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Testing the Phoenix F1000 Continues.....

7/21/2008......We will be testing the Phoenix F1000 at ArroyoSecoRaceway in Deming, New Mexico on August 16th, 2008. By this date we will have the new Go Pro Motorsports video cameras mounted on the F1000. Hopefully shortly after that we will be able to add a video to the site. We will have two GoPro's mounted on the car. One for the cockpit view and one of the rear view. The next race is scheduled for September 13th and 14th back at La Junta Raceway in La Junta, Colorado. If successful at La Junta, Richard will capture the Rocky Mountain Division SCCA Regional Championship Series. If he does, he will be the first Pan Am SCCA Club Racer to capture 2 regional championships in one year. We will keep you posted as to the race events, results and testing and updates on the F1000. Until then.........lets go racing.
                           


Video Cameras to be added to the Phoenix F1000.....


8/13/2008.......The GoPro Motorsports Hero 3 video cameras have been installed on Phoenix F1000. Each camera uses a 2 GB SD computer card which will record up to 56 minutes of video, or the camera can be set to take still photos every 5 seconds. We will put these video cams to a test this weekend at ArroyoSecoRaceway, here in New Mexico.  The drivers right side will provide a shot of the cockpit, shifting, and the forward track view.  The drivers left video cam will provide video to the rear of the F1000. This will be a test weekend, and hopefully I can get some video footage added to my blog. Stay tuned. These are highly rated cameras and should provide some excellent racing footage.   This weeks test will also be a learning experience with the cameras. Stay tuned more to follow.............  double click the first image to start a large image slide show.                                

                                

Video Cameras prove disappointing.....

8/17/2008.......First test of the GoPro Motorsports Hero was very disappointing. In the rear mounted camera, there was lots of vibration. After 4 minutes on the track and speeds up to 110 mph +, the mount stayed on the car, but what I call the "twist mount" did not hold and the screws that held the mount together, came loose and the camera angle changed/shifted. Lots of vibration in the video, most likely due to placement of the Go Pro.

The front camera stopped and did not record twice. When using the front mounted camera in a stable position and no movement the camera worked great as well as the rear mounted camera. As with the rear mount, the front facing camera mount did not hold either under the vibration and wind speeds. I think these mounts may have to be glued all together as one piece, once the proper angle of view is achieved. It seems that once the car starting rolling and the camera suffered some vibration, it just wouldn't record.

I will try again using the cameras in my car/truck as I won't be racing for another month.

While the cameras are low priced, this test was a failure. I will not give up and will try different mounts and ideas. For now, the Go Pro was a Go Dud in my experience and experiment. I spoke with a racer at the track that uses the GoPro mounted on a motorcycle and he stated it worked great. So I guess it's back to testing to give the camera a second chance. I will say on the rear mounted camera I did get some video and the overall image was very good, just lots of movement and shaking.

I will keep everyone posted.


Richard Dziak Secures his 2nd Regional Championship......


9/1/2008.......I  secured my 2nd Regional Championship for 2008. After successfully winning the 2007-2008 Arizona Regional SCCA Saguaro Championship, my goal was to win the Rocky Mountain Division Regional Championship for 2008. I  was sucessfull and am the first Team Pan Am SCCA Club Racer to win 2 regional championships in 1 year. Driving my Phoenix F1000, I managed to  rack up four 1st Place finishes. Although the RMD SCCA season was shortened due to 3 race events being canceled, I ended up the points leader. In all my years of racing, the 2007-2008 Arizona season and the 2008 Rocky Mountain season was my best ever. I recorded 10 - 1st Place finishes and 1 - 2nd Place finish. The Phoenix F1K.07 performed flawlessly and I want to thank the build team at Phoenix Race Works for building me one great formula race car. I will now continue to test the car at our local track ASR- ArroyoSecoRaceway near Deming, New Mexico. The next day on the track will be September 13th, 2008. I am in the process of adding racing communications in the car, so I can stay in close contact with my pit crew. The addition of the Racing Electronics Motorola CP200 radios will be an added plus. I owe allot to my wife Mary who has been at my side during all of my racing during the 2007-2008 season. She has been a major supporter and does a great job in assisting. She will now play an even more important role once the radio communications are added.

More to follow ......

Current Financial Crisis delays racing.......

10/26/2008.......Due to the current global financial crisis that we face as Americans, my competitive racing will begin in 2009. My first priority remains to my client base of over 1300 accounts and an asset base in excess of $120,000,000. Clients are concerned and nervous over the present situation. Extreme volatility in the markets now warrant close communication with my clients, that have been extremely loyal to me. While the passion for racing exists, so does the passion for the job and concern for my clients best interests. Hopefully the financial markets will find stability in the not too distant future which will allow more free time to enjoy racing. Adding to the equation of delay, is the cost of racing itself. While I preach financial responsibility to my clients, I also must practice that advice. On a typical race weekend, costs range from $1000 to $1500 dollars. That includes entry fees, costs to tow the race car, lodging, food, fuel and other unknowns that arise. For most racers at the SCCA level, it takes disposable income to make the events become reality. At the beginning of each year, I carefully plan my race events and budget expenses carefully. Every two years a strict medical physical examination is required to maintain the SCCA Competition Race License. The physical exam requirements include EKG exams, vision exams, and strict medical examinations, and detailed blood analysis. I currently maintain a SCCA National Competition License, and have had the National license since my first year of racing.  In order to maintain a SCCA National Competition License, the SCCA rules require the driver to complete four SCCA sanctioned events in a 12 month calendar year. In order to maintain a SCCA Regional Competition License the driver must complete two SCCA sanctioned race events in a 12 month calendar year. Once the 2009 race schedules are determined, I will plan my race events in the Arizona Region and plan events for the Rocky Mountain Division, which typically are in the summer months. Controlling costs for racing events is important. In addition to race costs, required safety equipment and race car maintenance is also a financial factor. My race budget is typically in excess of $10,000 to $15,000 per year. Without any major cash sponsorship, financial planning is extremely important in this sport. 2008 was an extremely successful year for me, capturing the Arizona Regional Saguaro Championship 2007-2008 in the Arizona Region of the SCCA, and capturing the Rocky Mountain Division SCCA Regional Championship Series for 2008. 

