Its been a wild few weeks of kart racing now that we have a moment to pause I can write up the first sprint kart race of the season. The Cup Karts of North America held its first race June 6th and 7th at 61 Kartway in Delmar Iowa. Rather then gently getting back into tracking Jason entered two classes 206 Light and 206 medium. We have not run two classes in sprint karting for few years and knew this will be challenging but not impossible.
Because Jason had only been on the a kart track once since last season, we decided to head to track very early to try to get some extra seat time and started practicing on Wednesday. We spent the two days adjusting the kart and trying out different set ups. This year Jason was clearing in charge of setup and I was guide and helper. Over the two days the kart and Jason got faster as he built confidence and found the sweet spot on the track.
Through out Friday and Saturday the kart became more of hand full to drive as the track picked up more rubber. The highlight being Jason qualified 5th in medium but ran into a hole what collapsed on him when a driver in front of him had to avoid another kart. In both classes he had to fight his way up to 10th in light and 14th in medium.
Sunday was a different story. Overnight Jason had talked his way drive in an new Arrow X5-4S kart from Noah Stark Engine Works. With only short time to adjust to the kart he qualified 8th. He came of the track amazed that a kart could handel as well as this one. Unfortunately, he suffered yet another shove off the track. In heat 2 was able to set the 3rd fastest lap while making up spots. He managed to move up to 7th place by the end of the feature. He ran his own kart in the medium races but was not able to get the speed he needed to move forward. In the medium feature he moved to the Arrow having to start last(18th) and he moved up to 13th.
It was a good weekend of hard work that felt like it paid off. After race day on Sunday we ended up buying the kart as it was a second and half faster. We are going to spend the next few week preparing the new kart for racing at New Castle and getting ready for the Mid-Ohio race in the road kart.
Thanks to Noah Stark for the opportunity and the help with setup of the kart. Jason really likes it and is looking forward to getting it back on the track. This was also the debut weekend of Jason in is new suit from Tri-Star Race Wear.
Jason has been very busy over the last two weeks, so I am going to just write some quick notes on each event. We are trying to make the best of fluid conditions. The many plans we made for the 2020 season have been canceled or postponed. Now things are day by day making the schedule up as we go along. We are going to do our best to hit the track as much as possible.
First up Jason is no2 15 and is old enough to drive on the public streets. He has thousands more miles of experience driver then his peers but will still need to learn the rules of the road and adjust to traffic going both directions.
Up next WKA iRacing Race 3 at Road America. Jason qualified 4th and raced an extremely clean race to finish 4th and earning series points. He is currently in 8th place over all in the series. He put a lot of work in to this track as he as he prepared to driver a car on it the following weekend.
Just a few days later Jason was in Wisconsin driver a spec Miata at what could be considered his home track, Road America. He initially was placed in a novice group but when he was passing $300,000 Mercedes SLK in a effectively a rental. He was moved into a more experienced group and once there was able to learn a lot more from folks that pushed his skills. On Sunday his practice was shorted by heavy rain but he was still able to get some a couple of good wet sessions, every lap counts. Watch the WildDuckRacing YouTube channel for videos from the weekend. Thanks to Advanced Autosports for providing the car for this first weekend out of 2020.
Jason did not get the best qualifying time at Sebring, WKA iRacing Race 4, which put him in the middle of the field. In the opening lap he sustained damage and lost his from and rear win which slowed him considerably. Despite that handicap he was working his way up the the field and was approaching the top 10 and more series points. During the competition caution restart he lost his nose cone when he was driven over and fell way back. He worked his way back to 17th by the checkered flag but it took amazing concentration and effort to keep the car on the track. Watch the full race video on YouTube. The video below is a highlight of Jason’s car during the broad cast, glad we can show support for our sponsors.
The schedule for the next few week is now up to date for June. It hardly makes sense to commit to anything beyond that.
