprised of a bunch of GearHeads who like to hang out at the racetrack on the weekends.  
We have racers, autocrossers, workers, and crew...all dedicated to making a weekend at the track a fun and safe event.
Jonathan Black, tech and race strategist
Automotive Interests: Corvettes, classic
Thunderbirds, and hot rods
Education: Univ. of South Carolina - History
Joined Panic in: 2009
Affiliation: SCR-SCCA
Hobbies: Target shooting, hunting, club racing
Spec Miatas and the occasional Chump Car
Josh Smith, shop foreman and crew
Automotive Interests: LS1 swapped FD RX-7's and engine
development; proprietor of Sabre Performance Engineering
Education: NASCAR Technical Institute Graduate, Master
ASE and GM Master (up to model year 2015) Certified,
Factory Certified for Audi (up to model year 2005), 1400+
hours combined factory training for GM, Audi, and Volkswagen
Joined Panic in: 2013
Affiliation: SCR-SCCA
Hobbies: Target shooting, club racing Spec Miatas and the
occasional Chump Car
James Sterner - Panic Motorsports
James Sterner, parts and web sales manager
Automotive Interests: Classic Nissan Z cars
Education: Business Management at
Horry-Georgetown Technical College
Joined Panic in: 2014
Affiliation: SCR-SCCA
Hobbies: Automotive restoration and drift car racing
Ben Thrailkill - Panic Motorsports
Ben Thrailkill, tech and fabricator
Automotive Interests: Performance tuned 240SX's
Education: Universal Technical Institute Graduate
Joined Panic in: 2016
Affiliation: SCR-SCCA
Hobbies: Competition drift car driver in the KMS Drift
Series for GET ILL motorsports
Becca Bertok - owner, Panic Motorsports
Steve Bertok - owner, Panic Motorsports
Steve Strickland - T4 SCCA Miata MX-5 driver
Established Sept 2006
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Steve Bertok - owner, Panic Motorsports
The original idea for Panic Motorsports was, as the story goes, drawn up on a bar napkin about 20 years ago by Steve and a few gearhead
friends. Panic became more than just an idea in 2000 when Steve
met Becca at an event she was hosting to train new Sports Car Club of
America (SCCA) Course Marshals.  Becca's dad is a former rally driver, and she grew up around sports car racing, so when Steve told her about
Panic and how they wanted to put something together, Becca helped to organize the team. Soon there was a logo, then a web site, then T-shirts,
and well, the list goes on.

Panic quite simply started as a group of friends who competed in autocross (SCCA Solo 2) and worked club races on the weekend. By 2002,
Panic was well known across the Southeast and often called upon to staff races from Road Atlanta to Daytona.  2002 was also the year Steve
and Becca built their first Spec Miata, got married, and Steve attended drivers' school at Roebling Road Raceway; the start of a very successful
club racing career.

Steve had always wanted to own his own business, and after more than 15 years in the auto parts industry, he took a leap of faith and opened
Panic Motorsports, LLC in September 2006. Panic's original focus was salvage Miata parts to feed the growing Spec Miata class
; keeping in mind
a goal to move into race prep and car builds
. With his racing and parts contacts, Steve's salvage business soon outgrew the garage behind the
Bertoks' home and into the first of two shops.
 In the past ten years, we've added customers, friends, staff, and purchased a large facility, Panic's
current location in West Columbia, SC, where we currently have three aspects to the business:

  • Salvage and Aftermarket parts for the Mazda Miata MX-5, RX-7 (rotary and LSx swaps), Nissan 240sx, and Z-cars
  • Miata race car builds, prep, maintenance, and arrive-and-drive programs including trackside and crew services (Spec Miata and T4)
  • Dyno tuning for the following programs: Hydra EMS, MegaSquirt, ECU Tek, AIM, and EFI Live - HP Tuners

Panic clients and crew attend more than 30 race weekends per year and have brought home many race wins and championships. Panic has
dominated the Southeast's endurance racing series with five wins in the Spec Miata class of the 13 Hour Charge of the Headlight Brigade at
Virginia International Raceway, as well as multiple Endurance Championship Racing (ECR) and Carolina Cup Pro Series (CCPS) events.