On our way down to Crawfordsville, we needed to stop off at Suzuki Mark’s. Thats what we call him anyway.
His real name is Mark Junge. Mark and his wife Nancy run Vesrah Suzuki racing. Mark is 8 time national endurance racing champion. 8 times! Holy crap. That is some skill But on top of that, he and Nancy are just really good people. They are super to be around. I always love going to their shop.
A few Youtube videos for you from Mark’s racing.
The shop is huge! It is big enough that the full semi for the race team just pulls right into the shop. Stacked on one end of the shop are at least 20 stacks of race tires in stacks shoulder high. Stuffed into corners all over the shop are various race bikes. Mark runs a full compliment of GSXR1000’s and a team of GSXR600’s. There are what appears to me to be about 25 motorcycles in various states of race prep around the shop.
Nancy showed me some of the archive bikes that Mark has around the shop. He is trying to rebuild race bikes from all of the 9 seasons of championship racing. Wow.
We wound our way back to the bowels of the shop, where Mark had stacks and stacks of race gas. He gave us a bunch of the stinky stuff and we were just giddy to get it. Something about having “race gas” makes it all seem that much more real. That much more serious and sort of famous some how. “I have race gas in my tank”, I had better go fast!
As much as we are moto freaks, Mark is a bicycle freak.
What is it with motorcycle guys loving bicycles? I think it is really cool.
So, we got going from there and Candi told us that we had about 4 hours drive from there to get to Crawfordsville. We had to make it through Chicago (The city of 24/7 traffic) and then through Gary Indiana (you know how nice that is) and then south in Indiana. Indiana is actually a pretty nice place. A lot like Illinois, ony better I think.
We had dinner in West Lafayette, the home of Purdue University. It seems like a pretty good town.
After an uneventful drive, we are here in Crawfordsville. We are in the lap of luxury is what it feels like. We are in the Ramada Limited. Doesn’t feel anything like our full season of GNCC. During that season we were right in the thick of things. We camped in the camper at the race site of each race. We were there for all of the Quad race saturdays. We walked the track on Saturday. We worked on motorcycles. We made lunch at the campsite. We went to talk to Shane at Suzuki. We found Jason Weigand and others. We got signed up on Saturday. We were regulars. Now we are just 2 guys in a hotel room, doing a motorcycle race the next day.
I miss the full GNCC thing. We will at least get a little bit of it tomorrow.
I will post up from the race site and twitter etc… Wish us luck.