Richard Diehl moved to San Jose, CA with his wife Jennifer in 2001 and started a manufacturing and support business catering to the legacy semiconductor market.
Richard has always been a car guy. In 2008 he commissioned JWE to build of his first racecar, a Spec 911. During the same year he attended the Skip Barber Racing School at Laguna Seca, where he met Thomas Merrill. He campaigned his Spec 911 in the Porsche Racing Club’s Northern California club racing series under Thomas’ tutelage.
In 2016 Richard and Thomas decided it was time to make a change and start a racing team together. They found the TA2 class in the Trans Am series was the right fit, and by mid-2017 they had two TA2 Mustangs. Big Diehl Racing was formed and partnered with Tim Barber and TFB shop for support. Big Diehl racing is working with Trans Am and TFB located in Sonoma, CA to develop and expand a West Coast presence.
Richard entered Thomas in their first race together in November that same year, bursting onto the scene with an impressive Top-5 finish at Circuit of the Americas.The following year Richard joined the series as a driver, and he and Thomas campaigned their TA2 Mustangs in the West Coast Trans Am championship.
Richard plans to grow Big Diehl Racing into a driver development for top-level NASCAR teams looking to develop road course skills.