By on May 27, 2014

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It’s hard to believe that, about four and a half months since I broke nine bones and lost my favorite spleen, I’ve already run one wheel-to-wheel race, with several more to come in the next sixty days. Wouldn’t you like to come race with me and become famous? Maybe even win something? Would you like to compete at Texas World Speedway before it becomes a so-called community of so-called upscale homes? Or challenge the famous “Climbing Esses” at night in a BMW? Or be part of a Guinness World Record?

Sure you would.

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Although June will mark the utterly unimportant long-awaited of your humble author to NASA racing in his own car, I’m still making time in the next 90 days to race with other people. I’d like you to come race with me.

First opportunity: to run with Property Devaluation Racing and their brace of five-liter-Ford-powered Fox-bodies at Texas World Speedway June 14 and 15. This is a maiden voyage for the new “World Racing League”; it’s also sayonara for Texas World Speedway. Some of you will remember TWS as the venue of the fabled Firehawk 600, which led to the equally fabled shorthand for CART:

Cowards Aren’t Racing Today

But in either the T-bird or the Granada, you can test your personal mettle. Ever wanted to do 150mph nose-to-tail in Fox-bodies? Of course you did.

Next opportunity: driving with Crapcan at the Chump race at VIR, Aug 8-9. They’re fielding three cars — the BMW that Bark M. and I drove at CMP, a Nissan NX2000, and a biodiesel Golf. The bio-Golf will be part of an effort to set a Guinness World Record for distance over time in a biodiesel car. As in, Guinness has been notified and is participating in the monitoring of the event. You can drive in some or all of the cars.

If you want to race heads-up for real with great people, you couldn’t go wrong with either team. The Texas race will be epic (and dangerous, I’d suspect) the VIR race will be historic and hugely fun. Prices for seats on request to either team, but I’ll tell you this: you can’t even think about racing a single day in Spec Miata for what it would cost. What are you waiting for?

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40 Comments on “Come Racing With Us, In Texas Or Virginia...”


  • avatar
    masouds

    You are on, Jack. Where do I show up and what do I need?

    • 0 avatar
      Jack Baruth

      Click on either of the team links and contact them. Looking forward to seeing you there!

    • 0 avatar
      Daniel Sycks

      We would be happy to talk to you if you are interested in coming to VIR. We actually have 4 cars at the event and will be providing full hospitality and shenanigans.

      For more information go to http://www.crapcanracing.com and contact us there.

  • avatar
    George B

    Sorry that Texas World Speedway near College Station is going away.

    • 0 avatar
      Ryoku75

      Yea thats a shame, more tracks lost to more of todays bland housing.

      • 0 avatar
        Kenmore

        That’s funny. In the Midwest we decry the loss of rich, fertile cropland with each new subdivision. I guess in TX all you lose are racetracks?

        • 0 avatar
          Ryoku75

          I live in the Midwest myself, we’ve lost numerous dirt tracks to subdivisions, and Mid America, one of the few non-oval tracks in America.

          Frankly I’m just tired of strip malls, subdivisions, banks, foreclosures. Can’t people just squat in already existing homes?

          • 0 avatar
            Kenmore

            “Frankly I’m just tired of strip malls, subdivisions, banks, foreclosures.”

            Come to think of it, I guess all herds of cattle are hard on their environment. But I don’t think the rich will need to breed us much longer. Just a few highly skilled geldings.

        • 0 avatar
          Kenmore

          Silly city boy me… not geldings, steers.

        • 0 avatar
          shaker

          Don’t worry – once we concentrate all of our bulk grain production in a small area using highly productive Monsanto GMO crops, and all of our fresh local vegetables in California (while local farms are given over to gas drilling), we’ll be all set.

  • avatar
    indi500fan

    Firehawk 600 was scheduled for TMS (Ft Worth) not TWS (College Station).

    Don’t think there’s been any top line events at TWS since the 80s.

    • 0 avatar
      autojim

      Correct. Texas Motor Speedway is a Charlotte clone. It’s all clean and NASCAR-sanitized for your protection. IndyCar and NASCAR still run there today. CART ran into trouble as, at that time, their cars were considerably faster than the then-IRL cars, which lead to grey-outs for the drivers in the turns. Kinda scary, really.

      Texas World Speedway is what Michigan International Speedway or California Speedway would look like if the worlds of Mad Max or The Walking Dead were real. As you come through the tunnel into the infield, you half expect to see either Lord Humongous’s gang or a shambling herd of walkers to come over the hill outside NASCAR 3. It hasn’t hosted a major race since 1981.

  • avatar
    pragmatic

    For either race, what equipment would a driver be responsible for? I’m assuming helmet (but whose rating), but what suit, shoes, HANS, gloves etc.? Or would all of that be available to rent?

    • 0 avatar
      Jack Baruth

      SA2005 or better.

      Both teams should have some equipment to loan you. You can certainly use my HANS.

    • 0 avatar
      Daniel Sycks

      Full gear is available to rent and we are happy to help you find anything you need. We are hopeful that most drivers will have some track day experience or at least be really good in rush hour traffic.

      Feel free to drop me a note at http://www.crapcanracing.com and we will get you set up.

      • 0 avatar
        imag

        Great offer. You all are awesome for doing this. Do you ever run on the West Coast?

        I feel like I have seen your name come up in some of the race coverage out here, but I might just be getting my news mixed up.

        • 0 avatar
          Daniel Sycks

          We do not run west coast but if you contact us through CrapcanRacing.com we will be happy to hook you up with a west coast team that fits your needs.

