Drafting. Aero. Slingshot passes. High-speed chess match. Say these things to anyone who loves auto racing, and they’ll all think the same thing: Daytona. The chance to race on the high banks – even win – is any racer’s dream. Over the holidays, eight NHKA Racing Series drivers will be living that dream.
It’s the WKA Daytona Road Race Championships on the circuit made famous by the Rolex 24 at Daytona. That means a dash through the infield followed by a nearly 2.5 mile tour of the tri-oval at speeds solidly over 100mph. You can feel the pull of the draft like nowhere else. And the banking? Take one glance to your left and you’ll learn all you need to know about 33 degrees.
Team NHKA – The Veterans
Making the trip will be a solid contingent of TaG racers, and one very new shifter kart driver. NHKA race director Mike Camarra will be supplying the transportation with the CFMotorsports trailer. It’s been years since he has raced there, and even with 100+ wins the man still craves the big trophy from the big track. Tom Prioli, the owner of the NHKA’s title sponsor Checkered Flag Indoor Karting, will also be making what he and his dad Ron hope is a triumphant return to the speedway. Last season it was at Daytona that Keith Buffo earned his first of ten wins beginning his sweep of both TaG national championships. This year the road racing veteran goes green with his gearbox debut in Stock Honda.
Team NHKA – The Rookies
There’s nothing like your first trip to Daytona… That drive through the tunnel, coming out surrounded by a ribbon of black magic. Dave Nadeau will know that sense of awe. The World Formula and TaG Sr. regular will be looking to put an often frustrating sophomore season behind him with a red-hot start to 2014. Canadian racer Dave Couchesne, who took much of the season off for a tour of NASCAR tracks, will now get to race one of his favorites. Jim Slade may be a newcomer to Daytona, but the NHKA points meister is no stranger to road racing, and neither is Noel Farrelly. The two TaG Masters standouts will be looking to take their winning ways to Gadorade Victory Lane. The final addition to the team is Dave Daniel. A racer from F1 Outdoors, he got wind of our trip and decided that going 100+mph at Daytona was the perfect way to wrap up his rookie season. Attaboy!
More New England Racers
WKA’s big-track races are often well stocked with accomplished drivers from NHKA’s road racing days. The Team NHKA racers will be working closely with two-time national champ Don Guilbeault and his always dominant DRT Racing team. Other New Englanders expected to attend include Daytona shifter winner Don Santini; laydown enduro karters Fran Mazzucotelli, Bill and Adam Trumbley; and Yamaha sprinters Ted Carbonaro, Eric Stockford and our district’s 2-cycle rep Jim Sorrentino.
Root for the Home Team
The morning after Christmas, while you’re still picking scraps of wrapping paper from the carpet, and the new hasn’t worn off the kids’ toys, Team NHKA will be filling their tanks with coffee for the long haul south. Be sure to follow their progress on Facebook and the eKartingNews Road Racing forum.