Homestead Report, Trans-Am

The second stop of the SCCA Trans-Am series was Homestead, FL. Unlike last year, the track configuration used included turns 3 and 4 of the Nascar oval, making for a very challenging and high speed corner.

H3BCR only had one car in the race, Andrew Romocki in his Rocanda Enterprises TA Mustang. Having never been there, Andrew picked up the track very quickly, setting some great lap times. He also did his research, talking to all the other drivers and getting whatever bits of information he could.

H2The result was a 10th out of 18 in initial qualifying, but we got pushed down to 11th during second chance qualifying. On final practise, Andrew was 8th and was ecstatic with the handling of the car, so we decided to leave it for the race, a mistake in hind-sight. The track conditions changed as it was significantly hotter and thus more slippery during the race.

Andrew got pushed out at the start, and spun off track on lap two, trying to recover from the poor start and difficult conditions. Even as such, he finished 12th, a testament to perseverance and reliability.

We also recruited a new mechanic at Homestead…………

Sebring Report, Trans-Am

First race of 2015 was held at Sebring International. With 3 cars running under the BCR banner and a third built by BCR, we had high hopes going into the weekend, but mother nature had other plans.

Sebring3It was raining on and off thru most of the practise and part of the qualifying sessions. As such, we missed out on crucial testing, and were behind as the other top teams had plenty of testing at this track. Regardless, our #07 TA2 Camaro, driven by Steve Kent Jr. qualified 6th out of 34, and Andrew Romocki, piloting his Rocanda Enterprises TA Mustang was 17th out of 20.

Sebring5Harry Steenbakkers made it to 14th in his BCR built TA2 car, but they were chasing set-up all weekend and Harry was struggling with a loose car.

At the race start, Steve put on one of his trade-mark moves and passed a few cars, only to eat the wall as the throttle stuck wide open on lap one. A very disappointing, not to mention expensive, ending to an otherwise great qualifying and start.

Harry struggled as well, finally tearing off the front splitter when he was forced off track by another competitor. The damage was too great to continue.

Sebring4Andrew’s race was far better in comparison, he had a clean start and was making his way up, all the way to the 9th position. His best lap was substantially quicker than he has ever gone, and he was fighting hard for a position close to the end when he spun. He finished 11th.

Regardless of the outcome, we walked away with having learnt a lot, and very glad for Andrew who drove a great race.

 

 

 

Homestead- TA2 Rental

MO7The #07 BCR Camaro is available for the Homestead Trans-Am 2 race, April 9-12, 2015. Car may also be entered in SVRA race on same weekend. Highly competitive car with full track support, arrive and drive package.
Interested parties please contact Blaise : 647-283-1306

Sebring Test Report, Jan. 27-28, 2015

Incredible weather and great track conditions marked the January Dave Murray test days at Sebring International Raceway.

BC RaceCars Inc. was fortunate to have the combination of Andrew Romocki’s TA Mustang and professional driver Mike Skeen along with unlimited track time to test and tune. We were able to evaluate about 30 different adjustments, ranging (but not limited to) camber, wing, toe, shocks, anti-squat, pressures, etc. and ended up with a super fast Sebring set-up.

We have worked with Mike Skeen before, yet his talents simply keep amazing us! The feedback that he is able to provide and his ability to get the job done in a few laps really speeds up testing, not to mention his incredible pace! Thanks Mike.

Also a big thanks to Andrew, for providing the platform and having the foresight to hire the best of the best. The proof is in the pudding, Mike went 1 second faster than the Trans-Am qualifying pole lap time of 2014, with traffic and on well-used tires. His theoretical best was some 3.5 seconds faster!! See link below for some in-car video, we were evaluating a compression change on the shocks, ultimately making the car too loose:

 

After a few more adjustments:

We are super excited about the Sebring TA race in a few weeks time, BC RaceCars will have 3 of its cars running, Andrew with his TA Mustang and Steve Kent Jr. and Harry Steenbakkers in their BCR built TA2 Camaros.

