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Updated on Dec 22, 2012
The 25 Hours of Thunderhill, A Rum Diary For Krider Racing, the 2012 running of the 25 Hours of Thunderhill started with rum and ended with rum. It took a fair amount of rum to garner the courage to take on such a monumental task like “The 25.” This is the story of how a group of friends came together to compete with factory backed professional race teams in the longest road race in North America, while campaigning a $500 car that was originally built for the 24 Hours of LeMons, and somehow walked away victorious. This is the Krider Racing 25 Hours of Thunderhill “Rum Diary” Back in 2010 Krider Racing won the Western Endurance Racing Championship and finished “The 25” (after being wrecked twice) with their race prepped blue #33 Nissan Sentra SE-R. After completing the long season they took a year off from a heavy road racing championship schedule but still did some random events, winning a 14-hours of Buttonwillow ChumpCar race with their Big Sausage Pizza Delivery Team and then (oddly) did some racing with big wheels down insane hills in San Francisco. Rum Time New Year’s Eve 2011/2012, after drinking a fair amount of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Keith Kramer talked Rob Krider into taking on the mighty 25 Hours of Thunderhill again. Only this time, instead of entering one car, the team would enter two cars. The NASA WERC champion blue #33 car, and the LeMons red #38 car. For that they would need twice the time, twice the money and thus twice the amount of rum. There was a fair amount of debate within the team if two cars was a bad idea. Mrs. Krider, the team’s self-appointed psychologist, was against the multicar effort, which produced this Man Overboard column in the Santa Maria Sun entitled “Bad Ideas.” To find out if Mrs. Krider was right or if the team had the infrastructure to run a two car effort, they headed to Buttonwillow to run a 3-hour enduro. That test resulted in a lunched transmission, a capacity problem with the stock fuel tank in the #38 car and the following video below (filled with optimism which didn’t actually exist in the team’s spirits). Even though there were a few set backs, the team didn’t quit on the idea of two cars. They figured the best kind of plan is a simple plan. So the team went to the trailer, drew up a very simple list and used that for their goals. Race Time The drivers for this effort would be the usual Krider Racing suspects, Rob Krider (I’ll race anything and brag about it), Keith Kramer (when I grow up I want to be a racecar driver), Dave Schotz (the American Stig), Aj Gracy (owner of Performance In-Frame Tuning), Randy Krider (Yes, I have been upside down, so what?), Shawn Sampson (owner of Sampson Racing Communications), Ken Myers (owner of I/O Port Racing Supplies) and a newcomer for the team Bryan Heitkotter (winner of Season 1 of GT Academy). Bryan would also second as a team photographer (check out his shots). This overhead shot of the track was taken by the guys at LifeBlasters.com who snapped some epic shots of the race including some shots of the Krider Racing Nissans. Prior to the race the team had a fair amount of media hype, including being featured in the “Best of 2012” issue of Speed News Magazine, a NASA Press Release and a pre-race prep article in the Napa Valley Register. During the November video episode of Speed News, host John Lindsey predicted that Krider Racing would do very well with their Nissan Sentras at The 25. The episode showed cool b-roll footage of the team’s two cars. The video also had a GoPro Hero “Move of the Month” featuring some quick hands from Krider Racing driver Aj Gracy. The team arrived at Thunderhill early during the week of The 25 to test the new Toyo Tires Proxes RR and dial in the set up for both the 33 car (Team Blue) running in E3 and the 38 car (Team Red) running in E2. The Toyo Proxes RRs worked great but the team debated different set ups for the cars. Should they run loose and fast, or run tight and conservative for the 25 hour race? Nothing came easy for the team, and a cracked windshield during testing was not the sort of start they were looking for. Replacing the windshield would mean one of the sponsor stickers, specifically G Spec Performance, would not be in the race. Sorry G Spec! Note for the future, next time send extra stickers. This is Keith Kramer, owner of Economy Stock Feed and co-captain of the team, if he looks stressed it’s because he is. He is the Roger Penske of the team’s effort. Every time something goes wrong on the track it costs him money. During practice Rob Krider knocked off a rear view mirror on a reflector at the apex of Turn 8 (ending the life of another G Spec Performance sticker). Keith is doing the math in his