2015 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year and Licensed Professional Counselor
At the age of 15, Steve Torrence was driving a 160 mph racecar before most of his friends could even drive down a city street. A strong desire to follow in his father’s footsteps motivated Steve to do well in drag racing, a sport that would play a key role in the rest of his life.Steve’s first year of racing went well, finishing 7th in regional competition. Steve’s natural talent behind the wheel didn’t go unnoticed as he was named the 1999 South Central Division Rookie-of-the-Year.
A bright and promising future in racing had to be put on hold in 2000 however, after Steve was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma (a form of cancer most commonly found in males age 17-25). After months in the hospital, receiving both chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Steve was able to overcome the disease. Steve considers it “The greatest victory I have ever won.”
Steve returned to drag racing the following year, and raced in the amateur division until moving up to the semi-professional category in 2005. Success would once again come quickly for Steve, winning a staggering nine times in only 13 races. The stellar season earned Steve his first world championship, becoming the youngest Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Dragster World Champion in class history. He was also named the South Central Division Driver-of-the-Year.
At the age of 22, and with a world title under his belt, it was time for Steve to move into the professional ranks. In 2006 Steve got his chance, driving Dexter Tuttle’s Top Fuel dragster (arguably the most prestigious category in drag racing). Torrence and Tuttle enjoyed increasing success year after year, with 2010 marking the highpoint as Steve earned his first professional top-ten finish (placing 8th in the final points standings).
In 2011, Steve made the difficult decision to leave Tuttle Motorsports in order to pursue a lifelong goal of starting a family owned Top Fuel team. Torrence Racing is the realization of that dream.
Dylan Evers currently works for Microsoft Federal managing their Surface branded hardware sales, government acquisition contracting, and new business development, supporting the Department of Defense. Prior to Microsoft, Dylan led a DoD business for Lenovo, the global leader in PC manufacturing. While at Lenovo, he was awarded one of their highest annual honors, the Lenovo Way Award, having embodied their cultural mission statement “We do what we say and we own what we do”.
From 2010 through 2012, Dylan was the DoD manager for PCMG (formerly PC Mall Gov) a division of PCM (formerly PC Mall), one of the world’s largest DMR’s of information technology hardware and services. Before that, he spent a couple of years working for a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business helping them build out an organizational hardware and services practice supporting the IT mission of the defense community.
With over 10 years of experience supporting the Department of Defense, and having served as an active duty volunteer firefighter for the Warrenton Volunteer Fire Company, in Fauquier County, VA, Dylan is passionate about serving our military service members, veterans, first responders and their families. He continues to support the Marshall Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, and is also active within several membership organizations furthering his support of these deserving communities and advocating for our 2nd amendment rights.
Dylan lives in Marshall, VA with his wife, Sonia, and young daughter, Leyla. They own two dogs, an American Mastiff “Sig”, as well as a Lab/Chow mix “Lexi”. In his spare time, Dylan is an outdoorsman and amateur target shooter, with a growing interest in hunting, and fly fishing.