 

Steve Kent Jr. Driving for BCR in 2015

Steve Kent. TA2BC Racecars Inc. is pleased to announce that Steve Kent Jr. will be piloting the #07 BCR Camaro TA2 in Trans-Am for a limited 6 race schedule in 2015.

Steve and BCR first got together for the 2014 finale at Daytona. After the first day of practice, it was evident that the combination was a good one; Steve was fast out of the box, and was able to effectively communicate what he needed out of the car.

“ We were utterly impressed with his talents” says team principal Blaise Csida, “ not only was he fast, he knew what he needed, used his head, and raced smartly, all the attributes of a good professional driver. And the chemistry was just right. ”

The 2015 Trans-Am season is shaping up to be the best yet, and BCR is excited to be part of the series with such a talent behind the wheel. Our first race is Sebring on March 1st.

BC Racecars Inc. is a full time professional race organization, specializing in all forms of road racing. Services include full TA/TA2 car builds, track support, rental rides, engineering, fabrication; anything to do with road racing. Contact us for your Motorsport needs.

 

BC RACE CARS 2015 Trans Am Team

Since 1999, BC RACE CARS, has engineered and produced top performing Trans Am legal GT1 race cars in Canada. Our dedicated support staff is comprised of professional race car mechanics, fabricators, designers, that hold licenses in specific fields of the trade, as well accomplished race car drivers.

Blaise Csida, owner and operator of BC RACE CARS has competed with Trans Am since 2004. Teammates include fellow Canadian race car owners, Andrew Romocki and Allan Lewis that joined Trans Am in 2012 with
Mike McGahern following suit in 2013 in his TA2 race car. During the 2014 race season we introduced Harry Steenbakkers to Trans Am in our newly prepared 2014 BCR Camaro rental car. At the end of the 2014 race season, Harry’s Father, Marc Steenbakkers had BC RACE CARS build them their own 2014 Camaro that will be managed by Calabogie Motorsports with our support.

For a limited 6 race schedule in 2015, BC RACE CARS Inc. is pleased to announce that Steve Kent Jr. will be piloting the #07 2014 TA2 BCR Camaro.

BC RACE CARS continues to welcome new drivers to Trans Am by either renting or providing support to owner operated TA and TA2 race cars.

Drivers:

Blaise Csida: http://www.gotransam.com/drivers/index.cfm?did=4905

Andrew Romocki:  http://www.gotransam.com/drivers/index.cfm?did=4854

Allan Lewis:  http://www.gotransam.com/drivers/index.cfm?did=4848

Mike McGahern:  http://www.gotransam.com/drivers/index.cfm?did=4859

Harry Steenbakkers:  http://www.gotransam.com/drivers/index.cfm?did=4932

Marc Steenbakkers:  http://www.gotransam.com/drivers/index.cfm?did=4906

Steve Kent Jr:  http://www.gotransam.com/drivers/index.cfm?did=4849

 

Daytona Report

Great racing, beautiful weather and incredible performance by the BC RaceCars crew marked the last SCCA Trans-Am race at Daytona International. BC RaceCars had three cars running, two TA machines driven by Andrew Romocki and Allan Lewis and our TA2 car driven by Steve Kent Jr. from Maryland, USA.

gallery_thumbAllan had a unfortunate accident during the first practice session on Wednesday, severely damaging the car. The crew spent the next few days feverishly repairing it by fitting new body panels to the car, welding and repairing all the damaged sections. It wasn‘t pretty, but we finally had the car back together for Thursday’s second practice session, and at last Allan had the chance the shake the car down a bit before qualifying. With all the practice time missed, we were severely behind in set-up and the results showed; Allan started the race close to the back but reliability and perseverance resulted in a 5th place finish, the best for him this year! Congrats to him and the entire crew for not only making the race but finishing!

 

AR29Andrew had an incredibly colorful weekend as well. It started with a major blow up of a transmission, which was easily remedied. Not so easy was an engine loosing power, which was not diagnosed till the last practice session on Thursday, requiring the crew to stay late for an engine change. We barely made qualifying the next day, and Andrew pushed very hard to try to get a decent qualifying result, unfortunately spinning and flat spotting all four tires. As per TA rules, new tires required us to start from the back of the field. Andrew made up good places, fighting hard for each spot, getting up all the way to the top 7 before a differential failure ended his race. Again, a good showing of speed and great work from the crew!

