TRAK Race 13: Race Recap

After twelve races across a condensed five month season, the TRAK Briggs & Stratton Masters championship would go down to the wire at TRAK Race 13. Championship leader Eli Yanko boasted a 45 point lead. This was Demaras’ first real shot at a championship in his club racing career, and it would come down to a cold day at the races in mid October.

Daniel had enjoyed his most successful racing season by far, with 5 podiums including 2 wins, and was firmly in title contention. In the two weeks between races 12 and 13, the No. 412 New Speed Motorsports kart was rebuilt and and the motors were refreshed. The kart would be at its absolute best for this crucial final round of the championship.

In morning practice, Daniel showed good pace despite running by himself and not in the draft. His lap times were on par with the leaders, and Demaras seemed to feel very comfortable in cold conditions. The Intrepid F4K chassis thrives in low grip scenarios, and the kart was setup to perfection thanks to Leonard D’Arrigo.

Demaras’ championship hunt hinged on qualifying. The 25 points for pole position would be vital to winning the championship. Daniel’s tactics as he exited the grid were to drop behind Dave Miller and Eli Yanko and pick up their draft. Daniel set a fast lap, shooting to the top of the timesheets. After a black and orange flag for Miller due to a loose bumper, Yanko collided with him as Miller pulled to the side of the track, nearly collecting Daniel in the process! Demaras made sure to not give a surging Jeff Conte the draft in his run for pole, and secured the front of the grid, snatching 25 points.

Demaras’ Pre-Final did not start well. Yanko got the jump on him from P2, and although Daniel tucked in behind, he lost a position to Dave Miller and Leavon Beaudin in the process. Miller took the lead from Yanko, and Daniel took advantage of Beaudin running wide in Turn 1 to move into third, where he would finish.

For the Final, Daniel was in a good starting position, right behind the polesitter. All he had to do to win the championship was beat Eli. Master mechanic Leonard decided to change the gear, moving up one tooth. The No. 412 New Speed Motorsports kart was ready for its last run of the season. Waiting on grid, Leonard gave Daniel some final words, then sent him into battle. Daniel was ready!

At the drop of the green flag to start TRAK Race 13 Final, Demaras moved into 2nd place behind Miller, and on lap two Daniel attacked to take control of the race. The overtake did not pan out, and instead Demaras fell to 3rd behind championship rival Yanko. For the next ten laps, Daniel stalked Eli, looking for an opportunity.

On lap twelve, Demaras had a run through the first corner, and out of turn three pulled to the inside of Yanko. Hard on the brakes on the inside of Turn 4, Demaras turned in and got the kart up on two wheels. Daniel used every inch of the circuit to make the pass, then immediately pulled away, focusing his efforts on catching Miller for the win. So much time was spent behind Yanko that Demaras could only close up to Miller, crossing the finish line 0.766 seconds back in second place. As Daniel crossed the line, Chad Webster announced the result and the NSM team exploded with excitement and emotion. Daniel Demaras was the 2020 TRAK Champion!

After the race, Daniel finally got to do a post-race interview with former PRO teammate Chad Webster, celebrating the championship. Teammates and rivals congratulated Daniel and the NSM team; Leonard who had worked all season long on getting Daniel to the front, Anthony who organized the team effort, and of course Chris who made this possible.

“At the beginning of the season, I did not think that a result like this was remotely possible. This accomplishment is a team effort and I give full credit thanks to the great people I have with me. My dad Chris, plus Leonard, Anthony, Cale, Enzo Jr., Trevor, Max, Glen and Liam at New Speed Motorsports. It’s been an amazing season filled with thrilling battles and major firsts for me. My first podium, my first pole, my first win and now my first championship. I’m so grateful for this moment, and I’m so proud to have done it with such an amazing team as New Speed Motorsports!”

Daniel Demaras, No. 412 New Speed Motorsports

During the podium celebration, Daniel was surrounded by friends, teammates and his racing rivals. It was his happiest second place finish ever!

Nearing the end of the ceremony, Driver of The Day was announced and Demaras was called back up on the podium to be recognized. Dan Di Leo announced that Demaras’ pass for P2 in the closing laps earned his Driver of the Day recognition and earned the points necessary to clinch the 2020 TRAK Championship in Briggs Masters. It was now official!

