Former Terra Nostra Chef Competing In Chattanooga Motor Car Festival

Monday, October 7, 2019

The past is present right now for Chattanooga race car driver Efren Ormaza. After racing in other parts of the country and even overseas, for the first time he is racing in Chattanooga during the Chattanooga Motor Car Festival this weekend.

Last summer, executive chef Efren Ormaza retired from the restaurant business and closed Terra Nostra restaurant on the North Shore, which he and his wife, Gema, had owned and operated since 2002. He retired to spend more time doing medical missions to Ecuador with the Penipe Foundation, enjoying his family, and pursuing his passion for sports car racing.

“I am very thankful to the Defoor brothers for putting the Chattanooga Motor Car Festival together and allowing me to participate. It is really a dream come true for me,” said Mr. Ormaza. “I began sports car racing in Ecuador before I came to the United States. When I started working at 212 Market restaurant in 1994, I had two young kids and no money, so I couldn’t race. I remember standing in the parking lot outside 212 looking at my reflection in the windows and wishing I could race in Chattanooga. Now I will be competing in Chattanooga’s first sports car race.”

The time trial course along Riverfront Parkway will pass within a quarter mile of where Mr. Ormaza made that wish 25 years ago.

Mr. Ormaza won his very first race when he started racing in Ecuador in 1989 at age 24. After coming to Chattanooga in 1992, raising a young family and opening a restaurant of his own in 2002 meant that he didn’t race again until 2004. That year, he shipped a race car to Ecuador and competed in two 6-hour endurance races, sharing driving duties with California driver Joe Elwell. He placed 2nd and 3rd in a field of 80 cars.

After his house and race car burned in 2007, Mr. Ormaza took another break from racing. Since starting again in 2016, he has competed in 10 to 12 races a year, winning five South Atlantic Road Racing Championship events. These were qualifying races for the Southeast Division SARRC Invitational Challenge, which Mr. Ormaza won last weekend at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fl. That win occurred on Sept. 29, the anniversary of Mr. Ormaza’s move to the United States: Sept. 29, 1992.

 


hold Juicy Crab

Star, Producer Of The Walking Dead To Open Restaurant At The Choo Choo

Over 100 People Lined Up 12 Hours Prior To Cleveland's Paul Huff Chick-Fil-A Opening Thursday


The Juicy Crab Restaurant is the newest location of 18 that have been opened by the company out of Duluth, Ga. It is a seafood restaurant with a family atmosphere, where orders are taken and ... (click for more)

The producer and star of the popular TV show The Walking Dead announced Sunday they plan to open their second Nic & Norman's Restaurant in Chattanooga. Greg Nicotero, director and producer, ... (click for more)

Over 100 Chick-fil-A fans (103 to be exact) braved the storm clouds and rain to line up in the parking lot of Chick-fil-A at Paul Huff in Cleveland First 100 Grand Opening event a 1000 Paul Huff ... (click for more)


Dining

hold Juicy Crab

The Juicy Crab Restaurant is the newest location of 18 that have been opened by the company out of Duluth, Ga. It is a seafood restaurant with a family atmosphere, where orders are taken and service is to tables, said David Navid Hasan, the area manager. He said everyone under age 99 will be carded. There are 11 more locations that are planned to open all over the U.S., he said. (click for more)

Star, Producer Of The Walking Dead To Open Restaurant At The Choo Choo

The producer and star of the popular TV show The Walking Dead announced Sunday they plan to open their second Nic & Norman's Restaurant in Chattanooga. Greg Nicotero, director and producer, said it will open in the spring at the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Norman Reedus, star of the show, is the other partner in the restaurant. The first Nic & Norman's opened in 2016 at ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Governor Bill Lee Helps Celebrate Start Of $800 Million Volkswagen Electric Vehicle Plant

Governor Bill Lee was at Enterprise South Industrial Park on Wednesday to celebrate the start of an $800 million electric vehicle plant by Volkswagen designed to employ about 1,000 workers. The Chattanooga facility, with 700,000 square feet of space, will be the first to produce Volkswagen's modular electric toolkit chassis, also known as MEB. The new electric model may be out ... (click for more)

Brothers Plead Guilty In Fraud Involving Promised Bledsoe Textile Plant That Did Not Materialize

Brothers Rahim and Karim Sadruddin on Wednesday entered guilty pleas in Chattanooga Federal Court to two counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering in connection with a promised textile mill in Bledsoe County that never materialized. The Sadruddins were charged as part of a scheme greater than $30 million to defraud FEMA, TVA, and the state of Tennessee related ... (click for more)

Opinion

Tubman TIF - Not Yet Ready For Prime Time

A wise man once wrote that reading about tax increment financing is about as exciting as watching paint dry. Yes, it is boring, but it is important that the city use this tool wisely to create economic development opportunities and to build community trust. On Thursday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m., the Industrial Development Board (IDB) will hold a public hearing regarding a proposed ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Guns Ain’t The Problem

As one who doesn’t get all juiced over every political race in the country, I tend to believe the majority of folks in their home area, be it Kentucky or Virginia for example, know a lot more about not only what happens every day where they live but what they need to fix it than I do. When Barack Obama was elected he wasn’t my pick, but America elected him and therefore he was my ... (click for more)