Tuesday, June 30, 2009

One Small Step, One Giant Leap

With Woodstock yet a month away, July 20th 1969 marked one of the greatest milestones in history. Two men piloted a small craft down to the surface of the moon, and Neil Armstrong became the first man ever to set foot on the moon. "That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind," were the words heard around the world.

This forty year milestone anniversary is shared by an event that was marked by another famous one-liner: "Gentlemen, start your engines!". The Road America Kohler International Challenge coming this July 16-19 is the 40th anniversary of PRDA's own Tony Adamowicz's win at Road America.

Unfortunately, this time around will require "One Giant Leap" to get there in running order. Mid-Ohio has taken it's toll on Tony's ride after encountering an oil slick and getting intimate with a guard rail. With merely two weeks until Road America, Tony and his crew are frantically looking for a replacement rim for his Eagle.

We will keep you posted as to Tony's progress.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Conquest Racing - Polish LFS Racing Team

Conquest Racing was established in May 2008 by Foqs, Kamo, Makao, LONT, qstomeq and ziomm. Foqs hit on idea of Polish team, which would participate in top leagues in late April 2008, when he wanted badly to take part in IGTC, but he couldn't find anyone to race with him. So he recruited a couple of people to his secret project and in two weeks he starded work on Conquest Racing.

Kamo took up hosting matters (thanks to him we've got S2 host and TeamSpeak server), Makao made the website, which is currently in second version, and together they made our forum. Jotemi in blistering pace painted our skinpack. As they've done everything, after two weeks of hard work the team was ready to be announced. We didn't have to wait for long to drive in first seriouns event. The debut was made in round 4 of IGTC 2008 season by the team which has been formed only a month before. The result wasn't satisfying because of engine problems during the race. But we were pleased to finish our first endurance race ever. In the end, after five rounds, we took 17th in final result. That was a ticket to MoE - the most prestigious LFS competition. In half a year we managed to achieve our goals we intended.

[Alleydude] LFS=Live For Speed, and online racing simulator that has a large community of racers, teams, and leagues. For more information, check out http://www.lfs.net/.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

RIAM Eagle at Mid Ohio, June 25-27, 2009

The RIAM Eagle's first flight for the Historic F 5000 vintage race is at Mid Ohio, Mansfield Ohio June 25,26,27, 2009. For more information, check out The Historic F-5000 Registry.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Kohler International Challenge July 16-19

Kohler International Challenge with Brian Redman presented by FORDPRDA at Kohler International Challenge with Brian Redman presented by FORD

This signature event draws over 1000 entries for racing, touring and the Road & Track Concours d'Elegance. GT40 event marque festivities include a feature race, special guests and activities. Historic Grand Prix adds zip to the international flavor.

PRDA Members will be present! Meet the people that brought you the PRDA.

"Historic F 5000 40th Reunion association will be on hand to race. Our RIAM F 5000 Professional 1969 Championship Winning Gurney Eagle will be on hand to race. It was 40 years since I won at Road America, along with the Apollo 11 Eagle moon landing. Great Feature article by John Zimmermann of Vintage Racecar in the July Issue of the magazine."
- Tony Adamowicz

A great line-up of activities will be available for spectators all weekend including a giant FORD display, Drifting Experiences, Ride & Drives and special Mustang Alley parking. Plus ALL drivers of MUSTANGS get FREE event admission on Mustang Saturday, July 18th.

Road & Track Racecar Concours d' Elegance on Friday
Parade of racecars departs Gate 5 at approximately 6:00 PM. Racecars are on display from 6:00 PM-8:30 PM.

Road & Track Sports Car Concours d' Elegance on Saturday
Sports cars are on display from 6:00 PM-9:00 PM.

Many of today’s racing stars got their start in a kart!
Now race fans can test their skills on the Briggs & Stratton Motorplex at Road America!

WHO: Ages 14 and older. A parent/guardian must be present if under 18. No experience necessary.

