Chris Demaras isn’t a little guy. At north of 225 lbs, racing go-karts seems like a bad fit.
While visiting the Markham Fair with his family, Demaras was struck with an idea. Maybe it’s time to drive something bigger. Like…a monster truck.
After seeing Michelle posed in front of the “Monster Truck” carnival ride, Chris decided that he would take a ride in retired monster truck True North that was giving thrill rides at the fairground
But seeing the skill and dexterity it took to hustle even a ride truck around, Demaras thought twice about the career change. Considering how Chris crashed into the back of Dale’s stopped kart at Goodwood’s Turn 4 in the last CRKC round, perhaps bumper cars would be a better use of his driving ability.
On October 7th, 2019, Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud and Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay sampled IndyCar’s new Aeroscreen at Barber Motorsports Park. This was the first time an Aeroscreen equipped Dallara has been seen in road course configuration, and more importantly, the first time the Aeroscreen has been publicly run in the rain.
Pagenaud commented “The visibility is great. I think the car looks pretty futuristic, which I’m sure the kids will enjoy that!”.
Space Shuttle landing! The evolution of IndyCar is here!
Congratulations to PRO team principal Curtis Fox who won at Cup Karts North America “GRAND NATIONALS III” at New Castle Motorsports Park this weekend.
Daniel Demaras has been fortunate enough to have Curtis as his driving coach for the past two seasons. Seeing Fox get back in the saddle, beating National Champions Jon Treadwell and Jordan Prior really helped hammer home the point:
The final regular-season race of CRKC 2019 brought cold temperatures. Could Demaras adapt?
Before the race began, Garage K12 was emptied of all karts and part, leaving only memories and some oil spills.
As for Chris’ race, there isn’t much to say. Unable to adapt to the low-grip conditions, Demaras qualified at the back. He made up one position, and was lining up a pass as the racers in front of him battled, compromising their lap times. But a spinner in Turn 4 rolled back onto the track, and Demaras did not leave enough room. Chris should have taken a wider line, leaving space for the stricken vehicle. The collision snapped the tie-rod on Chris’ kart, leaving him with no steering. A DNF and the walk of shame back to the pits.
Demaras finished the regular season 22nd place out of 64 racers, with a total (after dropped race results) of 38 points. With the increased points available for the semi-final and final round post-season, a Top-20 result is within reach.
1 JORDAN PRIOR – 1885 2 ALEX MURPHY – 1845 3 CHAD WEBSTER – 1560 4 LOGAN PLODER – 1530 5 ZACH BOAM – 1350 6 EVAN SAFARI – 895 7 DANIEL DEMARAS – 880 8 KHLOE DRUMMOND – 745 9 ADRIAN KONIARZ – 700 10 JON TREADWELL – 690 11 VASSIL TCHIPLAKOV – 685 12 PETER GUATTO – 670 13 BRENNAN TAYLOR – 605 14 NATE FRANCO – 545 15 DAVID BARNES – 480 16 AVERY MILLER – 470 17 ADRIAN BANCILA – 430 18 MIKE DE LA PLANTE – 385 19 T. McCULLOUGH – 375 20 OWYN THOMAS – 355 21 RYAN ARMSTRONG – 315 22 TYLER FRIER – 305 23 TIM KNIGHT – 265 24 ALEC DRUMMOND – 260 25 PEARCE HERDER – 250 26 KIKA FERRARI – 240 27 KEIDON FLETCHER – 235 28 CARLY PANNETON – 205 29 CODY FENTON – 200 30 KEVIN MONTEITH – 200 31 TRAVIS BRACEY – 190 32 SPENCER TODD – 180
33 DAWSON CAMPBELL – 175 34 N. HORNBOSTEL – 175 35 SHAWN KNOWLTON – 175 36 KYLE LITHERLAND – 170 37 ANDREW AINSLEY – 160 38 LEVON BEAUDIN – 155 39 MATTHEW JONES – 150 40 ALEX DASILVA – 130 41 CAMERON HOGG – 130 42 GAVIN SANDERS – 120 43 NOLAN BOWER – 120 44 A COLUCCIO – 110 45 B CHRISTIANSEN – 100 46 JOSHUA CONQUER – 100 47 ALEX SAVAGLIO – 100 48 RYAN BRUTZKI – 95 49 JEN GRAY – 90 50 GARRETT OTT – 85 51 EVAN MCINTOSH – 75 52 TOBY HOUSTON – 75 53 ROBERT SOROKA – 75 54 TYLER BARBAN – 70 55 M. RADAELLI – 65 56 MARTIN RATCHIS – 65 57 JORDAN HALL – 55 58 MAX HAVERKATE – 55 59 ANDREW O’BRIEN – 50 60 STEVEN CHAN – 35 61 ERIC BOS – 15 62 JAMIE BASSETT – 0 63 AAPKARAN SIDHU – 0 64 MARC STEHLE – 0
The Toronto Racing Association of Karters 2019 TRAK Series was a big improvement for Daniel Demaras. The previous year, as a rookie in Briggs SR, Demaras finished 15th in the standing with 675 points. But in 2019, his 205 additional points powered Demaras to 7th in the TRAK annual standings with 880 points.
