The Krider Racing Nissan Sentra SE-R takes second place at the world famous Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in the ChumpCar 7.5 hour enduro.
After lunching an engine at the ChumpCar Laguna Seca event in November 2011, the team throws a new engine in the car and heads back to “The Corkscrew” to take second place just weeks later. After some countless hours nerding out in front of a laptop the post-race compilation video is up and viewable here.
Rob Krider hosts the “Club Racer” show on GoRacingTV.com which shows racers the “how-to” for car prep.
Every racer has an “off-season” to do list. It is usually those few items that didn’t get taken care of during the year because other matters were more pressing (like an engine throwing the piston out of the side of the block). In the winter, you can finally get around to maybe throwing in some S Gear gauges or updating your old racing harnesses with new ones from I/O Port Racing Supplies. Or, if you’re not in the mood to hang around the garage and stress out about how hard your unused Hoosier tires are getting in the off-season, you can always numb your mind with some Mexican beers and think about summer. Of course, in California, winter is summer, so we skip all of our off-season to do lists, go to the beach and procrastinate. It is a good time to kick back, turn on the iPad and flip through the National Auto Sport Association’s (NASA’s) new e-magazine called SpeedNews. Yes, I’m glad you asked, you will see coverage from Speed:Sport:Life in future issues.
Photos by Daniel Mainzer Photography
NASCAR has Daytona, endurance racers have Le Mans, crap-can racers have ChumpCar, and kids who race soap box have the All-American Soap Box Derby World Championships in Akron, Ohio. For a kid involved in gravity racing there is no bigger achievement than the three lane “show” at Derby Downs. This year Krider Racing and Speed:Sport:Life went to the big race to check it out.
You are seeing the image correctly. That is a Plymouth Voyager road racing! The van, run hard by “The Soccer Moms” race team, traveled from Oregon down to Buttonwillow Raceway in Southern California to run in the 14-hour “Summer Sunset” ChumpCar endurance race. The van did quite well getting the kids to practice and put down some pretty fast laps. Hit the jump below to see how it faired overall in the ChumpCar race. Photo by VanHap Photography.
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!