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Motorsport Safety Foundation Adds Staff to Successful CERTIFIED Program

March 1, 2018

The Motorsport Safety Foundation adds Michael Silver to the CERTIFIED Staff as HPDE Program Manager

MIAMI, FL (March 1, 2018) – In reaction to the great success of the CERTIFIED High Performance Driver Education (HPDE) Instructor Training Program, the Motorsport Safety Foundation has appointed Michael Silver to the position of HPDE Program Manager. This volunteer position will assist with maintaining open lines of communication with CERTIFIED organizations. As HPDE Program Manager, Silver will function as a “boots on the ground,” attending a number of HPDE events throughout the year, and helping to shape changes to current and future programs based on constructive input from our community of instructors and administrators.

“We honestly did not expect the acceptance of the program to be at such high levels, and frankly dropped the ball a little in our communication with our CERTIFIED partners,” admitted Scot Elkins, Chief Operating Officer of the Motorsport Safety Foundation. “The good news,” he continued, “is that we have recognized this, and fortunately Michael was willing to help! His experience and ability to be on site at HPDE events will significantly change how we communicate with our partners, and his knowledge and first-hand experience in both participating in and instructing at HPDE events can only strengthen us for the future of the program.”

Silver's first track day was six years ago, and in the past couple of years he has been heavily involved in the HPDE community both as a driver and an instructor. He completed over 50 track days in 2017, mainly in California and the Northwest, and has about 60 track days planned for 2018. He participates primarily with Audi Club North America where he also serves as a Board Member of the Golden Gate Chapter, the BMW Car Club of America (BMW CCA), and Hooked On Driving (HOD). He has recently been CERTIFIED as a Level 2 Instructor with both BMW CCA and HOD.

In addition to his HPDE activity, Silver is an accomplished entrepreneur with extensive experience in a number of fields. He currently owns and runs three successful businesses in the United States and Mexico, as well as a nonprofit organization focused on providing grants for medical and environmental research. He has done volunteer work in emergency medicine all his life, and has been certified as both an EMT and a diving medic. Silver is a published author, SCUBA instructor, computer scientist, and an expert in human factors and cognitive science.

“I am thrilled to help contribute to a program I believe will be of great benefit to our sport,” said Silver. “Although I spend most of my time on the west coast, I plan to visit as many people around the country as I can. I know there are a lot of very experienced, knowledgeable, and dedicated people in our community, and I want to help bring their voices to the Motorsport Safety Foundation.”

Michael Silver’s addition to CERTIFIED as HPDE Program Manager is a testament to the initiative’s remarkable growth since its launch in May 2017. CERTIFIED’s largely positive reception has confirmed that providing a safer and better quality experience for students and instructors is an aspiration shared by many key players in the high performance driving industry. The Motorsport Safety Foundation is committed to its role in helping the HPDE community attain this fundamental and essential goal.

For more information about the Motorsport Safety Foundation’s CERTIFIED program, please visit

The Motorsport Safety Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving safety standards in motorsport. It is a community where the motorsport industry can come together and have a single voice, a place to share safety concerns and collaborate on research. The charity, founded in honor of late professional racecar driver Sean Edwards, continuously works to amend those issues that can prevent another driver, crew member, marshal or even fan from serious injury or death. Visit for more information.

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Scot Elkins, Chief Operating Officer; 706-870-3743
Marina Lyubarsky, Marketing Manager; 305-755-5129
Michael Silver, HPDE Program Manager

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