Each day, news about “The Virus” gets worse. Schools closing, businesses closing…it’s hard to find a ray of hope. Demaras Racing will continue sharing good news about racing teams, car companies or others in the global car enthusiast community helping in this time of crisis.
One such story is from supercar manufacturer Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG) based in Sleepy Hollow, NY. The company is a low-volume car manufacturer that also competes in endurance races such as the 24 Hours of Nürburgring.
Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus LLC acquired property at a small airport in Danbury, CT, in 2018. Since then, the round airport building has undergone conversion work to function as an automotive assembly location, with the floors getting redone as recently as this month. The company said in January that the first phase of the factory was on track for completion in May, which would enable it to build 100 road-going SCG 004s annually.
The Danbury facility is not only meant for the assembly of SCG’s road-going supercars, but it’s also a ten-minute drive from Danbury Hospital which was said to be operating already at full capacity as coronavirus infections rise.
The local hospital system currently has 200 nurses on furlough due to potential exposure to coronavirus, and that they can only return to work after testing. While this is a severe problem, the Danbury hospital being at full capacity is another, making treating COVID-19 patients in Connecticut yet more difficult.
Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus offered its Danbury location to be used as a temporary hospital for as long as it took. While Glickenhaus is sure it won’t be necessary, but if worst came to worst, there would be other things on everybody’s mind than building supercars.
It’s been a challenging week in Toronto. Businesses are being asked to close, schools are shut down and there isn’t even racing to look forward to! But the weather was great this weekend, so the Demaras Racing family brought the team truck to the local coin wash. Michelle put the men to shame with her incredible scrubbing power!
When the sun came up on Monday, the snow had returned to Toronto. All the hard work and all the scrubbing bubbles went down the drain.
Back in 2017, http://www.demaras.com wrote an article on the one-of-a-kind 1980 Briggs & Stratton car. It was a 6-wheeled, hybrid gas-electric vehicle decades ahead of the Volt, Prius or Tesla.
Daniel Demaras has always raced Briggs & Stratton motors, and Chris was a big fan of the 1980 Mercury Capri as a youngster. This week, Jay Leon’s Garage released a video test driving the 40-tear old relic. Quite interesting to hear that how many parts came from the Ford Pinto, which explains the family resemblance. Great video.
CORE Autosport is a race team that’s competed in IMSA Prototype Lites and GT3 Cup Championships. This year, their bit story isn’t about switching categories; it’s switching their focus and manufacturing capabilities to fill the shortage of face masks needed to combat the spread of the virus.
Racer Jon Bennett owns CORE and successful medical equipment manufacturing company Composite Resources. Bennett has re-purposed CORE’s manufacturing capabilities to help fill the need.
“The abilities we have here meant that in 24 hours, we were able to design mask prototypes and go into production. We’re very fortunate to have those capabilities to help.”
During WWII, everyone was asked to “Do Their Part”. Even Henry Ford, who was a well known pacifist and publicly opposed US entry into World War II, eventually geared the giant Willow Run plant to produce B-24 bombers. Willow Run was the largest factory under one roof in the world. Before Willow Run, it was deemed impossible to build an aircraft on an assembly line. Ford Motor Company proved this wrong.
Today’s battle against a global virus has enlisted Formula 1 racing teams to use their cutting-edge technology to help build ventilators for coronavirus victims. On Monday the UK government put out a call to businesses that might be able to help supply ventilators or components, as well as more specific help in areas such as rapid prototyping, design and testing. This is what Formula 1 is all about!
Teams have offered to get involved and provide expertise at a time when they have capacity due to the lack of racing.
“A collective of UK-based Formula 1 teams, engine manufacturers and their respective technology arms is evaluating support for the manufacture of respiratory devices in response to the UK Government’s call for assistance. All the teams have expert design, technology and production capabilities, and specialize in rapid prototyping and high value manufacturing, which is hoped can be applied to the critical needs set out by Government. It is hoped this work, which is being rapidly progressed, will produce a tangible outcome in the next few days.”
FIA Statement: “Following unanimous agreement between the FIA, Formula 1 and all teams, the implementation of the Technical Regulations due to take effect from the 2021 season will be postponed until 2022.”
Translation: “Mercedes are going to win it all in 2020 and 2021.”
It all started out so well. With only 15 out of the usual 30 racers competing, it was a chance for Chris Demaras to jump up the standings. With some of the quicker drivers (like Ivano, Dawson and Daniel) destined for Group 1, Chris had his sights set on maximizing points in Group 2.
Demaras put his race kart on pole position for the Group 2 final, and was expecting a great result. Relaxed and ready!
But as soon as the green flag dropped, everyone at the track could hear the problem. Chris’ front left wheel was grinding on the spindle, and something was ready to break. The sound was amplified on every corner, but even on the straights, the kart would not run properly.
With a such a mechanical issue, Chris did everything he could to keep the pack behind him. Finally, the wheel snapped off the kart sending Demaras into a 180° spin, crashing into the wall.
Chris tried to make light of the situation, but after the cheering stopped, thoughts of what could have happened started to creep into his mind. There’s a long, high-speed straightaway just before Turn 5; if the wheel had broken off 10 m earlier, would he have been able to stop the kart, or would the wall have done it for him?