WHERE: Briggs & Stratton Motorplex, infield over Carousel Bridge, near Turns 7 & 8
COST: $20 per session or $250 unlimited weekend pass. Pay at Briggs & Stratton Motorplex.

Karts reach speeds of up to 50 mph. Daily prizes awarded for best lap times.

For More information and ticket prices, click HERE.

For Information on Road America, click HERE.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Florian Jenett Can-Am Corolla Goes Green With Recyclable Aero Aids

Back in the mid-90s, Florian Jenett wanted to go Can-Am racing. Never one to let obstacles dismay him, he ignored people that told him, “You can’t afford to go racing on a German artist’s salary” or “Can-Am racing died in 1974.” Instead, he put together the Corolla-based racecar you see here. Complete with a homemade K&N filter conversion (necessitating a hood bulge) and sans catalytic converter, it was capable of over 100mph — at which speed its handling became unpredictable.

To solve this problem, Florian fitted aerodynamic aids both front and rear. While he never had the time to test their effect in a wind tunnel, the artist estimates they provide upwards of 350kg of downforce at 85 mph. Florian went so far as to ship the car to America for the 1996 race season before discovering that the series no longer existed. Faced with returning home to the “I told you so’s” of his neighbors, Florian decided to pass the car off as an art project, stating, “I dunno, I guess it’s a comment on the materialism of performance or something.” [Florian Jenett via Autofiends]

More Pictures HERE.

Polish Rally Champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz

Awesome video footage, though I would prefer to hear the sound of the car over music any day.

The official Kajetan Kajetanowicz Website.

Front Row Joe Nemechek

Front Row Joe Nemechek.
Joe Nemechek began his racing career in motocross at age 13 taking home more than 300 trophies in six years. Making the transition to stockcars in 1986, he has posted victories in every series in which he has raced along the way.

Early achievements include All-Pro Late Model Rookie of the Year in 1989 and NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the Year in 1990. He led his family-owned team to the NASCAR Busch Series Championship in 1992 and was named Most Popular Driver in 1992 and 1993.

Nemechek made the jump to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series in 1994. Since 1997, he has collected nine pole awards and numerous front row starting spots lending credence to his claim upon the nickname “Front Row Joe.”

His victory in the 1999 Jiffy Lube 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway, however, stood out as the first major milestone of a promising career. Win number two came in the late stages of the 2001 season when Nemechek dominated the Pop Secret 400 at North Carolina Motor Speedway.

In 2003, Nemechek took over the wheel of the No. 25 UAW-Delphi Chevy driving for Hendrick Motorsports. Only 11 races into the season, he claimed victory in the Pontiac Excitement 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Later that year, Nemechek was named as driver of the MB2 Motorsports/U.S. Army entry for the 2004 season.

In October of 2004, Kansas Speedway set the stage for Nemechek’s most successful career weekend. Front Row Joe reconfirmed his name as he picked up the Bud Pole award for the NEXTEL Cup race, but he didn’t stop there. He went on to sweep the weekend with wins in the Busch Series race as well as the NEXTEL Cup Series race putting him in the records books as the first driver to pick up the triple crown.

Through his NEXTEL Cup success, Nemechek has continued his NEMCO Motorsports Busch Series operation with which he competes on a limited-schedule basis. Known throughout the sport as one of the premier operations, Nemechek himself boasts 16 wins, 18 poles, 73 top-fives and 120 top-ten finishes to date.

Building on the success of the team, the NEMCO operation expanded in 2001 with the addition of a second Busch Series entry. Since then, many drivers have achieved success in NEMCO cars including Kyle Busch, Ron Fellows, David Reutimann and Greg Biffle. In the 2003 season alone, Nemechek and Biffle’s combined efforts led to five wins and seven poles, with an additional pole added by Reutimann.

Late in the 2004 season, the NEMCO team endured major personnel changes leading to the addition of crew chief Gary Putnam. In only his third outing, Putnam led the team to the memorable Kansas victory reinforcing the team’s presence in the series. Continuing to rebuild throughout the 2005 season, Nemechek grabbed the season-opening pole at Daytona and posted top-ten performances at Las Vegas, Phoenix, Dover and Watkins Glen.

