My name is Justin Glass. I'm 29 years old and I'm originally from Tucson Arizona. After graduating from Flowing Wells High School in 2010, I served for 6 years in the US Air Force as a Crew Chief on F-16 Fighter Jets. I currently live in Mooresville North Carolina and I work for Team Penske as a Carbon Fiber Fabricator. Cars owned and prepared by Team Penske have produced more than 590 major race wins, over 650 pole positions and 40 Championships across open-wheel, stock car and sports car racing competition.
My racing history began like anyone else. Local sort track! Most Saturday nights I was at Tucson Raceway Park which definitely shaped my path at an early age. Growing up, I was involved on countless local race teams from Super Comp Dragsters, Alcohol Flatbottom Drag Boats, Street Stocks, Hornets, Karts, Micros and found my niche in Sprint Cars. After finding sprint cars were RIGHT up my alley, I combined both passions of racing and modeling and created SWS Chassis.
The model car bug bit me much like most as well. My dad and I first built a kit together when I was about 10 or 11 years old, and replicated a local short track racer from TRP. (Carl Trimmer for the Arizonans). We built for years countless Nascar models and street rods. My dad was always better at painting em and I had a decent knack for body work, so we had a system. I began to tinker with scratchbuilding in 07-08 timeframe and left the kits behind. As the record shows, I've seemed to figure it out!
How SWS Started
SWS Chassis was created to give builders who wanted added realism to their projects. With my sprint car experience, and having seen countless models built from the Steve Kinser Valvoline and Quaker State kits, I thought I could offer something of value. After finding the sprint car aftermarket decals and resin sources, something didn't add up to me. I was seeing the current years Knoxville cars in 2008 and 2009 with decal and wheels from the applicable year, but built off a kit tooled in the late 80's. It just didn't look right. The visual flow of the high quality wraps on a kit that was designed when sign painters hand lettered cars. So, I measured a car we had in the shop and built my first jig. After some tweaking, I was able to create something that truly mirrored the cars of today. Still to present day, I strive to recreate the most accurate pieces for builders to use so they can take their hobby to the next level. I'm constantly developing new ways and processes to make chassis and panels better and try to match the full size market as best as I can.