head. "How much was that?" Luckily for the team, besides the 33 and 38 cars, they also had the 88 car. This “donor” car was Ryan Hackett’s street car, which he foolishly agreed to bring to the event “just in case the team needed a spare bolt or washer or something.” A “spare washer” turned into a windshield, a rearview mirror, a gas gap, a spindle, a radiator, wheels, fuel lines, an ECU and an alternator. The 88 car was raped before the race even started. Cars that have been at Pick-n-Pull for a year have more parts on them than the 88 car did after a single day with Krider Racing at Thunderhill. The team worked hard to install a new windshield and overcome other minor issues that arose during testing and qualifying. Dean and Scott Cornell used the race and the Krider Racing entries to beta test their new invention for I/O Port Racing Supplies a radio interface that works with a GoPro Hero 2 camera and records audio from the vehicle and audio from the driver and crew chief’s radios. This little invention recorded all of the team’s communications during the race. It turned out the team was quite foul mouthed and thus this audio was rated R. The cars were looked over with a fine tooth comb by both car chiefs, Steve Young for the 33 car and Simeon Gracy for the 38 car. Both chiefs ensured every nut and bolt was perfect for each car. The night before the race the crew practiced pit stops in the dark. The theory was, “If you can do it in the dark, you can do it in the daylight.” Even though things weren’t coming easy, the good news was the team was stacked deep with solid capable help and the morning of the race they lined up for the hero shot. Below are the characters that made up Krider Racing during the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. Dean Cornell (Fire Extinguisher), Demitri Demetriou (Pit Board/Sailor Jerry Rep.), Nissa Krider (Photographer/Windshield), Natasha Krider (Craft Services), Brent Picasso (Telemetry/Windshield), Dina Krider (Craft Services), Ryan Hackett (Mechanic/Car 88 Owner), Gus Krider (Social Media/Battery-Food Runner), Tim Persico (Spotter), Chris Krider (Fueler), Nathan Krider (Tire Changer), John Linbarger (Spotter), Gio D’Adamo (Tire Chief), Scott Cornell (Communications), Simeon Gracy (Car Chief Car 38), Eli Cronbach (Team Manager), Dave Nees (Fueler/Safety Coordinator), Tim Bringman (Crew Chief Car 33 –Temporary), Ken Myers (Driver/NASA Liaison), Brad Bowles (Crew Chief Car 38), Rob Krider (Driver/Team Captain/Car 38 Owner), Randy Krider (Driver), Steve Young (Car Chief Car 33/Crew Chief Car 33 –Permanent), Travis Kramer (Golf Cart Driver), Aj Gracy (Driver/Mechanic), Travis Bowles (Tire Changer/Mechanic), Keith Kramer (Driver/Team Co-Captain/Car 33 Owner), Dave Schotz (Driver), Roy Lindlahr (Fueler), Bryan Heitkotter (Driver/Photographer), Jason Griepentrog (Fueler/Fuel Chief), Joel Schotz (Spotter), Danny Wesson (Fire Extinguisher), Chris Harris (Spotter), Art Cortez (Craft Services), Addy Krider (Videographer/Social Media), Sara Krider (Team Psychologist), Judy Kramer (Craft Services/Race Team Mom), Brandon Lindlahr (Battery Runner), Rod Kramer (Infrastructure). Not photographed: Isaiah Craig (Mechanic), Jim Krider (The Patriarch), Emma Ritchie (Sailor Jerry Girl), Evan Commins (Production), Doug Naschke (Spotter), Daniel Naschke (Super Fan), Veronica Harris (Photographer/Social Media), Shawn Sampson (Driver/Radio Communications), Adam Haas (Production/Group Shot Photographer). In order to be in the Krider Racing area you had to sport the official “backstage pass.” The time arrived to begin to move the cars from the paddock and pits to the grid. Everything had to be perfect. The 25 Hour clock would not stop if a team had a problem, the race would continue without them. The anticipation was thick in the Krider Racing paddock. The crew wondered, would the cars make it to the end? Team Captains Keith Kramer and Rob Krider discussed a few more details before the race began and they jumped into their driving suits and handed the reins of the operation to the team manager, Eli Cronbach, and the two crew chiefs, Brad Bowles (car 38) and Tim Bringman (car 33). The grid of the 25 Hour was massive, filled with prototypes, pro factory teams, Le Mans machinery and legendary drivers like Randy Pobst (World Challenge Champion), Elliott Forbes-Robinson (24 Hours of Daytona winner), Johannes Van Overbeek (Porsche driver from Le Mans) and John Morton (Trans-Am Champion). Krider Racing, using the red, white and blue BRE paint scheme, competed in the race against John Morton, who won his Trans-Am 2.5 championship for Datsun while driving for BRE in 1972. Spoiler alert: youth prevails and they beat him. Team Blue posed with Emma, the Sailor Jerry Girl, on the grid of the 2012 25 Hours of Thunderhill. Team Red