          We are blessed to have extensive contacts all over the US and want to help put good people in touch with good teams.

  • avatar

    Cursessssss! I’ll be out of town for ze day jerb, otherwise I’d have jumped at that WRL opening. Then again, TWS in June didn’t exactly end well for me, so I’ll likely have my last hurrah there at a track day or something.

    You guys doing MSR-H LeMons again this year? ‘Lump finally lives…for now. I think we’ll be there.

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    I’ve never raced for real in my life, are either of these teams looking for pros or would they take a newcomer?

    I have a bit of experience driving beaters at the limit on on the streets, but not on a track.

    • 0 avatar
      Daniel Sycks

      First off. We are happy to work with anyone who wants to get into racing. Its part of our driving motivation.

      With that said, there is nothing you can do on the street that can in any way help you be ready for real wheel to wheel racing. Crapcan racing these days is fully legit with a mix of drivers of all levels of skill and experience.

      Feel free to drop me a note at http://www.crapcanracing.com and we can discuss how to get you on the track and having a blast.

  • avatar
    Daniel Sycks

    Hi future Crapcan Racers! My name is Dan and I will be your liaison for racing with the TTAC crew at VIR in August. We will actually be racing four cars at the event and its shaping up to be a heck of an event.

    This is a true 24 hour race at the famous Virginia International Raceway on their highly demanding Grand Course which is 4.2 miles and a lot of turns. In short, this is considered by many to be the absolute pinnacle of the crapcan racing season.

    We look forward to delivering an world class experience for those who race with us. We provide services to pro racers but welcome the novice as well.

    For more information come visit us at http://www.crapcanracing.com

  • avatar
    shaker

    Jack: Now that you’re “sans spleen”, you should be very careful to avoid any injury (deep cuts, punctures, etc) that would cause infection – AND, if you ever experience a fever, DON’T “wait it out”; seek medical attention immediately (preferably at an emergency room). My second cousin lost his spleen in a motorcycle accident, and 5 years later developed a fever and died in the hospital (after 3 days) before they could figure out what bacteria he had. The doctors directly attributed his quick demise to his lack of a spleen and (thus) compromised immune response. With the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant organisms these days, you can’t be too careful.

    And now, back to our regularly-scheduled program.

    • 0 avatar
      Jack Baruth

      My entire life is a risk of injury and deep cuts, punctuated by emotionally vacant intercourse with taller-than-average women.

      • 0 avatar
        shaker

        I find that moments of self-examination (as indicated in your reply) can be reduced by keeping one’s self busy with activities, such as racing… and, I suppose, keeping tall women entertained. :-)

  • avatar
    AMC_CJ

    I wouldn’t mind coming out to VIR and racing for just a few hours; get a taste for it. I’m sure a team wants more of a commitment then that though, and I just bought a house, a foreclosed home, so I’m going to be pretty broke for awhile too.

    • 0 avatar
      Jack Baruth

      Talk to Daniel, he might be able to work something out.

    • 0 avatar
      Daniel Sycks

      We can do 2 or 4 or 6 hours if one has the fortitude for it.

      We are also now offering real life professional coaching on friday which comes with the price of admission. As such, you pay for the racing and you get the coaching and hospitality for free.

      Please don’t injure yourself with the speed at which you should be offering us your money.

  • avatar
    Travis

    How much seat time does the 750 for TWS Get you?

  • avatar
    KrohmDohm

    Noooo! Why does opportunity come up at a time when I don’t have the cash to do it! Darn you Jack and Daniel!

    I live only 3 hours from VIR! AAaahhhhh!

    • 0 avatar
      Daniel Sycks

      As the race is some time away, we are happy to work with folks on some issues.

      We are happy to take a deposit now and the balance later.

      Also please note we are now including professional coaching as part of the package during Friday practice.

      This deal is smoking good and you should consider selling plasma to get in the door.

    • 0 avatar
      Daniel Sycks

      I wanted to give you an update on the race at VIR.

      We have come to an agreement with Scott Barton who is the owner and lead instructor at ProFormance Coaching. He will be racing with us and providing in car education and instruction during Friday practice. More information can be found here…

      http://www.proformancecoaching.com/

      The best part is that this will be a no charge addition to what we are offering our drivers. Please note… NO CHARGE. This is a very serious value adder to our services and we hope that what our racers learn will go with them and into every car they ever drive.

      Please let us know if and when you are ready to commit to a seat as we expect to sell out once this information becomes widely known. We will be taking deposits on the race with the balance being due closer to the time of the race.

      We look forward to working with you and seeing you att he track.

      Warm regards.

      Daniel Sycks
      CrapcanRacing.com

  • avatar
    brenschluss

    Hmmmmmmmmmm.

  • avatar

    I would love to race with Property Devaluation Racing, but my oversupply of caution genes would make it impossible.

  • avatar
    btp76

    Sorry to get in here late. I’m Brian with Property Devaluation Racing. $750 gets you into a four man team. Seat time should be one 2 hour stint per day, but this type of racing comes with no guarantees. That said, we have several top ten finishes under our belts and try very hard to provide a good race for our arrive and drive guys. TWS is a fast track that is tricky to do well, so any applicants need to have some experience.

  • avatar
    wmba

    Gee, thanks for the invite to injure myself.

    Thought the new TTAC pledge was to avoid racing and stories. But I suppose Sundays don’t count.

  • avatar
    korvetkeith

    Omlets?


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