Meet The RAFA Racing Team

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Founder & Principal

Rafael “Rafa” Martinez

Originally born in El Salvador, Rafael Martinez has called Houston home since 1997. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master of Science in Finance from the University of Houston to start his career as an entrepreneur, trader, and investor.

Rafa has successfully established himself in the natural gas industry, where he is a partner at a global commodity trading firm. His professional experience includes owning and investing in various companies and innovative startups.

Before Rafa ventured into the world of racing, he had always been a huge fan and avid supercar collector. As a true enthusiast, he enjoys the thrill of driving the beasts in his own auto fleet – which includes a Ferrari SF90, McLaren P1 and Senna, Ford GT, and others.

In April of 2021, Rafa took his McLaren 600LT to the track and is making plans to race in Porsche Club of America (PCA) and GT4 competitions in the near future.

When it’s time to step on the brakes, Rafa enjoys sharing his life and love of racing with his wife and two children.


Ray Ramirez

Ray Ramirez was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in Civil Engineering.

Although now retired from racing, Ray’s impressive career includes:

  • Over 15 years of racing and coaching
  • More than 100 races under his belt
  • Several 1st place and podium finishes in his race class
  • In stock fastest lap records at his home track in Austin, the Circuit of The Americas (COTA)
    • MP4-12c in 2:18.86 seconds
    • 570s in 2:23.95 seconds

Ray has a current racing license with Porsche Club of America (PCA) Club Racing and became a member of the RAFA Racing team in the summer of 2021.

Off the track, Ray is married and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, snow skiing, golfing, fishing, hunting, and all other outdoor activities.

Ray is driven to continue his racing career through his involvement in RAFA Racing and focuses on the development of current and future race car drivers – committed to making them Bolder, Faster, and Refined.

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