on the grid geared up for the United States Air Force flyover and the start of a very long night. Rob Krider gives the first driver, Aj Gracy some last minute advice, “25 Hour starts are always hectic, stay out of trouble.” When the green flag dropped, the 33 car was already in the pits, getting the fuel cell topped off (a strategy the team implemented to take advantage of fuel capacity allowances within NASA’s endurance racing rules) while the 38 car took a conservative approach to finishing the long race –driving safe and staying on the track. Regardless of the team’s plan to run the blue car hard and run the red car conservative, Aj Gracy, driving car 38, was almost taken out by a Factory Five Cobra during the first few minutes of the race. After all of the hard luck the team faced in the year of preparation, they got a solid break as Aj was missed by mere centimeters. The team crossed their fingers that the cars would hold together and hope that the Royal Purple Synthetic Oil (shown below stored in the Pit Posse Motorsports trailer shelving) would hold up in the engines for 25 hours. Eventually the two Nissans ended up running nose to tail, tried to work through traffic together and stay out of trouble. Keith Kramer drove the first stint in the 33 car. The race was on in the Miata heavy and competitive E3 class. The 33 car was running good and fast. “The 25” is all about traffic, multiclass racing, differential speeds and a little luck. As you can see, it was crowded on the track. The only thing that kept the team out of trouble in heavy traffic were the spotters, the eyes in the skies, in the tower near Turn 9. John Linbarger, Chris Harris (owner of Corporate West Computer Systems Inc.), Joel Schotz, Tim Persico and Doug Naschke worked the Sampson Racing Communication’s radios and kept the sides of the team’s cars straight. As the race progressed the 38 car ran solid and stayed on track just as the team planned. The first set of pit stops sent the crew to work. Their job was to keep 10 gallons of petrol in the cars, swap drivers, install fresh Toyo Proxes RR tires when needed and enough Carbotech Performance Brake Pads to finish the race. Randy Krider briefed Team Manager Eli Cronbach after his stint. “The car is working great, no changes.” It is unknown if Dave Schotz took this photograph this way on purpose or if he was mistakenly using the wrong lens on his iPhone camera. Regardless the reflection on his sunglasses of the crew working on the 33 car in the pits is slick. Joel Schotz and Jason Griepentrog took a break between pit stops in the Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum Krider Racing hospitality area. This served as a nice spot for the crew to relax. Toyo Tires continued to die a righteous death at the hands of the Krider Racing drivers. Everyone on the team liked the new RR tire, and the drivers kept the tire mounting guys very busy. As the sun began to set, Car Chief for the 38 car, Simeon Gracy, along with Nathan Krider prepared to slap on the Lightforce lights, which make the darkness feel like the daytime. The quick release Lightforce lighting system was developed by Krider Racing who created a “how-to” video for the August edition of SpeedNews magazine which you can see below. Before darkness enveloped the track, the team discussed their night racing strategy at the command center. The Krider Racing crew chiefs had every amenity available to them with tons of information to ensure a smooth and fluid race plan. Brent Picasso from AutoSport Labs worked away on his laptop in the Krider Racing trailer (outfitted by Pit Posse Motorsports) to keep track of the team’s cars while they were out on course. During the race, members of the crew were directed one by one into the Sailor Jerry trailer for a “confessional” interview. A documentary film crew recorded the team as they tackled “The 25.” The crew used multiple GoPro Hero 2 cameras to capture the action of the race. The documentary, which will be out in the spring of 2013, will be shown on GoRacingTV.com as well as some local cable access channels. The sun set and both Krider Racing cars were still moving along and looking good in the standings. But anyone on the crew who had been a part of “The 25” before knew there was still a lot of racing to be done before the checkered flag flew. During the race, Krider Racing Gravity Division Soap Box Derby racers Gus Krider, Veronica Harris and Addy Krider kept the social media information flowing for 25 hours straight using the Krider Racing Tumblr Feed, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and FaceBook. Before midnight the team’s luck ran out, directly under Rob’s right foot. In the darkness Rob Krider threw a rod out of the side of the block of the 33 car. The rod went through the header and