I have recently installed a high quality Racing Electronics radio communications system in the car, and will be fully tested on the next testing day at ArroyoSecoRaceway, located near Deming, New Mexico in mid December. The F1000 race car continues to be maintained in mint condition and is fully race ready. My regional Amsoil representative Don Giles of Estancia, New Mexico will be applying to Amsoil Corporation in Minneapolis, Minn for a full corporate racing sponsorship for 2009. Don has been extremely helpful in supplying high quality Amsoil products for the race car. I invite you to contact Don, for any of your Amsoil products, whether it is racing or your own cars/trucks that you own. I highly recommend the Amsoil products for your every day automobiles or trucks.  2008 was a fun year and the performance of the Phoenix F1K-07 has been better than anyone can imagine. I have been invited to attend the ARRC National Championship race in Atlanta, GA.,  at Road Atlanta, but will be unable to attend that premier racing event. A National Champion will be crowned in Formula F1000 racing. I wish the best to my fellow Formula F1000 racing competitors. 2009 looks like it could become another exciting year, and I will be adding new photos and results as they take place. I will continue to update the blog here as events and news events take place.......until then, thanks for reading my racing blog. More to follow..............


New driver/crew communications work flawlessly at private test day......

11-22-2008........
I drove and tested the F1000 today at a private track rental at my home town track...... ArroyoSecoRaceway, in Deming, NM. The car once again performed flawlessly, but was evident that a new set of Goodyear Racing Eagle tires are needed. The F1000 was very loose in the rear end, and I had several problems attaining grip on the track. So next week an order will be placed for two new sets of GT Eagle compounds. The 2009 race schedules have been posted for both the Arizona Region SCCA and the Rocky Mountain Division (RMD) SCCA. My first competitive race will be February 14-15th at Phoenix International Raceway, located in Phoenix, Az. I plan to race in the Arizona Region in February, March and April. The Rocky Mountain Division has also posted their respective race schedules and many races will be held at the new High Plains Raceway located in Limon, Colorado. The track is located about 70 miles east of Denver. Due to time constraints of towing the car 13-14 hours up, and 13-14 hours back, it is doubtful that I will attend any races at the new facility. Unfortunately the Rio Grande Region SCCA (Albuquerque, New Mexico) did not schedule any races for 2009. Car counts in the past have been low, and it is quite difficult for any SCCA region to make funding for the events when car counts are low. I will try my best to attend races at La Junta Colorado, and plan to race the car at Pikes Peak International Raceway over the Memorial Day weekend. PPIR is one of my favorite tracks. PPIR is located 15 miles south of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Then, the remainder of the year will be fun open track days attended at my local track. I may enter other sanctioning body events other than the SCCA in 2009. Financial conditions will dictate what and how many races are attended. I fully expect  US economic conditions to worsen, in 2009, and my planned race events could be curtailed or schedule shortened. In the fall of 2009, racing will once again commence in the Arizona Region. Today we tested the installation of the in car Racing Electronics Motorola radio system. Communications between the driver and the pit crew have been established and the results today are being reported as EXCELLENT. The new race communications will be very helpful, as Mary was able to alert me when other cars were entering the track, had spun out or other track problems occurred. After I spun the car myself, Mary was able to respond quickly for a push back. Formula F1000 race cars are not equipped with a reverse gear. Sometimes a push backwards is required to re-enter the track. Having the radios only adds another dimension to the overall racing experience. I have officially applied to Amsoil Corporation in Superior, WI for a full years racing sponsorship. This effort is being guided by my local Amsoil dealership Canyon Traders, Don Giles. If you need any quality Amsoil products or are considering using quality lubricants in your cars, trucks, or racing machines, I highly suggest that you contact Don Giles via the address listed in my website. No matter where you live, Don can have any Amsoil products drop shipped directly to your address. I look forward to another year of racing, but it is doubtful that I will be able to attend enough required races to defend my past Regional Championship in the RMD Division. I will however give it an honest effort to retain the Arizona Regional Championship racing crown. I will continue to keep everyone posted here on my website as to events and happenings within my Formula Racing LTD., Team Pan Am racing program. On December 6th, 2008 the Richard F. Dziak Pan Am Region Racing Endowment will award the Driver of the Year for Team Pan Am 2008. Our 2008 year end awards banquet will be held, and the name of the Driver of the Year will be announced then. Team Pan Am had a great year with one National Points Championship and 2 Regional Championships brought back by Team Pan Am racers. As always.....more racing updates to follow.......

National Corporate Sponsor annoucement.......

