At the last ChumpCar race you blew the engine up on your racecar going up the hill toward the corkscrew at Laguna Seca. Bummer. Now your racecar is sitting dead in the garage and your wife is storing Christmas decorations on it –a felony in some states. Your old sponsor isn’t answering your e-mails, because he knows you’re just looking for free parts for the nuked motor. You, good Sir, are a long, long way from your next checkered flag. Or are you? Borrow your wife’s Hyundai (since the motor in that car still runs) and head over to a K1 Speed near you for some adrenaline pumping wheel-to-wheel racing action!
Category - Speed:Sport:Life Racing
Speed:Sport:Life’s RacerBoy-Rob Krider is doing live commentary at NASA’s 25 Hours of Thunderhill this weekend. In the photo above he is interviewing Chris Puskar of Carbotech Brakes. The production crew got some great footage and driver interviews as well as coverage with Bruvado, I/O Port Racing Supplies, Sampson Racing Communications, and Hoosier Tire West.
Check out the coverage on GoRacingTV.com.
No this is not an HD screen capture from a recent episode of Top Gear. This Forza Motorsport 4 and it has the Top Gear test track in it. You can be the Stig. Sounds good? Well, it also has one of the coolest features in racing game history… a rewind button. If you make a mistake, don’t sweat it. You don’t need to restart a thirty minute race, you can just REWIND back a corner or two before you went way too hot and missed a corner (wish I could add that feature to my real race car). Click the link below to check out more on the game and see how we built a trick little driving simulator out of random garage parts.
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.