into the radiator. The oil pressure reading on the S Gear Gauge went to zero in about one millisecond. He was able to limp the car into the pits, pissing oil all over the track. There was so much smoke in the interior Rob thought the car was on fire and jumped out of the window as soon as the car came to a halt in the pits. The crew said he looked like Ricky Bobby screaming for Oprah and Tom Cruise from the film Talladega Nights. Suddenly things were not looking good for Team Blue. The team’s engine builder, Rich from T.E.M. Machine Shop, was not going to be very happy with Rob or his heavy right foot. Without hesitation the crew got busy ripping the engine block from the 33 car. Ryan Hackett, Eli Cronbach, Travis Bowles, Steve Young, and Isaiah Craig began the thrash. Within what seemed like minutes the 33 car was motor-less. With both engines on the ground the team began the process of swapping over parts. Crowds gathered around the Krider Racing paddock to watch the crew remarkably pull this motor swap off in record time. With one car temporarily down, the team changed their strategy. Dave Nees, the team’s safety officer, ensured that the changes still fit the team’s mandate for safety for the crew in the pits and paddock. The 38 car which was the conservative effort, became the “go-go-go” effort. Driver orders and tire choices were switched. Tim Bringman, the crew chief for the 33 car, decided he was no longer needed and left the track as his crew was thrashing to get the 33 car back together. Steven Young stepped up and took over as Crew Chief for car 33 with the assistance of Team Manager Eli Cronbach. While the 33 car was down for repairs, the 38 car continued to make laps through the vast darkness of Thunderhill at night. The crew continued to work through issues as they completed the motor swap. Keith’s right arm was bandaged after an on track incident caused an unknown extent injury to his wrist. Determined to show the crew, who was working their cold fingers to the bone, he was as determined as they were, Keith later drove the car using only one arm in the race. Isaiah Craig was absolutely adamant they would get the 33 car back on track and led the way to complete the engine swap. Travis Bowles searched frantically for the perfect 12 millimeter bolt that they needed to get the 33 car back together. The graveyard pit crew worked flawlessly through the night and continued to get the 38 car in and out of the pits without issue. The crew fueled the car, inspected the tires, torqued the Circuit Sports lug nuts, and checked the wear on the Carbotech Performance Brake Pads during each stop. Below is a pit stop video taken by Michael Wachholz from Torque Racing Brake Fluid. Team Tire Chief, Gio D’Adamo, from B & G Tires, checked tire temperatures and tread depth on the ToyoProxes RR tires as they came off of the 38 car. Rob Krider fell asleep in the driver’s seat of the 33 car as he waited for the crew to finalize the engine swap by throwing in a new Jim Wolf Technology ECU. The crew seemed unsettled by the fact that the same driver who destroyed the first engine would be the same exact driver taking the car back out onto the track once they installed a new engine. The crew did it and the 33 car ran again! Five hours after coming into the paddock with a total loss of an engine, the crew was victorious and Team Blue was back on the track, running like a champ and making competitive passes. The sun began to rise over the east side of the track and Krider Racing had both cars making laps with the steady and strong 38 car in third place in the E2 class. The crew worked hard to get the last few pits stops completed perfectly hoping to finish the race strong with only a few hours to go. Race standings were being closely watched. Fingers were crossed. The team tried some strategy to reel in the second place car in E2, but the two lap deficit was too large. They decided to hold on, play it smart, and ensure a successful podium finish. Something the team wanted to accomplish for everyone on the team who had worked so hard to get them where they were. With one minute left in the race, the crew held their breath. At 12:00 noon, December 10, 2012, car 33, with car owner Keith Kramer behind the wheel, and car 38, with car owner Rob Krider behind the wheel, drove across the finish line at the exact same moment. Krider Racing earned a podium finish in the tenth running of the National Auto Sport Association 25 hours of Thunderhill! They did it with their back up car, Team Red, car 38, which was originally built for $500 for the 24 Hours of LeMons. Party Time The two cars came home to the Krider Racing pit stall, champagne was sprayed all over the cars and Rob Krider stood up and high fived the “Team Red” pit sign. Travis Bowles and Eli Cronbach