Our Danny Kellermeyer, Corvette racecar driver extraordinaire, reports from his Michigan workshop about preparations for the 2013 schedule. Here's his latest post.
Everyone thinks we racers get to rest during the off-season, but that's not exactly the case. The winter off-season is for planning, preparation and rebuilds.
This year, two of the DJ Racing-Matick Chevy Corvettes received new engines, and one now features a new trans and axle. This is beyond the normal rotors, calipers, bearing, clutches and maintenance preparation work.
This is also the time to check in on speed, and see how to make the cars faster. It's a time to develop new parts or rethink older parts. We can never sit back and say we are doing well. We are not the only ones racing for the top spots and if we aren’t No. 1, someone else will be. I always aim to stay ahead of our competition and finish up front. Our past years have been extremely rewarding, to say the least, with multiple championships and multiple honors.
Displays and seminars that occur between races also keep us busy.
This is the Corvette's 60th anniversary year, so there's a lot of hoopla surrounding the vehicle.
For starters, I attended the Michigan International Auto Show in Grand Rapids, MI to help host a display sponsored by D.J. Racing, Matick and the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Western Michigan Region. Between the show, press day, set-up and tear-down, we probably spent a week's time on this event.
Racing will soon start with test days, competition schools, races and more shows. We will start out with testing at Gingerman Raceway in South Haven, MI. This is an outstanding track that will let us break in units as well as bed brakes and rotors. Plus, it helps us get back in the rhythm of driving!
See you at the race track!