Steve Bren (born July 29, 1960) is a former American racing driver from Newport Beach, Calif

Steve Bren
Steve Bren at Laguna Seca.
Steven Michael Bren

(1960-07-29) July 29, 1960 (age 59)
Newport Beach, California
OccupationCar Racing | Motocross | Real Estate Development
Parent(s)Diane and Donald Bren
FamilyMarion Newbert Bren (grandmother)
Milton H. Bren (grandfather)
Cary Bren (brother)


Early lifeEdit

Bren is the son of Diane and Donald Bren,[1] billionaire and chairman of the US-based real estate investment company, the Irvine Company. His paternal grandfather was Hollywood movie producer Milton H. Bren.


After a fairly successful stint in US Formula Super Vee in 1985, Bren moved to the new American Racing Series in 1986. While he only participated in four races, he was competitive in all his ARS starts. That year he also completed rookie orientation for the Indianapolis 500 but could not find a ride to make a qualification attempt. He made two one-off starts in the CART Championship Car series in 1988 at Laguna Seca Raceway and 1990 at Long Beach, however he failed to finish either race. Steve's brother Cary also drove in Super Vee and Indy Lights.

Bren later became a property developer and art collector.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Bren has been married twice:

  • In 1988, he married model Thais Baker in a Roman Catholic ceremony.[3] They subsequently divorced in the 1990s.
  • In July 2010, he married Erica Spangler of Honolulu, Hawaii. Bren and Erica have a daughter, Bella Rose Bren born in Ketchum, Idaho.

In 2017, Bren was in trouble with the law for stalking Spangler in Idaho and also held in contempt of court for failing to appear at a civil case where he allegedly owes creditors over $5 million as part of his real estate developments. Bren said he could not pay because he was in rehab for drug and alcohol addiction.[4]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-04-19. Retrieved 2010-12-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Steve Bren - Where are they now?,
  3. ^ Los Angeles Times: "Steven Bren, Ex-Model to Wed at Mission" by ANN CONWAY August 26, 1988
  4. ^ Coker, Matt. Steven Michael Bren's Year has Included Jail, Rehab and a New Arrest Warrant, OC Weekly, July 26, 2017, Retrieved 2017-10-09