Engineered For The Rigors Of Racing, Alumi Craft Can Take The Abuse
September 29, 2016
Lucerne Valley, CA / Lake Elsinore, CA
Offroad racing will pound the weak into submission. Whether you are crushing rocks in the desert or landing a two story jump on a short course, the abuse is unbelievable. Winning is not possible if your vehicle can’t make it to the finish. Nearly every weekend, around the world, Alumi Craft race cars are rising to the challenge and winning races. At the combined SNORE / MORE PCI Race Radios 300 off road desert race in Lucerne Valley, California, Alumi Craft racers in class 10 took first through fourth positions. Richard Glaszczak, Daryl Mead, Christian Fessler, and Roger Starkey were all battling for the win.
Third place finisher Christian Fessler is new to desert racing, it was his second race ever. After finishing his first race, his Alumi Craft class 10 car did not have a scratch on it. Everyone told him he didn’t drive it hard enough. At the PCI 300, he didn’t hold back. He had the confidence in his Alumi Craft to push hard and was rewarded with a 3rd place podium.
Daryl Mead had the early lead but lost the position to Glaszczak when he got a flat tire. Mead let his super-fast co-driver James Ward take over the driving. Ward ran a torrid pace and closed the gap but could not catch Glaszczak out front. “James is very fast,” says Mead, “He has never driven a car that is capable of staying under him until we got the Alumi Craft.”
Winner and second place overall Richard Glaszczak was almost robbed of his win when he was slammed from behind by another competitor. “It was very dusty on the first lap,” said Glaszczak, “I had two 6100 trucks in front of us that got stuck in the silt. We got stopped in time but the car behind us hit us at full speed.” The hit was very hard, damaging the rear end of the car. Despite damage to the bumper, critical chassis structure, the suspension, and the drivetrain, were all fine; as well as the occupants. Alumi Craft cars and trucks benefit from years of real world testing and constant refinement. The rear of the car is designed to protect vital components, and to keep the occupants safe. The hit did nothing to slow Glaszczak’s pace as demonstrated by his results. After the hit, Glaszczak still had hundreds of miles to go.
“By mile 30 or so we had passed all the class 10 cars and were starting to get by the unlimited cars and trucks when we got hit,” said Glaszczak, “The course was dusty but high speed. We ran very fast; it was a lot of fun sliding the car through the corners. Each lap the wind picked up and the cars got spread out so the dust started to clear up. The Alumi Craft ran flawless, we were able to run a very comfortable pace and get around the slower cars easily.”
While the class 10 guys were battling in the desert, Alumi Craft Pro Buggy racers were on the track at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Darren “HotSauce” Hardesty Jr. was out front in round 13 and cruising to what looked like a sure victory. He launched high into the air over a blind jump and when he could see the track again, a stalled vehicle was sitting right in his landing zone. Hardesty clipped the other car and rolled into the corner. He also collected another competitor while he was tumbling.
The crash ripped the rear trailing arm off the car, bent the shock shafts and broke the rear axle assembly. Fellow Alumi Craft racer Sterling Cling was more fortunate. He was on a different line, missed the wreck and finished on the podium in third place.
Hardesty, who is locked into a tough championship points race, would have to make repairs in time to race the following day. Because of the strength designed into his Alumi Craft chassis, and the quality of construction, Hardesty’s crew was able to repair the mounting tabs and replace the damaged parts overnight. Not only was “HotSauce” able to compete the following day, he won the race!
Alumi Craft owners prove the superior performance provided by their meticulously crafted cars every time out. Regardless if you are competing in the desert, prerunning, or racing wheel to wheel on the track, Alumi Craft is committed to providing you with a competitive, safe, and reliable vehicle that exceeds your expectations. Even when things take a turn for the worse, Alumi Craft cars and trucks have what it takes to win. If you demand the best, give Alumi Craft a call at 619-596-9841 to find out more about our race products and services.