12-16-2008......I am pleased to annouce that Amsoil Corporation located in Superior, WI has awarded a full national Corporate sponsorship to Team Pan Am -Formula Racing Ltd., LLC driver/owner  Richard Dziak.. With the assistance of my independent Amsoil dealer  Don Giles of  Canyon Traders, he was instrumental in assisting with the sponsorship. Amsoil will assist my racing efforts by supplying all Amsoil synthetic lubricants and high quality Wix oil filters for the 2009 racing season. Shipments of Amsoil products have already arrived at my home. I have been a believer in the Amsoil product for many years, and using Amsoil products in my $50,000 formula race car proves my trust in their products. I want to thank both Don Giles of Estancia, New Mexico for his continuing support in my personal racing endeavors. I also have great gratitude to the Amsoil Corporate Headquaters in Superior, WI for the full sponsorship. It is corporations  like Amsoil and representatives like Don Giles who go the extra mile to assist amateur racers like myself. If your interested in quality high performance Amsoil products contact Don Giles directly as mentioned on my website pages. He can take orders and drop ship Amsoil products anywhere in the USA. He has great product knowledge and follows thru on all orders for quick delivery. Thanks again Don Giles and Amsoil Corporation......more racing updates to follow.....

2009 Testing begins.......

1-5-2009.....Testing of the Formula F1000 race car will begin on January 11th, 2009 at ArroyoSecoRaceway. In the weeks ahead, I will announce the tentative racing schedule for 2009. The highlight for 2009 will be racing once again at Pikes Peak International Raceway,  located south of Colorado Springs in Fountain, Colorado. The race is scheduled for the Memorial Day Weekend, and will be exciting to be racing the same day as the Indy 500 event takes place. Pikes Peak International has reopened, and has always been an exciting event. Check back in the weeks ahead to view my current 2009 race schedule........I will also be adding more photos of the Phoenix F1000....more racing updates to follow.

Testing results at ArroyoSecoRaceway ........ FLAWLESS......

1-11-2009....As scheduled....testing of the Phoenix F1000 took place today, and the results were flawless. The F1000 ran perfectly, and today we changed the Goodyear Eagles to the 10" x 13" on the rear and 8" x 13" on the front. These tires were used once at Phoenix International Raceway in late 2008. Today the car held well, and cornering was fantastic. In the future it is a fair likelihood that these size Goodyears will be used. The shifting, acceleration and handling was once again impeccable. The engine ran great, and temps ran about 176 to 180 degree throughout the day. The weather seemed ideal, with 60 degree temps and winds under 5 mph. So the day went great, and will now prepare to race the first event of 2009 at Phoenix International Raceway in late March. Since I have owned the F1000 for 18 months, the car will be delivered to Dustin Wright, owner Phoenix Race Cars for a complete review of the car. Dustin is anxious to review and service the car after 13 race events, and several test days. The car has recorded perfect mechanical performance, and the original setup completed by Chris Harrison's Racing Dynamics in Phoenix has proven to be a perfect setup. So between races in March and April 2009, Dustin Wright will review and service the car. The 2006 Suzuki GSXR engine prepped by George Dean and purchased from Phoenix Race Cars, has performed flawlessly, and as the owner of the #2 F1K.07 chassis, I could not be happier. The Amsoil racing lubricants have provided a high degree of safety and I have no hesitations recommending the Amsoil products. The oil and filter will undergo a change over the next few weeks. Todays' test date will be the last before starting the 2009 race schedule which appears below.....

2009 Racing begins..........

3-10-2009.....both car and driver are ready to race. I will be racing at Phoenix International Speedway on March 21st & 22nd, for the Phoenix Children's Hospital Charity event. I will report the results and race highlights when I return.

More winning results at Phoenix International Raceway....

3-23-2009....The Arizona Region SCCA hosted the 9th annual Phoenix Children's Hospital event and with ideal weather on Saturday and higher winds on Sunday, I recorded wins 10 & 11 of the last 12 races. With the Phoenix F1K.07 F1000 I have now recorded 11 wins in the last 12 events. It was a good weekend and race times were cut substantially from previous events at Phoenix International. Saturday was a great qualifying run at 1:09 breaking my own track record of 1:16. As I continue to get more seat time, the times are improving. This weekend the GoPro Video camera worked well and I have several video recordings of the weekend. In the days ahead I will review the videos for tips on driving future events. The F1000 is now at the Phoenix Race Works shop for a complete review and analysis of the car. Any repairs that are necessary to bring the car up to optimal performance will be done. So far the car has been extremely reliable with no recorded incidents of mechanical problems. The car continues to run flawlessly as well as the George Dean prepped 2006 Suzuki GSXR 1000 CC engine. The car will be delivered to Firebird International Raceway on Friday April 3rd, and I plan to enter the final regional event of the Arizona Region on April 4th and 5th. If all goes well I will end the Arizona season as the F1000 (Class FB) points leader. I will then conduct a test day for more seat time at ArroyoSecoRaceway on April 18th, then enter a Southwest Motorsports event in Albuquerque, New Mexico at Sandia Motorplex. I want to thank Amsoil and local Amsoil dealer Don Giles for their continued support for the 2009 racing season. The Amsoil products have helped protect the high performance engine in the car. I also want to thank John Berget of John Berget Racing Tires for the tires sent last week. The Hoosier tires performed and held up very well. In the weeks ahead I will test the Hankook racing tires that John Berget has supplied. More updates to follow......

Racing At Firebird International Raceway......April 4th, 5th, 2009...

4-3-2009....I am currently in Chandler, Arizona getting ready to hit the track tomorrow. This will be the last race of the 2008-2009 racing season with the Arizona Region SCCA. I will race tomorrow April 4th & 5th at Firebird International Raceway. While I was the 2007-2008 Saguaro Regional Champion, I will finish the AZ season as the points leader for 2008-2009. Unfortunately because I did not have enough events recorded, I will not win the 2008-2009 championship. The F1000 was recently reviewed and went thru an extensive analysis by the constructor Phoenix Race Works. The car is in top shape and ready to go. After completing this event ....the next event will be with Southwest Motorsports in Albuquerque, New Mexico on May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The event will be held at Sandia Motorplex where I currently hold the SCCA track record for Formula F1000. I will complete the summer season with Southwest Motorsports, racing for their championship series. I will keep you  posted as to the results of this weekend. More to follow..........

