Gateway fast and fighting, Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mother’s Day Weekend! In addition to all the kart stuff going on, it’s Mother’s Day.  Yes, our moms let us race on Mother’s Day, and they are awesome.  It’s also Jason’s birthday on Monday, so Happy Birthday too!!

Wild Duck Racing returned to the track that started Jason’s road racing career, with new karts.  Almost 5 years ago to the day we first visited Gateway Motorsports Park for our first ever Championship Enduro Series road race.  Back then Jason was driving an LO206 powered kart in the Junior Novice class.   He was not fast compared to our competition but that was not really the point.  This year, we brought the sprint kart and the new road kart.  Both Briggs and Stratton Animal powered and both fast.  Back then he was running laps in 1:40+.  This weekend he ran 1:20 in both karts.

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We arrived on Friday afternoon and set up our pit area in the garage.  Gateway has one of my favorite garage areas because it comes with power and air.  We get to use the same garages that the NASCAR Truck Series and Indy Series use a few weeks later.  One of the highlights of Friday night was a impromptu interview of Jason by a karting blogger and our Amsoil supplier TJ Hollingsworth of MidLife Karting Crisis fame and owner of Winning Synthetics.  I step away and let Jason do his own interviews without any coaching during it, but we do practice occasionally and he pays attention to the kart and what’s going on with it during the race day. 

Saturday started with practice, Jason decided to run the road kart in the break-in session to start get a feel for it, and then ran it with the first 4 cycle session.  It ran ok for a few laps, until he pulled in complaining that the motor was burping in the corners.  This problem would plague us all weekend and was not solved until the Sunday’s race.  The sprint kart was amazing, it was fast and just needed some slight gear changes to optimize.  It was fast enough that he practiced with the 2 cycle group and had no troubles with with traffic.

Once practice was over things really fell apart.  I found that the sprint frame had broken on the right side and needed to be welded.  In the meantime Jason took the road kart to the 4 cycle central pit for some investigation.  While there, he was grabbing tools and tearing down the motor so Regan could take a look and hopefully find the issue.  This was a real first.  Jason put forth a great effort working on that kart trying to get it back into racing shape, unfortunately everything checked out and we need to keep looking for the problem. 

While putting the newly-welded sprint kart back together, I found that one of the rear seat struts was also cracked and needed to be replaced.  With only 15 minutes before the race start.  I was really thrashing on the kart to get it fixed.  Tools and parts were flying in our pits along with some strong language.  With just a few minutes to go, I managed to get the kart to the grid and just in time for the start, only because the start was delayed by some other issue.  Race 1 and 7 in the sprint kart went very well with Jason setting his record lap times and putting on a great show with the Animal 360 karts.  The road kart was not as successful.  He got to start the race and pulled in after the first lap with burping issues.  Back to work for the rest of the evening.

Saturday’s race 1 in the sprint kart was great again.   It was really dialed in and he was doing great things, working on passing and timing, and working on the draft.  He is kart is as fast as the slow pack of 360s.  If he continues to get the draft in the straights he should be able to really fly.  We finally find the problem with the road kart:  the engine was so thirsty for methanol, the fuel system was vacuum locking.  However, since we did not get much practice in we did not get much tuning and it was handling poorly.  During the race the rear tires broke free while exiting the corner into the big oval and it backed into a tire barrier pretty hard.  Jason was checked out and was OK but his racing day was over early.  The kart sustained a bit of damage.  Between this and some other issues we are are forced to skip the Michigan International Speedway race since there is just too much do to get ready. 

Once again thanks to Regan at 4 Cycle Central and Marty Murray for helping keep the karts on the track, and to Kat Murray and Judy and Mark Nielsen for help after the race, yummy dinner and excellent company on Friday night.  Thanks to our Moms, and Grandmothers for their support and for getting us this far.

Thanks to our 2017 Sponsors for their continuing support.
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Racing Season Begins!!

The 2017 racing season has started, with the 61 Kartway Spring Challenge in Delmar, IA.  The sprint kart was prepped with the freshened LO206 motor and loaded in to the trailer for a weekend.  Both crew and driver were very rusty,  the kart was on the track for practice on Saturday night only gear changes were made just to start the kart tuning.  Once again, I made the mistake of not really checking my notes, so did not make many changes to the rest of the setup.  While we were ahead for Sunday’s racing, the kart was not quite up to speed yet.  

During the first practice runs the kart was 5-6 seconds off the pace, after making some adjustments that did not do it, I looked at my notes and got the kart close to the required lap times but we had a few set backs during racing.  Everyone on the team was a bit rusty.  Heat 1 he was able to keep up with the leader but not make any moves, the kart was still a little off.  With some tuning he for Heat 2 he made progress and had 2nd place in hand until he was forced off the track while fending off a pass.  He started the feature in 4th and was able to make some great moves in a four wide start jumping up to second.  He stayed there until one of the rear wheel hubs loosened and moved in and stuck the tire against the frame ending his race early.  Despite all that, it was a fun weekend and felt good to be back at the track. 

We made a good effort to bring the 1991 Margay into working condition but it was simply not the right chassis for 4 cycle racing, not enough room for the big motor between the rails.   With a hot tip from 4 Cycle Central’s Regan we headed out to purchased this P4 road kart, it had everything we needed and was mostly set up.   We should have some neighborhood test runs soon.   It will first hit the track May 13-14 at Gateway Motorsports Park with the Championship Enduro Series, we are both pretty excited about putting this kart through is paces and getting the sprint kart back on the big track.  This should be a good season if we can keep everything put together. 

