VOLUME 12, ISSUE 2
APRIL 20, 1999
ACHIEVE THEIR RACING OBJECTIVES"
Racing has returned to Ohio.
As I sit here and write this it feels like Winter outside, but the grass
is green and the buds are on the trees. Kryderacing has already been to
Nelson Ledges Road Course twice this month and we plan on doing some testing
there next weekend. We also have activities planned for Mid-Ohio, Road
America, and Michigan Speedway during the course of the next month. The
trips to Florida during the Winter were great but it’s always nice to attend
tracks closer to home. But, our most exciting news doesn’t even concern
That’s right. Kryderacing is
on the WEB. We have targeted the end of April to be up and running. As
I write this we are slightly ahead of schedule. The site may be a little
"crude" for a while, but we felt is was important to have it available
ASAP. We will be updating and changing things as time passes and would
appreciate any inputs from outside users, i.e.. you. The site will include
a homepage with connections to areas covering Kryderacing News and Newsletter,
the Kryderacing Championship Series at Nelson Ledges, Kryderacing History,
Kryderacing Services & Products, and a "Garage Sale" area for not only
ourselves but our clients.
After a dozen years of competition
in the 12 Hours of Sebring, Kryderacing did not compete in the 1999 edition.
The Sebring race had always been one of Reed’s favorites. The atmosphere
alone made the trip worthwhile. The history of the event could be felt
by all who participated. It was unlike any other race in the country. Kryderacing
never finished higher than third at Sebring, but it is one of our most
Reed and Sandi did attend the
race. The weather was fantastic and the race itself will be recorded as
one of the best ever. The new Prototype cars from BMW and Audi were significantly
more advanced than the previous designs from Ferrari and R&S. With
Lola and a couple of other manufacturers also competing there was no shortage
of variety. Following the first round of pit stops it was apparent the
BMW’s were not only the fastest, but the most economical when it came to
fuel usage. It appeared they would need only two stops for every three
for the competition. It was only a short time later when they had the entire
field lapped. Barring driver mistakes or mechanical failures, the BMW’s
were going to post one of the largest margins of victory in the history
of the event. But 12 hours is a long time and strange things tend to happen.
In the end, the lone remaining BMW beat a R&S by the smallest margin
of victory ever recorded at Sebring.
We visited with many old friends
and were impressed by the extremely positive feelings most of them expressed
for Professional Sports Car Racing. These people believe in a bright future
for the organization. This was a major mood swing from last year when everyone
was mainly concerned with survival. There are still a few people who like
to put things in a "PSCR vs. USRRC" context, but most people were more
concerned with talking about positive happenings then bad mouthing someone
else. It was a good atmosphere.
While at Sebring we hung out
with one of our frequent co-drivers, Frank DelVecchio. Frank was driving
in the Motorola Cup with Ed Magner. Their Oldsmobile Achieva finished second
in the Compact class. Frank and Ed won last year a couple of times and
it looks like they will be very competitive again in 1999.
99th and 100th
Kryderacing will be returning
to Mid-Ohio in a professional race this year. We have been there a lot
over the past several years doing SCCA Regionals and Nationals with various
rental vehicles. We have also attended the runoffs both for clients and
for our own enjoyment. For many years we were there monthly helping at
TrackTime Performance Driving Schools. But is was 1993 when Reed last raced
on the scenic track. 1993 was also the last year IMSA ran at Mid-Ohio.
USRRC returned last year, but by the time the date was announced we had
a prior commitment. We will definitely be there this year on the first
weekend in June for the two-hour USRRC race. Steve Ahlgrim will be co-driving.
We did discover something interesting
while putting together some material for the Mid-Ohio program. Depending
on whether Reed drives at Lime Rock, Mid-Ohio will be Reed’s 99th or 100th
professional race. The Lime Rock event on Memorial weekend is a possibility
and it would make Mid-Ohio #100. We haven’t decided yet how we are going
to celebrate, but it promises to be a memorable weekend.
NELSON LEDGES CAR CLUB
Nelson Ledges opened up its
1999 season with three days of practice. These Car Club Dayz are great
because they allow a wide variety of cars and talent to get some track
time at a minimum of cost. There are a few special "rules of the road"
and split sessions designed to improve safety. Newcomers receive some instruction
and helpful advice. Experienced drivers have found this a very good way
to test their cars or hone their driving skills. Reed and Sandi attended
partially to ready the Kryderacing store for the new season and to determine
whether we should have the store and/or fuel pumps open for these events.
While there Reed also prepared the Infiniti Pace Cars and checked out the
new Goodyear Eagle F1 tires on the Q45 pace car. "They felt super." He
also had a opportunity to drive a couple of cars belonging to other participants.
Bill Moore’s Datsun Z brought back some long forgotten memories. While
Reed has driven many Datsun/Nissan products during his driving career,
it has probably been 20 years since he drove one that had the original
style suspension design. What was amazing was how quickly the memories
of correct cornering lines for these cars returned. He also had the opportunity
to coach a couple of newcomers and later took one gentlemen for a ride/track
inspection. Seems he had a vintage car he wanted to drive at the Nelson
Ledges, but had been hesitant because of the reports of a very rough surface.