2020 CRKC Round 10

~ by Chris #16 Demaras ~

Looking back at the race weekend now, I realize I was totally distracted during the CRKC race on Friday. I competed and enjoyed it. But Daniel’s big race on Saturday weighed heavily on me. That event would be on a different level.

I spent 12 hours at the track on Friday; skipped work to meet up with Anthony from New Speed Motorsports. He had his son Rocco with him, getting in some practice for TRAK Race 13. But my son Daniel was in school, and wouldn’t get to the track until 3:00 pm. I spent the morning servicing the clutches, changing the oil in the race motors, and setting the gear ratio. Daniel’s grandfather (my father, Bill) picked him up from school and sped up the DVP to Goodwood. We’d have very limited time to shake-down the kart before the A&D race at 5:00 pm.

After 10 laps, the kart was ready. We knew how high to set the air pressures to maximize grip, and the new Vega slicks were mounted to the race rims (with hybrid ceramic bearings courtesy of Trevor Reeve). Everything was set for Saturday’s final TRAK race of 2020, where Daniel had a shot at the Briggs Master’s Championship. The No. 412 kart was rolled back into the garage until morning.

Goodwood is a club. Yes, we race there, but the social aspect of the club is very important. Watching teens like Ethan and Ivan battle on track while still being friends off track, or seeing kids like Miggy develop into real racers. I even get to see old friends like Matte Ferrari as he wrenches on his kart while the A&D race is happening. The Di Leo family run a great club.

The forward short-track layout meant there would be no real surprises; we’d run the configuration several times this season. But my qualifying was not impressive.

Matte Ferrari may be all smiles, but he’s a cut-throat competitor. When my qualifying run was over, he put down his wrenches and slapped some sense into me. Told me to get my game face on. Get mean. Get ready for battle.

Starting P4 I knew a podium was within reach, but Andy Teixeira had put his kart on pole…a full second quicker than me! Unless he binned it, there was no catching Andy for the win. But when the racer in 3rd ran wide at Turn 4, I drove up the inside of the Turn 5 hairpin to take the position. It was a little rough, and I received a warning for my overly aggressive driving, but I finished the race P3. With Teixeira on the top step, I joined him on the the podium.

As I drove home, I was thinking about Daniel’s race on Saturday. I normally pay close attention to how #TheMigster performed, or if Ivan beat Ethan, or how Arnel did. All I could think about was TRAK Race 13. The hard-luck round. The season finale that would determine my son’s championship run.

TRAK Race 13: Details

TRAK RACE 13 – SATURDAY SCHEDULE

  • 8:00 am – Gates Open
  • 8:15 am – Registration Opens
  • 9:15 am – Registration Closes
  • 9:30 am – Mandatory Drivers Meeting
  • 10:00 am – Practice Session (8 Min Session)
  • T.B.D – Qualifying Session (8 Min Session)
  • Lunch Break
  • T.B.D – Pre-Final Race (10 Lap Race)
  • T.B.D – Final Race (14 Lap Race)
  • 3:30 pm – Podium Presentation

TRAK RACE 13 – RACE ORDER

  • Rok Senior & VLR Masters
  • Briggs Cadet
  • Briggs Masters
  • Briggs Junior
  • Mini Rok
  • Briggs Senior
  • Briggs Junior Lite
  • Rok Junior

Breaking Karts and Parts

Friday October 16 2020 is the final CRKC race of the regular season. Will Chris Demaras get another win or podium? Or just break more karts and parts?

Six months ago, at a K1 indoor kart race, Chris Demaras broke the front wheel off a race kart while running in 2nd place.

Last weekend, at a CRKC outdoor kart race, Chris Demaras snapped the front wheel off an A&D kart at Goodwood Kartways.

Suspicion is mounting at that Demaras’ aggressive driving, slamming into the walls and smashing the curbs, may in fact be the one to blame for all his mechanical failures so far in 2020.

CRKC Round 10 is tonight at Goodwood.


TRAK Race 13: Preview

SATURDAY OCTOBER 17th, 2020

FORWARD LONG TRACK CONFIGURATION

TRAK Race 13…the season finale is up next! With this being the final points race of the season we look forward to some more great racing action. It has been very rewarding watching our members develop their skills all season long and we wanted to thank all of you for your continued support.

