Segra Group co-founder Carl Seaberg
has an extensive background in the motorsport industry spanning over
twenty years. But the success Carl has achieved in both technical and
managerial roles tells only part of the story.
Even before working in motorsport,
Carl prepared and raced his own production-based sports car in Sports Car
Club of America events. From that experience, Carl found work as a
mechanicís helper and tire man on factory-supported IMSA GTO and SCCA
Trans Am teams in the mid-1980ís.
Carl leveraged that experience into
the position of Team Manager for MTI Racing, which was embarking on a
multi-year plan to compete at the highest level of motorsport. Staring in
lower formulae to build the engineering, personnel, and operational
infrastructure, under Carlís leadership the team quickly graduated to
Americaís premier sports car series, IMSA GTP. Late in their first year
of GTP the groundwork was established for MTIís final step to the top: a
proprietary car, the RM1 Chevrolet GTP. Carl developed the teamís
relationship with noted race car designer Bob Riley and constructor Gary
Pratt, and assisted in the concept development and construction of the new
In 1991 Carl moved to the Pratt &
Miller side of the MTI/P&M organization as Project Manager for the
companyís new Sports 2000, the RM2. From then until 1997 Carl would serve
as Project Manager, technical liaison, and design engineer for all of
Pratt & Millerís General Motors Motorsport construction projects.
But there was another challenge Carl
sought: overall technical responsibility. To achieve that goal, Carl
undertook an independent project, designing the CS2 Sports 2000. An
immediate success, the CS2 dominated and won the 1997 west coast Pro
Sports 2000 championship. Still winning today, the CS2 turned in a
similarly dominating performance in the 2003 British Racing & Sports Car
Club series, winning the Class A Pro Championship.
In 1997 Carl was recruited by
Indianapolis race car constructor Riley & Scott Racecar Engineering as a senior design
engineer, and a year later was promoted to Chief Designer. In addition to
managing the drawing office, Carl also acted as chief design engineer on
the race-winning Mk VIII IRL chassis, chief designer on the 2000 Cadillac
LMP, and was primarily responsible for the successful Mk VIII Trans Am
car. It was also during this time that Carl first worked with Segra Group
co-founder Jeff Berger.
In 2002 Carl left Riley & Scott to
form his own consulting firm, Carl Seaberg Design, and a subsidiary, race
car manufacturer CSD Cars. Carlís focus for 2003 was the design and
construction of the CSD Cars CS5 Trans Am chassis that competes in the
2004 Trans Am Series.