dow. I learned this was a nickname he earned from his buddies after throwing the rods out of the bottom of a few racing engines. When I arrived, Rob was in the driver’s seat, helmet on, getting ready to go out on course. With a GoPro in hand, I quickly introduced myself and asked if he minded me putting the camera on his car. All he said was, “Sure, stick it wherever you want.” I plopped the camera on the rear quarter panel, and off he went. Rob “Right Foot” Krider was tail out in his 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, sliding the car around the tight course, and occasionally massacring cones in the process. According to Rob, “If you don’t hit a few cones, you’re not trying hard enough.” Between runs, Rob’s friend and racing partner in Krider Racing/Double Nickel Nine Motorsports, Keith Kramer, adjusted tire pressures. Rob’s dad, Jim Krider, who is confined to a wheelchair from a racing accident in the 1980s, debriefed Rob about the latest runs. After the autocross segment was completed, the team headed back to their trailer and was kind enough to offer me a place to store my camera equipment and a cold beverage. Krider Racing was sponsored by Black Ops Brewing out of Fresno, California, and had cold beer on hand to give out at the races — not a bad sponsor to have. At the trailer, the guys went over the Corvette, made notes on their white board inside the trailer, and discussed their next challenge: the Speed Stop. Rob indicated he thought they made a big mistake by not getting fresh rubber for the car before the OUSCI. The rules of the event are such that a competitor can only run one set of tires for the entire weekend. Based on the extremely loose handling of the car in the autocross segment, it appeared the Michelin Pilot Super Sports on the Z06 had reached their limit and were dead. “It’s like driving on plastic big wheel tires out there,” Rob said. With no option to replace the tires in the middle of the event, essentially the guys were screwed and knew it. All they could do was try to adjust the suspension and tire pressure to compensate for the hard tires. The Speed Stop Challenge, which took place inside the bull ring at
LVMS, is where competitors accelerate, drive through the banking, and then into a stop box made of orange cones. Fastest time wins. Rob played it smart and conservative on his first run and got a time in the books. After that, he went for it, drifting the car through the banking and then smashing the front of the ’vette into the wall of cones. “Well, that didn’t work,” Keith stating the obvious over the team radios. Rob went for it again and found the middle spot between being too conservative and completely reckless, barely stopping inside the box and narrowly missing the cones. His time improved, but he was losing a lot at the line. He just
couldn’t get the Z06 out of the hole. The monster LS7 505 hp engine just wanted to endlessly spin the hardened rear tires. At the end of day one, knowing I had wasted a ton of money on my cab fare to LVMS, the team offered to give me a ride back to The Strip and even invited me to join them for dinner. After Keith and Rob finished the Road Rally challenge (where they ended at Carroll Shelby’s museum) they met me and Jim at a restaurant for beers, steak, and bench racing. During dinner, I learned about Jim Krider’s racing accident, which left him paralyzed but hasn’t slowed him down a bit. And I also learned what makes the Krider Racing team click.
Published on Mar 25, 2016
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