Photo by Head-On Photos.
Endurance racing is never easy. It isn’t like regular driving, where you worry about your insurance here and making your commute to and fro. It isn’t even like regular racing. You have to go fast, but not too fast. You have to stay up for hours on end, but be sharp enough to make quick decisions. You have to order people around, but also get along with your teammates. And most importantly, you have to win. At Krider Racing we have done all of these things right, and we have also done a lot of these things wrong. Recently we remembered how to do them right again and found ourselves showered in beer and holding up a first place trophy. Here is the story of the long endurance racing road back to victory lane.
You’ve always wanted to get into road racing but you don’t own the requisite Spec Miata or Spec E30. No problem. The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) has you covered. Their Performance Touring class allows just about any four wheeled production car to run in their series. Using a system of points based on modifications allows almost any car to be equally competitive in a multi-class system. So forget the excuses, take the back seat out of your Mom’s Buick and start welding in a roll cage. Chances are NASA is holding a race in the next few weeks at a track somewhere right around the corner from your house.
Photo by Steve Happel of Vanhap Photography
Krider/Kramer Racing drove the wheels off a Nissan Sentra SE-R to finish second in the hotly contested E3 class during the first race of NASA’s Western Endurance Racing Championship (WERC) series. The event was a three hour enduro into the night with six classes doing battle on the track at the same time. At the end of the three hour race only fifteen seconds separated first and second place in E3. The winner ran out of gas on the cool down lap and third place was just a few seconds behind the Krider/Kramer Racing SE-R. It doesn’t get much tighter than that.
Full results of the event can be found at Jalopnik.