12/08/12Budzo Racing to Pilot Two Car Team in 2013
Heading into his 4th season of racing, (all in the IMCA northern sportmod division) Luxemburg’s Chris Budzban finds himself with two cars at his disposal heading into the 2013 racing season.
“If you had asked me if I would ever have two turnkey racecars, I probably would have laughed at the idea,” said Budzban. “I really didn’t plan on racing this long when I first started in 2010.”
The main car Budzban will be piloting in the upcoming season is a 2008 Harris chassis, formerly owned by Tim Lemirande and Noah Schepp. “I found the car posted on RacingOnline.com late in the summer, and decided it was too good of a deal to pass up,” said Budzban. “My old car is a 2005, and it probably has more laps on it than the other 7 cars in my heat races did combined. It also took a couple hard shots the past few years, so finding a newer car was in the back of my mind for a while.”
Budzban plans on running a full season at his hometown track, Luxemburg Speedway, in Luxemburg, WI. “Last year we ended up 9th in points and had 4 heat race wins, which was a very good season,” said Budzban. “This year we’re definitely hoping to pull off our first feature win.”
Chris’s father, Dave, will be piloting the 2005 Harris chassis at a few venues next season. “I’ve raced the car for the past two seasons, and he hasn’t been behind the wheel of it yet, so he’s definitely excited about the opportunity,” said the younger Budzban. “We might be racing against each other a few times next season at Luxemburg, but he’ll mainly be racing on a Saturday or Sunday night track. Trying to maintain two cars between the two of us at the same track wouldn’t be easy.”
The 2008 Harris chassis will utilize the 602 GM crate motor, while the 2005 Harris will feature a “spec” motor. “I have about 75 nights on my current motor, and picked up a spare crate in the offseason as well,” said Budzban. “My dad has collected so many engine parts over the years from other racers who have blown up their engines. He won’t have much expense at all putting together a competitive claimer engine.”
In-car videos for the team will return in 2013, along with high definition recording of their races filmed from the grandstands. “We’ve had a great response from our in-car videos during the past two seasons,” said Budzban. “At the current time we’re well over 16,000 video views. We’re looking at upgrading to a GoPro Hero3 camera, and we hope the fans will enjoy the HD video shot from the grandstands as well.”
Be sure to check for updates on Budzo Racing’s website, budzoracing.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/budzoracing and on Twitter at twitter.com/budzoracing. Also, check out all of their 2011 and 2012 in-car videos on their YouTube channel, youtube.com/budzoracing.