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David Tilton: Founder, Team Owner & U.S. Navy Veteran (retired)

David Tilton started his Military career with the United States Navy in 1983. After a tour on the USS Siapan, LHA-2 as an Intelligence photographer, David was chosen to be a photographic and film and video instructor at the U.S. Navy Photography School in Pensacola, Florida.  In 1990, he graduated with honors from the U. S. Navy Diving school and in 1994 with honors from the Navy Diving Supervisors school.  As a Navy Deep Sea Diver, Tilton was the Chief in Charge of the Navy’s Underwater Photography and Combat Camera Team and supported many ‘Special Projects’ for deployment of Ocean Sensors for Anti-Submarine Warfare.

In 1995, Tilton was transferred to SEAL Team 8 where he supported operations and conducted training for Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures, around the world. In 1997, he transferred to Naval Special Warfare Development Group (SEAL TEAM 6) where he implemented the Tactical Surveillance Element Division. As Chief in Charge of the Tactical Surveillance Element, the team supported over 2 dozen successful operations against terrorist acts during “Operation Enduring Freedom”. He was also a member of the Personal Security Detail for President Hamid Karzai. 

In 2003, Chief David Tilton retired from the Navy with honors, after sustaining a broken neck and back during the war in 2002, and began his private career.

In 2006, David founded BrimTek Inc., located in Ashburn, VA, providing consulting and state of the art surveillance and intelligence gathering equipment to DoD Special Forces, Intelligence Community and various other federal, state, and local agencies across the US.

In 2015 and 2016, David began his support of Andretti Autosport and Scott Speed in Red Bull Global Rallycross through David’s association with the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

In 2017, David became an Indy car chassis owner with the team which captured a thrilling victory in the 101st Indianapolis 500 with driver Takuma Sato. With the help of Michael Andretti and Andretti Autosport, Michael and David launched Military to Motorsports. The purpose in launching Military to Motorsports is to give back to our nation’s Armed Services by hiring the most qualified Military Veterans to join Andretti Autosport, adding their value and expertise to Andretti’s winning legacy.

In late 2017, David founded David Tilton Racing. 

Updated - February 1st at 4:43 p.m. EST

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