PEPSI & KFC CHAMPION

If you haven’t already seen the Pepsi and KFC #RealBigSummer commercial I was featured in with Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, and Steve Szabo, click the video below.

There are so many people to thank for letting me be a part of this. Everyone at GoPro Motorplex for being like family, all of the producers and staging guys from Farm League, Pepsi, KFC, and of course Jeff and Kasey.

Honest to God – no BS – I had no idea this commercial was in store for Steve and me! We were completely convinced that we were going to be featured in a segment of a documentary about karting and auto racing.  It wasn’t until we pulled up to the track and saw all of these people with signs with our faces on it that all of this was for us!!

Way to go Jeff, you pulled off another Pepsi commercial prank for the 3rd time!

Yes, it was a straight up, 10 lap race between the three of us with a “competition caution” with 3 laps to go. And yes….fried chicken, fries, and Pepsi got all over the place. Steve and I did our best to double-team Kasey, and I can assure you it was a very close and fun race. At least I know I was driving pretty hard. Who knew that a three car field could have such a close race?

It was a good time, and thanks to Pepsi for making my summer a whole lot of fun!

Now, I think Pepsi and KFC would look perfect on my race car! Perhaps Kasey Kahne has an extra dirt sprint-car chassis I could use…? Just sayin’…

Potential partners, inquire within!

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OREGON (OVER)HEAT

Racing is an odd sport. It’s even crazy.

As drivers, we’ll drive for hours on end as fast as we can, simply for the pure joy of man versus machine – and the competition. However, there’s much more to it than just driving to the absolute limit. It’s also about the people you spend time with that make race weekends worthwhile – regardless of results. More than once, my dad and I have said: “We have some awesome friends.”

Our trip to Oregon in mid-October was no exception.

After a spending a day in Portland with Dad (eating bacon maple bars & doughnuts at Voodoo Doughnuts for breakfast, hanging out at the @PDXArtMuseum, and then gyros and bento from vendors at Food Carts Portland for lunch), we called up our long-time racer friend, Kyle Keenan to hitch a ride to the track.

Once we arrived, we got a phone call from the owner of the West Coast Touring Cars (WCTC) team we’re racing for saying that the hauler – with all the team’s cars, including ours – was still in Seattle… Nearly two-hundred miles and three-hours away. Our car would not be arriving until the next morning….

Apparently the race hauler’s hydraulic lift gate “blew up”. Thanks to the team’s crew chief, John McDermott and driver, Chuck Hurley, they somehow managed to get parts and fix the thing overnight!  They then drove down in the wee hours of the morning and made it to the track on time to make first practice. Love those guys!

For the race – the 38th annual Six Hours of the Cascades – Dad and I were teamed up without any other co-drivers this year. It actually was our second time driving together in this race; two years ago, we finished on the podium in our class with WCTC teammates, Rob Dunn and Tom Olsson. Now, however, it was just the two of us sharing the car (which was really friggin’ cool…!).

Dad and I both felt great about the car and our pace after finishing the “practice race” in the morning. (In reality, it was the final round of the Northwest Mini-Enduro Championship – a two-hour race that was the culmination of a season-long series within the ICSCC’s regular race series.)

 

With some foreshadowing, we had excessive steam coming from the engine compartment after that race. Popping the hood open, the crew discovered what appeared to be a coolant leak from a “loose hose clamp”. No big deal…tightened it up, and we were told, “Good to go!”

That turned out to be wrong.

The Six Hours of the Cascades is famous for having a “traditional” Le Mans-style start. At the sound of an air horn at the race’s beginning, the opening driver runs across pit lane, jumps in the car, belts up with the help of a crew person, fires the engine – and GOES!!

With Dad’s help, Yours Truly was the very first car out of pit lane. Great! About fifteen minutes into the race, the engine temperature was elevating too high and engine power was waning. The crew chief called me in and I nursed the car back to the pits and behind the wall. John McDermott, once again, was the man who saved us. Whatever he and the crew fixed (a leaky hose, I guess – I was in the car anxiously waiting to go!!), we got back on the track after having lost many, many laps. At that point our strategy changed. A class win was no longer a reasonable goal. It was about making up as many laps as we could – and finishing.

