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Go-karts and Formula Vee

Going through the racing ranks, Ira started in go-karts for a number of years and then made the transition to Formula Vee. The two series is where he learned a lot of what it takes to be a fast driver. With such low horsepower you must be extremely smooth in order not to loose any momentum and maintain good speed. Ira says, “The kart taught me super reflexes, tight racing, and what it takes to make a pass stick. The Vee taught me that I was pretty good. If you can race in that class and win you are bound to be a decent driver because of the low power and strict rules.” In a hard fought season, he was able to win the 1999 Formula Vee SARRC (South Atlantic Road Racing Championship)

Go-karts and Formula Vee

Going through the racing ranks, Ira started in go-karts for a number of years and then made the transition to Formula Vee. The two series is where he learned a lot of what it takes to be a fast driver. With such low horsepower you must be extremely smooth in order not to loose any momentum and maintain good speed. Ira says, “The kart taught me super reflexes, tight racing, and what it takes to make a pass stick. The Vee taught me that I was pretty good. If you can race in that class and win you are bound to be a decent driver because of the low power and strict rules.” In a hard fought season, he was able to win the 1999 Formula Vee SARRC (South Atlantic Road Racing Championship)

The Transition to IT.

The next jump was to IT cars. IT racing is really fun and you can learn a lot about using traffic. Also, the strategy in endurance racing is very important; pit stop timing, keeping a good pace, and above all, keeping the car on the track and out of the pits.” Ira also talks about a downside, “Unfortunately this is a very popular class and at entry level, so you get lots of novices fulfilling their dreams to drive. This means lots of bent fenders.” He regularly drives an Acura Integra GS-R or a Datsun 240Z in ITS. The Datsun was the car he drove to a class win at the 2004 Kumho Tires Tropical Twelve Hour race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

And then to EProduction.

Ira also has an immaculate Datsun 240Z as a street car which he restored himself. This familiarization with Z cars gave him an advantage when he moved to his next venture, E Production racing. He says, “The Production class is sort of like the ITS class on steroids. The cars in EP are very fast. It was a natural step up. In fact, we won the first race we entered. It helped to be driving a chassis I was very used to. The car is lighter, has more power, bigger brakes, and a better gearbox. This makes for a very fun car to drive.

Orange Crush - Datsun 240Z.

This 240Z is a tried and proven racecar. It is also one of the fastest EP cars in the country. It is the same car that carried Grayson Upchurch Jr. to many great races at the Runoffs. Ira acquired the car at the end of the 2004 race season from owner Kemp Heumann out of Atlanta, GA. Ira says, “For some weird reason, this car had miserable Runoffs luck, Grayson had the race in the bag at least three separate times when bad luck struck them in many forms. He ended up with three Runoffs podiums.