AMA SportBike Privateer: Infineon Report I
The Peak Performance Racing AMA SportBike Team, consisting of father Alan McCord, crew chief Neil Freeman and rider Patrick McCord, hauled the small (borrowed) trailer to Sonoma, Calif., early Thursday morning in time to load-in and get through AMA Pro Racing tech inspection at Infineon Raceway by late afternoon.
Along with Alan’s pickup truck, all the essentials for an AMA SportBike team fit neatly into the limited parking/staging area; there was even room to erect one of the 10×20′ EZ-Ups. The decision to leave the larger race trailer at home was made to save on the cost of space and transport fuel.
Down in the pits, the AMA assigned the Peak Performance Racing Kawasaki team another space on either side of the wall, identified as hot pit and cold pit. Each AMA SportBike rider was granted 15 feet the length of the pit wall. Since our team had only one rider, the space provided happened to be too narrow to erect the second 10×20 EZ-Up.
Next time we’ll have to bring the 10×10. In contrast, we counted four 10×20 canopies for the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha team, which fields riders Josh Hayes in AMA Superbike and Josh Herrin with us in Daytona Sportbike; the team’s setup totaled 80 feet along the pit wall, requiring that team to support at least six riders.
The factory SportBike teams were assigned pit spaces nearest the parking/staging areas, while the privateer teams were relegated to the end of the pits closer to Turn One. That made for a very long trek to our pit from the staging area.
Some of the customary items had to be left behind in order to fit all of the equipment into the small trailer. One such item was the race cart, which meant having to carry everything from the staging area to the pits and back several times each day.
Needless to say, there was strong consensus that omitting the race cart was a bad call. Between being the only team in the pits without a canopy and the spectacle made by four guys walking back and forth awkwardly burdened with heavy race paraphernalia, it was evident who the rookies were.
But nonetheless, we were ready for practice at Infineon Raceway.
These articles report on Peak Performance Racing’s journey as the team competes in the AMA Daytona SportBike series with pilot Patrick “Paddy” McCord of California. The article, written by Peak Performance Motorcycles’ owner Danny DiNardo, chronicles what it takes to get started and compete in AMA Pro Racing competition. When Ultimate Motorcycling heard about the project, we immediately got involved.