With his US Army, NEXTEL Cup ride settled for the next two seasons, Nemechek now looks for a partner to join his NEMCO Motorsports team to support a full Busch Series season in 2006.

From The Official Joe Nemechek Website.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009



Brad Keselowski has raced to his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory of the season, taking the lead off a restart in the final laps at Dover International Speedway. Kyle Busch led most of the second half of Saturday's race and appeared on the way to his third win of the season. But he seemed to have tire trouble off the restart that came after the caution with seven laps left.

Brad was there to take advantage and the checkered flag, perhaps taking away some of the sting of failing to qualify for Sunday's Cup race.

Brad made his fourth start for JR Motorsports at the one-mile concrete track. In his last three starts for JRM, Keselowski has an average starting position of 13.3 and an average finish of 5.7 at the 'Monster Mile'. In last season’s fall event, Keselowski started 12th and finished third.

From the Official Brad Keselowski Website.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Auto World Can Amp

Rumor has it that there just might be an Auto World Can Amp racer sometime next year, maybe around the time of the next Indy 500. Hush hush, now. This is top secret and sponsorship details are still being worked out, so don't go posting it on the interweb.

And The Oscar Award Goes To...

Got to give a PRDA award to this vehicle... Oscar.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

A Lap Around Road Atlanta 1970

Oscar pilots the Auto World McLaren around Road Atlanta in 1970. Oscar narrates this video around one lap. See this and more on the DVD 1969-1971 Can Am McLarens available at http://www.autoworldmobilia.com .

Monday, June 1, 2009

Greetings again fellow PRDA enthusiasts,
The PRDA would not have happened without first the idea, after my 1969 Continental Championship F 5000 Eagle, I thought it was time to present my idea to Oscar Koveleski. Oscar was the President of Auto World , the largest mail order model car and race car accessory company in the country. I knew Oscar and Auto World had ability to reach out to the masses with is established business. I had sent a drawing of what I thought was a reasonable version of the PRDA logo. Oscar contacted his friend Brad Niemcek, who was the PR director for Johnson's Wax, the major sponsor for the Can Am series. Between Oscar and Brad, the art work was finalized and the initial introduction of the PRDA began with the exclusive ground rules for membership and Brad' s carefully prepared PRDA newsletter. Unanimously , Oscar was declared the President with Brad and myself as dual back up Vice Presidents. You have to ask yourself, Why 2 Vice Presidents ? Well we never said the PRDA was an efficient organization, Oscar being the PR whirlwind and race driver , his schedule always kept him busy. It took 2 VP's to follow up on his escapades. The rest is pretty much history as the PRDA became the most sought after membership in the history of motor racing. Tongue and cheek humor was the order of the day, however never to defame the great Polish people. Tony Adamowicz, VP of the PRDA

The Devil Wears PRDA

PRDA Ball caps are available on the a2zRaceGear website and can be yours without membership. The PRDA decided that it was unfair to not offer these great caps to those not fortunate enough to meet the strict membership criteria, so they are now available to the public. Visit a2zRaceGear.com today to order your exclusive PRDA ballcap today. Or tomorrow. Or wait until payday. All the cool kids are wearing them...

Putting The Call Out For Pictures

I am trying to gather color pictures of the Chevy "Briggs" van used by Oscar, Tony, and Brad in the first Cannonball Run. Any pictures would be greatly appreciated but color pictures are badly needed. You can post them here, or eMail them to ken@alleydude.com.
Any other information, such as the year of the van, colors, or anything else would also be appreciated.

The Official PRDA Website

After many years of arduous and sometimes heated negotions with the Polish Government (who think they own the rights to anything Polish), the American Government (who think they own the rights to anything "Racing"), the NRA (who think they own the rights to anything "Association"), Car and Driver Magazine (that whole "Drivers" thing), and a small organization in California that thinks they own the word "Of", a settlement has finally been reached and the Polish Racing Drivers Association will now have an official webpage! Stay tuned as we get this site up and running!