congratulated each other on a job well done, Crew Chief for car 38, Brad Bowles, was all smiles. There wasn’t a single dent on the 38 car after 25 hours of non-stop racing. All of the sponsor decals from Figstone Graphics and the finish from Miracle Auto Body and Paint held up well. The beer and Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum began to flow as the team celebrated their unbelievable success. As the team celebrated, the production crew interviewed team super fan/soap box derby racer Daniel Naschke. When they asked him who blew the engine up, he smiled and pointed directly at Rob Krider. The celebration continued as the team enjoyed their moment of glory after the longest night of their lives. Isaiah Craig showed the team how it was done with Sailor Jerry. Team Red and Team Blue both had their cars back in the pits, safe after 25 hours of on track insanity. NASA impound officials sealed the hood of the 38 car. The car was taken to impound, weighed and inspected for every modification it possessed. The scrutinizing was strict but the team had nothing to worry about and the 38 car passed post-race tech and teardown with flying colors. The team’s third place finish would stick. The factory effort Mazda RX-8 of Robert Davis Racing, which finished in fourth behind Krider Racing, was hoping for a last minute move up in the standings from impound. It didn’t happen and Krider Racing in their $500 Nissan bested the factory effort from Mazda. Team drivers lined up with Sailor Jerry representative (and honorary Krider Racing pit crew member) Demitri Demetrio (who ran the pit board, carried tires, and stayed up all night). From left to right: Randy Krider, Ken Myers, Demitri Demetrio, Rob Krider, Keith Kramer, Bryan Heitkotter, Aj Gracy and Dave Schotz. The team continued to celebrate at their weekend make shift home, pit stall 61 and 62. Trophy Time NASA presented Krider Racing with their Third Place trophy for finishing on the podium in the E2 class. Each driver was awarded a clock for their individual drives in The 25. The trophies looked good on the hood of the 38 car. These trophies are very hard to come by and will be cherished by the Krider Racing team. A special trophy, constructed by the crew, was made for Rob Krider utilizing a Toyo Tire lanyard and the bent and twisted connecting rod he tossed out of the block approximately 16 hours before. The team had goals they wanted to accomplish, and at the end of their weekend they were able to check off their “to do” list. Every member of the crew certainly earned their “I Survived the 25” patch which they each received for their efforts. A special thanks needs to go out to the family of Chris, Dina, Nissa, Nathan and Natasha Krider who worked the graveyard shift and took care of the crew and the cars through the late night cold and darkness. Keith Kramer’s arm didn’t quite survive the 25, and he now has the Krider Racing cast to prove it. He finished the race driving one handed with two fractures to his right arm. The Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum vintage Airstream trailer earned itself a Krider Racing sticker and also a “I Survived the 25” sticker, to be proudly displayed all over the country as it travels around. After it was all over the cars came back to the race shop at Economy Stock Feed in Del Rey, CA, where Brandon Lindlahr continues to take good care of them (he prepped the cars prior to the race). Here the Team Blue/Team Red pit light board sign is hung proudly above the two cars. The Napa Valley Register gave the team some great media love with a cool wrap up story after the event. Krider Racing must thank, for an incredible amount of help, the following partners: Nissan Motorsports, Toyo Tires, Royal Purple, AutoSport Lab’s Race Capture, I/O Port Racing Supplies, Carbotech Performance Brake Pads, G Spec Performance, Jim Wolf Technology, Pit Posse Motorsports, Sampson Racing Communications, Circuit Sports, S Gear Gauges, Lightforce, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Economy Stock Feed, B & G Tires, Performance In-Frame Tuning, T.E.M. Machine Shop, Napa Valley Transmissions, Miracle Auto Body and Paint, Napa Valley Muffler, Bottlers Unlimited, C.J. Fix Co. Bookkeeping and Tax Preparation, J & B Farms, Gary C. Borge D.D.S., Bay Area Express, Corporate West Computer Solutions, and Figstone Graphics. Here is a shot of the Krider Racing 1991 Nissan Sentra SE-R purchased for $500 for the 24 Hours of LeMons. The same car, now in the motorsports history books, the Krider Racing 1991 Nissan Sentra SE-R, #38, 25 Hours of Thunderhill Podium Finisher. Till next time, Krider Racing out. Cars are in the garage, there is rum to be consumed. The documentary featuring Krider Racing’s adventure at The 25 Hours of Thunderhill will be out soon.