“2019 was absolutely the best season I’ve had in club racing so far. I started the year off super well, picked up some good results throughout the summer and ended off the year with two top ten finishes. There were definitely points I deserved but didn’t get, but that’s how it goes sometimes. Working with Curtis Fox, Darryl Timmers, Gianmarco Raimondo, Andrew Waring, Eric Gerrits, Christopher Proietto, Nick Waring, Cole Hooton, Kenneth O’Keefe and Spencer Todd really allowed me to improve as a driver. Being able to review every move I made on track with some of the most knowledgeable guys in Canadian karting allowed me to challenge for top five finishes throughout the year.
As with any season, there’s always the tough days at the track. This year, with the help of PRO, I was able to use those days to my advantage, learning and growing every time that I struggled. I did finish 3rd in the pre-final at round 2, my best position in any session since I began club racing. I also scored a best ever result to end the day in round 1 with a 5th place.
I am definitely satisfied with 2019, but I want even more from 2020. I’ve only gotten quicker between seasons in my time as a driver, and I want that trend to continue into next year. I know that with PRO Racing, and the help of my sponsors K1 Speed, KPMG, Scarboro Subaru, Nostalgia Coffee Company, Laird Auto Body and Kenya Coffee, I can achieve everything I want to on track. Now that 2019 is in the books, I’ve got my eyes all over an even better 2020.”
Daniel Demaras, No.12 / PRO / Intrepid / Briggs & Stratton
As racers from around the world head to the Rok Cup Super Final at South Garda Karting in Lonato, Italy, four-time F1 champ Sebastian Vettel got in on the action early by climbing into a Tony Kart this week to turn some laps.
Everybody thinks of F1 as the pinnacle of motorsports. Very high-tech, cutting-edge stuff. But the boys in Indianapolis really showed the world something yesterday. On track testing of the Aeroscreen, set to debut on track in 2020. It really puts f1’s ‘halo’ to shame.
As a graduate of the K1 Speed Karting Academy, Daniel Demaras knows how effective Patricio Jourdain’s lessons are. But some racers have attended to Academy multiple times. In Demaras’ 10th article for K1 Speed, Daniel explores the reasons some drivers enroll in the Academy again and again.
After 12 rounds of highly-competitive Briggs and Stratton racing action, the final round of the 2019 TRAK series arrived. Weather conditions changed ahead of morning practice, leaving everyone quite confused about what tires to run. Daniel and his PRO teammate (all carrying R2ENDALZ decals on their karts) decided on rain tires, as the risk wasn’t worth the reward. Although Daniel finished the session 9th, he kept it out of the wall, unlike some slick tire runners.
Though there was still some moisture on the circuit, the right choice for qualifying was to put on slicks. Daniel was lined up alongside Webster, Ploder and Knight, ready for a good qualifying session with the ability to run in a pack, but his plans were curtailed by a flat right rear tire. The problem was discovered while waiting on grid (not on track) and PRO’s mechanics could change the Vega tire and get Demaras out in time to qualify, only missing 2 laps. Daniel struggled with the conditions and the tires from two different sets, and qualified last.
Daniel knew he had work to do in the prefinal, and was determined to move up the pack. A good getaway from the green flag, and some quick thinking as the #389 of Jordan Prior hit the wall in turn one allowed Daniel to make up places. A spin from the leader and some wheel to wheel racing and Demaras found himself in 7th, six places up from his starting position.
After passing the #385 Kart and being passed by #409, Daniel went for a last lap lunge on Chad Webster in turn 9. The slippery asphalt on the inside meant Demaras couldn’t get good traction out of the corner, and ended the prefinal a solid P7.
The Final did not go as well for Daniel. After being jumped by Zach Boam at the start, Daniel simply couldn’t make any overtakes as he had in the PreFinal. As the tires overheated, and the kart began to oversteer, Demaras was hit from behind in Turn 5, sending home over the kerbs, and briefly caused him to be high-centred as he slid along the concrete, his tires not making contact with the ground. Demaras salvaged a To p10 finish in the final race of the year. Unable to make up any positions Daniel finished the final race of the year
Two years ago Daniel would’ve killed for a top 10 finish. Now, he wants more. Though the season may not have ended perfectly, Daniel saw massive improvements throughout the 2019 season, with many exciting moments.
“Tough way to end the season. We were quick at times, at other times we were not. The final didn’t go my way, but I did get to have some fun in the pre-final. Big congratulations to my teammate Chad for taking his second consecutive win today. I am satisfied with the 2019 season, and I hope to come back stronger in 2020.”