Thanks to our 2017 Sponsors for their continuing support.

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Xona Software

Wild Duck Racing welcomes Xona Software to the team for the 2017 season.  If you have more than one server you need automation software.  Xona Situate provides workflow and release management for Windows and Linux based systems.   You can manage the full life cycle of your software from deployment, daily processing, and upgrades all from a single console.  Xona Situate is self-documenting workflow automation software to automate everything so your IT staff can think, plan, and design.

Thanks to our 2017 Sponsors for their continuing support.
Bell HelmetsGoPro, Slick Products, Shorai, AmsoilEVS Sports, Stardust Memorials, The Greenwood Restaurant, C&M Auto Service, Atomic Decals, Danrr Autobody, T.J. Ross, Christian Lantry Photographer, Jennings Chevrolet, Xona Software

Welcome Sponsor Jennings Chevrolet

Wild Duck Racing is excited to announce that Jenning Chevrolet is returning as a sponsor for the 2017 season.  The original Wild Duck Truck was purchased at Jennings as was the current Chevy Silverado 2500.  We also have a VW Jetta that was also purchased from Jennings VW, just next door.   As a budget minded team we have been very pleased with our vehicles and with Jim Walsh and his sales team.  Thanks Guys!

Service & Parts: (847) 510-6692
Vehicle Sales: (847) 510-6694

L-R: Jim Walsh, Jason, Abu Badar

L-R: Jason, Abu Badar, Andy Sweis, Jim Walsh

Thanks to our 2017 Sponsors for their continuing support.
Bell HelmetsGoPro, Slick Products, Shorai, AmsoilEVS Sports, Stardust Memorials, The Greenwood Restaurant, C&M Auto Service, Atomic Decals, Danrr Autobody, T.J. Ross, Christian Lantry Photographer, Jennings Chevrolet, Xona Software

2017 Season Race Schedule

2017 Schedule

We finally have the season’s schedule sorted out.  Jason will be returning to the Championship Enduro Series and joining Dart Kart Club and Michigan Kart Club for a full season of Road Racing.   He will be racing in the Animal Sprint Junior class and new this year the Animal Enduro Junior 300 class in a new to us kart.

Every Weekend he will be racing on Saturday and Sunday.  The race day will be interesting with 3 races every day.  The mornings will be filled with practice and tuning both karts.  The racing will start in the afternoon with a 15 minute race in his sprint kart and end with a 30 min race in his road kart immediately followed by another 15 min race in his sprint kart.   Unlike sprint racing, where he was cycling back on track every 20 minutes all day, this should be more relaxing and enjoyable. 

May 13-14 Championship Enduro SeriesGateway Motorplex, Madison, IL

May 20-21 Michigan Kart Club, Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI

June 3-4 Championship Enduro Series, Blackhawk Farms Raceway, South Beloit, IL

June 16-18 Championship Enduro Series, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, OH

July 14-16 Championship Enduro Series, Grattan Raceway Park, Belding, MI

August 12-13 Championship Enduro Series, Blackhawk Farms Raceway, South Beloit, IL

September 9-12 Championship Enduro Series, Gingerman Raceway, South Haven, MI

September  16-17 Michigan Kart Club, Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI

September 30-1, Dart Kart ClubPittsburgh International Race Complex,Wampum, PA

 

Thanks to our 2017 Sponsors for their continuing support.
Bell HelmetsGoPro, Slick Products, Shorai, AmsoilEVS Sports, Stardust Memorials, The Greenwood Restaurant, C&M Auto Service, Atomic Decals, Danrr Autobody, T.J. Ross, Christian Lantry Photographer, Jennings Chevrolet, Xona Software

InTech Trailers Max The Tach 2017

Just wanted to follow up on our the other day.  Jason and the team made the Top 10 cut , but were eliminated in the Top 5 round.   We had a great time working on this project and hope to be able to try it again sometime.   Thanks to InTech Trailers for supporting grass roots racing. 
 
Here is the facebook link to the Top 5 Video.
 
Here is the facebook link to the Top 10 Video, Jason is announced about halfway in. 
 

You can see the top 25 Video announcement on the link below.  For the impatient, Jason is announced about 5 minutes in.

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InTech Trailers Top 25

In January the team submitted an application for sponsorship with InTech Trailers. Yesterday morning they announced the top 25 candidates and Wild Duck Racing was among them. We are honored that they see the potential of our team. Should we be picked the team will get use of a very nice 28ft trailer which will include all of our sponsors logos on the side. Wish us luck as they trim down to 10 next Monday and announce finalist on the 28th.  If we make it to the top 10 we will need to submit a 3 min video for consideration. 

You can see their video announcement on facebook. For the impatient, Jason is announced about 5 minutes in.

Jason’s Thank You Video

You can see the trailer here

Thanks to our 2016 Sponsors for their continuing support.
Bell HelmetsGoPro, Slick Products, Shorai, AmsoilEVS Sports, Stardust Memorials, The Greenwood Restaurant, C&M Auto Service, Atomic Decals, Danrr Autobody, T.J. Ross, Christian Lantry Photographer, Jennings Chevrolet, Xona Software