US Legends Short Track Racing

| December 5, 2010

 

Big time action in a small package!

I arrived at  the paddock area of Old Dominion Speedway in Manassas, Va.  on a summer  Friday afternoon where I first got a close look at a US Legends car.. fat tires and  a leaned over look gave it the aggressive posture of a  boxer  ( well ok..maybe bantam weight!). Roger, the boss at Austin Legends, explained what the plan was. Sequential shifter…Up through the gears..don’t dump the clutch as it will break the starter motor..run in 4th gear rather than 5th . Redline is at 10,500 rpms and you should see 8500 rpms in the turns. Stay low in 1 & 2…run a bit higher in 3 & 4.  I crawled into the car through the open door and once inside it seems like I’m in a single seater except the engine is in the front. Practice goes smoothly and I seem to adapt  to the car and track . Single car qualifying is new to me and I start my first short track oval race near the back. After a lot of drama and carnage  I stay clean and finish top ten.

OG Racing Racing & Safety Equipment

Since 1992, the Legends Cars- 5/8-scale fiberglass full-fendered versions of the famed NASCAR modifieds-  have become one of the fastest growing segments of motorsports today. With drivers being classified into four different divisions, The Pro Division is for the experienced drivers. The Masters Division features drivers 40 years and older (myself included). The Semi-Pro Division is the novice class, featuring the drivers that are new to the sport or have been inactive in other forms of racing for a while. Then there is the Young Lions Division which is designated for the drivers between the ages of 12 and 16. Since the car stays the same from division to division, it is the driver that makes the difference!

With  most of the 15-22 entries running lap times between 17 and 18 seconds,  keeping the revs up and finding  the proper line are of upmost concern. It’s a blast to drift up next to the guardrail when accelerating out of the turns.  I competed in four races without damaging the car and only a few spinouts. I even had Max Papis as a teammate in the big finale race and got a check for 60 bucks!  Thanks to my sponsors: OG Racing and MJ Mortensen

US Legends Car Specifications (optional bodywork)

Wheelbase: 73.00″
Overall Width : 60.00″
Overall Length: 10′ 6″
Height: 46″
Engine: Yamaha 1250cc (sealed)
Horsepower: 122 HP
Weight: 1300 lbs. with driver
Tires: 205/13R60 BF Goodrich Tires Comp TA HR4
Wheels: Width:7″ / Diameter: 13″
Suspension: Coil Over With Bilstein Shocks
Frame: Full Tubeframe With Integral Rollcage
Harness: G-Force Five-Point

US Legends Million $ Race at Charlotte

Photo help by Bob Franklin

Category: Legends, Races

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