Forward Long Track configuration will be used as we look to end the season with the same configuration we started with. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Click HERE for full TRAK Race 13 Details.


TRAK RACE 13:

  • PRACTICE: Thursday October 15th: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • PRACTICE: Friday October 16th 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • RACE: Saturday October 17th: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

NOTES:

Drivers must pre-register for practice sessions, and be sure to include a signed waiver when submitting.

  • Click HERE for the practice form.
  • Click HERE for Waiver.

2020 CRKC Round 9

Round 9 of the 2020 CRKC series at Goodwood was another Friday Night under the lights! The number of competitors has dropped, either due to the Thanksgiving long-weekend, or possibly due to the record number of cases of ‘the virus’ reported in Toronto, frightening some racers. Regardless, everyone at the track is masked, socially distant, and ready to race!

The cool October weather resulted in low grip conditions on track, becoming even more slippery as the sun set. Nobody had yet brought their tents or propane heaters, but some racers were seen wrapped in blankets between sessions.

Demaras dusted off his old racing suit, hoping for good luck from previous wins in it. But in the first practice session, Chris unscrewed the gas cap off his kart’s fuel tank (while trying to ‘help’ check its tightness) and by Turn 4 his right side from shoulder to shoe was sprayed with gasoline. The fuel-soaked right rear tire made for a slippery session.

Throughout practice and qualifying, Demaras tried to keep the kart from sliding, braking early and reaching the apex of every corner. The strategy didn’t work very well, as Demaras would only be starting 5th in the Final.


CRKC standout Miggy Montero also qualified 5th. In the cadets race, starting further down the order put him in danger of contact with aggressive midfield drivers. By lap 2, #TheMigster was making progress, and attempted a pass at Turn 2, but he was unsighted by his competitor, who forced Montero onto the grass. A full 360 spin across the track landed Miggy into the barriers on the outside of Turn 3. But his day wasn’t done. He got back on track and persevered until the checkered flag.


It was time for the main event. The Heavyweight Round of the CRKC event. There was confusion in the pits as one racer, then another, was awarded pole position. Regardless, Demaras would be starting behind Texiera, and the two rivals went on to an epic battle, with Demaras initially making the pass at Turn 5. Andy returned the favour and overtook Chris at Turn 4 the following lap. In the midst of the back and forth battle, Chris could hear a problem developing. The bearing on the right front wheel of his kart had failed, and the vibration and movement of the wheel cracked the central lug nut. Each time Demaras would turn right, the front wheel was sliding off the spindle!

Chris kept the kart together, counter-steering left every time the wheel was about to fly off. He managed to bring the kart home exactly where he qualified; P5.

Demaras Racing’s favourite cadet driver Miggy Montero did not make it to the podium, which was disappointing. But our official photographers Ivan Kosar (leading the teen division) and TRAK/CRKC double threat Ethan Pollack, both stood on top step with wins in their races.

As for Chris Demaras, upon completion of his race, he grabbed the disconnected wheel and ran off. This chunk of medal and rubber would be his trophy, at least until Goodwood’s Kyle Rennie tracked Demaras down and forced him to give it back.

TRAK Race 12: Race Recap

The racing gods are fickle. Some weekends just don’t go your way, no matter how hard you try or how much you prepare. This was one of those tough weekends for Daniel Demaras and the No. 412 New Speed Motorsports kart Powered by PRO.

Demaras arrived at Goodwood Kartways early Friday morning to maximize his practice time. New Speed Motorsport’s Anthony Simone and Cale Mead were t the track, and get the kart ready: replacing worn out brake pads, clutch shoes / springs and even the throttle cable. Daniel had a chance to get in practice laps while the track was still dry, re-acquainting himself with the reverse long-track configuration.

Rocco Simone, NSM’s star Briggs Cadet driver, shared the track with Daniel, then pulled out his stopwatch and timed his older teammate. The skies opened and drenched the track for Daniel’s second practice session, but no matter what the conditions would be on race day, Demaras would be ready.