Born in a junkyard as a 24 Hours of LeMons competitor. Somehow survived! Then turned into a track champion earning podium finishes in Redline Time Attack, NASA Road Racing Performance Touring F, 24 Hours of LeMons, SCCA Solo 2 and FRX Rally Cross.
THE KRIDER RACING SE-R WAS FEATURED IN THE AUGUST 2009 ISSUE OF
GRASSROOTS MOTORSPORTS MAGAZINE
THE KRIDER RACING SE-R WAS ALSO FEATURED IN THE FALL 2009
ISSUE OF NISSAN SPORT MAGAZINE (PAGE 20)
The mad men who run a new website called Hooniverse were kind enough to post a blog about Rob Krider's driving. Check it out at Hooniverse.
Photos of the SE-R were featured in a Racer Boy article at SpeedSportLife.
Krider Racing wins the NASA 2010 E3 Western Endurance Racing Championship The boys moved up to the big leagues last year and picked up another championship after surviving the longest road race on the planet, NASA’s 25 hours of Thunderhill. Check out the documentary on the team produced by GoRacingTV.com which features the SE-R.
Three years before the team won the NASA E3 WERC Championship at Thunderhill in the blue #33 SE-R (shown in the documentary above) it all started with the red #38 SE-R at the 24 Hours of Lemons (story below).
2007 - 24 Hours of LeMons Thunderhill, 2nd in class, 5th overall out of 71 teams!
DRIVERS: Rob Krider, Randy Krider, Dave Schotz, John Linbarger & Mike Fortner
24 Hours of Lemons A Survivor’s Diary
Story by Rob Krider (as published in MotoRacing)
Photos by Steve Kuhtz, Shannon Oren, Nissa Krider and Jim Krider
If life gives you lemons, race ‘em.
It all started out so innocently. It was just a friendly phone call that went something like this, “Hey, you hear about this crazy race, the 24 Hours of Lemons where you race in $500 cars?”
“Yeah, I think I read something about it somewhere.”
“They are doing it at Thunderhill, you wanna go?”
“Sure,” it’s a four letter word. A binding agreement that unknowingly sent me into an adventure filled with cold rainy late nights busting my knuckles, endless arguments with my wife about “how selfish” I was for racing between Christmas and New Years, and what seemed like hundreds of trips to Autozone who, thank God, is open all night. And all of that before the race even started.
When the race weekend actually arrived I was faced with the task of convincing the Lemon’s judges, who were appropriately decked out in black robes and white wigs, that our little Nissan Sentra (fully prepared racecar painted like the 1972 BRE 2.5 Trans Am Champion Datsun 510) was only worth $500 (not including wheels, tires and safety equipment). I did this using smoke, mirrors, some crumpled up receipts and a case of Natural Ice beer. Bringing a car with a fairly nice paint job to the LeMons event was a big mistake. Most of the cars entered in the event were so ugly a sixteen year old boy wouldn’t even drive one across town to see a girl whose parents were gone for the weekend.
The next task on hand for my team of drivers (comprised of autocrossers, motorcycle racers and a salesman) was to learn how to drive a car around an actual racetrack at race speeds in the middle of traffic. During practice on Friday, I took it upon myself to lead by example and show the team what not to do by stuffing the left front fender of my Sentra into the right rear quarter panel of a really nice BMW. Whoops! My bad. The incident was totally my fault but in the end, whose the real dummy? Me, the bad driver, or the guy dumb enough to bring a nice BMW to a $500 car race? After what I like to describe as “minor contact” the BMW went off course into the mud while the Nissan Sentra sat still as it attempted to make a hard left turn with the left wheel while at the same time making a hard right turn with the right wheel. Not good.