While we were quietly hoping some of our in-class competitors would have some mechanical issues too, we had to keep pushing on with focused effort, and that we did.

Dad and I were relentless – we gained lots of laps back on our competitors. In then end though, we fell short of a much anticipated podium finish.

While every team and driver wants to win, the only things that they can control are those things within their own realm. For us, that’s exactly what we did. We were as quick as the top-finishers and drove consistent and fast laps. That’s all we could do. Our results weren’t great – but our satisfaction was!

Dad has lost count of how many times he’s raced in the “Cascade Enduro”. I have memories of attending it with him as a little kid – just hanging out in the pits.

Now, to have raced the race a couple times, I see why my he loves it so much.

I – and Dad – will be back for many more, guaranteed!

Postscript: Dad and I always appreciate the support that our friend Garth Stein provides us. He’s one of our biggest fans! The fact that he made the trip down from Seattle specifically to see us and help cheer us on, was awesome!! We so appreciated it!

 

 

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Father-Son Duo To Contest 38th Annual Six Hours Of The Cascades

Yorks to race in longest running sports car endurance race west of the Mississippi River.

Evan – and his dad, Kevin York – will return to Portland International Raceway with West Coast Touring Cars (WCTC) for the 38th Annual Six Hours Of The Cascades.

The famed “Cascade Enduro” – the longest running sports car racing endurance event west of the Missippippi.  This year the event actually features two endurance races at Portland International Raceway; a two-hour event (NORTHWEST MINI ENDURO SERIES FINALE) running from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm , and a six-hour event (38th ANNUAL 6 HOURS OF THE CASCADES) beginning at 3:00 pm and ending under the lights at 9:00 pm.

Our participation in this event – and successful completion of it – will be an exciting way to continue the ongoing relationship with our friends at the West Coast Touring Cars (WCTC) team.” Evan’s dad, Kevin remarked, “I look forward to having Evan as my sole co-driver this year. We know the team, and sponsor – Car Tender & GoEnzo.com – have worked very hard to continue the development of their BMW PRO3 car. We’re counting on it being both reliable and quick. Our goal will be an E2 class win this year to go along with the P3 class win I enjoyed in 2004 and the E2 podium finish that Evan and I shared with WCTC teammates in 2011.”

Presented by the Cascade Sports Car Club, the race will be the 38th annual edition of the famed endurance race and sanctioned by the International Conference of Sports Car Clubs (ICSCC).

Evan York of YORK Motorsport is a young, professional athlete striving for the highest levels of motorsport. Graduated from high school in the Spring of 2011 as a member of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, National Latin Honor Society and with excellent class ranking, Evan now attends the University of North Carolina – Charlotte and majors in Systems Engineering at the school’s William States Lee College of Engineering. Since first driving a racing go kart at the age of seven, Evan has endeavored to race something – anything! – as often as possible. Evan is partnered with Car Tender, GoEnzo.com, Bell Racing USA, Fuel Clothing, Nuun Optimal Hydration, PitFit Training & YGM LLC.

Kevin York of YORK Motorsport has been a motorsport competitor, instructor, and coach for over two decades. He has been or is licensed by FIA, ACCUS, USAC, ICSCC, and Grand Am. Kevin is partnered with Car Tender, GoEnzo.com, Bell Racing USA, Nuun Optimal Hydration, PitFit Training, Swiftwick & YGM LLC.

West Coast Touring Cars (WCTC) is an informal grouping of sports car racers set on having fun and being champions all at the same time. Rob Dunn, as team principal, races regularly in ICSCC and SCCA competition. For information, see www.westcoasttouringcars.com

Portland International Raceway is a twelve turn, 1.967 mile road course, located five miles north of Portland, Oregon. Sanctioning bodies using the facility have included Champ Car, IMSA, NASCAR, SCCA, PCA, ALMS, and ICSCC.

Updates can be found via social media outlets:

@EvanYork (Evan)

@YORKMotorsport (Kevin)

https://www.facebook.com/yorkmotorsport

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GIANT KILLER RACING M3

Quick in-car from Spokane. This is an e30 M3 with a S54 powerhouse! More to come later…

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