Sunday, February 5, 2017

talking with Kevin:

From an interview with Kevin Watson: 

The guys and myself have been busy prepping for the 2017 race season, above our normal offseason prep:

This offseason we are basically starting with an almost new car. We had parked our 2014 champ car mid-season last year in favor of our older but fresher second car.

After an unfortunate accident at the Seattle regional race we were forced to dust this car off and put it back in for the remainder of the 2016 season. For no other reason than to get back on the horse as they say.

Part of the reason for sidelining this car was the high number of runs on the chassis and the fact that she had a pretty good sag to her. We had given the car the nickname Saggie Maggie, the poor girl was screaming for a much-needed facelift.

Shortly after Christmas we contacted our good friend and chassis builder Wade Ramsey who is the now owner of Sarmento Racecars in Yuba city California.

Having done an awesome job on our other car we felt very confident in calling on Wade to take on the task of building a whole new front half and fabricate a completely new magnesium body. This took a few weeks, and as expected it turned out AWESOME.

Once we got the car back down to our Sun Valley based shop it was time to get to work. We basically stripped the car down to bare pipe and began the process of reassembly.

This includes rewiring and plumbing the entire car. We are also updating some things that had been over looked for some time, basically the car is getting some much-needed love.

It’s been busy over here at The Maddern racing shop, with the hauler get some much-needed attention too. To say it's has been a busy off season is a little bit of an understatement.

But as per the norm around The Maddern Racing shop, it all seems to be coming together just in time to kick off the 2017 season, at one of our favorite tracks, which also happens to be Pomona our home track.

We are excited to get back at it and see what this car will do.

We are also very happy to have back on board with us our great sponsors Peen-Rite, Afco, BG-Detection, L.A. X-ray, Boost PerformanceProducts, Hoosier Tires and Motorsports Unlimited. Who without there support we wouldn't be able to do what we do.

So, thank you all very much and here's to an awesome 2017 season.

Car Chief/Tuner and Basic Badass

Kevin Watson

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