The History of McNair Performance
Grover McNair first opened the doors to McNair Performance, Inc in 1985. It was called Team Highball Performance Center at that time. Grover’s first business partner was fellow racer, Amos Johnson. Amos raced sports cars all over the country in a professional organization known as the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and was sponsored by Mazda of North America. Grover partnered with Amos who owned Team Highball. Grover offered the repair side of Team Highball which morphed into a separate part of the business called Team Highball Performance Center. They were in business together for three years. After the initial three years with Amos, Grover bought his half of the business and named it McNair Performance, Inc. in 1988.
Originally, Grover’s focus was performance work on Mazdas. He would occasionally do some repair work on the side. Demand grew and he began to offer general repairs as well as performance, still focusing on Mazdas. In 1999 Grover finished building the 6404 Westgate building where the business currently resides. Prior to that he realized that he was going to need a broader customer base and began full service and repair on all types of cars. He custom built this shop to provide optimum service to both service and performance customers.
Grover’s Racing Credentials
Originally from Winston-Salem, Grover started racing in 1978 with Autocrossing, a style of racing that includes testing speed and maneuverability one car at a time. In 1981 he began Road Racing, in which racers compete wheel to wheel at high speed. In 1983, he began instructing and coaching racers which he still enjoys.
Grover has won over fifty competitions. He won seven championships in the North Carolina State Autocross Challenge Series. Road racing, he set three Class Lap Records at three different race tracks including the Virginia International Raceway, the North Carolina Speedway and the Nashville Motor Speedway. He also raced in the IMSA Firehawk Series for three years. Grover has taught racecraft professionally for Tracktime and Philip Morris, CarGuys, and virtually every marque club from the Ferrari Club to the Tarheel Sports Car Club.
In 2007 he placed second in the Sport Car Club of America (SCCA) competition in IT7 for the Southeastern Division. In 1991, he placed second in the SCCA Solo II Nationals in D Street Prepared class.
Grover also became an NIASE Master Technician in 1990. And, just in case cars weren’t enough, he’s an Instrument Rated Private Pilot as well.