Brian Donati

Brian Donati


Brian Donati is a Virginia native who joined the crew of In The Pits Media in 2015 to provide overall motorsports analysis and commentary.

Prior to joining In The Pits, Brian has worked as a spotter for JJ Pack, owner/operator of  JP Race Cars, and Mullins Racing, at the 2015 ARCA Daytona Race.  In addition to JJ, Brian has worked with drivers Willie Mullins and Kyle Lockrow as their spotter at the Daytona test session in December 2014.

Brian grew up in Lake Braddock, Virginia and was introduced to racing in the 1970s when his father ran karts at Old Dominion Speedway (ODS).  In the 80s he learned to love turning left watching his father run ovals.

In 1984 Brian ran his first stock car race at ODS in the famed Grocery Getter Division, so named because drivers ran the large four-door vehicles that their parents might have driven when picking up groceries. Brian then went on to run Super Mini Cup Cars, also at ODS, 2000 to 2004; taking 3rd in the 2002 Northeast Regional Mini Cup Series. 

Between 2004 and 2006 Brian spent his Saturday nights crewing for local teams at Old Dominion.  2006 brought an introduction to JJ Pack, with whom he worked in the Hooters Pro Cup Series as a tire specialist.  Building on tire expertise, Brian expanded his role with Pack Motorsports/Pack’s Racing (now JP Race Cars).  A true team player he did everything from nuts to bolts, including helping to build the cars.

After Pack Motorsports moved to the Super Cup Stock Car Series in 2010, Brian assumed the more focused roles of spotter and General Manager where he was responsible for managing race-day operations, and pitching in as crew chief when duty called. This combination has totaled 6 wins and the 2014 Super Cup Stock Car Series Championship.

Having recently earned his SCCA novice permit, Brian is looking forward to running his Legends Car in SCCA and in the Masters Division.

Brian lives in Round Hill, Virginia with his wife Laura, son Dalton, daughter Kathryn, and his widely-adored dog Sadie (who coincidentally enough, also came to him the way of JJ Pack).