Saturday morning, race day. The weather was cool and brisk, but remained dry. The field of competitors was sizeable for a club race, everyone trying for racing glory one last time before the end of the season. As Daniel prepared for another Briggs Masters battle, he had a special visit from young friend and fellow racer Miggy “#TheMigster” Montano.

When it was time to hit the track, all the practice and preparation didn’t prevent problems from popping up throughout the day.

In morning practice, Demaras felt an imbalance in his Intrepid F4K kart that he hadn’t experienced all season. Tuner Leonard D’Arrigo restored balance, and gave Daniel a race kart to move forward with. A bent axle during qualifying was discovered before the Pre-Final but Leonard “cured” it with a series of Donkey Kong whacks with a mallet.

In the Pre-Final, Daniel dragged the No. 412 from 7th place up to 3rd place with some his racecraft and defensive driving on the final lap. He’d be in a good starting position for the final. Leonard continued to work his black magic on the kart between sessions while Anthony kept Daniel’s spirits up.

After overcoming all the issues … getting spun-out by a competitor in the first corner was just too much. Video from the nosecone on Jeff Conte’s kart shows Daniel on the brakes heading into the corner, then off the brakes right as a rival smashes into the back of the No. 412 kart, sending it into a spin.

Daniel dropped to the back of the field, made some aggressive passes, but could only recover to P7. With only 110 points to Yanko’s 200 points on the day, Demaras’ championship charge has hit a speed bump.

Only one more race to go in the 2020 TRAK Championship!


Lucky Dogs

Congratulations to TEAM MORAD THAN YOU for taking the win today in the final round of the Moradness Karting Championship. The veteran team also won the overall 2020 championship!

The winning team of Leonard D’Arrigo, Londos D’Arrigo and Evan Hayden will get to compete alongside Daniel Morad in two endurance races in the 2021 Lucky Dog Racing Series.

For the Demaras family, who’ve spent the 2020 karting season under the under the New Speed Motorsports tent with Leonard D’Arrigo, it was like watching one of the family up there on the podium. Leonard has been a mentor to Daniel this year, guiding him to podiums, poles and wins.

Reached by phone for comment on his incredible championship run, D’Arrigo commented:

“In 31 years of racing, there’s been lots of times I didn’t give a shit. But for this series, getting to race with my brother Londos, and of course Evan, I couldn’t sleep some nights. For some reason, this one really mattered to me.”

On behalf of Daniel Demaras, Chris Demaras and everyone at New Speed Motorsports, congratulations to the 2020 Moradness Karting Champions!


TRAK Race 12 Details


TRAK RACE 12 – SATURDAY SCHEDULE

  • 8:00 am – Gates Open
  • 8:15 am – Registration Opens
  • 9:15 am – Registration Closes
  • 9:30 am – Mandatory Drivers Meeting
  • 10:00 am – Practice Session (8 Min Session)
  • T.B.D – Qualifying Session (8 Min Session)
  • Lunch Break
  • T.B.D – Pre-Final Race (10 Lap Race)
  • T.B.D – Final Race (14 Lap Race)
  • 3:30 pm – Podium Presentation

TRAK RACE 12 – RACE ORDER

  • Rok Senior & VLR Masters
  • Briggs Cadet
  • Briggs Masters
  • Briggs Junior
  • Mini Rok
  • Briggs Senior
  • Briggs Junior Lite
  • Rok Junior

Alonso to Help With ‘Anything Needed’

To prepare for his 2021 return to Formula 1, Fernando Alonso has been spending time at the Renault F1 team factory in Enstone. He toured the offices, spent time in the new simulator, and got reacquainted with the team he won F1 World Championships with in 2005 & 2006.

Surprising pictures emerged, showing a Formula 1 champion getting his hands dirty, working on his racing seat, reminding many of Kimi Raikkonen. In 2019, Kimi was photographed in the Alfa Romeo garage sanding and shaping his race seat, with the caption “I didn’t go to school for nothing.”

Daniel Demaras is on his 6th racing seat of 2020. The handling of the kart when the seat is low in the frame just feels right. Raise up the seat even a few millimeters, and the kart starts “two-wheeling” in the corners. Thanks to super-tuner Cale Mead, a fiberglass repair kit and a couple cans of Bud Light, Daniel will have enough seats to last through the end of the 2020 season.