Designer Night at the Races™ #46 – General Motors Roars Back

Night two of Designer Night at the Races™ featured good food, good drinks, great people and some close racing.   As usual, it was all for a great cause.

IMG_3336We should start by thanking our great partners; the team at Lacks


We were able to get the group from Plastic Plate to stop speeding for about 5 seconds

and Plastic Plate…


Many years ago the Team trophy was called The Spinelle(TM) Cup

…and the team at Autodesk


But as much as everyone is interested in the competition, I think they all enjoy the camaraderie more.

IMG_3325IMG_3387Is there anything better than working with people you enjoy?

IMG_8740 IMG_8500Or spending an evening at the track after a long hard day working with clay?

IMG_3397In the B-Main it was a GM-Ford battle for the top 3 positions as Vlad Kapitanov of GM edged Kirk Bennion of GM by 5 1/2 seconds with Greg Matas of Ford another 5 1/2 seconds behind in 3rd place.  Paul Hoste of Chrysler managed the fastest lap at 26.685 but only garnered a 11th place finish.


B-Main Winner Vlad Kapitanov of GM by way of Russia


Greg Matas of Ford and Kirk Bennion of GM join Vlad on the B-Main winner’s Podium

In the A-Main it came down to another GM-Ford battle which may be a preview of next year’s LeMans battle.  Artur Sakaria from Ford was within 50/100th of Max Sullivan of GM’s fastest lap, but could get no closer than 2 and a half second at the end.  Kyrylo Ponomarenko from GM rounded out the podium for GM another 9 seconds further behind.  David McCall of Ford managed the fastest race lap at 26.388 but was mired back in traffic in 8th place.


Max Sullivan of GM is all smiles as trophy girls Erin and Tatjana help him celebrate


Kyrylo Ponomarenko of GM in 3rd and Artur Sakaria of Ford in 2nd join Max on the podium

The Plastic Plate Team Enduro is the most anticipated race of the evening as the racers split into 3-person teams for a 45 minute endurance race replete with pit stop sand driver’s changes.  And it was almost a clean sweep for the first time ever as Ford just missed a 1-2-3 finish.  The team that broke it up?  Team Chrysler #1 of Brian Lucia, Jesse Schott and James Cronin of Autodesk just beat out Ford #2 comprised of David McCall, Thomas Marminc and Greg Matas.  In 2nd place was Ford #3 with Chris Nichols, Josh Greiner and Jeff Chiu of Plastic Plate.


Your Plastic Plate Team Enduro Podium: 3rd -Chrysler #1, 1st – Ford #1 , 2nd Ford #3

The team that won it all?  Ford Team #1.  The team that started DEAD LAST!

Ford Team #1 featuring the trophy girls and Artur Sakaria and Colin Bonathan along with Frank Schwartz of AACS

Ford Team #1 featuring the trophy girls and Artur Sakaria and Colin Bonathan along with Frank Schwartz of AACS

Rooting your teammates on in the Team Enduro is the usual end of evening activity.

IMG_9002Even though General Motors did not podium in the Plastic Plate Team Enduro, their win in the Heat Race puts them in a slight lead after two nights of racing.  But Chrysler and Ford are close behind and Nissan and Toyota will have a large turnout for night #3.

DESIGNER NIGHT AT THE RACES – SPRING 2015     East Coast 5/18 Lacks Enterprises Heat Race 5/18 Plastic Plate Enduro 5/19 Lacks Enterprises Heat Race 5/19 Plastic Plate Enduro SUB-TOTAL
1 General Motors 4 9 9 4 26
2 Chrysler 9 4 4 6 23
3 Ford 3 3 6 9 21
4 Nissan 6 6 0 0 12
5 Toyota 0 0 0 0 0

IMG_8909So that covers the news from the second installment at Kart2Kart.  Night number 3 at JD Karting in Novi is up next where we get to crown the Fastest Studio in the East – Spring 2015.  CHeck out the rest of the pictures from night #2 at Kart2Kart here.

About Frank Schwartz

Frank Schwartz is the founder of and Advanced Automotive Consulting Services, partner in The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment and serial entrepeneur. A long time automotive enthusiast, Frank started reading car magazines at the age of 8 and has spent 30+ years working inside the automotive industry. In his spare time Frank races with the Sports Car Club of America, spends time working on his numerous project cars and supports many local charities.
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