Without no time to dwell on his thoughts, Chris walked to the pits and jumped in the No. 18 kart to finish the race. Demaras was allowed to rejoin the race in 3rd place, next to his sparring partner, Igor.
Sadly, Demaras couldn’t catch the leaders, and was unable to convert his pole-position into victory. But he drove the wheels off it trying.
Round 5 of the 2019/2020 Season of the 130R Racing Series took place on Monday, March 16th…right in the middle of the panic over “The Virus”. Even the parking lot was a demonstration of social distancing.
Only 15 members of the 130R Racing Series showed up for the race, and with less than a dozen regular people present for public races, everyone in the race series had a chance to go out and get warmed up before qualifying.
Daniel started in fourth place behind Ross Sortino, Scenic Gopi and Ahmad Hamdy. A bad start saw Ivano Di Vittorio and Nico Hines get by Demaras, but Daniel regained a position from Ivano a lap later. After smart defending from Nico, Daniel decided that rather than trying to make the pass on Nico for 3rd, he would push him to catch the lead pack of Scenic and Ahmad who were locked in a battle with one another.
The drafting was successful, and after a few laps, Daniel tried following Nico past Scenic in turn 6, but after making the pass, contact from behind sent Daniel sideways, dropping four positions. Aggressive passing in the hairpin gained Daniel back two of those positions, but he had to go on the hunt to take back his podium. When Demaras caught Scenic Gopi, the rival put Daniel into the wall multiple times with his dreadful defending. Daniel crossed the line in fifth.
While some spectators cheered at the carnage on track, many in attendance at Race 5 felt that things had gone too far. Blocking a pass by driving the other guy into the wall. Crashing into a rival under braking, spinning him out to steal his podium. Ugly overtaking attempts, and dangerous defense. Is this really racing?
Demaras left the track extremely frustrated. He always tries to race clean, but not following the law of the jungle and intentionally crashing into his competitors to get ahead … could cost him.
Daniel enters the last round of the 2019/2020 130R Racing Series with a 24 point advantage over Ivano Di Vittorio, 27 points over Dawson Campbell and 33 points over Igor Manukhov. With a maximum of 35 points up for grabs, Daniel Demaras must finish fourth or higher to defend his 130R title.
As Goodwood Kartways continues to evolve and meet the needs of karters from every aspect of the sport, the Management Team at the facility is now set to prioritize track time for the Toronto Racing Association of Karters, as it once again looks to the past in shaping the future of karting.
“As our business continues to grow, without a doubt one of the greatest challenges we face is the balancing act of using one track for multiple programs,” stated track owner Daniel Di Leo. “We have the general public looking for rental kart time, Arrive-and-Drive racers looking forward to their next events and corporate events that can occupy exclusive track time for hours at a time. We are sensitive to the fact that as those programs have developed, track time for independent racers has been at a premium. So, at the dawn of a new season, we wanted to demonstrate our commitment to racers and we feel we can best do that with dedicated track time.”
With kart owning racers in mind, Goodwood Kartways is excited to announce twelve dedicated Test-and-Tune sessions open to ALL kart owners during the 2020 season. The sessions will be uninterrupted lapping in a controlled environment, with the goal of offering valuable track time prior to TRAK club events. Goodwood Kartways Practice Pass holders will have access to all scheduled sessions, while for others looking for test time, standard lapping day fees will apply. Drivers must possess a valid club license and karts must meet club technical regulations prior to going on track. The paddock will be open to all privateers and approved vendors, and staff will always be on hand to assist.
“To be honest, we’re really excited about working these sessions into the schedule this year,” Di Leo continued. “Karters can still practice as before, knowing interruptions occur, but now they also have dedicated times just for them, and we believe they’re a great opportunity for independents in the sport. The additional track time will better prepare drivers for their future racing activities, and it’s just another effort to guide the sport in a positive direction. Looking back to when I was coming up, for example, racing at the club level looked a lot different. The paddock had many more secondhand karts, the tuner and team was mom and dad, and perhaps most importantly, there was a much more collegial approach in the paddock, where your neighbor was always prepared to help if you had a question or needed a tool. It was certainly a far, far less intimidating atmosphere for those new to the sport, and we think it was better for the sport overall. You didn’t need to be part of a big team or outspend others in order to be competitive, you needed to get to the track and learn, so that’s what we did.”
“Back in my day, and maybe too few will remember this, but Goodwood had Wednesday night racing and that helped me develop my skills, for sure,” Di Leo said as he continued down memory lane. “Masters of the track like Lon Herder would suit up and lap with all of us who were looking to be the next big thing. Kyle Herder, Sal Ditta, Aaron de Heus, Rob Oakman, Keith Barrick, Mike Maurini, Dave Anderson…we were all new to the sport back then and trained in a similar environment. Then we went on to win some of the biggest races in the country. That’s what we want to have at Goodwood, an environment where the champions of today are educating the champions of tomorrow, and we believe this program is a great way to start, because as has long been said: If you can win at Goodwood, you can win anywhere.”