Having experienced it for himself he has plans of bringing his MG out in
the very near future. These Car Club Dayz occur throughout the year and
we plan on attending several more. Log on to www.fastone.com to get an
up-to-date schedule of all Nelson Ledges activity.
SCCA DRIVER’S SCHOOL
The first SCCA event of the
year at Nelson was the Quad Region’s Drivers School. Holding an event the
second weekend in April led to worries about the weather. It was cold and
wet, but not for the entire weekend. Most sessions were run on dry pavement.
The schools at Nelson have always featured some of the best instruction
anywhere and this one was no exception.
Jerrod Martin, an employee of
Kryderacing was attending his first school and was doing very good until
his engine developed some extra ventilation. We had the Kryderacing prepped
Nissan 240SX at the track for its annual tech inspection for Showroom Stock
B racing. Jerrod was able to adapt to another car and completed his school,
finishing first in class and fourth overall in his race. The Nissan is
a competitive car and is already reserved for five additional events in
KRYDERACING REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
After 16 years of putting on
this series you might think we are getting tired of doing it. You would
be wrong. The recent improvements at Nelson Ledges created a big increase
in series activity last year and we expect 1999 to set several records.
Information and the schedule will be part of the www.kryderacing.com website.
We also plan on posting current points standings shortly after each race
weekend. The new T-shirts will be available prior to the first of our nine
events (May 15th).
We are really excited about
several client projects we have been working on during the past winter.
This has been the busiest off-season we have ever experienced and most
of these cars will be hitting the race tracks within the next month or
• A Formula Vee visited for
some frame repair and stiffening. Kryderacing crewman Donny Huberty handled
most of the work and then helped install the engine. It was funny having
this car at the shop since it is so much smaller than most of the vehicles
normally found there. It was easy to constantly move it around as space
• Russ Wilson’s ZR-1 Corvette
is getting a front brake rebuild and some other checks. Russ has been very
busy over the past year and 1999 looks like more of the same. He will miss
the 1 Lap of America again and most of the TrackTime schools, but not all
• Sam and Ginger Haldiman dropped
off their ZR-1 for some suspension work. Nothing major was changed, but
after hundreds of hours of "mostly on-track" driving by the two of them
it was time for a thorough inspection and replacement of bushing, bearings,
• The Lavallee Corvette is currently
waiting for pickup. It has new Simpson Safety Equipment harness systems,
camera mount, "Hot Lap" timer, K&N air filter, and several other additions.
We are also working with Ron on some data acquisition ideas.
• A more extensive Corvette
modification is going on with John Benders ZR-1. Coil-over conversion,
cooling system swap, and brake upgrades are all in progress. This car should
be awesome when it leaves the shop in about two weeks.
• Not all of our project cars
are Corvettes. One of the biggest rebuilds during the winter months was
the conversion of a Nissan NX2000 from Showroom Stock to Improved Touring.
Everything but the drivetrain has been completed. The body has just finished
a visit to the body shop for some new paint. Plans are for a track test
this Friday and then we will install the upgraded drivetrain. Everyone
is excited since we don’t really know how much improvement we have made.
Bill Pintaric and his car were winners in Showroom Stock B, but the car
seems misplaced in the ITS class. It probably would do better in ITA. But
we all like challenges.
• There have been others stopping
by the shop over the Winter. We have a Laser (suspension revisions) and
Camaro (various items) due in as soon as we have room.
Other Kryderacing assisted cars
are also are getting ready for the season:
• Gary Martz’s E-Production
Mazda RX-7 should be repaired very soon and headed back to National Competition.
Gary was one of the fastest cars at last Fall’s SCCA run-offs but never
got a chance to show it when he was caught up in someone else’s accident
on the first lap.
• Bill Moore’s Datsun Z has
received lots of attention during the Winter. Bill has improved many areas
of the car. After Reed drove it at Nelson he had only one minor handling
criticism. He also suggested Bill revise his harness geometry to prevent
potential damage to Bill’s back. Bill is now installing a Coleman seat
with better positioned holes for the harness straps. Bill should be a front-runner
in the ITS class this year.
• Dave Deen’s Mazda RX-7 is
for sale, but it isn’t sitting idle. Hunter Mulford will be taking the
car to Pocono for his second SCCA Driver’s School. Expect to see Dave back
in his car or something else during the year. Meanwhile he is receiving
training in something larger. Dave is a pilot for U.S. Airways and will
soon be ok’d to fly the larger versions of 737’s.
• Dave Martin’s awesome Mustang
was rumored to be coming to the ITE class at SCCA events this year but
latest word has Dave planning on various TrackTime events. We plan on doing
more handling work with Dave’s car at these events.
• Matt Miller should have his
ITE racer ready for the first Regional at Nelson Ledges.
• Jerrod Martin is getting his
car back together and hopes to make the Driver School at Pocono in May.