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SCCA World Challenge Race
Lime Rock Connecticut
May 29, 1999
Peter Kitchak drives the Toad
Hall Motor Racing Porsche RSR in World Challenge GT Class
We qualify 2d, have the fastest race lap and DNF with transmission problems
Race Report, May 29, 1999- Lime Rock- On the airplane home.
Another not so good weekend. Some good news, some not so good. We were quick. Having never been to the track before we were pleased with how we got the car going. We blew a motor in practice on Friday and the guys, after going around the clock all week geting the car ready, did another almost all-nighter. We put the 3.5 liter motor in the car instead of the 3.8 and were able to take take 150 pounds of lead out of the car due to the smaller motor. Seemed like a good trade although we also hit the gearing better for the race after we had to rebuild the gear-box also.
We qualified on the front row and had the fastest race lap. We qualified 2d, but it was bittersweet. I made a mistake and went off the course on the second lap at the end of the front straight and although there was no damage, we were then last. I returned to the fray and ran a string of laps that were all faster than the fastest cars. We were going through a lot of traffic and still gaining ground on the leaders. We were up to 6th, and only 20 seconds behind the leaders, when on lap 21, something let go and oil gushed from the car and we started to smoke. But the engine still had good oil pressure and temps were reasonable. Strange. Apparently it was the gearbox. So, on lap 34, with the 6th, 5th 4th and 3d place cars easily in sight, the transmission gave up. It had run out of oil and locked in gear, unable to go anywhere. Cest le vie'.
David Moore, Lee Kemper and Mike Whiteley deserve a great compliment however. The work they did on the car during the week was great and we had the speed, just not the luck. But, watch for us next weekend. We will be on the podium.
So, the guys will have four days to get things organized and we will
be back to the fray next weekend at Mid Ohio.
Peter Kitchak and Toad Hall Motor Racing, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, announced today that it will enter the balance of the SCCA Pro SpeedvisionWorld Challenge Races during the 1999 season in the Keewaydin Toad Hall Porsche RSR.
The next event for the team will be the Dodge Dealers Grand Prix at Lime Rock Conneticut, Saturday May 29th.
The World Challenge is North America's premier professional racing series for production based Grand Touring Cars. The series is sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and Speedvision is the title sponsor. For a complete description of the series see www.sccapro.com/wc/99preview.html.
Peter Kitchak, Winner of the GT-2 Class at the 1998 24 Hours of Daytona and Winner of the 1997 World Challenge Race at the Minneapolis Grand Prix will drive the Toad Hall Porsche RSR in the balance of the 1999 World Challenge Series. Kitchak has also competed at the 24 hours of LeMans in 1997 and 1998. In 1997 he drove for the French Team Larbre Competition and in 1998 he drove for the German team, Konrad Motorsport.
In the first Speedvision World Challenge race of the season, on May 23, Kitchak qualified 6th at Mosport (near Toronto) and finished 12th after spending 2 laps in the pits early in the race to correct an oil leak. He finished the same two laps down to the leaders. Bobby Archer won that race in a Dodge Viper.
The World Challenge season is shaping up as a top level series with a broad spectrum of manufacturers competing. At Mosport, 7 different types of cars occupied the top 8 places on the grid.
Kitchak will drive at Lime Rock and again the following weekend at Mid Ohio. He will leave immediately after the Mid Ohio Race for France where he will drive the Konrad Motorsport Porsche GT-2 in the 1999 24 Hours of LeMans. LeMans will take place on June 12 and 13, 1999.
“We were not competitive at Mosport and have made some changes
to the car with the expectation to be more competitive at Lime Rock,” Kitchak
said, “Our crew is working around the clock in an effort to find the speed we need at Lime Rock."
Kitchak was the Canadian American Ice Racing Champion (driving a Porsche on the frozen lakes of the US and Canada) in 1970 and the International Ice Racing Champion in 1973. He did not drive any race cars between 1974 and 1992 when he started his road racing career. At 57 years old, Kitchak is one of the oldest drivers in the field. "Age is not a factor, " he says, "I stay in good shape and am driving better than I ever have."
The Keewaydin Toad Hall Porsche is a normally aspirated, air-cooled 3.8 Liter Porsche RSR with 6 cylinders that makes approximately 340 horsepower, The car is prepared by Johnson Autosport of Northfield, MN.
David Moore of Moorespeed of Austin, Texas, will be the team’s crew chief, manager and chief engineer for the Mosport Race. Moorespeed is a specialty race car engineering and preparation shop specializing in Porsche and other race cars. Other crew members are Lee Kemper and Mike Whitley, both of Austin, Texas. Lee Kemper and Mike Whiteley will assist as mechanics.
Thus far in 1999, Kitchak finished 3d in the GTS class in the American
LeMans Series at both the 12 hours of Sebring and the Atlanta Grand Prix.
February he won his class and was 2d overall in a Porsche Club of America Race at Sebring, Florida.
Kitchak is a resident of Excelsior, Minnesota. He is 57 Years old, married to Patricia. He is considered on the top "deal makers" in American corporate real estate and is the President of The Keewaydin Group, a real estate consulting firm headquartered in Minneapolis.
For more information contact Peter Kitchak, The Keewaydin Group, Inc.,
Minneapolis, MN, 612-341-4422. During the Race Weekend contact Peter
Kitchak 612-889-0910 (cell phone) or David Moore at 512-751-2996 (cell phone).