Combining passion and expertise
David Smith, president of SHOCKWAVE Marine Suspension Seats, has been designing and building performance-based land and sea-based vehicles and craft since 1965. SHOCKWAVE Seats has greatly benefited from this relationship.
SHOCKWAVE’s heritage dates back over four decades to the development, building and supplying of safety products for NASCAR racing vehicles. It was this technology and know-how that led us to develop suspension seats and consoles for marine use. There is a direct connection between suspension technology in racing and how we design our marine suspension products.
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The SHOCKWAVE Motorsports Team
Our racing team was founded to help inform the marine suspension technology used in SHOCKWAVE Seats. David Smith, our founder and president, drives our SHOCKWAVE S5 car – and at the end of the day we really just love pushing limits and having fun!
David Smith is a driver for SHOCKWAVE Motorsports. Having started his professional career in NASCAR nearly four decades ago, David’s return to the racetrack has brought him full circle, developing some of the world’s best safety products and re-energizing his passion for racing.
In 2016, Kraus became the youngest driver to win an ARCA Midwest Series race, surpassing such notables as Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth and NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin in breaking a record that had stood for over two decades. In 2019, Kraus wheeled the SHOCKWAVE Marine Suspension Seating car to a win in his first-ever Trans Am West Series start at famed Sonoma.
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before I'm gone
Watch the documentary and learn more about David’s fascinating journey and his introduction to racing!
SHOCKWAVE Seats is the proud sponsor of the Canada 200 weekend at Western Speedway in Victoria, B.C. on Labour Day Weekend September 4, 5 and 6 2021. This race is Western Canada’s oldest and most iconic race dating back to the early 1970’s. It’s a gruelling 200 laps! Come watch the fastest Late Model drivers in BC battle it out for bragging rights in the SHOCKWAVE Seats Canada 200 Qualifying, followed by Qualifying Races to determine the starting lineup.
We build Winners from the ground up
Racing cars on the tough NASCAR, SCCA and local bullrings has led to the development of the first SHOCKWAVE Seat and then to the development of energy absorbing materials, lower weights and specific tuning, to name just a few. Today, SHOCKWAVE is a major player in the NASCAR Gander Truck Series, the ARCA Menards Series, SCCA TA2 and Late Model Short Tracks in Canada and the US. You know that you are buying race winning, up to date technology. Automobile racing, test vessels, and participation in extreme operations and community events are what set SHOCKWAVE apart from the pack.