Blake Bechtel was born in Houston, Texas. He spent his younger years in Texas and North Carolina before the family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where Blake has lived for the past 20 years. In his early twenties, Blake opened Diamond Ridge Motorsports, a muscle-car restoration business, which he owned and operated until selling the business in 2004. He then ventured into entertainment by partnering with a local musician and creating a record label – Golden State Productions (GSP), based in Menlo Park, CA. He oversaw GSP operations from 2004-2009 until stepping aside to return to cars. Blake entered the auto racing business with his father in 2009, partnering with Michael Waltrip Racing to form the NASCAR Nationwide Series team, Diamond Waltrip Racing (DWR). They ran the #99 car with driver Trevor Bayne, who went on to win the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race; in 2010 DWR signed 11-time X-Games gold medalist, Travis Pastrana to drive the #99 car. In 2011, Blake and his Father left NASCAR to form Diamond Ridge Ventures, a private equity group focused in the areas of Sports and Entertainment. In addition to his role as Managing Director of DRV, Blake’s roles within the philanthropic field include positions on the boards of the Mid-Peninsula High School and the Phoenix Patriot Foundation.