What the team learned from this were two things: 1. I couldn’t drive. 2. The Nissan was soft. Like Mike Tyson's first wife, it couldn’t take a hit. The left tie rod folded up like a wet baloney sandwich. After some blaming, hammering and alignment a la a piece of string we were back on track. Each driver got a chance to scare the rest of the team by sliding the car in the rain and narrowly missing large tire pile chicanes on the front straight.
Race day came and with our new found knowledge that our car was about as tough in a car crash as a moped, we decided our race strategy would be the “run, duck and cover” method of racing. When the green flag waived and 71 drivers got the red mist and started driving like mad men (and women), we just hung in the back and watched the show as crash after crash occurred, and penalty after penalty was handed out. After about the first hour, multiple teams were out with major problems, blown motors, crunched front ends, or large metal pigs welded to the roof of their cars. Once the carnage settled down we started to make some passes where it was safe.
Our spotter on the radio let us know when a menacingly fast Mazda 626, titled the Mazdasaurus was coming up on our backside. We just moved over and waived them by. They had enough metal on the front of that car to make Mad Maxx envious. The car was wicked fast and driven recklessly. Almost like it knew it had a date with an excavator on Sunday courtesy of the People’s Curse Award (which it did).
At hour seven, after some lucky breaks on pits stops under yellows, Krider Racing was in the lead. That was when the right front wheel started making noises. We brought the car in to find that there was only one lug nut holding on the wheel. Three of the four studs had broken. We brought a parts car just in case something like this happened and the team worked furiously and got a new (used) spindle off of the donor car and onto the racecar in 23 minutes (beat that Holman-Moody). We headed back on course but had moved back to fifth position from the pit stop. That was how we ended the first day, in fifth place.
Once the race was done for the day, smart people climbed in their motor homes and went to sleep. We stayed up late and hung out, bench racing, riding bicycles around the race track, trading parts, stories and tri tip with other teams in the pits. Some teams were doing heroic all night motor swaps. Other teams were loading up their crashed and rolled over $500 heaps onto trailers. The only thing we did was change the oil and put four new quarts of Mobil 1 synthetic in the engine (kept our motor running strong).
The next day, after some much needed Aspirin and coffee we got back in the race and moved up to third place. Then one of our drivers redecorated the right side of our car with a tire barrier. This earned us a mandatory 30 minute penalty where we couldn’t work on the car. So we stared at it while it sat in the penalty box for 30 minutes debating what we thought might be wrong with the car (other than the fact one of our drivers couldn’t drive any better than me).
Once the penalty was over (seemed like forever) I jumped in the seat, strapped in and tried to peddle my way back up the field from our new position of 16th place. Near the end of the race I could hear the right front wheel making noises again (I knew wheel studs were leaving the building). I wasn’t sure if I should take it easy or just go for it. I didn’t really know how much of the race was left (we didn’t think to put a $2 Pep Boys digital clock in the car). Our radios were cutting in and out so I had no idea what was going on. Then I saw someone on the pit wall hold up a sign that simply read, “BALLS!” I figured that was a sign (literally) that the race was coming to an end. I ran the car hard, praying the wheel stayed on and made a last second pass on a quick CRX to claim the 5th place spot overall and second in class.
This is the part of where I jump out of the window of my car just like Jeff Gordon and hold the Pepsi bottle just right so the camera can clearly see the entire logo and take a swig. Krider Racing would like to thank in alphabetical order: Aztech Pool Plastering, B&G Tire, Bay Ex Delivery Company, Bell Products Inc., C.J. Fix Co. Bookkeeping and Tax Preparation, Carbotech Brakes, Circuit Sports (Phase2Motortrend), Dave Wolin Motorsports, Edge Motorworks, Factory Tire, Figstone Graphics, G Spec, HP 234, Jim Krider for Napa City Council ’08, Jim Wolf Technology, Jimmy Vasser Dealerships, Kuhtz Diehl Insurance and Financial Services, Lowe’s Specialties, M-Workz, Miracle Auto Painting and Repair, Napa Valley Muffler, Nissan Motorsports, NISsport, SCCA Forums.com, ST Suspensions, Silver Auto Service, Sunnyside Body Shop, and Unorthodox Racing. Plus big props to Sara, Steve, Tim and the whole Krider family for feeding us and making mad dash runs to WalMart to get things like rallye lights and fire extinguishers.
