Thursday, September 17, 2009

Action Shots & Co-driver Experience!

Throughout the race there are several professional photographers on the track, here are a few of the action shot they were able to capture! WHOA! And we all know that every driver is only as good as his/ her co-driver. So Chase Motorsports wants to send a special thanks to Jeff Lievense for keeping his eyes and ears open from start to finish. Here a few words from him as to his experience out on the track...

What an amazing day for the CHASE MOTORSPORTS team. First off the line, fast lap, and first place! After turning wrenches on the Class 1 car since last December I was given my first opportunity to co-drive the first 3 laps with Travis. After leading the pack through lap two with a good lead Don Chase radioed in an offer for us to both stay in the car and finish the race. We jumped on the chance. Our pit support was excellent as always. I now know how much it means to look out of the car and see your own guys ready and waiting in case they are needed. I will have a new sense of worth when I'm back out there all day in the dirt hoping to lend a hand but also wanting the car to go right by me with no problems to report. Our fuel stop after lap 3 went flawless and we were in and out quick. I can't thank the guys (and girls, wives, mothers, sisters) enough for being there. There are too many names to mention. Also a HUGE thank you to Don Chase for giving me the opportunity to co-drive with his son Travis. It is a day I will never forget. I have learned so much from you guys over the last couple of years and had a great time doing it. I not only feel like a part of the team but also a part of the family.

1st in Class and THE OVERALL!

At approximately 1pm Travis Chase and Jeff Lievense sped to the finish to solidify that 1st place win and the OVERALL! This was a first for the Chase Motorsports team and hopefully not the last. Thanks to all the hard work of every member of the team and thanks to the steady fast pace of the driver and co-driver, the team has never felt better. Here is a video of the car coming throw pit row at high speed, one of the many reasons the class 1 car was able to get that WIN!!!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

It's Pit Time!

By the 3rd lap of the Chili Cookoff 250 Travis Chase and Jeff Lievense were not only leading the race without any hiccups, they had a chance to take the overall! So instead of swapping drivers and co-drivers after the 3rd lap Team Leader Don Chase asked Travis and Jeff if they could run the whole race and simply come in for a fuel stop. This would shave at least 4 minutes off the pit stop and allow the boys to continue to lead and chase down that overall win! Travis and Jeff were up for the challenge, so in they came for a quick fuel up, thanks to the Chase Motorsports team, and out they went to get that WIN!!!

Start Your Engines

On the morning of Sept 12th at 8:15 am Travis Chase and Jeff Lievense jumped into car 195 geared up, ready to race, and headed to the starting line. When the car got to the starting line they soon learned that instead of 2nd off the line, they were actually going to be 1st off the line (leaders of the pack). This meant more nerves, but it also meant CLEAN AIR! With their nerves set aside the guys had a super clean start and the team looked great from the very beginning. It was a perfect beginning to what was headed to be a super race! Check out this amazing video and photo at the starting line...

Tech & Contingency

After a long day of pre-running and prep work the team was geared up and ready to head toward tech and contingency. Everyone was in great spirits cheking out all the other cars and really enjoyed some down time spent with family and friends. As with earlier that day Tech & Contingency went off without a hitch as the car and its drivers were cleared for race time. Now it was time to head back to camp for a good night sleep because it was early racing in the morning, with an 8:30 am start time and car 195 2nd off the start. Good luck team Chase Motorsports!

Chili Cook Off 250 Pre-running & Prep

On Friday, Sept 11th, the Chase Motorsports team geared up for a long day of car prep, team prep and pre-running. It started with driver Travis Chase and co-driver Jeff Lievense taking a hot lap in the bucksot to map out all obstacles and turns that they will encounter the following Monday. When the boys returned they switched to the 195 car car and upon arrival from the course decided that the front end was a little stiff and from there the team jumped into gear. First, the side panels were taken off and then the front shocks were adjusted. Next driver Don Chase and co-driver James Richey jumped in car 195 to test out the adjustments and get a feel for the course as well. The team had many supporters, friends and family that showed up early to help set up for the race, and they are very very grateful. THANK YOU!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

New Helmets!

Chase motorsports is slowly but surely becoming a completely united front by getting all graphics and touchpoints uniform in design. The newest installment of which is the drivers new helmets and paint job thanks to Pete Vilander. Each driver got to work with the artist to specially design their new helmets with the race team colors in mind. Be sure to keep an eye out for them in the desert and at the race this weekend.