Richard Dziak emerges as  2008-2009 Points leader in Class FB (F1000)....

4-7-2009....As the racing season comes to an end in the Arizona Region, Team Pan Am -Amsoil racer Richard Dziak finished the season as the 2008-09 SCCA Class FB (Formula F1000) Points Leader in the Saguaro Regional Championship Series. During the season Richard recorded 4 wins in 4 events. Last year Richard won the 2007-08 Championship Series. 
 "It was another great racing season in the Phoenix area racing at both Phoenix International Raceway and Firebird International Raceway. I wish I had the opportunity to race more events in the fall of 2008 to capture another Regional Championship, but that will have to wait until the 2009-10 racing season begins." The next event will be in Albuquerque, New Mexico racing with the Southwest Motorsports group at Sandia Motorplex. Richard holds the track record for Formula F1000 and hopes to break that record this year. Stay tuned for more info and results...........                          
                   

Richard Joins Southwest Motorsports.....

4-19-2009....As the summer begins for the 2009 racing season, I have joined the Southwest Motorsports group located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. SWMS will host a 4 event summer and fall racing series. The events are held at Sandia Motor Sports Park, in Albuquerque, NM. The 1st event of the season is slated for May 1st-2nd-3rd, 2009. I will race in the open wheel category with other Formula style cars.  Last year during the month of August over 30 open wheels race cars attended their event. It should be an exciting race series, and with Albuquerque just 230 miles away, it will make for an easy tow up north. The Phoenix F1K.07 is ready to race. The car just went thru a comprehensive review with Dustin Wright Owner of Phoenix Race Works. A new drive chain replaced the old and the car has been expertly maintained. The car is one of the most driven F1000's in the US recording over 1150 miles since delivery in August 2007. I look forward to making new friends and hopefully securing a new Championship with the SWMS racing group. The SWMS racing schedule is listed below. More racing info and results to follow.....

Richard Dziak wins in Albuquerque, NM @ Sandia Motorsports Park......

5-2-2009....Day One...
I  recorded two wins today @ Sandia Motorsports Park located in Albuquerque, NM. Richard recently joined the Southwest Motorsports (SWMS) group and will race with the new group during the summer and fall months of 2009. SWMS is not affiliated with the SCCA but follows the same rules and criteria of racing programs and follows the SCCA GCR rules. In today's trophy race event Richard started in second position on the grid. Once the starters green flag dropped Richard took the lead immediately and held the lead for the entire race. The full 1.7 mile road racing track @ Sandia was used for the event vs the shorter course that the SCCA uses for its events. In the afternoon sprint race on Sandia's short (1.1 mile road racing) track, Richard started from the 3rd position, and took the lead with 2 laps to go, to record his second win of the day. The Phoenix F1000 ran flawlessly throughout the day. The Phoenix was a hit once again to spectators and other racers. Many people asked about the class and what engine powered the car.  The FK1.07 continues to be a winner, and a blast to drive. Thanks Dustin Wright and the build team for building such a great race car. The final event of the weekend will take place on May 3rd, using the full track for the SWMS Championship points race. Thanks SWMS for a great day of racing, your hospitality and new friendships. Your organization shows you don't have to be an SCCA racer to enjoy racing. SWMS has several race groups from Student racers, karts, vintage cars, contemporary closed wheel and open wheel formula classes.
Team Pan Am Club Racer Richard Dziak has recorded 4 SCCA wins in 2009, and finished the Arizona racing season as the 2008-2009 points leader in the Saguaro Championship Series in Class FB (Formula F1000). Richard will continue racing in SCCA sanctioned events in the fall of 2009 when the Arizona Region begins their 2009-2010 racing schedule. Racing in the SCCA RMD Division is questionable for 2009 but possible.  Day Two...5-3-2009...Sunday.....The weather was great for racing, and after qualifying I took the pole position. After exiting the grid and getting the green flag, the first 3 laps went great but in turn 4 of lap #4 the car spun on the track. I had to leave the track surface to turn the car in the right direction. SWMS rules state if the 4 wheels of the car go off the track, it's an automatic "BLACK FLAG" and the driver must head into the pit area to check the car for any damage. While in the pit area, the cars lapped me and that was the end for me, a last place finish. So with a last place finish in the first race on Sunday I had to start at the end for race #2, the SWMS Championship Points race. I planned to lay back a bit then attack the other drivers. In  lap 6, I made my move to start my assault on the other drivers. I passed one driver, and could not get past the others in time for the checkered flag. I was just short of 1/2 car length to get to 2nd, place finish so Sundays Point Race recorded a 3rd place finish. I was able to drive the long track in just 1:32 for the first time and will be ready to make my moves much earlier when racing again in June. It was a great weekend and I look forward to racing on June 6th and 7th, 2009 back with SWMS @ Sandia MotorSports Park. More to follow....

8-2-2009....Competitive racing will continue on August 15th & 16th, 2009 at Sandia Motorplex with Southwest Motorsports. This will be the 2nd event weekend with SWMS. The June event was eliminated as there was shortage of open wheel race cars. This upcoming event will include racers from ProAutoSports located in the State of Arizona. It is widely expected that a good turnout of open wheel Formula race cars will enter the event. The Formula F1000 Phoenix F1K.07 is fully ready to race. It should be an exciting weekend with a practice session on Friday August 14th, 2009. A full review of the weekend will be added to the blog from the racetrack in Albuquerque, NM. Stay tuned, more to follow........

