Pan Am Club racers John Basler and Richard Dziak recorded wins at Phoenix International Raceway February 13 & 14th, 2010. John Basler drove uncontested in the FC Class on Saturday and took a 1st Place finish. John now qualifies to secure his SCCA Regional Competition License. John was very fast on the track starting in the 2nd position on starting grid. He drove enough laps to qualify for the win before having problems with his clutch during the race. John was unable to race on Sunday in the 2nd day at Phoenix International Raceway, but meet his goal to secure the SCCA Regional Club Racing Competition License. John will now make repairs to his 1993 Van Diemen FC and wil be ready for his next event. John has a bright future in SCCA Club Racing and was very fast on the track. It certainly appears he has the handling on the FC just the way he wants it.
Team Phoenix Race Works owner/driver Richard Dziak recorded 2 - 1st Place finishes in the Ed Brannon Festival Regional Races at Phoenix International Raceway Feb 13th & 14th, 2010. Richard Dziak was uncontested in his class, and the Phoenix F1K.07 car #77 again ran flawlessly over the weekend. Supported by Owner/Design Engineer Dustin Wright, of Phoenix Race Works, who made some minor adjustments to the car, Dziak commented, "The Phoenix F1K.07 performed flawlessly and the handling was impeccable". Race conditions were ideal with tempatures in the low to mid 70's at race time. Richard Dziak has now recorded 21 first place finishes, and 2 SCCA Regional Championships driving his Phoenix F1000. The 2006 Suzuki 1000cc GSXR George Dean prepped engine continues to run flawlessly without any noteable problems. Richard Dziak has recorded via AIM dash data 46.48 hours and 1728 miles on the engine. Amsoil and vendor Don Giles of Estancia, New Mexico sponsors Dziak with ultra high quality Amsoil lubricrants, and NASCAR "WIX" brand Filters. Richard Dziak is religous in maintaining the Phoenix F1000 and fluids are changed out after every 4 events. The Amsoil products have proven to be excellent products for GSXR 1000 engine.
Richard Dziak commented, "The Phoenix F1000 has been a highly reliable race car at his level of driving and Regional SCCA events. With a top notch driver, this car is capable of wiinning National events and National Championships. The F1000 has proven to be a great value for the driving and performance experience. This is one brand of F1000 race cars that should not be overlooked when entering this class. After owning several formula race cars, the Phoenix brand has proven to be the best ever." Dziak is a member of the Pan Am Region SCCA, the Arizona Region SCCA, holds a National SCCA Competition License, and is also a member of the Southwest Motorsports Group of Albuquerque, NM. Dziak's next event will be with SWMS (Southwest Motorsports) at ArroyoSeco Motorplex on March 6th & 7th, 2010. Additionally he will be joining up in 2010 to the list of racers with ProAutoSports, Chandler, AZ, and race at the new completed Inde Motorsports Ranch in Wilcox, Az on Memorial Day weekend 2010.
While the race at Phoenix International Raceway was successful for myself, on Sunday Feb 14th, one of my fellow Formula race car drivers hit the wall in turn 1 going about 120 mph. His car suffered major damage and had to be medivac'd to the local hospital with leg injuries. Nothing remained on the left side of the car, and his footbox was severly crushed. All remaining drivers were red flagged and required to stop on the track. Then we were released and black flagged into the pit area, where the racing was halted and the race was designated as official. Fortunately he was wearing a Hans device to support his head and neck and avoided major physical head and neck injuries. He is thankful to be alive. His head hit the steering wheel and the steering wheel suffered a 30 degree dent. Although SCCA racing is amateur racing, it is still a dangerous sport at our level, and having the best of safety equipment is always worth the expense. I wish my fellow competitor the best for a quick and speedy recovery. PIR is a great track, but each track always has bad or difficult turns and problem areas that each driver must be aware of.
On to the next event.............