I want to take a moment to share our plans around Covid-19. Jason and crew will be practicing social distancing and wearing masks to keep the team, family, and our friends healthy. This is going to take some of the fun of racing, a good chunk of racing is sharing stories and making plans for new ones. Second, any plans we make are going to be subject to conditions on the ground and will change on very short notice. This may lead to canceled races and practice sessions. We are going to do our best to follow CDC Guidelines and keep both driver, crew, and our fellow racers safe and still race as much as possible.
Thanks to everyone for supporting Jason and Wild Duck Racing looking forward to racing and seeing folks enjoying the track again. Be safe and take care.
Wild Duck Racing wishes everyone a Happy Mothers day.
Race Moms are the heart of the sport.
Grandma D at Gingerman
Grandma P at Michigan International Speedway
Mom at Gingerman
Jason and the team have been continuing to adjust the 2020 season as thing change. The state of the racing world has been changing every day. Some tracks have opened only to close down again. Any plans we make are subject to change as conditions change. One of the highest priorities for the team is keeping everyone healthy and will be take precautions to keep our family and friends safe.
Jason will have his first 2020 weekend at Road America in a Spec Miata practice session. If the sessions go well the plan will be to put together a ride for the SCCA June sprints early in June. The June Sprints is the race his grandfather went to back in 1967 and planted the seed that grew into this adventure.
Since the Cup Karts of North America races up to this point have been canceled and endurance kart races have been rescheduled the next possible kart will be fathers day weekend at Mid-Ohio. There is a hope that kart tracks will be classified like golf courses and he can start practicing and kart racing on a regular basis.
On the virtual side of the racing word, last weeks WKA eSeries race was a grand time. There was some pre-race technical issues that limited his practice and qualifying time and qualified 22nd in a field of 49. With a lot of determined and careful driving he pushed the car through the field to finish 17th. He got some very good screen time at the end of the race as he picks up on last position.
He has been practicing all week to get ready for the next race on what we consider his home track race at Road America on Monday night. This race should also help him prepare for the real thing the coming weekend. You can watch the race live at 8 pm EST on YouTube.
Despite the state of today’s world Jason has not been resting, we have been updating the 2020 Schedule as we have updates. There is hope that we will be able to get to a track for some practice laps soon. We have been updating the kart and Jason has been working hard sim racing to prepare for his SCCA races.
April 27 8PM EST – Race 1 – Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval – Watch
May 4 8PM EST – Race 2 – Daytona International Speedway Road Course – Watch
May 11 8PM EST – Race 3 – Road America – Watch
May 18 8PM EST – Race 4 – Sebring International Raceway – Watch
May 25 8PM EST – Race 5 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Watch
In other new Jason has a new race suit from Tri-Star Racewear. Check just a few of our sponsors logos, more will be added soon. This is sharp well constructed suit that will last him a few years. Thanks to Kelli the Tri-Star team.
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Why do we need sponsors? Fielding a competitive team requires investment in equipment, track time, and training and every dollar counts. Your local sports youth leagues often have teams sponsored local business. Unlike those team sponsorships, this team will directly participate in promoting you in person, online, and in print.
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Endorsement letter of Jason Pribyl and Wild Duck Racing at the end of the season
The 2019 season was very good, Jason and team managed to hit 11 different tracks, 2 endurance racing and 1 sprint race, and one special event. Because he raced in a large number of series he was only running for points in one mini-series, but was successful in just about every race he entered.
Dart Kart Club Mini Series: Animal 350 Senior 3rd
Dart Kart Club Mini Series: Animal 370 Senior 2th
Battle of the Brickyard Briggs 206 Jr 12th
30 Race Season, 1 Win, 12 Podiums, 16 Top 5
In addition to kart racing Jason spent some time in a Lucas Oil School of Racing formula race car. He attended the basic class at Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course and the second class was held at Autobahn Country Club. Both weekends were a great experience for him and will let him get his SCCA license and start working on race car seat time in the 2020 season.
The 2020 plans are still up in the air at the moment, we are working on plan A with more cars and plan B with more karting. Seeking new marketing partners and sponsors is always a priority. Please reach out if you or someone you know is interested in supporting a racer early in his career.
