Blake Bechtel was born in Houston, Texas. His early years were spent between North Carolina and Texas. The family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where Blake has lived for the past 20 years. After graduating high school, Blake created a muscle car restoration business named Diamond Ridge Motorsports. He owned and operated this company from 2001-2004. His next venture was in the entertainment industry by partnering with a local musician and creating the record label Golden State Productions (GSP), based out of Menlo Park, CA. He oversaw GSP operations from 2004-2009 before stepping aside to return to his passion for cars. Blake and his father entered NASCAR in 2009 when they partnered with Michael Waltrip Racing to form a NASCAR Nationwide Series race team named Diamond Waltrip Racing (DWR). They ran the number 99 car with a young driver, Trevor Bayne. Trevor went on to win the Daytona 500 in the Sprint Cup Series 2 years later. 2010 also marked the year DWR signed 11-time X-games gold medalist Travis Pastrana to drive the 99 car. In 2011, Blake and his father left NASACAR to form Diamond Ridge Ventures, a private equity group focused in the areas of Sports and Entertainment. He currently is the managing director for that business. Blake’s most recent roles are in the philanthropic world by assuming positions on the boards of The NASCAR West Coast Hall of Fame, and the Phoenix Patriot Foundation.