Will I ever run the 24 Hours of Lemons again?
Click Here to read Rob Krider's "Racer Boy" blog on LeMons at Speed Sport Life
I guess we impressed someone at the 24 Hours of LeMons because Jalopnik.com gave us mad love at the event: Krider Racing / Jalopnik.com
Click Here to read about our win at Infineon on Jalopnik
Click Here to link to the Jalopnik jump about Rob Krider's "Racer Boy" blog on Speed Sport Life
After we got the car for $85 at from a tow yard we competed in Formula Rallye-X where we earned 3rd place at Antioch.
Testing the car during the Redline Time Attack at Laguna Seca where we scored 3rd place in the Street Car Front Wheel Drive class. Read about it at: Edge Motorworks/Krider Racing
TO READ THE "RACER BOY" BLOG FEATURING THE SE-R AT REDLINE TIME ATTACK:
CLICK HERE FOR SPEED SPORT LIFE
Click here to read the Time Attack story on Car Domain
We ran an SCCA autocross with our Lemon and picked up first place at the Bill Flieg Enduro in E Prepared.
We replaced the right side of the car. Fine tuned a few things and competed in NASA Road Racing. We finished first in the Performance Touring F Class at Infineon Raceway while running with the United States Touring Car Championship cars.
CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT OUR FIRST NASA EVENT WIN IN THE REGISTER
KRIDER RACING WINS NASA PTF IN RAIN
(CLICK HERE TO READ REGISTER STORY)
Nismo Blog Spot also gave us some press for winning Infineon (Click here)
We won the Exedy Clutch prize at Infineon racing with NASA.
Grassroots Motorsports Ultimate Track Car Challenge 2008 Competitor
Read the November 2008 issue of GRM to see the Krider Racing SE-R featured on page 70.
Click here to see YouTube video of SE-R at Infineon.
Click here to read Rob Krider's recap of the 25 Hours of Thunderhill for NASA.
Krider Racing took another Sentra and put it through the paces at ChumpCar.
The team earned two podium finishes, a second and a third with the help of some great brakes from Carbotech and from some outstanding spotting around the tricky Infineon course. Photos by Jennifer Brotchie Photography.
The team is moving up to the NASA Western Endurance Racing Championship in Keith Kramer's SE-R. Check out the write up at Jalopnik.
Check out the ride page for Keith's SE-R here.
Our success on track is a direct result of our new sponsor:
T.E.M. Machine shop
Krider Racing gets all its racing gear from I/O Port Racing Supplies
All Krider Racing transmissions are built by Napa Valley Transmissions
All Krider Racing cars are chassis dyno tuned at
Performance In-Frame Tuning
All Krider Racing uniforms are embroidered by Jackey.
All Krider Racing cars are made to look good by Figstone Graphics
See Krider Racing's Integra See Krider Racing's Cordoba
See Krider Racing's Bullitt Mustang
See Krider Racing's Infiniti FX 45
See Krider Racing's Bay Ex Honda Civic Si
See Krider Racing's Shelby
See Krider Racing's Land Speed Camaro
Click Here to see the Krider Racing Baja Bug
See Krider Racing's win at Santa Maria Speedway
See Krider Racing's Box Cart Derby Victory
Check out the Krider Racing Junior page (Soap Box & Pinewood Derby)
Click here to buy a Krider Racing t-shirt from Phase2Motortrend
Back to Racing W.F.O.
To view Krider Racing lap times and event results click here to go to mylaps.com
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looks great, super ride.
Very Nice 91'Sentra SE-R Extra Original B13. Looks Great.
hey man, i actually own the grassroots issue your car is featured on.
its inspired me to build mine slowly but surely.
Nice SE-R. Looks fast/ at least track ready.
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