Now that the 2019 season is over we are going to try something new for 2020. A laydown endurance kart has entered the duck blind and we are going to create some project management videos to document the project and the agile project management technique.
Jason is trying to earn InTech Trailer for 2020.
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When you head to a National level race you have to be prepared to put in full effort for the weekend to be competitive. You can’t let up, everyone is working as hard or harder than you are. Jason and I put in 3 solid days of hard work and pushed our skills and knowledge to this limits. On the surface looking a the the results from you would think that this weekend was a disaster, but while it was all happening we were having a blast and working hard. Just showing up to a National Level race and being competitive is saying something.
The Cup Karts of North America held its Grand Nationals October 4-6th at New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle Indiana. We arranged to use a Coyote Combat kart and get support from Coyote Motorsports for the weekend. This should give us a leg up for the weekend over our usual the mechanic is totally lost situation. This was a new program for both us and Coyote so the weekend was very much and experiment. It was successful experiment, we got great support and help and would definitely work with Jim and his team again.
We arrived just after the gates closed on Thursday night and sleep on the floor of the trailer in the parking lot so we could get in early on Friday morning. Since this was something like an arrive and drive, it was all hands from Coyote and Wild Duck Racing getting Jason’s kart build before practice. We took the combat frame as a base and then tore down our two coyote wide tracks for parts, creating a hybrid bodied kart ready for racing in just about 2 hours. We then executed the plan day of practice. First get Jason used to the new kart and correcting things like improper steering shaft length quickly. Then on to tuning to get the kart up to speed. The afternoon of practice was was started a freshened motor and new tires for some qualifying practice ending the day running in front to see who was catching us. All day the kart kept moving faster and near the top 10 of a 43 kart field. The team put in a solid 12+ hours picking up 2 second throughout Friday just to keep up with the field.
Saturday practice and the heats from a speed perspective where pretty good, but the results weren’t that great. The biggest thing we did was shed some weight on the kart, about 8-9 pound where found and we shifted the seat around to get the balance right. He set an inadequate pre qualifying time which he was in the second group starting second, but put him behind a much slower kart for qualifying. He caught the slower kart by the second qualifying lap and never got a good flying lap in. The First heat with him in 28th and he made spots very quickly. As he was working on 18th in the 5th lap he was bumped off the track in turn one ending his race. He started heat 2 two in 40th of 43 and the the battle at the rear was brutal he have to fight very hard to stay on the track and gain a meare 8 spots to move up to 32nd and his nose was destroyed in the effort. Overnight we cleaned up the kart and replaced damaged parts from the days battles and tried to get some rest.
Sunday was going to be a long day there was only one practice, one heat, and the feature we still had to stay on our toes and keep Jason and the kart in top shape. Heat 3 was probably the highlight of the weekend. The morning had started with rain and everyone switched to a rain setup. He had a great rain set up thanks to the folks at Coyote. Jason started the race in 32nd and treading carefully but still very quickly on a very wet and slippery track moving, in 8 laps, all the way up to 9th. The feature was probably the low light. The rain had stopped and everyone had including us switched back to a dry setup. As the green flag dropped the rain started again rain and karts started sliding everywhere. During the first lap Jason hit a puddle under heaving breaking as he slowed for a accident in front of him. He slid hard into another kart as was sent spinning over the top of karts. After a rotation and a half, touching each corning in turn, he landed safely and drove hard for the next few laps picking up spots in very dense and chaotic traffic. Having made his way up to 18th place by the 5th lap the the rear left tire damaged in the first lap crash let go and went flat and he pulled off to to watch the race relegating him to 38th place.
Despite not finish the feature for the second year we had a great time racing. The help and support from Jim and Coyote team was superb, we would definitely do that again. Rob from Kart City also gave us some great support as well. He helped us find a bit more speed and gave us the clues and hints we needed to get his motor race ready.
Thanks to the Greg, Steve and the whole Cup Karts of North America Team this season has been great and we have learned a lot and race with some very tough competition. You guys have come a long way since you started with a barn storming 206 series.