Hot damn this is the coolest sidecar video I’ve seen in years. The season opener at Willow Springs Raceway saw me with not one but three rookie co-pilots. Jamie Crawford, Sean Delvin, and Mike Naddorius were all BASE jumping friends of my regular co-pilot Matt Blank. While they all knew speed and had no problems freezing up under pressure, they still had never been on a sidecar racer before and were being thrown into the deep end.
Willow Springs is at least an easier track, with only 9 turns in 2.5 miles. Still, with three people there was only so much time for practice sessions. This video shows the result pretty well. I took us from 1:46 lap times in practice to 1:37’s in the opening two laps. Co-pilot Sean Delvin had some road racing experience but as I took us from 11th to 1st in two turns, it was a scramble to readjust his timing to the higher speeds.
In the end it was my fault for burning him out, and the 8-lap race meant we would fade to 4th place by the time the checkered flag flew. Sunday’s race with Mike Naddorius was a chance to try a different approach, and despite a massive high-speed spin in Turn 2, we saved it and finished 2nd.
But that isn’t what I want to call your attention to. I want to show you some amazing editing and drone work by Mike. The resulting vignette puts you right in the race, and creates a mood that makes me want to get back on the track. Check it out and make sure to give it a ‘like’ on Vimeo, and be sure to let me know what you think of it in the comments.
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