Richard Dziak gets 3 more 1st Place Wins at Sandia Speedway Park.......

8-15-2009....
Team Phoenix Race Works F1000 owner/driver Richard Dziak won the South West Motor Sports ....8th Annual Deutsche Marque Classic Open Wheel main event today at Sandia Motor Speedway in Albuquerque. Richard Dziak won the pole position in qualifying setting a new Sandia Motor Speedway track record for Formula F1000 with a 1:28.99 run on the 1.65 mile 15 turn road course. In the main event with Richard Dziak on the pole, he took the lead and lead the entire race. In the afternoon Open Wheel Sprint Race, Dziak earned the pole position from the main event win, and also finished 1st the Sprint Race event. The Phoenix F1K.07 ran flawlessly throughout the day, with no reported problems. It was another incredible day of competitive racing with the Phoenix brand F1000. The "Go Pro" video camera worked perfectly and recorded some great racing footage. On Sunday afternoon Richard Dziak will once again race his Phoenix F1K.07 Formula F1000 for the SWMS Points Championship Series. Hopefully Sunday's main event will be as successful as Saturdays main event. The Phoenix F1000 was once again one of the star performers of the day and one of the most admired race cars of the day and on the race track. Many fellow racers stopped by our set up in the paddock asking many questions about the Phoenix F1000. Most commented on the sleek look, and of course the roaring and winding sound of the Suzuki GSXR 1000 engine on the track. It was another great day of racing this beautiful Phoenix F1K.07 Formula F1000 race car. An update will follow after tomorrow's main event Points Championship race. For more information on Phoenix Race Works visit their website at
www.phoenixracecars.com SWMS is a non SCCA organization but is modeled after the SCCA GCR rules, and regulations. 

8-17-2009....It was a great weekend with a new racing group this year, South West Motor Sports a non-SCCA group. Overall there was about 90 entries and 9 Formula cars registered. Thru attrition by the time of the final Sunday race the group was down to 5 formula entries. I was the only F1000. The track was a 1.65 mile road course with 15 turns. A tough technical course, but fun. Made the arms tired after 2 days. I would highly suggest for those F1000 owners (perhaps regional racers) who might want to enjoy the fun and the sport of motorsports, you may want to consider other groups other than the SCCA. The SCCA is not the only venue around. I have learned this quickly this year. Yes, we had corner workers, ambulance on track, and wrecker for the crashes. Race stewards, and grid starters. The same as the SCCA. It was a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of track time. 2 races on Saturday, with a practice and qualifying run. On Sunday another practice session, qualifying and 2 more race events so I got plenty of track time and was quite exhausted by the end of the weekend.
I had the pole position in all 4 race events, and Won 3 of 4 races, until the final event when the F1000 spun and with no reverse, had to slowly work the car back on the track. By then, I was passed and did my best to play catch up. One of the highlights was meeting Jim Guthrie former IRL driver and owner of Jim Guthrie Racing. He spent some time discussing the F1000 chassis and was impressed with the Phoenix brand. He provided a few driving tips and I was really thrilled to speak with him. He was just a regular guy, who really wanted to talk racing. The discussion was all about the F1000 class, and he even provided a few suggestions for modifications to the Phoenix brand. Of course I did invite him to drive the car. Overall it was a great weekend and it was nice to have the Pro Auto Sports racers come over from the Phoenix area. It made for a great weekend, lots of fun, and competitive racing.
Next event will be more testing and driving at my local track on August 30th and then again in September before competitive racing again on October 30th and 31st, 2009.

Final Race for 2009 ......Oct 31, Nov 1st, 2009.....


10-9-2009....
The 2009 racing will end on Nov 1st, 2009. While I would like to finish the year racing with the Arizona Region SCCA, business and vacation schedules will conflict with my time. 2009 was another great year of racing, and should be able to bring home my first F1000 Championship with the Southwest Motorsports Group. New racing friends were made, and the group is a lot of fun. It's been a long year, and Phoenix F1K.07 F1000 is ready to race.  During the coming months, I will continue to test and tune the F1000 at ArroyoSecoRaceway my home town road course. The car continues to run flawlessly and I have been extremely pleased with the custom build. It is my hope that the last race will be without any accidents or incidents, as some of my fellow racers have suffered serious accidents with some minor injuries.  It pays to have the best safety equipment as anything can happen within a split second.  Other fellow racers have been plagued with mechanical problems and others cutting their racing schedules due to economic conditions. I will be planning my 2010 racing schedule during the winter months. The last race is now about 3 weeks away, and I will spend many hours preparing the F1000 for race day.  I will add more text to my blog after the last race.......stay tuned...and keep you motors running.

11-6-2009....Update......The last race of the season was canceled due to the death of my 85 year old father who passed away after fighting a battle of viral pneumonia. He passed away on the weekend of the scheduled race. So the 2009 racing season comes to an end. I will focus on testing the car and having some fun attending open track days and some private track rentals at Arroyo Seco Raceway. I plan to attend all of the Southwest Motorsports group events in 2010, once their new scheduled is completed. 2009 was another good year for racing and pure enjoyment with the Phoenix F1000 Formula race car. I will keep posting updates on my blog, so tuned and visit often for more racing updates........more to follow.

               Many thanks to my sponsors for successful and safe racing in 2009.
                                                               

2010 Racing Begins..............................


1-27-2010.......A new year, a new century.......a new racing year and schedule, WOW!!!!!...that's exciting.  The 2009 racing ended prematurely due to the death of my father. Neverless, I finished with a 3rd place overall position with SWMS (SouthwestMotorsports) and look forward to another year racing with both the SCCA and SWMS. The car is ready to go, new tires ordered, radio communications working great, video camera mounted and driver, well, excited. 

