What is Draco Motorsports?
Draco Motorsports is a father and son, combat veteran owned race team specializing in all styles of UTV off-road racing. While based in Fort Collins, CO, Draco Motorsports will compete against the best race teams in the West, Southwest, Midwest, and Southern regions. We’re fueled by passion and thrive on the thrill; we drive to overcome challenges and approach them head-on.
Matthew Torney has been an off-road and powersport junkie since he was a teenager. Rock crawling and motorcycle hobbies followed Matt throughout his life. Matt spent seven years working as a Master ASE automotive mechanic while working his way through college and flight school, while simultaneously raising his young family. Upon finishing college, he was accepted into the USAF to become an officer and military aviator.
Matt earned his commission as a second lieutenant, then went on to earn his USAF pilot wings and become a fighter pilot flying the F-16C. Tumultuous and demanding combat operations abroad led to his reassignment to a unique Special Operations’ squadron, where his fighter pilot skills would be used in unique ways. In this world of AFSOC and US SOCOM, Matt would deploy around the world eight times hunting our worst enemies, while protecting our most elite Special Operations’ ground teams during their missions. While his aircraft and its presence were typically classified, other aircraft and ground troops would recognize the “Draco” callsign used by these pilots over the radio. Draco’s presence was a nightmare to the enemy and a guardian angel to our elite SOF teams.
He went on to fly covert tactical airlift aircraft supporting other types of special forces. Following active duty, Matt worked as a Weapons Instructor pilot for a company that was developing and distributing heavily armed light attack aircraft for foreign militaries. Ready for life to settle down, Matt took a natural career step to the airlines. Currently, Matt flies Boeing 737 aircraft for United Airlines. In addition, he was hired into the training department and spends most of his days instructing and evaluating other United B737 pilots
Greg Torney, son and co-driver, has been surrounded by power-sports, engines, and fabrication his whole life. Growing up around dirt bikes and 4×4 vehicles, he fell in love with the ability to go fast and go anywhere. Ever since he was a kid, he’s found ways to test the limits of anything with a motor!
Riding dirtbikes, until recently, was a huge past-time hobby for Greg- starting at an early age on a Suzuki 50cc and eventually graduating to a KTM 250, he developed a keen sense for off-road riding. On the rock-crawling side of things, Greg began with a Jeep TJ, taking it off the pavement wherever and whenever he could. Conquering the Rubicon Trail in Lake Tahoe, California as well as an array of infamous Moab, UT trails, such as Kane Creek, Behind the Rocks, and the Escalator on Hell’s Revenge, gave him the confidence and ‘know-how’ for technical driving (especially on 31″ tires). When Greg isn’t working on his vehicles, he’s out riding mountain bikes and snowboarding at the slightest opportunity. He’s a strong believer that racing takes much more than just a well-built vehicle: it’s a combination of man and machine, only as strong as the weakest link.
In May of 2020, Greg graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.S in Civil Engineering. Currently, Greg works as an engineer around the state of Colorado: his free-time (and life-savings) is predominantly devoted to race-prep and making his Can Am faster.
The rest of the family
Additional family teammates provide support of all sorts; whether its social media, pit crew, or just an ear to tell stories to and run ideas by. Nicky is Matt’s wife of over twenty years. Ben is their middle son and college student at Colo State. Madeline is their youngest child and only daughter; she is currently a high school senior. The two family Golden’s (Brody and Wyatt) keep everyone smiling.