CRD Motorsports started as an off shoot of CalNeva Engines and Equipment a  web based equipment and race engine business. CRD was the advertising and racing division that promoted and showcased the products and services of CalNeva.  The owner John Crosby has a long history in racing having owned and operated Power Engineering in the 60’s and 70’s with his partner Darl Smith. The business based out of Red Bluff California was a multi-business complex that sold auto parts, foreign and domestic. One half of the store was devoted to one of the first speed shops in California’s Northstate.  There was also a full service repair facility and a Mobil Oil Gasoline station.  

Back then the owners sponsored a Power Engineering Racing Club which had many of the muscle cars in the area running under the Power Engineering banner at the various north-state drag strips. The business also built many of the race engines in the area. Power Engineering ran two cars at Silver Dollar Speedway and Shasta Speedway, both circle tracks in northern California. Driving duties were shared with Larry Musick, John Crosby, and Jay Freeman (brother-in-law of John’s). Darl was head crew chief for the enterprises.

Crosby was also active in road racing and won the championship in the Northern California Redding Vettes Autocross Series in 1976.  Latter that year he won 6th place at the National WSCC Autocross Finals in Salt Lake City Utah. John later sold his interest in the businesses, graduated from Chico State, and proceeded into a career as an automotive instructor. He has taught at Enterprise High School, Lassen College, Lassen High School and Lassen Technical Institute. Crosby is an ASE Master Tech and an Evaluation Team Leader for NATEF (National Automotive Technician Education Foundation). He has served on the Board of Directors for SkillsUSA (VICA) and is a founding  member of the State Advisory Committee and Regional Coordinator for SkillsUSA. He also recently served on state committee’s to establish state wide Standards and Frameworks in California for the State Department of Education.

In  2001 John and his son Keith resurrected the # 86 number used on one of the circle track cars from the past and started CRD Motorsports. At that time Keith took on the driving chores for the team.