1st race will be a santioned SCCA event at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) on February 13th and 14th, 2010.  Then wil focus on the next race at ArroyoSeco Raceway in New Mexico on March 6th & 7th.  So far the new schedule looks like this:

        
Feb 13th & 14th, 2010 Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale AZSCCA event
             March 6th & 7th, 2010 Arroyo Seco Raceway, Deming NM   SWMS event
             May 1st & 2nd, 2010 Sandia Raceway, Albuquerque, NM  SWMS event
             June 5th & 6th, 2010 Sandia Raceway, Albuquerque, NM   SWMS event 
             Sept 4th & 5th, 2010 Sandia Raceway, Albuquerque, NM   SWMS event
             Oct 30th, 31st, 2010  Sandia Raceway, Albuquerque, NM   SWMS event

I will continue to make more posts to the blog.....stay tuned.


Richard Records 2 Wins at Phoenix International Raceway............

2-15-2010
.....(Feb 15th, 2010) .....Team Phoenix Race Works owner/driver Richard Dziak  recorded 2 - 1st Place finishes in the Ed Brannon Festival Regional Races at Phoenix International Raceway Feb 13th & 14th, 2010. Richard Dziak was uncontested in his class, and the Phoenix F1K.07 car #77 again ran flawlessly over the weekend. Supported by Owner/Design Engineer Dustin Wright, of Phoenix Race Works, who made some minor adjustments to the car, Dziak commented, "The Phoenix F1K.07 performed flawlessly and the handling was impeccable". Race conditions were ideal with tempatures in the low to mid 70's at race time. Richard Dziak has now recorded 21 first place finishes, and 2 SCCA Regional Championships driving his Phoenix F1000. The 2006 Suzuki 1000cc GSXR George Dean prepped engine continues to run flawlessly without any noteable problems. Richard Dziak has recorded via AIM dash data 46.48 hours and 1728 miles on the engine. Amsoil and vendor Don Giles of Estancia, New Mexico sponsors Dziak with ultra high quality Amsoil lubricrants, and NASCAR "WIX" brand Filters. Richard Dziak is religous in maintaining the Phoenix F1000 and fluids are changed out after every 4 events. The Amsoil products have proven to be excellent products for GSXR 1000 engine.

Richard Dziak commented, "The Phoenix F1000 has been a highly reliable race car at his level of driving and Regional SCCA events. With a top notch driver, this car is capable of wiinning National events and National Championships. The F1000 has proven to be a great value for the driving and performance experience. This is one brand of F1000 race cars that should not be overlooked when entering this class. After owning several formula race cars, the Phoenix brand has proven to be the best ever." Dziak is a member of the Pan Am Region SCCA, the Arizona Region SCCA, holds a National SCCA Competition License, and is also a member of the Southwest Motorsports Group of Albuquerque, NM. Dziak's next event will be with SWMS (Southwest Motorsports) at ArroyoSeco Motorplex on March 6th & 7th, 2010. Additionally he will be joining up in 2010 to the list of racers with ProAutoSports, Chandler, AZ, and race at the Inde Motorsports Ranch in Wilcox, Az on Memorial Day weekend 2010. 

While the race at Phoenix International Raceway was successful for myself, one of my fellow Formula race car drivers hit the wall in turn 1 going about 120 mph. His car suffered major damage and had to be medivac'd to the local hospital with leg injuries. Nothing remained on the left side of the car, and his footbox was severly crushed. All remaining drivers were red flagged and required to stop on the track.  Then we were released and black flagged into the pit area, where the racing was halted and the race was designated as official. Fortunately he was wearing a Hans device to support his head and neck and avoided major physical head and neck injuries. He is thankful to be alive. His head hit the steering wheel and the steering wheel suffered a 30 degree dent. Although SCCA racing is amateur racing, it is still a dangerous sport at our level, and having the best of safety equipment is always worth the expense.  I wish my fellow competitor the best for a quick and speedy recovery. PIR is a great track,  but each track always has bad or difficult turns and problem areas that each driver must be aware of. On to the next event.............

SWMS-Southwest Motorsports Group season begins for 2010.......

3-7-2010......
The 2010 racing season continued on March 6th and 7th at Arroyo Seco Raceway, racing with the Southwest Motorsports Group.  Weather conditions and track conditions were ideal. The competition was terrific and the end result was 2 – 1st place finishes on Saturday and Sunday’s races. Saturday’s race was a near photo finish with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place cars finishing just seconds apart from each other.  I started on Saturday in the #3 position, and after a nose to tail race, I managed to capture the lead after 2 laps and hold on for the 1st Place finish. 
 

The Open Wheel race was one of the most exciting of the day. Both Dennis Wall from Albuquerque, NM and John Fitzgerald from Tucson, AZ, provided a fantastic racing duel between the three of us. The racing was intense from start to finish. Both Dennis and John drove very hard, and was the most intense race I had encountered. I had no room for any mistakes and they were always on my tail lap after lap until the checkered flag. It felt great to get the win and the checkered flag. Sunday’s race was another intense event, with John Fitzgerald from Tucson, once again battling for victory. John started on the pole position and after the first lap I was able to secure the lead to the final lap and checkered flag. The Phoenix F1000 ran flawlessly and performed very well. I couldn’t have asked for a better race from a great group of formula race car drivers. This was the start of the points Championship with SWMS. So for now, I come out of the races as the Open Wheel Points leader with several events yet to take place throughout the year. There will be another 8 races of which 4 will count towards the 2010 Championship series.