 

gallery_largeSteve has never driven our green TA2 car, but got comfortable almost from the first practice session. He had us change the set-up slightly as the car was too loose for his liking, as well as adjust the brake bias, and get more “drive off the corners“. All adjustments were carried out quickly, and by the second official practice session, Steve piloted the car to the top of the charts! He continued with a 5th place qualifying effort (which was cut short to only 2 flying laps by a red flag and a Cope car holding him up badly) but truly showed his pace during the race. He patiently battled his way up to 3rd, even though the car lacked the straight-away speed of his competitors, making it all up with driving and the set-up. Unfortunately, a stuck transmission forced an un-scheduled pit stop, but still resulted in an 8th place finish. We are definitely looking forward to working with Steve again, we were truly impressed by his talents.

We would like to thank Trans-Am on another great event and for all their efforts this year. They have elevated this series to a level that inspires pride of participation, with pro drivers and teams to race against, good fields and great venues. We encourage everyone in racing to consider joining.

Daytona CrewAlso a special thanks to the BC RaceCars crew, for all their hard work, dedication, and commitment, not just this event but for the entire year. They are simply as good as any crew out there; John Maloney, Martin Lee, Scott Zurrer, Andrew Zitman, Frank Neilson, John Bissette, Chris Johnson, Chris Albin. Thanks!

 

NASA Report from Daytona International

Andrew Romocki (and family) and BC Racing spent a glorious weekend at Daytona International Raceway with the TA GT-1 Mustang entered in two classes of competition at a NASA sanctioned event.

In addition to amazing weather, we also had the pleasure of working with Pro driver Mike Skeen. He is an incredibly talented and fast driver who was able to help us get a better set up and give us pointers on driving this intimidating and iconic race track. Click on link below to see Mike at work:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YL6cZP6FS4&list=UUD-QKDvsrkckeKE7TtvoYKQ

Both Mike and Andrew easily won their respective classes, and we are looking forward to some serious competition in a few weeks time at the season finale of the SCCA Trans-Am Series.

 

BC Race Car @ Laguna Seca

Take a tour of Laguna Seca with Elmer Shannon of Oakland California in his 2006 Super Modified Chevrolet Corvette F430 built by BC RACE CARS.  This 2006 Corvette was initially built for Rich Dederian of Lakehead California after he fell in love with Shannon’s 2004 Corvette. Elmer recently purchased this race car from Rich, see some hot laps on board from Laguna Seca:

[hana-flv-player video=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBAmNnPAYQg” width=”400″ description=”140921_1510 v.1-Shelby Club @ Laguna Seca – 2006 Corvette F430 (FAST Laps) ” player=”5″ autoload=”true” autoplay=”false” loop=”false” autorewind=”true” /]

Elmer will be competing in the GT-1 class at the 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs held at  Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during the week of October 6th in his 2004 Chevrolet Corvette.

The 2004 Chevrolet Corvette was built by BC RACE CARS and driven by Blaise Csida in Trans-Am and GT-1 events in Canada and the USA from 2004-2005. Elmer purchased the car in  2005 which he mainly raced at his home track of Thunder Hill in California, but also entered a number of SCCA Pro-Racing Trans-Am races from 2009 to 2011.  In 2014, Elmer has competed in a number of  SCCA National Events, earning him a spot in the 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs.

We at BC RACE CARS wish Elmer a safe and successful weekend at the Runoffs.

 

 

TA2 Ride at Daytona


MO7There is an opportunity for a ride in our 2014 TA2 Camaro race car at the Trans-Am finale at Daytona International Raceway, Nov. 12-15. We offer a complete arrive and drive package, with additional testing opportunities available.
This race car has qualified top 5 in both Trans-Am races it entered, beating out some very famous teams and drivers. Interested parties please contact BC Race Cars for further information, pricing and requirements:
Blaise
647-283-1306
blaise.csida@bcracecars.com

race car preparation, fabrication, engineering, driver training and coaching.