Mid-States Conference, Touring 4
Stan Czacki, of Truth or Consequence, N.M., started 2013 with little more than a pile of wrecked scrap metal following a first-lap crash during the 2012 SCCA National Championship Runoffs. The damage, and subsequent repairs, forced him to miss the season-opening race at Circuit of The Americas. However, once he did get the No. 00 Whitehead/DGI/BFGoodrich Acura RSX back together, it was Czacki’s time to shine.
“As a result of the crash, the only panels that were undamaged were the roof and doors, and the frame was bent,” Czacki said. “Working by myself, I stripped the car (in addition to interior removal for the new for 2013 T4) by December 2012 and got it to the body shop. While they tried to straighten the car, I ordered parts and started mechanical repairs. By late January 2013, when we could not get the car straight, I decided to haul it from southern New Mexico to Denver, Colorado, where Fuzzy Fuhrmann's frame shop had it straighter than ever, in less than a week.
“It took me all of February and March to reassemble the car and redo the vinyl, and we got it on the trailer in time for April's Hallett Majors.”
Throughout the remainder of the season, Czacki worked to get his car back to top form following the wreck. Those gremlins included a clutch issue at Pikes Peak International Raceway and electrical and power steering issues at High Plains Raceway. Each of these issues were fixed, allowing him to finish each race.
Czacki took the green flag in eight of the 10 conference races during the season. Through those races, he compiled a record of five wins and three second-place finishes. Czacki notched one win at Hallett, followed by a pair of wins at PPIR and High Plains. He came in second at Hallett and twice at Gateway Motorsports Park. Czacki was also a five-time polesitter during the season.
Without the help of some very special people, it would have been impossible for Czacki to win the conference title.
“It goes without saying that I could not do this without my wife, Peggy’s, support,” Czacki said. “Thanks to son Mark for watching our beloved yellow lab, Sally, when we cannot be home.
“In addition to those already mentioned, thanks are due to the Aquilantes of American Sedan, Touring, and Showroom Stock class fame for getting me a great start in the SS, which led to my being in T4. Thanks to Jeff Jensen, Bob Boileau and Tommy Boileau for first building the car I am driving and getting me up to speed on driving it; to HPD/Acura Motorsports; to BFGoodrich; and the local businesses in Truth or Consequences and Elephant Butte, NM who help me keep the car extremely well prepared throughout the season. Also, thanks to Whitehead Sales, Service and Towing for keeping the tow rig running and technical support; the Pit Stop for tire mounting and balance; Schaaf Automotive for bodywork; DGI for vinyl graphics; C&K Automotive for custom exhaust and tech support; PT Machine; and J&M Welding.