The next SWMS Championship Series race will take place on May 1st and 2nd, 2010. Thanks to Dennis Wall and John Fitzgerald for some real racing thrills and sportsmanship. I look forward to being on the track once again during the year with these 2 competitors. This weekend was true racing, wheel to wheel, exciting and very intense. Stay tuned for more racing updates……



4-24-2010.....Next weekend May 1st & 2nd will be the second event in the SWMS Championship series. I am currently the points leader and next week will prove to be another competitive weekend. The car is about 90% ready to race, and I am waiting for the new radiator to be delivered so I can install it in the car. The radiator, made of aluminum developed a small crack and it was sent out to the race car shop for repair in Phoenix.  I am also having a new radaitor custom built for the car. I will leave Las Cruces on Friday for a day of testing before racing on Saturday and Sunday May 1st & 2nd. I will update the blog and website ASAP after the race. Stay tuned.........

5-5-2010.....
Cold weather, high winds, snow squals all added up to a disappointing weekend of racing. While the weather forecast was totally different prior to racing, the unpredictable New Mexico weather moved into Albuquerque and raised havoc for many racers. We woke up to 23 degree temps. In the Saturday's events the track was cold and I had a hard time getting any grip in the tires. I spun the car in qualifying between turn 14 and 15 and was very lucky not to hit the outside wall. In Saturday's race I had a second place finish and lap times were considered slow, well off my track record pace of 1:28.  So I was pumped to do better in Sunday's points race. Sunday had high winds, blowing dust and rain. While I was able to qualify, I did not race. Race time was scheduled at 2:20 PM MST and at 1:45 PM a rain storm hit the track, so we packed up, loaded the car on the trailer and left for our 4 hour drive home. Unfortunitely for myself, the rain passed later in the afternoon, and the race stewards sent out the closed wheel cars on a wet track. By the time they were done racing the track had dried a bit, and the open wheel group raced. I did not, as I was 1/3 on the way home. It was a real disappointment not to race in the Points Championship event. I have already submitted my entry for the June 5th and 6th event and will be excited to have better weather (warmer), and better racing conditions. The car is in great shape and 100% ready to race. Stay tuned for more raciing updates.


Here's a photo from the May 1st 2010 event......


 
6-5-2010....Hot, hot, hot....weather 100 degrees and overwhelming. Track conditions were great today, but the heat was an obstacle. The Phoenix F1000 ran great all day wih fairly quick times and competitve. The schedule was shortened in class groups due to extreme heat conditions and several class groups were combined. So the Open Wheel group was placed into the Vintage group today. Since the formula cars were much faster we started at the front of the group. The entire group got black flagged after the first lap as one of the Vintage cars front engine hood came open before the first lap. So back into the grid/pits until the car was removed from the track. Then back on the track and a very short 7 lap race. We had to lap the slower Vintage cars, and at the checkered flag it was a second place finish. Tomorrow 6-6-2010 will have temps over 100 degrees so racing will be physically exhausting once again. The heat index within the car and adding a 3 layer fire proof suit, and it's like being in an oven. More to follow after tomorrows event.............

6-6-2010....Hot weather hits Albuquerque and Sandia Speedway, but the racing was FANTASTIC. The day started very early removing wheels and checking wheel bearings. The car checked out well, and I put a new set of Hankook tires on the car. Qualifying was early so I went out and completed a quick 4 laps and gained the second position (2P) on the grid for the race. Race time was set for 1:30 PM and the weather was hot. It was nice to have an umbrella girl on the grid. It was a good start with the pole position driver Dennis Wall taking the lead for 4 laps, then in the 5 lap I was able to take the lead position. Traffic with 14 cars in the field was heavy and between myself and my main competitor we passed cars like threading a needle. I was able to hold the lead until lap 9 when I was caught in traffic and Dennis Wall took the lead. In lap 11.... Dennis recorded a lap time of 1:29:286 and myself at 1:29:318. We couldn't get any closer. As we came around the last turn, the starter signaled one lap to go. It was tail to nose around the track and we were dead even entering the last turn and about 600 feet from the finish for the checkered. I entered the last turn confident I could take the lead for the checkered flag and the win but spun the car after exiting turn 15 to ultimately take a 2nd Place finish. The race was aggressive and lots of fun. Dispite the intense heat it was another battle with a real competitor. The race was similar to earlier in the year at Arroyo Seco Raceway. Next event is labor weekend in September and I just can't wait for another round of great racing tail to nose.

Below are a few photos from the June event.........photos by Paul Granone, offical photograher of our Southwest Motorsports racing group.








Stay tuned for more racing action and excitement........

9-7-2010....The 2010 SWMS racing season comes to an end after a great summer of racing. The last race event, the Deutschmarque Classic IX held September 4th & 5th was alot of fun and another weekend of excellent weather and track conditions. I was able to secure 2 - 2nd Place finishes in the Saturday Trophy race and the Sunday Championship Points race. The result was what I expected before racing as Dennis Wall in his fast and small Formula SAE open wheel car continues hard to beat on the shorter tracks. Dennis is a real hard driver and will end up the 2010 Open Wheel Points Champion, while I will take a close 2nd place in the Championship Series. The Phoenix F1000 ran flawlessly and there was no reported problems at all. I can say that 2010 was a very good year for racing ,advancing from a 3rd place finish in 2009 in the SWMS points race vs. the 2nd place for 2010. The SWMS club is a fun group of racers, and they offer a "good time" at the track. 

Racing may continue in the fall/winter period possibly racing with the Phoenix, AZ SCCA at the Inde Motorsports Ranch located in Wilcox, AZ on Oct 9th & 10th. I have yet to decide if I will attend that event, but want to put the F1000 on the new track this year.  Inde Motorsports Ranch is premier race track facility and one of the top tracks in the nation. 

