Photos by Adam Haas
Happy Father’s Day! Here is a quick update on the ChumpCar race this weekend. I’ll post a full report later.
The last time Krider Racing ran the Big Sausage Pizza Delivery Acura Integra around Buttonwillow Raceway they were leading on the last lap and then had an epic roll-over at the “Phil Hill” turn costing them the race. The team came back to Buttonwillow with the same car and a new plan. The new plan was “don’t roll-over” and “win” the race.
The ChumpCar 14-hour enduro would set the stage for Krider Racing’s return to Buttonwillow. It was a lengthy tough battle with some awesome racing and great teams in attendance. Steve Kuhtz, AJ Gracy, Randy Krider, Keith Kramer and Rob Krider all shared driving duties during the long event. As the checkered flag was thrown on the dark racecourse at 11 p.m. the #38 Krider Racing Big Sausage Pizza Delivery Acura headlights were the first to illuminate the flag giving them the win –the second ChumpCar win for the team.
Huge thanks needs to go out to the Course Workers, The ChumpCar Crew, the Kramer family, the Nees family, Amanda Hargis and Stephen Young for crewing such a long race. Also thanks to I/O Port Racing Supplies, Figstone Graphics, Sampson Racing Communications, Carbotech Brakes and GoRacingTV.com.
The Big Sausage crew weathered and tired after 14 hours of battling in the desert heat at Buttonwillow.
For more information on ChumpCar races check out the Racer Boy post on Speed:Sport:Life.com.
Photo by Jennifer Birtchie
Summer is here and it’s time to kick the tires and light the fires for some racing. Problem is with this economy most of us don’t have enough coin underneath our seat cushions to pick up a spare Slurpee at 7-11 let alone a spare set of tires for an automobile race. That’s where ChumpCar comes along. Take your $500 beater and go racing. Not exciting enough to get you off of the couch and risk letting your Forza Motorsport ranking fall? ChumpCar has a National Championship and also races internationally, yup, Mexico, U.S. and Canada. How would you like to consider yourself an international racecar driver? This weekend Speed:Sport:Life will bring coverage from ChumpCar’s latest adventure -14 hours of Buttonwillow. Teams will be doing a solid day of battle, racing through the desert heat and attempting to survive the epic darkness with the checkered flag flying at 11:00 p.m. on Saturday. Set down the remote control and get in the garage. You have a lot of work to do to your Mom’s Camry if it is going to pass tech. See you at the track!
First Tony Stewart raced ChumpCar for 24 hours straight at Virginia International Raceway. Now ChumpCar is heading to some of NASCAR’s biggest tracks: Texas Motor Speedway, Homestead-Miami and Auto Club Speedway in California.
There is that car down the street that has been sitting stagnant in that guy’s front yard for way too long. The left rear tire is flat, but other than that, the car appears to be in pretty good shape. Your buddy from high school, the one who got a C in metal shop, says if you buy the car he’ll weld a cage in it. You go down to talk to the guy to see what he wants for the car. His wife answers the door and says if you get “that piece of crap” out of their yard it’s yours to keep. You just scored a car for free, but because she couldn’t find the paperwork, you can’t register it for the street. Now what? Well, the ChumpCar World Series, the endurance racing series for $500 cars, is coming to a track near your town. Grab your Costco sockets and get to work. You’re about to become a racecar driver!
Christmas was just a few days ago and for some reason Santa missed the Krider Racing headquarters (rumor has it, they’re on the naughty list). However, most Speed Sport Life readers consider the real Santa Claus to come in the form of the FedEx man. And that was just who showed up in the nick of time with a box full of racing goodies for our preparations for the upcoming ChumpCar World Series race at Infineon January 9-10, 2010.
We scored a cool fabricated safety cage for our nitrogen tank to run our air tools from Capital City Motorsports, a pair of FIA rated Piloti driving shoes (great for heel toe downshifts), some Carbotech brake pads (for going super deep into the corners), some “FUEL” stickers for our pit crew to go on expired helmets (per ChumpCar rules) from Figstone Graphics and last, but not least, new nomex socks from I/O Port Racing Supplies.
So, what did you get under the “racing” tree this year?
Most Speed Sport Life readers consider themselves car aficionados. Sure, you can tell the difference between a 1970 and 1971 Chevelle from a mile away (count the headlights, folks). But can you tell what type of car the Krider Racing / Speed Sport Life ChumpCar World Series entry is just from this shot of the driver’s door?
The door stickers were the hard work of Dan at Figstone Graphics who will do both doors and roof of a racecar for an easy $60. Not too shabby. This beats the ole cut your own number with scissors on shelf paper from Home Depot trick (which is one of those tricks that always looks like hell).
The first ChumpCar World Series race of 2010 is coming up, January 9-10, 2010, at Infineon Raceway. Speed Sport Life will be doing live coverage and updates from the California event.
So, take your best shot at guessing the make and model of the car. Here’s a hint, it’s not a Chevelle.
Breaking News: 24 Hours of LeMons chief perpetrator, Jay Lamm, announced that Reno-Fernley Raceway will sadly be closing its doors which means the 24 Hours of LeMons event scheduled for May 8-9, 2010, with the “real” 24 hour race format will be cancelled. The good news for crap car race teams is that the event will be moved to Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, California, on the same weekend, however, there will be no nighttime racing so the event will not have the true 24 hour format like Le Mans in France.
This is a huge disappointment for most California LeMons teams who have been waiting to run a “real” 24 race but haven’t had the chance on the left coast. But don’t fret, ChumpCar World Series is running a true 24 hour race format at Willow Springs International Motorsports Park in Southern California, January 30-31, 2010. The race begins at noon on Saturday and ends at noon on Sunday. What happens in between with a field of $500 cars, is anyone’s guess.
Entry deadline for the event is January 2, 2010. Go to www.chumpcar.com for more details.