Thomas raced professionally from 1989 through 1995 on three pioneering U.S. teams: 7-Eleven-Hoonved, Wheaties-Schwinn, and Chevrolet-L.A. Sheriff (alongside Bobby Julich). With 17 professional victories under his belt, he relies on his personal experience, as well as his passion for relationship-building, to mentor and direct the team.

Thomas is well known for managing the team with a laid-back attitude, encouraging a family atmosphere where—above all else—having fun is important. He encourages the team and talks strategy when they need it, but he also admits that during the race, anything can happen. And according to Thomas, that’s what makes racing fun.