The Phoenix F1000 ran flawlessly throughout 2010, and with very few problems. The new heat shield that was recently installed has not held up well. During the last event this week, the heat shield material broke down and actually started to burn but did not catch on fire. Not what any race car driver wants. I will have to research for a stronger , more heat resistant shield to protect the car and driver from potential fire. This will be a top priority for me, to get the heat shield replaced promptly, for safety reasons. 

I will keep everyone posted as changes are made with and to the car.  New brake pads will be installed in the weeks ahead, and new heat shield. I will keep everyone posted as to race events and results. Thanks so much for looking at the website and reading the blog racing updates.

  2011 The racing season begins............

2-8-2011....
It was a 2nd Place finish in the SWMS Championship series for 2010. The 2011 racing season begins on April 2nd & 3rd, at Arroyo Seco Raceway. The Phoenix F1000 is being prepped for the first race. 2 new sets of racing tires have been delivered, new spark plugs installed, new fuel filter, new brake pads installed, new oil change with Amsoil synthetic oil, and a though check of all systems. With good planning I should be able to attend all events, and no vacations will be planned in 2011 during the racing events. 2009 was a 3rd place finish, 2010 a 2nd place finish so, 2011 will hopefully be a ____ place finish.  Any guess's?

Stay tuned, it should be an exciting year, the Phoenix F1000 is ready to race. 

   2011 Racing Schedule

     April 1st-2nd-3rd
Arroyo Seco!
            May 13th-14th-15th 
              
June 18th-19th 
                                                      August 5th-6th-7th
                                        
             October 28th-29th-30th  

2-28-2011....After  a weekend of testing at Arroyo Seco Raceway.....the racing schedule will be delayed as the 2007 Suzuki engine will be removed from the car, and sent to George Dean racing engines in Seattle, Washington for a refresh. The engine which has performed flawlessly, seemed to lack a bit of power over the weekend. Hopefully I may be able to race in May 13th event. So the thought of a Championship in 2011 looks distant for 2011. More to follow.


3-20-2011.... The engine has been pulled from the chassis and will be sent to Seattle, WA to George Dean Racing Engines for a refresh.   This event will dash the hopes of any championship this year. Racing, as well open track days will be severely limited for 2011. I am hoping that I will be able to attend perhaps 2 race weekends this year. This setback is all part of racing. I will update the blog here once I get the evaluation from the engine builder in Seattle. It was finally deternined that a faulty compression gauge was used and, there were no compression problems after all.

8-18-2011....After 4 months I am happy to report that the Phoenix F1000 will be going to Phoenix Race Works this weekend were Dustin Wright will install the 2006 George Dean prepped engine with zero miles after a refreshening of the engine. The engine was sent to GDRE when there was an indication of some loss of power problems. George tore the engine apart, inspected and found the insides to be in excellent condition.  While the engine was disassembled, it was decided to refreshen the engine by installing new main bearings, new rod bearings, gaskets, oil, and the GDRE Dyno test. The refreshening tested excellent on the GDRE Dyno and the engine is somewhere between Seattle, WA and Phoenix, AZ, just miles from being re-installed into the car. Dustin Wright engineer with Phoenix Race Works will personally install the engine. In addition he will complete his annual inspection of the car, and I have instructed him to install new Willwood brake pads, new Sprocket Specialties sprocket, new Sigma 530 chain and the car will be 100% race ready with what can be called a new engine. Thanks to George Dean for his expert mechcanics and work. He is rated number #1 by his peers in building and rebuilding motorcycle engines. It will feel very good to get the car back.  We determined the loss of power was due to an electrical failure from the engine chassis to the engine, not a lack of compression as previously reportly.

8-28-2011.....The F1K.07 is now in Phoenix, AZ @ PRW, where Dustin Wright will install the refreshed engine and do some upgrades to the car. The F1000 is scheduled to be picked up on October 19, and will be 100% race ready. More to follow....

10-19-2011..... The Phoenix is back home after picking it up this past weekend from Phoenix Race Works. The George Dean refeshed engine was installed and some additions and annual inspection was completed by Dustin Wright at PWR. After deep consideration, personal thought and after the recent death of Dan Wheldon Indycar driver at Las Vegas International Raceway this past weekend, I have made a very difficult decision to list the F1K.07 for sale. Ironiclly I took my formula racing school at Las Vegas International, my car number is 77, the same as Wheldons car that he was driving. The Phoenix F1000 is a powerful racing machine, far superior to my driving talents. The F1000 has been my pride and joy of all formula cars that I have owned. At age 60 I know my limits of driving this ultra racing machine. Whoever gets this car will get a true racing machine in immaculate condition. The car has run flawlessly and will make a great championship car to the right owner/driver. It will be missed. The ad for car can be seen at
http://www.apexspeed.com/forums/showthread.php?t=48529
The Phoenix was fantastic and after 2 Regional Championships and many wins, I am pleased with the build that Phoenix Race Works did for me. The F1000 class is a growing class of formula race cars and the 2012 F1000 Championship Series will be bigger than ever. Hopefully I will see a skilled driver driving my F1000 in that series. I will be proud to see it on the track running for a National Championship. 

          For Sale.....Contact Richard Dziak...@
sonewmexico@gmail.com

F1000 is SOLD and headed to Virginia International Raceway
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The new 2012 Camaro 2LT has been ordered and will be built for me in Canada, shipped to Las Cruces, NM
Delivery expected late April 2012

The Camaro has Arrived.......this is one AWESOME car.



Formula Racing Ltd.
   Sponsor of the 2012 F1000 National Championship-SCCA Runoff's
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