Author: Steve Zongker

The Why and Why Nots of Sports Cars

Story by Steve Zongker Yes, I know it’s been quite a long time since this columnist has appeared. Some of that has been due to professional and personal issues, but here I am back with another opinion piece from the sofa. I was reading an article on a popular sports car website (of which the unintentional comedy factor in the comments section is sky high), and it got me to thinking about the state of sports cars in the coming year(s). For certainty, this list will be met with general dismissal as nonsense by most, but I put this...

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Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Opens Indycar; Kanaan Looks to Give Back to Fans

Story and photo by Steve Zongker For years the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg was my start to the racecar season. When I moved to Tampa back in 2004, I actually was a volunteer for the race weekend, and my post was in the area between turns six through nine. I was always fond of the fact that there were numerous different races and series during the weekend, and that still happens to this day. This year there was the Verizon IndyCar Series, Mazda Road to Indy, Pirelli World Challenge Championships, and the SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks. Before...

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IMSA Strategy in Endurance Karting

Story and photo by Steve Zongker If you ask any racer these days where they got their start, most will tell you through go-karts. This past weekend, I was able to participate in the eighth annual Endurance Karting 24 Hours of America held in Bushnell Florida. Some of the previous events have been held at prestigious locations as New Orleans Motorsports Park and Daytona International Speedway. Endurance Karting is put on by Chris McCoy and his team based out of Alpharetta, GA since 2001. His team puts a lot of energy and enthusiasm into these events, and it shows...

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My First Day as an IMSA Crewmember

Story and photo by Steve Zongker In my last article I told you about the preparations I endeavored upon for a class championship winning team. This past week I spent almost four days in Daytona at the “World Center of Speed” for the “Roar Before the 24”. This was my first experience as a crew member at Daytona, and I was so excited that I could not sleep the night before. It was the equivalent of waiting for Santa on Christmas Eve! Earlier in the week, I had been given a “crew info packet” via email which had an...

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Off Season? What Off Season?

Story and photo by Steve Zongker.  For the better part of the past month, most race series have been in their off season mode. Typically as race fans, we start our winter hibernations from the end of the racing season until the beginning of a new season the next calendar year. Even myself, I was in hibernation mode, except for filling in and sending out media credential requests for the first races of 2017. But this year, the racing gods blessed me with an amazing opportunity. Last month, I was contacted by a championship winning team to assist with...

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